I have read somewhere that Isayama already knows the final ending of the Attack on Titan manga, but the route which he will get there is unknown to him.

Are there any interviews where he specifies this?

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There are high chances that the answer is Yes.

He does have an ending in mind even though it is a different one and not the original end which he planned when he started the manga. As you can see here:

In an interview with White-Screen.jp, Isayama has said that he's been evolving his manga, with new elements being added. However, one of the more substantial changes to the series' direction is that he has abandoned plans for an audience traumatizing ending..... With all the support that the series has received, he didn't want to slam the fans with a traumatic conclusion.

The interview is here (only in japanese) and another source of information can be found here.

In another interview he says:

It seemed like my editor wasn’t going to let the series start to be published unless I had an ending in mind.

There are high chances that the situation is like this:

He had the dark ending planned up, then he abandoned it due to the reasons above and changed the route of events to a happier end but he may or may not have a clear and set in stone happier end with all of the characters' fate decided, only a general idea which is still left to be polished.

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    I am now led to believe that humanity was going to be ultimately wiped out as his "audience traumatizing ending" >:]
    – BlueBuddy
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 22:45
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    Or maybe a gruesome fail for the main characres in reaching their objective and finding out the truth
    – Fel31
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 22:46
  • Thanks for the detailed response. This manga has always caught me off guard, and yet I am naively hoping for a positive ending. I guess the show has too much of an impact to allow a traumatizing ending.
    – mjeshtri
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 23:42
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    I bet the original ending must have something to do with why it is called Attack on Titan. Hopefully after he released the happy ending he'd also release the original ending. Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 4:25
  • @surveyCorps It was my pleasure
    – Fel31
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 11:10

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