Mikasa tries to reason with Titan-Eren, but to no avail. Titan-Eren continues his attack and accidentally incapacitates himself, slumping to the ground. The elites protecting Eren send up a red flare to signal that the plan has failed, much to the dismay of the troops observing from the wall. As Armin heads toward Eren to investigate, the elite squadron argues and eventually agrees to protect Eren over abandoning him, recognizing him as a valuable military asset. During the operation, Jean is separated from Connie and Annie after his Maneuver Gear malfunctions, forcing him to hide from two Titans in a building. Armin reaches the unconscious Titan-Eren, but Mikasa calls to him, warning that he is in a dangerous state. Armin plunges his sword into the side of Titan-Eren's neck, which briefly awakens him. As Armin talks of the outside world and Eren's promise to kill all the Titans, Eren leaves his dreamlike-state and regains consciousness.