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Did it not sound strange when Griffith told Guts that he owned him? Then in the It was a symbol of brotherhood, if anything, and a sign of trust. prefers to be anonymous) of Griffith's relationship with Casca during the Golden Like for instance when he orders Casca to keep Guts warm. attraction to him is because he trusts her and appreciates her and admires her. With the momentous desertion of his most trusted confidant Guts, however, Griffith beds Princess Charlotte on impulse, bringing about his imprisonment.
Noblemen on the field caution him not to send soldiers provided by the king in search of merely two Falcons.
One after another, the officials shoot down ideas, until Griffith's opinion is asked for; he succinctly states he would reclaim the stronghold if ordered to by the king, much to the surprise of the other officials. In the midst of their bickering, the king asks Griffith if his claim was sincere, reminding him even Midland's strongest force, the White Tiger Knightscouldn't achieve such a feat.
Griffith reassures the king that a large force is unnecessary, as he only requires the Band of the Falcon. Convinced by Griffith's confidence, the king orders the Falcons to recapture Doldrey. Griffith assembles his Falcons in the dust field of Doldrey, splitting his forces into two: Just as Guts' chances of survival dwindle, a replacement sword suddenly lands before him.
A slightly panicked Griffith instructs Guts to take up the sword, subsequently witnessing the beheading of Boscogn. Shortly after, the Purple Rhino Knights look to their rear to see a recaptured Doldrey, now under the Falcons' hold. Having dealt a huge blow to the enemy's morale, Griffith orders his Falcons to slaughter all who provide further opposition.
As remnants of Tudor's forces scatter and the battle ends, Griffith approaches a trampled Governor Gennon, who had entered the fray earlier in hopes of seizing Griffith for himself. As Gennon begs for another night of pleasure with the Falcon, Griffith informs the governor that he bears no feelings whatsoever for him, as he was merely a method of ascension.
He then proceeds to pierce Gennon in the skull, so as to not inconvenience himself with the potential spreading of petty rumors. The Band of the Falcon receives a profusion of praise from Midland citizens and officials alike upon their victorious return, and a victory ball is held in celebration.
Before attending the party, however, Griffith concocts a scheme to do away with his political enemies, abducting Foss' daughter in order to gain the minister's compliance, and sending an order for Foss to gather all court members bearing ill will towards him in one place.
Once the nostrum's effects wear off, Griffith locks his political enemies in the tower they have gathered in to celebrate his apparent demise and has it set alight. The queen approaches the window of the tower room and, to her dismay, sees Griffith standing before the tower as flames engulf it.
Griffith reminds his enemies they are still at war and that the battlefield offers no spectator seats, before leaving to rendezvous with Foss nearby.
Foss, curious as to how Griffith knew of the ploy, asks why he was chosen to help in the scheme. Griffith reminisces over the first time they met, informing Foss that the fear in his eyes that day gave away his malicious intent. With the issue resolved, Griffith returns Foss' daughter to him, expressing hope for friendlier relations between them in the future. Before returning to his comrades, he begins to question whether he himself is cruel.
Guts reminds him that schemes such as his most recent one are merely a part of achieving his dream, to which Griffith agrees. The Falcon has fallen to earth.
It will never take flight again. While admired and idolized by his Band of the Hawk, Griffith is shrewd and ruthless in his ambition, manipulating or disposing of the people who oppose his rise to power without hesitation.
He's arrogant and brutally realistic about human nature, but most importantly, he's the kind of person that Guts aspires to stand on equal ground with. While Griffith rises on the shoulders of the people attracted by his charisma and determination, and he certainly takes their loyalty for granted, he doesn't betray their trust before the Eclipse or force them into anything they didn't sign up for. As mercenaries, they got the best deal by sticking with a leader who not only raises their chance at survival, but also enables a surrogate family to blossom within their ranks, taking them further than they could ever have dreamed.
He risks his life to save Guts from Zodd, and he doesn't charm Casca into following him for ruthless reasons. She joins him because of the feelings she projects onto him, as does everyone else. It's rather interesting that in a story where fate looms ever-present on the horizon, the maxim Griffith shares with the Hawks outside of the battlefield is "Do as you wish.
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Why is Guts any different? Griffith recognizes Guts' talents and wants to harness them to accomplish his goals, but that's not why he asks Guts to assassinate Julius instead of ordering him. It's also not the reason that only Guts is privy to the unsightly cleanup after the poisoning attempt, and it's not why Griffith loses his composure so spectacularly after Guts' departure.
Someone independent who can find his own reason to live and follow that part without guidance. And if anyone tries to crush his dream, protect it heart and soul.
Even if that person happened to be me. For me, a true friend is someone I consider my equal. Regretfully, the first of these moments is missing from the movie trilogy entirely, a rather baffling choice considering its crucial importance for Griffith's character arc and the conclusion of Golden Age. This is the first time we see his desire to rationalize what cannot be rationalized, which is met with the reward of temporary success.
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It is a blood-smeared dream, after all. I don't regret or feel guilty about it. But to risk thousands of lives while never getting my hands dirty It's not a dream that can be so easily realized! He's dangerously good at compartmentalization, closing off his heart to feelings of guilt and shame that would only get in the way of climbing to the top of the food chain. Unfortunately for him and everyone who believes in himhuman emotions don't work that way.
It's already hard for him to rationalize people dying for his dream, but Griffith's emotional turmoil escalates when he resorts to prostitution in exchange for funds to shorten the war effort. Outwardly, he reduces the lord who buys his body to nothing more than a pebble in his path, not worthy of any emotional reaction. But when he fails to literally wash the revulsion away, resorting to self-mutilation to transform the pain into something he can understand and repress, we clearly see the limits of his resilience.
It's a painfully human moment, but it's even more disturbing to see him succeed at this repression. Casca is much more shocked by how quickly he regains control and becomes all reassuring smiles again than she is to learn what he did. And so should we be. At the time of Guts and Griffith's second duel, the war is already won. Enemies at court have been subdued or disposed of, and Griffith has been raised to the peerage.
all a dream — Griffith and Casca: Resentment?
It's all simple scheming and charming himself into the line of succession from here, with no further need for Guts' particular talents. After years of idolization and success, Griffith has become used to the idea of himself as the infallible savior, detached from all those fragile humans he holds in the palm of his hand.
But simply losing control over Guts isn't what causes him to lose his composure.
The first instance of inner monologue we get from Griffith marks this moment as Golden Age's peripeteiaforeboding the significance that Guts' departure will have on Griffith before he is even defeated.
We've seen Griffith show a side to Guts that he doesn't share with anyone, thinking it would be too much for even the other Hawks to handle. With Guts, he can be honest, even going so far as to seek his approval on decisions. The best friendships form between self-sufficient people, and when Guts leaves to find a dream of his own and become truly self-sufficient, it turns out Griffith was the dependent one between them.
Griffith's no good without you! Casca could suddenly recognise Griffith as a human faced with awful choices and seriously struggling under the burden of his dream, his responsibility, and his guilt - and struggling alone all this time, despite being surrounded by people who adored him. And a human needs more than dreams to live for. She resolves to become his pillar of support and his most loyal soldier, and I really think this is the point when her feelings start to mature into a real and adult love for him rather than a starry-eyed crush or hero-worship.
It was seeing him as a human being that enabled her to love him so much to begin with. And her understanding of Griffith plays a huge part in why she initially disapproves of Guts so much, because she can see far more plainly than Griffith the kind of effect that Guts particularly Guts in danger has on him. Her devotion helps generate and sustain the awe that others have of him.
He never confides in her again and she becomes his best soldier rather than his best friend or a potential lover. We know he wanted to see all his soldiers as comrades and allies rather than close friends so that he could always make the rational choice and potentially send them to their deaths without feeling grief or guilt, so it could be that he succeeded for the most part to do with Casca what he failed to do with Guts - to press his feelings down to a manageable size, put them in a special box he can open and shut at will, and turn them into something he could control in himself.
I agree that he comes off as genuinely liking her and caring for her and that her being aware of his vulnerabilities did mean something to him. So before Guts came along, I think she was the person he could relate to and respect the most.