For all of us Attack on Titan fans, Season 2 left us with quite the cliffhanger. Hannes had just sacrificed himself to protect Eren and Mikasa from the Smiling Titan. Ymir joined forces with the Armored and Colossal Titans by aiding them in their escape. Meanwhile, Eren went on to protect the entire group by using his strange new ability, the Coordinate, to control the surrounding Titans. And, if all this wasn’t enough excitement, we also got to see a glimpse of the Beast Titan’s human form.
Between all of these last-minute reveals, fans could not wait to see what the next episode had in store. Unfortunately, this meant waiting until the release of season 3 to continue our journey with Eren and the gang. It definitely was not much of a consolation knowing that we previously had to wait three and a half years for season 2.
Fortunately, we were lucky this time and only had to wait about a year. On July 23, the first episode of season 3 finally made its debut. According to Chief Director Tetsuro Araki, the first half of season 3 will largely focus on Krista and her backstory. He further described this season as “to venture” and to explore entirely new subjects in the franchise. He said the show is definitely going to touch upon some new territory and “thread on more intense drama.” So, it seems like many of our biggest questions might finally be answered in this season. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long to see the next episode, which airs on July 30.
From the interview, Araki also implied that the season will have two courses (segments). As a result, this likely means there will be about 21-25 episodes in the season. Assuming that the new episodes are to be aired weekly, we should have new Attack on Titan content for the next five to six months. So, even if it took a year for this season, it definitely was worth the wait.
To see the full interview with Attack on Titan Chief Director Tetsuro Araki, check out the video below.