In an anti-climatic finale episode, Eren discovers a new power that opens doors of possibility for the Attack on Titan universe in season 3.
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By Ivan Huang | June 17, 2017 | | Comments count:0
To be honest, “Scream” seems more like a setup episode than a finale episode, but it may just be me having been spoilt by the epic showdowns typically expected of season finales on western television.
I wanted to see a fight between Reiner, Bertolt, and Eren of Season one Eren-Annie proportion. I thought when Eren accidentally discovered his new power of controlling normal titans that there was going to be more happening than just the Survey Scouts retreating back to the safety of the Walls—although to be fair, that was the smart thing to do under the circumstance. I thought the episode was going to conclude the season on a higher note than rehashing certain information that are beyond clear by this point and ending with a zoom on the Beast Titan, whom we know far too little to really get the true impact of the terror he’s supposed to convey.
I’m not mad, I’m not even disappointed. I’m just unfulfilled. This episode is like eating a really good, but rather small slice of cake. It’s not bad. It’s pretty great, in fact. But it’s just not enough.
The most emotionally dominating scene of the entire episode would have to be Eren desperately chomping on his own hand, even tearing some flesh off the bone at one point, trying to turn into a Titan so he wouldn’t have to lose another person he loves to the same Titan that ate his mom.
I wasn’t surprised that Hannes died since, in fictional worlds like this one, parental figures like him are made to die for the sake of furthering the protagonist’s personal pain. And the setup made it pretty obvious. Hannes, who maybe had minimal training decades ago as a cadet, and who has spent the better of the passing years at a cushy position as part of the garrison, just didn’t stand a chance against a real-life Titan.
Rest in peace, Hannes. You tried, and you did good.
We Have to Talk About Mikasa’s Confession
Hannes’ death, of course, prompted Mikasa’s speech to Eren where she all but said she planned on going Kamikaze, leading to one of the greatest, most baffling love confession scenes I’ve ever witnessed.
What made it great was Mikasa and the general setup: Her and Eren were in the middle of a battlefield. Their comrades were dying left and right. They themselves were moments away from being snatched up and eaten by the same creature who ate their mom and paternal figure. And in that moment of life and death, she gave him one of the most touching thank-you speeching in existence, blushing and eyes sparkling (an extremely emotional reaction for someone like Mikasa). Then sheleaned in for a kiss and—