Putting it mildly, the shocking revelation in last week’s episode of Attack on Titan blew everyone away.
There was a definite bump on the belly of the tiny Queen Historia as she sat in a wooden rocking chair, so this was not the reunion that fans had envisioned. A second look was warranted due to the casualness with which the reveal was made.
In contrast to the stoic Queen, Historia’s memories of happier times felt haunting. The time-mysterious gap’s events are still a mystery, even after these shocking disclosures.
Questions like “Who got Historia pregnant?” would flood the internet in the wake of such a shocking revelation.
Do you think it could have been Eren? Who was the male companion she was seen with?
Manga readers have the same trouble finding answers to these questions. But I can introduce you to two competing theories in the community, and they make for fascinating reading.
SPOILERS AHEAD! This page contains spoilers from Attack on Titan.
The farmer who was friends with Historia when they were both young is the only plausible candidate for the father of Historia’s child.
Given the murkiness of the circumstances surrounding her conception, many people are inclined to dismiss this as a red herring.
There are also strong arguments that suggest Eren could be the father.
Who Got Historia Pregnant?
Now that the manga is nearing its conclusion, readers still don’t know what’s up with Historia’s pregnancy. In the tenth episode of the fourth season, Historia’s longtime friend the farmer is revealed to be the father of her child.
Unfortunately, this is all we know about the paternal lineage officially until Chapter 137.
Nonetheless, many viewers have been put off by the unbelievable plot twist of having an unimportant side character serve as the father of the child.
Of course not! Despite being only two chapters from the conclusion, we still don’t know his name.
Is this the final chapter in the story of Ymir and Historia? Not in the least.
Many readers are still hoping to find the secret behind the series by delving into the author Hajime Isayama’s mysterious mind and scouring the dialogue and panels.
Many new and intriguing aspects have emerged as a result, all of which I plan to discuss.
There are now two camps of fans: those who think the farmer is the father of Historia’s child, and those who think Eren is the father.
All sides here have valid points to make. And both of these explanations bother me for reasons I will explain below.
How significant is Historia’s pregnancy? is one of the main questions I keep asking. To what extent does the identity of the father matter? Isayama has established a system in which the only viable options are both yes and no.
Just like Levi’s part in the final act, Historia’s is largely undefined. Despite their huge fan base, these two seem to have played a secondary role in the story’s final arc. Only in flashbacks do we see Historia, and her only recent panel is when she gives birth.
There may be some significance to this main arc, as her absence from the final arc may be a hint at her importance.
The question is, however, is that the problem? It’s not that she’s a minor player; rather, her function in the narrative has reached its conclusion. The bitter truth isn’t easy to swallow, but Isayama isn’t the type to sugarcoat things.
However, one could argue that Isayama is simply waiting until the very last panel of the manga to reveal a crucial fact about the father’s identity.
The image of Eren holding his newborn child at the manga’s conclusion would unquestionably become iconic.
There are issues, however, with the possibility that Eren is the father. However, due to Isayama’s persistent teasing, the simple acceptance of farmer-Kun (the community-bestowed name) as the father also feels incomplete.
It can be interpreted as trolling, or it can be seen as a setup for a big reveal (that would then be less big).
And so we return to our original question: Does the Father even matter? Isayama finally starts talking about how she got pregnant in Chapter 130.
However, being the sly person that he was, he tricked us by providing panels in unexpected places and choppy dialogue.
Historia’s knowledge of Eren’s plan allows her to advise him against it, as she would any other person. Historia’s safety was always going to be in jeopardy as long as Zeke was on the island.
Eren acts as the whistleblower, pleading with Historia to either flee or fight off the military police. Historia appeared to be on Eren’s side, albeit reluctantly after he refused to allow the cycle of “children eating parents.”
Even if Eren calls her “the worst girl in the world,” that doesn’t change the fact that she is awful.
The panel then cuts to Zeke and Eren talking about Mikasa’s feelings for him, and Eren explains that he only has four years to live when asked how he would respond.
In an oddly placed panel right after this one, Historia asks him for his opinion on whether or not she should have a baby (as a way to evade being fed to Zeke). This panel’s odd placement is what has fans scratching their heads.
Misunderstanding is compounded by the fact that Mikasa’s feelings for Eren are front and center in this episode.
The romantic undercurrent in Eren and Mikasa’s relationship seems to have been set by their conversation in Chapter 123 and by his interest in her emotions in Chapter 130.
All of this adds up to a situation involving Historia and Eren that is difficult to grasp.
With the revelation that Historia got pregnant for survival reasons, many people have stopped caring about the identity of the father.
While that explanation may seem uninteresting at first, it is of critical importance. Historia used to be someone who didn’t think she deserved to live, so she would often come up with elaborate plans to commit suicide while hiding behind her “Krista Lenz” persona.
However, it was Ymir’s intervention and presence in her life that gave her the will to keep on living.
Furthermore, deciding to direct her own life was a breakthrough. The panel’s placement, however, remains a mystery to me.
Fans have commented on Historia’s mental health and her choice to have a baby because of her stoic and unhappy expression.
To be fair, I do think that Historia’s melancholy isn’t due to her impending motherhood so much as it is due to her awareness of Eren’s scheme.
This is because she is the one who proposes having a baby, and she doesn’t seem to be too upset about the prospect.
It’s not such a far-fetched idea that the father doesn’t matter. Now, however, regardless of the father’s importance, let’s investigate the two competing theories regarding his identity.
Who Was the Man With Historia?
The farmer is a strong candidate for the paternal role. The fact that he is the biological father is the primary reason for this.
There appears to be no further information to be uncovered about this case. The question of who the father was has no bearing he is the father.
By doing so, we are reminded of the importance of our choice to ensure Historia’s safety and survival.
If she were to inherit the Beast Titan, her lifespan would be reduced to 13 years. Her decision to abandon her previous stance seems emblematic of her will to continue to exist.
And even though the farmer is an anonymous figure. Historia has some sort of past with him, even if we were never shown it. Even so, it’s still a connection.
A redeemed childhood bully provides a decent story setting. Nonetheless, it’s a little unsettling that his name isn’t being made a bigger deal of.
Historia approaches the farmer in panels from Chapter 108, while Eren watches on. The clothing they are wearing suggests that this scene takes place immediately after the one depicted in Chapter 130, where Eren and Historia were talking.
It’s highly improbable that Isayama is intentionally misleading us by showing us “fake” panels. Is it not likely that the farmer will recall doing this?
It’s highly unlikely that artificial insemination was being practiced on Paradis Island.
Although it can be argued that Eren tampered with his memories, this powerful ability of the Founding Titan was not available to Eren at this point.
Historia hears from him directly that he is willing to erase her memory if she will just “stay quiet till then.”
Eren was not yet proficient at manipulating memories. While I do not doubt that the Founding Titan can reorganize memories, I am less confident in its ability to create new ones.
Up until this point, there has been no evidence to suggest that Founding Titan holders intentionally create memories. Therefore, it can be concluded that the events depicted in the panels occurred.
This would also clarify Chapter 134, where the farmer is seen praying outside of the room where Historia is giving birth. Eren’s position on having children is also crystal clear.
He has spoken out against the practice of having babies for the sake of perpetuating the royal bloodline and the Titan name. It’s almost out of character for him to go and get Historia pregnant.
Despite the story’s emphasis on love and family, I found the focus on Eren’s secret romantic rendezvous at the end to be rather cheap.
The stress on his friendship with Mikasa should also be noted. When asked by Zeke whether he would respond to Mikasa’s feelings, Eren said that he only had a few years left. If you follow that reasoning, having a child is out of the question.
Eren has seen firsthand the impact that fathers have on their children through Grisha. Responsibility for his father’s well-being has been a heavy burden for him, but unlike Zeke, he has not been traumatized to the same degree.
Eren knows the pain that Zeke felt because his father was always busy and never paid much attention to him. Again, it’s not like Eren to ignore what he’s seen and keep going in the same direction.
It’s clear that Eren places Armin and Mikasa and by extension the 104th Cadet Corps, high on his list of priorities, based on the snippets of his monologue and his general state of mind that we’ve seen so far.
It appears that Eren Kruger was addressing Eren when he told Grisha, “to save Mikasa and Armin.” The idea that Eren suddenly wants to destroy the world to protect Historia and the baby is bizarre.
Eren isn’t the demonstrative type, but he’s a good friend to his comrades and would do anything to help Historia if he could.
Pregnancy at such an early date could be used as evidence against the farmer. It is revealed in chapter 134 that Historia fabricated her pregnancy. In Chapter 112, Levi says that Historia is due to have her baby in a few months.
When Historia gives birth in Chapter 134, however, it is revealed that the entire chapter was a lie. In Japan, women typically expect to carry their babies for 10 months.
The Military Police may have been fooled by the lie to prepare her for feeding Zeke shortly after her birth.
In conclusion, the panel featuring Mikasa and Eren is a strong argument against Eren being the father. Some people think the scene’s romantic undertones are being overlooked. ‘
To be sure, Isayama goes back to that point in Mikasa’s speech. What Mikasa said in response to Eren’s question, “What am I to you?” seemed to have a major impact on the course of events.
An obvious romantic undercurrent runs through Eren’s fixation on Mikasa’s emotions and her scarf. This contradicts the theory that Eren is the father.
Is Eren the Father?
Stronger evidence suggests that Eren may be the father. The reason for this is that Historia’s pregnancy is always a secondary topic of conversation when brought up at all by Isayama, who never gives any concrete details.
The untruthful assertion of when the pregnancy occurred also adds a mysterious dimension.
It has been speculated that Eren is not the biological father of Historia’s child and that the political situation would be less “messy” if the farmer were to pretend to be the father.
There is no romantic interest between Historia and the farmer, as evidenced by the fact that she has not married him.
And if you ask me, the farmer has no reason to work with her. That’s something you’ll have to watch the episode to find out.
When we were kids, the farmer wasn’t a pal; he was a bully. He would hurl rocks at Historia to get her attention. It’s believable that he’d agree to play the part of a beard if it meant starting on the road to redemption.
The initial favorability toward Eren is due to the palpable chemistry between Historia and Eren.
They have a lot in common, including having both experienced feelings of being undeserving of life, burdened by their destiny, and thinking of themselves as “the enemy of humanity.” They have older siblings who are close in age but very different in outlook.
Both Eren and Historia appear to be trustworthy confidantes, with an intuitive grasp of their frailties. This explains why, out of the entire 104th, he chooses to share his plans with Historia.
To return to Historia’s pregnancy for a moment, the timing seems off. Yelena never stops harping on the fact that the plot was hatched ten months ago. Also, Floch claims that Eren shared his strategy with him ten months ago.
Historia’s conception occurs at this time. Yelena also claims that Eren met with Zeke in private for 10 months. Eren wasn’t seen again until Chapter 123 after the Survey Corps infiltrated Marley.
Although the story’s emphasis on “ten months ago” may seem off, this gives him plenty of time to meet Historia.
However, being the father would not lead to anything for Eren. Isayama isn’t the type to highlight cliche plot points or, for that matter, romance. So, it would be significant to the story if Eren turned out to be the father.
Is there some connection to the last panel? Maybe.
A man is shown holding a baby and telling it, “You are free,” in the final panel. This could be a love song to the baby that Eren brings into the world, which is free at last. Eren is successful whereas Grisha was unsuccessful.
Eren’s unwillingness to kill Historia for Zeke is also brought up as a reason. The romantic nature of the relationship between Eren and Historia is at the heart of many of these debates. The relationship between Grisha and Dina has been compared to that of Eren and Historia.
The doubt is fueled by Isayama’s handling of Historia’s pregnancy. Oddly, Historia’s panel appears immediately after Zeke and Eren discuss Mikasa’s emotions.
It does raise doubts about the veracity of the pregnancy account. If Eren is the father, this pregnancy may have more significance than Historia simply wanting to live a long life.
Isayama’s mental state is hinted at by the final arc’s sporadic focus on Historia. To cap off the story, Historia gives birth.
The fight scenes are interrupted occasionally by flashbacks, Historia’s pregnancy, and monologues from Eren, Mikasa, and Armin.
The question is, what kind of import does this have? The significance of Historia’s pregnancy cannot be ignored, and it is clear that something is ‘off’ about it.
The circumstances surrounding Historia’s pregnancy are unclear, leading some to believe that it could be a red herring.
One perspective argues that if the farmer is the father, it seems unnecessary to tease the pregnancy in such a way.
On the other hand, if Eren is the father, it raises the question of why he would leave a baby behind, as it does not seem in character for him to do so.
This argument suggests that Historia’s decision to live life on her terms is a significant conclusion to her character arc and that it is a misperception to assume that her first instinct would be to have a baby with Eren.
It is argued that Historia’s character arc is influenced by both Ymir and Eren, but ultimately it is her own.
Another argument suggests that much of the speculation about Eren being the father is based on the ambiguity of the situation and the bond between Eren and Historia.
This perspective acknowledges the ambiguity of the issue, but differs in the interpretation of the nature of the bond between Eren and Historia, arguing that it is not necessarily romantic.
This argument suggests that Eren’s strong and caring personality, as demonstrated through his actions towards his friends and allies, would make it natural for him to not want to sacrifice Historia.
It is also argued that Eren’s priority in life is centered on Mikasa and Armin and that Historia and Eren’s relationship is more familial than romantic.
Ultimately, it seems that the identity of the father of Historia’s child is still up for debate and will likely remain so until more information is revealed in the series.