I've gotta say, if there's a grim reminder 2.0 I will lose a lot of faith in the writing of SNK. I don't see it happening at all. I think Eren's words to Reiner about his motives being 'same as you' are in reference to Reiner/the Titan Trio's motives: Saving Humanity. The 'I don't have a choice' bit could be either the Attack Titan ideology or someone's plan (I don't even know if it's the SC's at this point) that he's forced to follow through with.
I would be disappointed to say the least if that type of attack happens, yeah. I get that the Walldians can’t play defense forever, but they can’t keep up the offense for terribly long either. Severely weakening their enemies makes sense, but what comes after? They just keep fighting enemy after enemy until…what, exactly? Hope that the world fears them enough to leave them alone entirely?
There’s a scene in chapter 90 between Levi, Hange, and the two news reporters who helped during the uprising. One of the reporters comments how the world wants them dead because they’re viewed as monstrous abominations. The more they are dehumanized by others, the worse their chances are. The point of Willy’s performance is to further push that idea by framing the current owner of the coordinate as the embodiment of evil who’s in the way of true peace.
Carrying out a full scale attack at that festival is the surest way to cement that belief. It would only amplify the world’s hatred for the Walldians.
The fact that it’s even referred to as a second “grim reminder” is even worse because we’ve been hit over the head with the idea that repeating a bloody history is not the path to take. I don’t understand how that would solve anything….
That can’t be the best solution the military has come up with after 4 years since learning the truth about their world. There has to be more to it than that.
The optimist in me wants to believe your take on Eren’s words to Reiner, since he even reminds him what he was fighting for to begin with. Falco also thinks to himself how he wants to free the Eldians from war, questioning if Reiner feels the same. Now all three of them are in a room together as Willy Tybur announces the “truth” to the world.
This is the last thing we see Eren say to Reiner this chapter:
As difficult as it is to properly read Eren right now, that look he gives Reiner doesn’t look cold or sinister. More like pity if anything.
The “I don’t have a choice” bit continues to throw me off. I hadn’t considered the role of the Attack/Advancing Titan coming into play, that’s an interesting thought. Though I do dislike the idea of Eren, of all people, simply being a slave to some other entity. I thought this kid was all about free will and fighting for what’s right. Following tough and controversial military orders is something he steadily learned to accept, but I like to believe he would struggle to follow through on orders that completely go against his morals. We already know he was adamant about keeping some secrets to himself out of fear of Historia being sacrificed.
Granted, that was in the past and we have no idea what’s become of that knowledge.
We’re all locked out of the loop.