If you watched Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 4, you may be wondering just who Falco is related to. Where did you hear the name Grice before and why is that family important? Here are all the details.The secret and heartbreaking truth behind Falco's family bloodline. Click To Tweet
This article will have spoilers for Season 4 Episode 4, but the article itself is manga-spoiler-free. Please don’t add spoilers from the manga in the comments. Thanks. 🙂
Dr. Jaeger Tells Eren to Leave Falco Alone
Dr. Jaeger talks to Eren about Falco before he has a mental breakdown in front of his grandson. He basically warns him away from Falco.
“His uncle was the leader of the Eldian Restorationists,” Jaeger tells Eren. “Restorationists are sent to Paradise and not even their family is spared. To protect their family, he and his brother trained to be Warriors, and when his brother was chosen to inherit the Beast Titan, the Grice family knew they were finally safe.”
He then tells Eren that he doesn’t want him sending Falco on any more errands for him, because it will hurt all the hard work that Falco and his brother have done to keep the family safe.
“If he comes under suspicion, all their effort will have been for nothing.”
Falco’s Uncle Is the ‘Grice’ Who Recruited Eren’s Dad
Dr. Jaeger shares that Falco’s uncle was the leader of the restorationists, and then he reveals that Falco is a member of the Grice family.
No, Falco is not related to Eren (though it’s understandable why you might have gotten confused about that during the conversation.) When Jaeger talks about Falco’s brother being chosen to be the Beast titan, he’s not talking about Zeke. He’s talking about the Eldian who is going to inherit Zeke’s power and is currently being prepared for that “honor.”
Falco is also NOT related to Reiner, although he certainly looks like him.
Falco’s uncle was the man known only as “Grice” in Season 3 Episode 20, when we saw flashbacks from Eren’s father, Grisha. Falco’s uncle, Grice, was friends with Eren’s dad, Grisha. In fact, he was the one who originally recruited Grisha into the Restorationist movement, as shared in Season 3 Episode 20. You can see a screenshot above of the moment he revealed his connection to the movement to Grisha.
It was also Grice who was at the edge of the wall and crying after Zeke turned them all in. He asked Grisha why they ever trusted him. “Why did we let a guy like you… Eldia is finished,” he said while crying. It was Grisha’s plan that got them all turned in to the Marleyans. It was Grisha who was their downfall.
Grice wasn’t turned into a titan. He was just kicked over the wall and told to run north. “If you’re lucky, you’ll make it to the wall,” a Marleyan told him. But as he started running, they turned other Eldians (the people who served with him in the Restorationist movement) into titans. And those titans ran after him to try to eat him. We’re not shown if they ate Grice or not. When Grisha’s wife was turned into a titan, Grice was apparently still alive because a Marleyan commented that she chose Grice over Grisha.
The Owl later tells Grisha that the only way anyone can make it to the Wall is if they are in Titan form. So more than likely, Grice was eaten by a titan. But we were never shown that scene.
Now Falco is trying desperately to keep his family safe. He and his brother are only in the warrior program because of their uncle. And their uncle was only exposed because of Eren’s dad and Eren’s half-brother. And now Eren is using Falco to get to Reiner. Their fates are all closely interconnected.
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