Alright, I never read the manga, I was never spoiled the story either, but this episode revealed enough that I think I have a breakthrough with my understanding of the show with what we have so far, however what follows is all speculation. This episode we witnessed a Titan who was killing other Titans and it was far more than obvious that the Titan was either Eren or a reincarnation of Eren. Now in the past I would have said that Eren had a special gene which allowed him to transform into a Titan and survive being eaten, but I now have a more interesting theory for this episode.
Titans can’t reproduce, they don’t have to eat, they act like mindless sheep and they eat humans and only humans. What if Titans were a form of zombie? Yet a good kind of zombie. I feel like the Titans might be man’s transcendence; they are the ultimate form of man. Each time someone is eaten by a Titan, that person will be reborn as a Titan somewhere else. Titans only wants to eat humans to have them join their ranks and be enlightened too, they therefore act a lot like zombies in the way that they are an endless mass of creatures with no purpose but to have humans join them. Another important factor is that while most Titans are quite regular and mindless, there seems to be some who are abnormal. We already saw quite the load of abnormal Titans, but it was the first time we saw one with the personality of a character we knew about.
Now here is the most important part of my theory. I don’t know if you remember that in the past Eren frequently referred to the rest of humanity as caged sheep waiting to be eaten. What if humanity really were but sheep in the end? What if their personalities were so weak that when they transcended they would all act similar enough that they would be difficult to differentiate the one from the other? What if most Titans act so dumb and similarly because the humans who were eaten were only following what everyone asked of them anyway? If this is true, it would also explain the abnormal Titans. Those would simply be the result of weird people with strong personalities being eaten by a Titan. This theory would explain why Eren’s personality would appear in Titanic form and it would explain why he is killing other Titans even if he became one himself; even in death he refuses to let go of his drive and his dream.
The only part where my theory fails, is that it does not explain how Eren will return to be human. Even after coming with such a theory I am convinced that Eren will return to his human form once again; after all there is no way the producers spent that much money on such a great opening only to have it become useless because the main character isn’t human anymore. Will Eren return human because of the injection his father gave him? Or will Eren return human because he violated some Titan’s code or something? I am uncertain but I have a strong feeling like next episode will be the episode where enough information will be out to let us, for once, understand what the hell is going on with this show.
I am absolutely pumped about Shingeki no Kyojin and I just cannot wait to learn more about the many mysteries of the show.
ZeroGhj signing off