Eren Yeager is one of the protagonists of the manga Attack on Titan created by Hajime Isayama. Eren is a teenage boy who has vowed revenge on huge creatures, called Titans, who devoured his mother. In order to exterminate them, he enlists in the Army and joins the Exploration Battalion, a group of soldiers who fight against the Titans outside the walls. As the story progresses, Eren learns that he has the ability to transform into Titan, “the Attack Titan”. It then becomes a major tool to help humans get rid of their enemies. In this article, we are going to tell you whether Eren dies in Attack on Titan.
Eren Yeager dies during the final moments of the War for Paradis arc, as he is decapitated by Mikasa. Eren had become the world’s enemy sometime before this final confrontation, having become mad from his pursuit. That is why Mikasa had to kill him.
The rest of this article is going to explain the circumstances under which Eren Yeager died. You’re going to find out why the protagonist had to die in the first place, as well as how exactly he died at the hands of Mikasa.
Did Eren die in Attack on Titan?
As we have explained in the introduction, Eren Yeager is one of the protagonists of Attack on Titan, and a character that was, by most, viewed as the ultimate hero of the franchise, someone who would end the dystopian tyranny of Isayama’s world. And while his path was, for the most part, heroic, it had a tragic turn towards the end.
This hasn’t been shown in the anime, so we have to warn the readers who have not read the manga that a lot of spoilers lie ahead, so if you don’t want to know all the circumstances surrounding Eren’s death, don’t read the text that follows.
In this section, we are just going to confirm that Eren Yeager does, indeed, die in Attack on Titan and that happens in the manga’s and anime’s final arc. The sections that follow are going to explain the circumstances of his death in more detail.
How did Eren die in Attack on Titan?
Now, in order to properly understand how and why Eren died in Attack on Titan, we have to tell you his whole story, since his character evolution plays a crucial role in understanding what happens to him. Because of his tragic development, you cannot simply comprehend all the events from the final chapters of the manga without understanding what happened before.
Eren Yeager is introduced as a ten-year-old boy who lives in the city of Shiganshina and dreams of joining the Exploration Corps to explore the outside world beyond the walls. A year before the events of the story, accompanying his father Grisha to meet his relatives, Eren helps Mikasa dispatch her kidnappers while developing his ideology at a young age.
When the Titans invade Shiganshina, Eren is forced to watch his mother get attacked by one of the Titans and thus vows to kill them all going forward. Eren then enlists in the army. During his first mission on Trost, Eren sacrifices himself to save his friend Armin from being swallowed by a bearded titan. Eren succeeds in transforming himself into a titan, proving that his new force is worthy of fighting for humanity.
Eren earns a place in the Special Operations Squad, a branch of the Scouting Corps under Levi’s command. Eren is hunted by a Titan, but is saved by Levi and Mikasa. The Titan is later revealed to be his classmate Annie Leonhart, who is defeated by Eren, but freezes. Being pursued by more of Annie’s allies, Eren awakens a power known as the Founding Titan.
Soon after, Eren and his friends are sent to an isolated village while preparations are made for a campaign to rebuild the Wall Maria. Eren is then captured by Rod Reiss, who reveals that the foundation was originally in his family for years since his ancestor Karl Fritz created the walls, and that the Reiss family used it to rule until it was stolen by Grisha.
It is revealed that Grisha is responsible for Eren turning into a Titan and was unconsciously swallowed by his son in the past. Eren’s classmate Krista Lenz, who is actually Rod’s daughter, refuses to help her father and frees Eren. Eren and the Exploration Corps set out for Shiganshina to reclaim Wall Maria and defeat an army of Titans led by Zeke, the Beast Titan, and their subordinates Bertolt and Reiner.
With Shiganshina secured, Eren and his friends learn of Grisha’s past. Zeke is revealed to be Eren’s half-brother and Grisha’s first son, and it is revealed that they originated from another nation called Marley.
They learn that humanity exists beyond the walls and that their true enemy is Marley, while living on an island called Paradis, and they are a race called Eldians (specifically the “People of Ymir”), descendants of the original Shifting Titan Ymir.
Fritz, and that in the past, when his power was divided into the Nine Titans who would pass over to his people, it was used to conquer and subjugate many races and nations in the past, including Marley, who overthrew Eldia and took control of Seven of the Nine Titans, before oppressing and degrading the Eldians, while those who remained on the continent, were used as possessors of the titanic powers acquired to take over after nations as the Eldian Empire had done in the past.
Eren learns that he has a limited lifespan as a side effect of being a wielder of the power of two of the Nine Titans, including the Attack Titan, along with the Founding Titan.
Four years later, while defending himself against Marley infiltrators with the Colossus Titan, Armin, Eren leads the Scout Corps on a Zeke extraction in Liberius after Marley won his war with the Allied Forces of the Middle East.
After having his left leg amputated, Eren assumes the identity of Mr. Kruger, a former Marley military officer. During a conference held by Willy Tybur to declare war on Paradis, Eren responds with an attack, eliminating Willy and then consuming his sister to gain the power of the Warhammer Titan.
Eren’s actions result in his arrest, but he escapes with a group of Loyalist Scout Corps members called “Jaegerists”, and resumes the search for Zeke. Eren shows himself to Armin and Mikasa, and is ambushed by a group of soldiers led by Reiner. Eren tries to reach Zeke to activate the power of the Founding Titan, but Gabi nearly kills him.
Zeke saves his brother, but it turns out that he is in control of the Founding Titan’s power because, as a member of the royal family who did not descend from the first king of the walls, he was not brainwashed by the latter’s will and because Ymir Fritz, the source of the Founding Titan’s power, was bound as a slave to his royal descendants.
Eren convinces Ymir to help him after giving him the option to make his own decision. Revived, Eren frees the Titans within the walls and declares his intention to exterminate all life outside of Paradis to protect the people from him, becoming the enemy of the world.
The Titans destroy much of Marley before a team led by Armin kills Zeke, stops the Rumble, and cuts Eren’s connection to the Titan’s source. After many fights, Eren is ultimately beheaded by Mikasa.
In what episode does Eren die?
Eren dies at the very end of the Attack on Titan manga. Since the anime is not yet done, his death hasn’t been shown in the anime series yet, but we have no doubt that it will appear towards the end of the anime’s final season, we just don’t know the exact episode number.