Trapping Griffith in the Climax of Berserk: A Response to AlexEnterprise

26 Feb

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I came across AlexEnterprise’s video that is a pretty valuable idea when it comes to Berserk. The whole notion of trapping Griffith and the Godhand is an interesting idea. It is a way out for Miura if he needs to retire his stead on the manga, because that doesn’t mean that Griffith won’t stop. If they don’t weaken Griffith enough to the point that he would be then killed off by the demons he creates, cutting off the idea of evil too. 

            The problem with AlexEnterprise’s video is that while I do agree with his connecting history of Berserk with the whole of the series, is not so bad. Like how he connects King Geisereck trapping Void in the Tower of Conviction. Alex is good in connecting some dots and theories that can make anyone believe. 

            If Guts is meant to have a battle, maybe it’s to draw out Griffith, but that would be too easy. While I agree with many of the dots that Alex Enterprise connects, there’s something I find suspicious. It doesn’t take Rickerts story into account. What might he have to offer? What if he is the one who takes down Griffith? Or, in that final moment, in all her strength, Casca kills Griffith. 

            I understand that you might not be able to kill a Godhand, why would trapping Griffith make Griffith not want to escape his prism and come after Guts and all his kin? Maybe that’s what led to King Geiserick’s downfall, and the death of his wife. I get that trapping him, as Alex Enterprise said, to “bide for time”  it’s not going to solve or defeat Griffith from finding Guts and ripping him apart. 

            What makes it so hard to believe the idea that you can’t kill a Godhand, is that it might not come from Guts hands. What’s impossible is that it’s not even possible. There has been a lot of momentous events in Berserk, and Miura might just pull a fast one. Cause if you trap Griffith, who is going to fight him next? Or if Causality is concerned, the cycle of Godhand will choose someone else and the cycle of Berserk continues all over again? 

            I think if Miura did as Alex Enterprise said, it might be a lackluster ending, and maybe afford a happy ending for Guts, but I don’t know if that will happen. Time will tell, but Miura, for certain, has to deliver an epic showdown. But if that were to happen, and Griffith is trapped, why would he be contained. The demons work for him. But I do get that if you do follow Berserk and make connections like Alex did, it would be anti-climactic. Berserk might just end on a depressing note. Because to break the chain of evil doesn’t mean you can contain it. Evil has a way of getting out of boxes. Evil is not just an idea, because evil is a manifestation of what we think and see, and the problem is, you can’t contain Griffith forever.

            Griffith knows that he’s on the path that is set for him, and doesn’t seem to want to betray the God Hand, either. I have no real proof but just an observation that you can accept or disregard. But Griffith has evolved to the final stage where he can be seen on as a God to midland and a demon to his closest advisors.

            You never know in Berserk, and Miura is the only one who can control Causality in Berserk. Causality is just a definition for me, because Guts actions and decisions are going to choose where the novel is going. But as an aside, if Guts can’t even control causality, Griffith seems to be on the same path, but I don’t think anyone should underestimate Griffith or Guts, or what curve balls Berserk can throw. 

            So, trapping him might be damn near impossible, because as we have read, Griffith would bend heaven and earth to make sure Guts will pay, and even if containing Griffith will work, who says it might not backfire on him, having him repeat the doomed tale of Skull Knight. But would Miura be cruel enough to end it on a cliff hanger, or even a depressing note, for someone else to finish if he wants to retire. But handing off the story for someone else to finish feels cheap too. It wouldn’t be the same, and someone else could change the lore to fit something in current artistic culture would not fit the tone, themes, or story of Berserk. Repurposing art to match current political standards is wrong and it won’t do Berserk any favors.

            But also, Rickert might have one more part to play, as it might afford Guts the happy ending he deserves. But as Gandalf said in Lord of the Rings, “The board is set. The pieces are moving.” 

            All we can do is wait, but Kentaro Miura has to end it, one way or another. He might be the sixth member of the Godhand, or the Idea of Evil, also, as much can be interpreted that way, too.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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