Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 85 is expected to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the post-apocalyptic human civilization living in seclusion inside walls that shield them from gargantuan monsters. The latest reports about the action-packed Japanese manga indicate the upcoming chapter will unravel the story of Eren Yeager’s father, Dr. Grisha Yeager, and his research material.
Being a Titan shifter himself may have allowed Dr. Grisha Yeager to chronicle the history of the mankind. So far, the backstory has remained a mystery for the fans of Attack on Titan. Chapter 85 is said to include several clues that will help put all the pieces together for the warriors of the elite Survey Corps and reveal what forced the last of the humans to shield themselves from the colossal Titans behind towering walls.
[Warning: Aot Chapter 84 and 85 spoilers and speculation ahead]
The previous chapter of Shingeki no Kyojin saw an intense debate among Captain Levi Ackerman, Misaka Ackerman, and Eren Yeager about who truly deserves the Titan Serum. While 13th Commander Erwin Smith and Armin Alert badly need the serum, Captain Levi decides that the Titan Serum must be administered to Armin. One of the points Levi stresses during the argument is that Commander Erwin has earned the break, and it would be cruel to have him sucked back in their horrible world to once again resume their gory battle with the Titans.
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However, Levi and Flock are against the idea of letting Erwin rest and insist humanity needs Commander Erwin now more than ever. In the midst of the heated debate, Erwin briefly regains consciousness to give the captains his last message. Before dying, he asks Captain Levi to lead the battalion. The latter solemnly accepts Erwin’s last request as Erwin breathes his last.
Attack on Titan chapter 85 is to show Armin regaining consciousness after his near-death experience. There have been indicators that Armin was in a suspended daydreaming state in which he sees the Colossal Titan, and it appears he is crying remorsefully before being awakened by Eren, while Sasha Blouse is barely hanging on to life.
Subsequently, the chapter shows the members of the Survey Corps among some completely destroyed houses. It seems they have returned to the place where, five years ago, the Smiling Titan killed Dr. Carla Yeager. Eren, Mikasa, Hange, and Levi cautiously survey the area before zeroing on Eren and Mikasa’s home. They are at the location to retrieve research materials and data painstakingly compiled by Dr. Yeager before his death.
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Hange shows the way to the underground passage with her flashlight as Eren and the rest of the squad carefully descend the stairs and eventually come across a door that has been locked shut. Eren then takes out the key that her father had given to her. However, despite inserting the key and rotating it, the door doesn’t open. Perhaps sensing the key might not be for the door, Captain Levi kicks the door open, surprising the group. Apprehensively and with fascination, the group steps inside the dimly lit room.
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Eren realizes the true purpose of the key and manages to open the secret compartment in Dr. Yeager’s desk. Neatly placed inside are three old books. The Survey Corps wasn’t expecting to find such hardbound chronicles, but the searchers knew they would come across some material that would shed light on the true origins of the Titans, the history of the world, and the towering walls that barely keep the settlements protected.
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As the shock subsides, the group starts browsing through the books and comes across a portrait that appears to show a family. Everybody appears confused about the image as it appears highly detailed. Hanji exclaims that the portrait might not have been drawn, at least by human hands. Their confusion is addressed by a note written on the back of the paper. The note written by Eren’s father reads:
“This is not a painting. This was created using the reflection of light upon a special type of material. It’s called a ‘photograph’.”
“I come from outside the walls, where life is elegant and comfortable. In reality, humans are not extinct at all.”
Do the three books offer clues about the Titans, the wall and how the human civilization came to live like this? Questions like these are expected to be answered in AoT chapter 85 when it is released in this Saturday’s edition of Shonen Jump weekly at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
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