Eren Kriger was a subject of Ymir. He founded the Eldian Restorationists, and then infiltrated into the Marley Government to help the restorationists.
He was also known as the Owl. Grisha Yeager was the only one to discover his true identity. Kruger gave him the Attack Titan to steal the Founding Titan.
Kruger made an unusual statement about saving Mikasa while making Grisha, a contemplative Grisha, accept the mission. Kruger tells a confused Grisha who Mikasa was and Armin, but he didn’t know.
Fans have speculated about how he came to know these two and time travel theories were also being discussed.
The answer is, however, a bit different.
This post contains spoilers from Attack on Titan manga chapters that haven’t been translated into anime. You can read it at your discretion.
Can Eren Time Travel? How did he manipulate Grisha Yeager Explained!
Why did Eren Kruger Say Mikasa & Armin?
The Titan shifters are able to recall the memories of their fathers after inheriting one of the Titans. This enabled Eren Yeager, his father’s memory, to be seen.
Sometimes inheritors can have flashes of these memories and sometimes talk to themselves, just like Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan Season 3 Episode 21, Manga chapter 88-89. They also tend to ignore their surroundings.
Even though it is a small detail, this is crucial. If Isayama hadn’t wasted valuable manga panels showing survey corp members mocking Eren for being strange,
The reason that the inheritors of the Titans can see the memories of their predecessors is that the subjects of Ymir (which include the Titan shifters) are all linked by something beyond the physical space of paths.
These invisible paths carry the blood and bones of a Titan to the shifters (Attack on Titan Chapter88). These paths can sometimes contain memories or the will to act (like Karl Fritz’s vow to renounce all war, which prevented the Founding Titan using its full potential).
Kruger was recalling Armin and Mikasa as he went through the memories of an other inheritor of Attack Titan. Kruger later admitted that he didn’t know who these memories belonged to.
But if shifters can only remember the memories of their predecessors then how is Kruger supposed to have learned about Mikasa or Armin when they weren’t born at the time this interaction between Grisha, Eren Kruger occurred?
Chapter 121 of Attack on Titan manga features Grisha telling Frieda Reiss a special ability the Attack Titan has. The other shifters inherit only the memories of their predecessors. However, the Attack Titan’s owner can see the memories of its predecessors as well as its successors.
This means Eren Kruger’s memory was of an heir to Attack Titan.
Although Kruger’s memories have not been confirmed, it is possible that Grisha or Eren could be the inheritor, since they are the only inheritors to know about Mikasa and Eren.
This new view of Kruger’s statement suggests that he wasn’t speaking to Grisha when he mentioned Mikasa or Armin. Rather, he was reciting the words he had heard in the mind of a future inheritor.
What is the “mission” at this stage? It is still acquiring the Founding Titan or restoring Eldia. Kruger could have seen Grisha’s memories.
Grisha asks Grisha to save Armin or Mikasa while transferring the Attack Titan/ Founding Titan to Eren.
Kruger could have seen this memory and blurted out Mikasa or Armin’s names.
Kruger would view the memory through Grisha’s eyes, so it is impossible for him to recognize a young Eren.
Kruger could have seen Eren’s memories, but Eren might not have said such a thing. Did Mikasa and Armin really face any grave danger?
Eren activated the rumbling in the manga and caused many problems. him looks evil.
It is interesting to notice that Eren, who forces his father to kill Reiss family members at the chapel in Chapter 121, uses similar words to Krugen. This reminds Grisha that this is the story he started!
Kurz gesagt, Eren Kruger saw a future memory belonging to Grisha Yeager and Eren Yeager through the ‘paths that connected the subjects in Ymir. This is how Eren Kruger learned about Mikasa, Armin.
This speculation has also led to speculations about an Attack on Titan universe that contains a closed-time loop.
Even if they could see the future, the inheritors can’t change it. The actions they take will eventually bring forth the same future.
It’s similar to the plots of 12 Monkeys, Interstellar and even the first two seasons Dark.
Although the protagonists want to make a difference in the future, it is their actions that ultimately lead to the future they fear.
Which memory do you believe Eren Kruger saw through the power of the Attack Titan? Please comment below!