Attack on Titan's staff warned fans ahead of the latest episode, and it turns out this was with good cause as Episode 55 turned out to be one of the most emotionally tumultuous episodes in the series to date. This was especially true for Levi who, after being entrusted with the lone Titan serum injection, was forced to make a terrible decision as to who to save and transform into a Titan and save their lives. After much discussion and fighting, Levi made his choice.
Unfortunately this meant that out of the two lives hanging in the balance, the series has confirmed that either Armin or Erwin has lost their life. As fans are divided over the decision Levi made, this was one he did not come to easily.
Major spoilers for Attack on Titan Episode 55 below!
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'He had no choice but to become a devil. It was us who wished for that. And in the end, when he had finally been set free from hell, we wanted to bring him back once more. But I think... it's time to let him rest.'#白夜 #MidnightSun pic.twitter.com/FjIeHLV786— Attack On Fans (@AttackOnFans) June 3, 2019
Unfortunately for fans, Erwin's suicide mission was indeed fatal. Floch managed to drag his body from the battlefield as he was drawing his last breaths in the hopes of Levi injecting him with the Titan serum, however. Though it seemed like Levi was torn between reviving Armin and Erwin at first, Levi wanted to save Erwin from the beginning. He wanted Erwin to reach his dream of seeing Grisha Yeager's basement, and nearly injected him with the serum because of Erwin's talent to lead.
But as Levi was about to inject him, Erwin was had an emotional deathbed moment in which he reverted to the curious child fans saw him as in the first part of Season 3. Seeing this vulnerable side of Erwin, Levi decides to instead revive Armin with the serum. He explains to Hange and Floch that Erwin was a devil, but it's the military that turned him into one.
Now that Erwin has finally been freed from their hellish world, Levi decided to let him rest in peace rather than force him into battle as the "devil" once more. With a complicated mix of wanting the young Armin to pursue his dream of seeing the sea, and a desire to let his good friend rest, Levi resided to let Erwin die. And soon, he does.0comments
This is definitely a huge blow to the remaining pieces of humanity, so now Armin has a huge amount of weight on his shoulders as the Survey Corps finally realize Erwin's dream and investigate the basement.
Attack on Titan was originally created by Hajime Isayama, and the series has since been collected into 23 volumes as of 2017. It's set in a world where the last remnants of humanity live within a walled city in order to escape the danger of the Titans, a race of giants monsters that eats humans. The lead character, Eren Yeager, ends up joining the military with his two childhood friends Mikasa and Armin after the Titans break through the wall and attack his hometown. Now Eren, Mikasa, and Armin must survive in a world where they not only have the Titans to fear, but the very humans they are trying to save. You can currently find the series streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Saturday nights on Adult Swim's Toonami block.