After partially transforming himself into a Titan to protect Armin and Mikasa, Eren climbs out from the Titan to talk with Mikasa and Armin regarding the basement in his former house and how he believes that the secret to mankind’s preservation and the key to destroying the Titans is located. Commander Kitz is still afraid and once again orders the cannon to be loaded. Eren comes up with two plans of escape: the first is for him to transform into a Titan and run away on his own, forever criminalizing himself in the eyes of humanity; The second is to have Armin convince to Kitz that Eren is an asset, not a danger. Armin has several flashbacks and comes to the realization that even if he is a coward physically, he can still defend his friends mentally and decides to help talk their way out of being executed. Armin tentatively convinces Kitz, only to have him overcome by fear and give the order to fire once more.