Attack on Titan season 4 return date: everything we know about the Final Chapters

Eren in his Titan form during Attack on Titan The Final Season
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Attack on Titan The Final Chapters Special 2 is all set to be the last episode of the long-running anime series. So, yes, we're about to say goodbye to Eren – and the longest 'final season' in the history of television. After 29 episodes split across three years, we're finally almost there.

Below, we'll have the latest on Attack on Titan season 4's break, when we can expect the Final Season to return for its second special, the latest trailers, and more.

Once you're done, dive into more of the best anime ever made – because you'll need something to replace the Titan-shaped hole in your heart when all is said and done. We've even got our Demon Slayer season 3 guides for those still keeping up with another of anime's biggest hits. There's the Demon Slayer season 3 release schedule and our explainer on how to watch Demon Slayer in order for fans both new and old alike.

When is Attack on Titan season 4 returning?

Armin in Attack on Titan

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The Attack on Titan Final Chapters Special 2 release date is set for Fall 2023. No other info has been released on what is confirmed to be the final episode of the show.

Anime's fall window typically starts in September and runs into October, so it's likely the Final Chapter will release then.

Is Attack on Titan Final Chapters a movie?

Eren in Attack on Titan

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The Final Chapters have been split into two longer parts - but they're not a movie.

Special 1, which aired in March, was an hour long. The second Special is expected to be around the same length, if not longer.

How many episodes of Attack on Titan are left?

Zeke in Attack on Titan

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Attack on Titan only has one episode left. That’s because it’s rapidly running out of source material.

For context, the first part of Attack on Titan Final Season/season four adapted the manga’s 91st chapter to chapter 116, taking 16 episodes. Final Season Part 2 lasted 12 episodes and ran through chapters 117-130. Final Chapters Special 1 adapted chapters 131-134.

There are only five manga chapters left to adapt, which means Attack on Titan Final Chapters Special 2 might be over an hour long to have ample time to bring the story home. 

Attack on Titan Final Chapters trailer

The trailer released before Attack on Titan Final Chapters Special 1 is short and sweet, teasing Eren's humble beginnings, his transformation into a monstrous Titan, and the apocalyptic Rumbling event. There is a glimpse of a sun-kissed happy ending... but is it too late for our one-time hero to go back from the brink? There's also a poster featuring the anime's heroes, including Eren and Mikasa, quite literally following in the footsteps of Eren has he puts his plan into motion.

A poster for Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3

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A second trailer, revealing more of Final Chapters Special 1, was revealed in March.  There was also a brief teaser, with no footage, circulating post-Special 1 release - confirming that Attack on Titan would return in the fall.

Attack on Titan Final Chapters story: What happened in Special 1 and what to expect next

Armin, Mikasa, Connie, and Jean in Attack on Titan

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Don't worry, we aren't getting into manga spoiler territory here. In fact, let's rewind a little to show how we got to this point.

The years-long conflict between the island of Paradis and Marley is coming to a close. The big question mark surrounding the Final Chapters is who comes out on top.

Eren has started the Rumbling, a world-ending move that sees the Titans encased in Paradis’ walls utilized as his own personal army. Eren is setting out to kill everyone outside of Paradis so (in his mind) his friends can live free lives without the cycle of revenge inevitably turning back to the ‘devils’ of his home island.

Standing in Eren’s way is the coalition of forces between Paradis and Marley. They consist of Eren’s ‘sister’ Mikasa, his one-time friends in the Survey Corps, and the remaining prominent forces of Marley.

Special 1, though, settled the fates of some major players. Floch, having survived his fall in Attack on Titan The Final Season's second part, sabotaged the coalition's plane that was due to take off to find Eren. He dies and so, too, does Hange - making the final sacrifice to give the group enough time to escape from the impending Rumbling.

While en route to Fort Salta, one of the last entrenched groups of humanity, the group are suddenly pulled into the Paths where Eren's disembodied voice says talking is not an option and he is giving them free will to choose what they do next. 

Meanwhile, Falco and Gabi (who have fled along with Annie on a ship) reveal that Falco's dreams - which he gets thanks to Zeke's spinal fluid - allows him to see a vision in which he's flying. Could this be something that turns the tide in the war?

The group eventually fly over Fort Salta and attack Eren and what appears to be Zeke's Beast Titan. Armin asks Eren whether he is free as the special comes to a close.

What next? Expect Eren to end up in a final showdown with Mikasa and the rest of the coalition over the fate of the planet. The question of whether she can tempt him to give up his warpath might make all the difference in the world, though talking now appears to be off the table. Don't discount several wildcards: Zeke, Falco, and Annie could all have a major say in whether the Rumbling ends and what Eren's fate could be.

2023 is shaping up to be a killer year for anime. Demon Slayer season 3 is out now and Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 is also on the way. If you're still playing catch up, here is how to watch Attack on Titan in order (though it might be a bit late to avoid spoilers for that if you've read everything above).

Bradley Russell

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