We know that Hajime Isayama is good at setting things up in Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), in a couple of interviews he has mentioned that he had planned the end since the franchise began more than ten years ago. This is why it is not surprising that some of its details can escape its fans, as a good example of this, we have the death of Marco Bodt, one of the students of the Military Academy of the Island of Paradis.
Marco’s death in Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) has surprising significance, especially by the standards of this work. It’s not just about inspiring Jean to join the Survey Corps or indirectly helping Annie avoid suspicion. His last words have surprising relevance to the ongoing events of the anime, particularly the war between the Eldians and the rest of the world.
As we saw in episode 15 of the third season of Shingeki no kyojin (Attack on Titan), we see a flashback of Eren plugging the hole in the Pink Wall from the perspective of Reiner, Annie and Bertholdt. As they discussed their next course of action , Marco overheard some things that might have led him to realize they were the Armored and Colossal Titans Reiner, not wanting to take any chances, subdued Marco The three Marleyan spies left Marco to be eaten by a Titan who approached.
His last and most moving line was: “We haven’t even had a chance to talk about this.” In the end, all she wanted was for them to have a simple conversation to work out their differences.. Marco’s last words could also apply to Ymir’s conflict with the rest of the world. While the ancestors of the Eldians were rightfully stoned as world-slayers, modern subjects of Ymir were expected to suffer the consequences without even knowing the crime. This culminated in the world unilaterally deciding to go to war against the Isle of Paradis no matter what they said or did in its defense. You can be optimistic, but maybe if the modern “devils” of Paradis had a chance to plead their case, then Eren would never have had to resort to the Rumble of the Earth in Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan).
Marco may have been right in Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
A good example of how far a little empathy and dialogue can go in Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is Gabi Braun.. She began with Marley brainwashing her into believing that the Eldians were irredeemable monsters who deserved to die. She represented exactly what everyone else in the world was led to think about Ymir’s Subjects due to Marleyan propaganda.
Despite their adamant kill-em-all mentality regarding the Eldian demons, even Gabi could see that there was no reason to hate them. After spending time living behind walls, she was shown that so-called demons have a capacity for kindness and empathy when she met Sasha Blouse’s family. Her worldview was further shattered when she was questioned by Kaya, whose mother was brutally devoured by a titan. It took some time, but Gabi’s brainwashing steadily unraveled and she was finally able to hold a conversation with the Eldians without wanting to kill them.
Of course, there are also examples of how talking might not work. In the 25th episode of season 4, “The Night of the End”, the main cast tries to talk reasonably to General Magath, but they can’t get through to him, who sees a 2000 year history that just can’t be overlooked. Divergent opinions such as these are certainly an obstacle to finding peaceful solutions. However, with enough time, patience, and commitment, even these problems could be overcome in time.
The rest of the episode also talks about the importance of resolving differences. Armin still wants to believe that he can dissuade Eren from continuing with the Earth Rumble. Everyone present sits around the fire, discussing their past sins and “venting their grudges.” Reiner even mentions Marco’s last words. In the end, they still don’t feel comfortable enough with each other to work together to stop Eren. Marco’s last words are by no means unrealistic. They are really difficult to follow, which is why many would prefer to continue hating each other. Whether conversation can stop the Rumor remains to be seen, but negotiations and dialogue should never be ruled out.
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