The following article contains spoilers for Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 1.
Attack on Titan has been an immensely popular anime ever since its release in 2013, with fans all around the world invested in this dark fantasy bloodbath. Fans learned early on that no one is safe, but one character always seemed untouchable: Levi Ackerman.
Widely believed to be humanity’s strongest soldier, this badass Squad Captain has been a favorite among fans since his first appearance in Chapter 14 of the much-loved manga.
He is unbelievably adept at using the vertical maneuvering gear, and has been shown to easily take out multiple Titans in mere minutes. A formidable opponent with unreal strength and agility, he is a Titan’s worst nightmare.
So it’s no surprise that the end of Season 4 Part 2 Episode 15 had fans’ jaws on the floor in shock.
Did…did Levi Ackerman just die?
Talk About A Cliffhanger
So what actually happened?
Levi had the Beast Titan Zeke Yeager completely immobilized after his failed escape attempt back in Episode 14.
Lying in the back of a cart with a Thunder Spear impaled into his stomach and the detonator around his neck, Zeke could do nothing but lie still and reminisce about his childhood while Levi begins to tortue him – ouch.
But just when it seemed Levi had Zeke completely trapped, the Beast Titan pulled one last deadly trick – he purposefully ignited the Thunder Spear and it detonated, sending both Levi and Zeke flying from the explosion in opposite directions.
We see Zeke land as nothing more than a smoking chunk of torso as he lays dying in the grass. As for Levi, we see nothing.
The last shot we get of our beloved Captain is of him being thrown from the exploding cart like a ragdoll amongst the smoke and rubble with no confirmation if he is dead or alive.
Zeke’s fate is just as unclear. The last we see of him is when he is lying in the grass, having a vision of a strange girl. A Pure Titan approaches and instead of eating him as Pure Titans usually would do, the Titan rips open her abdomen and places Zeke inside.
And that’s how Part 1 of Season 4 ends – with the fates of Zeke and Levi both unconfirmed, although Hange and Floch are both on their way to the area to investigate.
Did Levi Just Die?
If you only watch the anime, then you will have to wait until the premier of Season 4 Part 2 begins in January 2022 to learn the fate of Levi and Zeke. Until then, we can always speculate.
An explosion like that from a Thunder Spear is insanely powerful. It reduced Zeke to nothing more than his torso and head, and Levi was standing not too far from the blast.
While it’s possible for him to have turned and started to flee, we have seen over the past season how the Thunder Spears work and how once they are detonated, they explode pretty instantly.
It’s very unlikely that Levi was able to flee unscathed, and if he has somehow managed to survive, it is unlikely that Levi has escaped without massive injury.
But it’s Levi, right?
They can’t kill off Levi Ackerman, the most popular character from the whole anime and manga?
Well, if there’s one thing Attack on Titan has proven over its four season run, is that no character is safe from death. Favorites like Petra, Erwin, and Sasha (yes, even beloved Potato Girl Sasha) have all unfortunately perished in this merciless show.
Just like Mikasa said, the world is a cruel place, and manga writer Hajime Isayama has not held back in the past from giving the most popular characters the chop.
Luckily for Levi, he does have an advantage against all the other characters: he is an Ackerman.
As we found out in Season 3, the Ackermans are a surprisingly strong clan with the special ability that allows them to resist the Founding Titan’s influence.
They also have the ability of the ‘awakened power’ which allows the Ackermans to exhibit physical strength beyond what a normal human being can do. This is why Levi and Mikasa, another Ackerman, are so much stronger and quicker than their fellow soldiers.
We learned from Eren back in Episode 14 that this is because the Ackermans were originally created to protect the Eldian Royal Family, although seeing as Eren got this information from Zeke, we can’t be sure if it’s entirely reliable yet.
But still, Levi has an abnormal amount of strength and resilience due to his Ackerman heritage, giving him an advantage towards survival.
It may be possible that this heritage and awakened power of his can help him survive the Thunder Spear explosion. But even if he survives, is it possible that even an Ackerman can make it out of this without a scratch?
If Levi is alive, what about his injuries? It could be that Levi is out of the fighting game for the rest of Season 4, which would be a disappointment to all of his fans worldwide. But hey, he’d have a better chance of survival then, right?
What About The Beast Titan?
The last we saw of Zeke was him being placed in the abdomen of a Pure Titan. Usually, Pure Titans aim to devour people in hope of finding a Titan Shifter, allowing them to absorb the Titan Shifter’s abilities and return to their previous human form.
So naturally, when we see Zeke being placed in a Pure Titan’s stomach, our first instinct is to assume that he is being eaten (in some kind of abnormal way) and that Zeke is a goner.
But there are two hints that this may not be the case:
The first is that the Pure Titan who has placed Zeke in its abdomen is under Zeke’s control, as it was originally a scout who drank Zeke’s spinal fluid from the tainted wine. So perhaps this Titan is trying to help Zeke rather than consume him?
The second hint is the strange vision Zeke had of the girl just before the Pure Titan appeared. Who is she?
Of course, all the answers to these questions can be found in the Attack on Titan manga. The final chapter was published in April 2021, so the adventure is finally closed for Eren, Armin, Mikasa, and all the other characters in Attack on Titan.
Their fates are sealed, and while we wait for the final part of Season 4 to be released, the answers to all our questions are available.
If you don’t want spoilers for the final part of Season 4, then it is best to stop reading now.
If you can’t wait and you need to find out now if Levi survives and takes down the Beast Titan for once and for all, then keep on reading down below.
Still here? Then here are your answers:
Thankfully, Levi lives to fight another day, although he is severely wounded from the Thunder Spear explosion.
He is rescued by Hange, who escapes Floch by swimming down the river with an unconscious Levi in tow, and the two flee so Levi can rest and recover in time for the final battle.
Zeke is revived in the Pure Titan’s abdomen by the founder Ymir, and the two finally come face to face during the final battle where, in an effort to put an end to Eren’s plan, Zeke sacrifices himself to Levi and Levi finally fulfills his promise to Erwin to end the Beast Titan.
And that’s it – Levi survives Attack on Titan to the bitter end, only losing a few digits and gaining a couple of scars on his beautiful face. Zeke, however, is not so lucky but hey – he kind of deserves it.
So what did you think? Is this the ending you wanted for Levi and the Beast Titan?