At the meeting of the Paradis government, Historia decides the people within the walls must be told the truth about the Titans which had been kept secret for 100 years and that the breaching of the wall by Titans was the beginning of a planned invasion by the state of Marley. This information is met with mixed reactions among the population. When Hitch approaches the survivors at a ceremony to honor their fallen comrades, Floch tells her what a hero Marlo was. He also raises the difficult question of why Armin was given the serum instead or Erwin, a controversial decision even among the survivors. As Historia presents the nine survivors with their medals, Eren touches her hand, and immediately he is flooded by memories of the Fritz royal family, indicating a connection through Titan blood. Within a year after the attack on Trost District, the Titans inside Wall Maria have been killed and the inhabitants return to their hometowns to begin rebuilding and farming. Six years after the fall of Wall Maria, the Survey Corps including the survivors again begin expeditions outside the wall. One day they find a Titan unable to move because of its small arms and legs and realize that they must be close to the perimeter wall where Eldians are turned into Titans by Marley. Riding further on, they finally arrive at the wall where Grisha became a Titan, and for the first time they see the shimmering ocean. They joyfully play in the water, though Eren realizes that they only found enemies across the sea instead of the freedom he has been seeking.