I love people shitting on gutsca but shipping griffguts... where's ur logic buddy
Ironically what attracted Griffith to Guts at very first sight was the fact that Guts does live for no reason. He’s attracted to Guts for his freedom from a dream, in a way. Guts’ whole struggler thing, running into battle and fighting his way back out simply because he refuses to let himself die (a la the attempted failed suicide by wolf pack, eg), is the exact opposite of Griffith’s justify-your-life philosophy, and on some level imo Griffith craves that comparative freedom.
He may not exactly draw this connection himself, he’s got p huge blinders on when it comes to insisting to himself that his dream is a worthwhile, ideal goal, but I’d say it’s definitely there in his fascination with Guts before he knows him at all, based solely on watching him fight.
It’s an extra dose of irony to Guts overhearing the Promrose Hall speech and deciding he needs a dream of his own so Griffith will like him. And it’s really sad imo, because Griffith needs a reason to live while Guts doesn’t - Griffith doesn’t consider himself inherently worthy of existence, he has to earn it by achieving something great. Guts doesn’t - Guts can fight to live just to live.
imo this is one reason that Griffith nearly getting himself killed to save Guts’ life is so meaningful - he’s doing what Guts does, in those moments. He’s forgetting the dream, forgetting what he has to live for, throwing himself into danger, and fighting his way out, if not for his own life then for Guts’ (supposedly worthless) life.
It’s a minor piece of the larger overarching theme of his relationship with Guts potentially supplanting his dream as the thing that gives him a sense of worth. Like I can imagine an AU where instead of Guts overhearing the Promrose Hall speech and adopting Griffith’s lowkey self-loathing life philosophy Griffith slowly acclimates to Guts’ live for the sake of living life philosophy and becomes a much happier person as a result.
(@ninjabelle this is the thing I mentioned that I thought of after reading your post here.)
i’m just saying
reason we need more black swordsman/berserker casca aus: slan/casca potential
therainykitty replied to your post “what if griffith knows he’s in love with guts, like, the whole time i...”
I think seeing it either way is fine.Personally I think Griffith knew but never acted.I love the aching longing Griffith has for Guts tearing him apart inside as he has to choose between following his dream for his men's deaths or casting the burden aside for Guts. Choosing Guts betrays his men and choosing his dream betrays his heart. Pain accumulating till he cuts his love asunder at eclispe.
Nice! Yeah I do really dig this take for the shippy angst, it’s great. And I’m always in favour of more pining.