‘Attack on Titan’: Which Characters Does Episode 78 Title ‘Two Brothers’ Reference?

Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 is chugging along at a rapid pace, and amid all of the action, the anime’s latest installment focuses on the theme of brotherhood. Upon hearing that Attack on Titan Episode 78 would be titled “Two Brothers,” many assumed it would focus on two characters: Eren and Zeke. But as it turns out, several pairs of brothers find themselves in the spotlight this week.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Attack on Titan Episode 78, “Two Brothers.”]

Eren and Zeke reunite in ‘Attack on Titan’ Episode 78

Zeke Jaeger in 'Attack on Titan' Season 4 Part 1. He's wearing a beige uniform and looking down at someone.
Zeke in ‘Attack on Titan’ | Hajime Isayama/Kodansha

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Despite the title “Two Brothers” referring to multiple characters from Attack on Titan, Episode 78 does place most of its focus on Eren and Zeke. The two have been trying to reach one another since season 4 part 2 began, and they’ve gone to great lengths to do so. The latest installment finally sees them reunited — with surprising results.

Eren does successfully make contact with Zeke in episode 78, but he gets his head blown off in the process. Fortunately, Zeke catches it, transporting them both to The Paths. That’s when things truly get interesting.

Once the two brothers reach The Paths and come across the Founder, Ymir, Eren reveals his true intentions. Evidently, he never planned to go along with his brother’s euthanization plan. It’s unclear what, exactly, he intended instead. But Zeke takes control of the Founder, greeting his brother’s betrayal with a betrayal of his own. The episode ends with Eren in chains, leaving his relationship with Zeke in an interesting place.

Two other pairs of brothers face tragedy in ‘Attack on Titan’ Episode 78

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In addition to all the double-crossing from Eren and Zeke, two other sets of brothers face tragedy in Attack on Titan Episode 78.

To start, Zeke doesn’t hold back his scream in order to spare Falco from a terrible fate. And when Falco transforms into a Pure Titan, Colt gets caught in the explosion. His final moments are spent holding his younger brother — and it’s heart-wrenching, even for a series like this one.

Fortunately, Falco doesn’t stay a Pure Titan. He almost eats Reiner and inherits the Armored Titan, but Galliard makes the sacrifice instead. Worn down from his fight with Eren — and realizing his own brother pushed to have Reiner join the Warrior Unit instead of him — Galliard allows Falco to eat him. Galliard’s final thoughts lead back to his brother, proving how deep that bond goes.

Of course, all three storylines referenced by the title also prove that no characters in Attack on Titan are safe.

The anime continues to prove that no one is safe

If nothing else, all these exchanges in Attack on Titan Episode 78 prove that none of the characters are safe. Every set of brothers referenced in the title has a tragic outcome this week. And as the war between Marley and Paradis Island escalates, more people are likely to perish.

As season 4 part 2 continues, it’s becoming more and more doubtful that this anime will get a happy ending. At this point, the best viewers can hope for is probably peace.

New episodes of Attack on Titan drop every Sunday on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.

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