The Solo Yelena image is literally the most unnerving thing in this series and with good reason, because now it seems like Yams is hitting us with some deep misdirection.
-Last chapter, Armin presented a single question to 104 crew and to the readers. “What did Yelena say in secret to Eren to send him down this path?” Many of us overlooked it because we think we know all there is to know at Yelena is just a psychotic zealot.
But, we know as a fact that Yelena is a pathological liar. And not a good one since Pixis tells her that she needs to mix some truths into her lies to make them more convincing.
She could’ve just been hiding Zeke’s true plan, and she could just be a religious zealot, but honestly she’s such a wildcard that I don’t really believe it in full anymore. Everything about her is strange. Her height, origins, one eye closed trait, smile, etc.
Everything about her is mysterious, most of all, whatever she showed or told Eren in secret.
It is also strange that she is not taking part in this battle or even watching it. We can chalk it up to “oh she’s just crazy” but if that were the case, why showcase her in this one ominous panel? The last time we saw a single panel of someone in this manga was when we got the single shot of Zeke before he betrayed Marley.
Idk what Yelena is but it is something “more” than just a crazy zealot. Wouldn’t surprise me if she was the final villain, antagonist or the devil in the flesh.
She’s been pushing the story forward too much to be anything less - 1.) Her secret meeting with Eren 2.) Leading the Yeargerists government overthrow 3.) Telling 104 the truth of Zeke’s plan 4.) Freeing 104 from Prison 5.) Chilling eerily during this final battle.
Also, the Norse version of the name Yelena can be ‘Hela” the daughter of Loki and a giant (hence her height) and who’s name translates to “goddess of death” “hidden” “secret” etc etc.