Annie Leonhart finally made an appearance after not being featured on the series for around 3 seasons. In the previous episode, we saw her in the preview after Eren broke all the Titan hardening all over the world. The latest episode was kind enough to give us a good peek into Annie’s Tragic past, redeeming her actions (to a certain extent).
Annie became so weak after being in self-imposed captivity for almost four years that she was easily overpowered by Hitch, a soldier with far weaker strength. Annie forces Hitch to comply with her orders to take her outside to see what has happened with the world after showing Hitch her cut hand.
Annie tells Hitch that she has a fair idea of what has happened since being trapped in her Titan hardening crystal. When they’re outside riding on a horse, she starts telling her story since she expects Hitch to listen since she claims that she has been listening to Hitch complain about men for a long time.
Annie’s Tragic Past: Annie’s Father And His Rigorous Physical Training
The new episode gave us an insight into Annie’s tragic past. Leonhart was born to a Marleyan mother and Eldian father and because of centuries of strong hatred between the two nations, she was abandoned as a toddler. So, an Eldian man from overseas who had been sent to the Liberio Internment Zone adopted her as his own and raised her.
However, he subjected her to harsh physical training from the day she was young to make sure she became a Marleyan soldier. This would enable them to become Honorary Marleyans which would help them get a lot of privileges. Due to this, she became cold and aggressive and cared about nothing.
The day she became strong enough, she beat him so badly due to the frustration she had built up over years that he was left unable to walk. Even then, he cried and exclaimed that she would be able to kill even if she was unarmed.
The Day Annie Left For Paradis Mission
However, her father became a different man before she left for Paradis Island. He told her that getting the status of Honorary Marleyans didn’t matter at all and profusely apologized for his past actions. This revelation made her look forward to meeting her father again, which explains why she shed tears in Attack on Titan Season 1 after she failed to capture Eren Yeager.
This story of Annie’s tragic past is narrated through the perspectives of both her father and Annie as they reflect on their past and use it as motivation to fight for each other. As her father is desperately trying to convince the Marleyan soldiers to let them escape citing the Rumbling, he remembers the promise they made to see each other.
Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 24 will be released on the 27th of February, 2022.