Love or responsibility: Requiem of the Wind
 After Wyald took Griffith in chapter 69 in hopes to revive himself via his Behelit (which he didn’t have), the Hawks were undoubtedly shown that Griffith cannot walk nor talk anymore. They suffered for an entire year, all loyal souls that were willed to stay until the bitter end, and they all fought so hard to get Griffith back, just to be confronted with this harsh reality.
Their dream is dead.
The mood of the Hawks is depressed and quiet, as if a hole was punched through their hearts. Only Corkus seems to attempt to distract himself from this crushing silence with his babbling.
The Hawks are wondering what they should do and comfort themselves that they still have Casca who so far took care of them. Judeau insists that Casca has done enough for the Hawks and is not obligated to do even more for them. Then, Guts stands up, about to give a motivational speech to the Hawks, but he is interrupted by Casca. She states she has to think it over.
Then Casca and Guts move away from the rest. Casca asks Guts what he wanted to tell them. He says that they should finish the battles they have started. She then replies how it’s easy for him to say that because right now, he is strong, but can he say the same thing to Griffith the way he is now? Griffith does not have the strength left to finish his own battle — and Guts may meet the same fate in the future.
Everyone is weak… so they rely on dreams and other people. I wonder what you can do for someone who’s lost what they rely on?
Casca then walks over to Guts and bumps her head into his chest, admitting that she wanted someone to be near her. It seems like she has been quite lonely all this time. This interaction seems affectionate, but still a little distant, at least from Guts’ side who does move an inch. Clearly, Casca is relying on Guts. Flustered, she looks up to him, telling him she will go look after Griffith.
 Inside the carriage, her thought process seems very weird first because it is so vague. The pieces of monologue only reveal fractions of sentences.
Casca contemplates how Griffith tried to grasp everything with his hands and how they have become so fragile and small. Those were the hands that erased her anxiety, and now it is her turn to erase his anxiety by taking care of him.
However, it does not seem to satisfy her. I mean, why would it? She suffered so much from one-sidedness already. Casca’s relationship to Griffith remains mostly one-directional, as it always has been, the reasons for it are just different now: people without tongue can’t talk, and without tendons cannot move either, after all.
Casca’s insecurity in this scene is symbolized by her clumsiness. Remember how she dropped the torch when they saved Griffith from his cell…? She was insecure there, too. She notices that she is shaking a lot and is taken aback by it, then knocks over the kettle with water next to her. To me it appears like she feels some kind of disconnect to Griffith, as if taking care of him does not give her fulfillment, like she would become very unhappy doing this.
Given we have a panel of Griffith with his ominous glance here, he seems to notice that she is doubting herself. Perhaps he senses that she is distancing herself from him, about to abandon him just like Guts once did. That’s also probably why he pushes himself onto Casca, to make her stay with him. We actually see him shaking in anxiety too as he lays on her. Casca seems to understand this reaction and the fear behind it, and just calmly places her hand on his back as if she is trying to comfort him.
This incident still shakes Casca to the core. She is cowering next to Griffith’s carriage, crying, when Guts joins up. Notice how Guts is mostly focusing on Griffith in the interaction that is to follow.
Guts asks her how Griffith is doing, sees her crying and asks whether something happened to Griffith. Note how Guts only asks why she is crying because he suspects that something happened to Griffith. He’s not directly asking about her own feelings that eventually make her cry, or her internal conflict she is currently facing. I suppose it probably makes sense if you consider how Griffith-centered Casca was and still is. In either case, his main concern does not appear to be Casca directly.
At the same time, Casca pretends that everything is fine at first. In some way it’s true what she says: because there really isn’t anything wrong with Griffith
(except that he’s practically disabled, but they already know that), but something wrong with her. Guts does not listen, walking past her. Only her yelling at him stops him.
This is when she again, breaks down. Keep in mind that Casca still hasn’t recovered from the strain of the past year so her stress levels must be very high. She tells Guts how she cannot go together with him, even though she really wants to. She can’t leave Griffith behind in the critical state he’s in. He is in need of intense care and cannot live by himself.
At the same time, if you look at Casca’s body language, she is really at the end of her strength as well: kneeling, crying and shaking.
Casca implies how desperate Griffith is since his pride has been broken by his disability. She cannot leave Griffith behind with a clear conscience.
Guts offers to stay together with her, but Casca insists that Guts has already started his own battle. He cannot fight for Casca because he already separated himself. It appears like Casca is still willed to pick up the pieces of a shattered dream and save what is left by taking care of Griffith for the rest of his life. What a pure and loyal soul she is.
She brings up the night at Primrose Hall, also known as the Fountain Speech, stating that if Guts considers himself a true friend to Griffith that he cannot be dependent on him or his dream. The fact we have panels of Griffith mixed into the scene makes it seem like he is actually eavesdropping on them, which is a pretty nice parallel to the Fountain Speech. The roles are switched now!
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Casca tells Guts to go.
 However, Griffith also hears this. Consider for a moment that he very likely has listened to this conversation until now.
I wonder what Griffith thinks now, knowing his speech is the very thing that made Guts leave in the first place? Imagine knowing you triggered your own downfall because you were trying to impress the Princess and your commanders happened to have heard it… I’d go nuts, personally.
In my opinion, that’s exactly what happens to Griffith here. Perhaps Griffith hoped that by making Casca stay, Guts would stay as well. Now Casca is telling Guts to leave. Perhaps Griffith hoped that they would both stay and be there for him. Perhaps he noticed how Casca is slipping out of his reach as well. Because everything is falling apart, he is trying to find something to cling to: He starts hallucinating and remembers his dream. I think Griffith showing up in Charlotte’s chambers after Guts left and Griffith running off in the carriage are very similar instances, showing his inability to cope with failure or loss.
His hallucination may be caused by a number of factors: being unable to move and talk or having spend enough time in complete isolation of his cell. People indeed hallucinate when they are being socially isolated for long enough [theconversation.com].
It’s ironic how Griffith takes this advice to heart, even though Casca was talking to Guts telling him to leave. As Griffith gets away in the carriage, Casca even wonders whether Griffith could have heard their conversation (the fact Miura has written this the way it is makes me think that Griffith very likely did hear them).
In either case, Guts and the others chase after him.
 During the chase, both Guts and Casca blame themselves for this situation. Guts blames himself because he left Griffith when he still valued him, and Casca blames herself because she discussed the Fountain Speech in his hearing range.
The Eclipse is looming as the Hawks approach Griffith. Tragically, he cannot even tell them to stay away because of his inability to talk. When Guts touches Griffith eventually, the Behelit activates and they all mystically enter a different dimension.
Naturally, the Hawks all panic seeing this surreal landscape around them, but guess who tells them to focus? Casca, of course.
Guts notes Casca’s strength and capacity to lead even in an extreme situation like this. You can tell he is impressed by her competence.
As the Eclipse goes down, Guts and Casca get separated because Guts stays close to Griffith, being taken to the altar together with him, attempting to save his friend and commander. However, Guts cannot save Griffith at all and focusing on him turns out to be a grave mistake, because he cannot save everyone; such as the Hawks or Casca. It’s interesting that Guts is still focused so much on Griffith, just as much as Casca is focused on him, being willed to stay and take care of him. It’s like Griffith is the thing that keeps them apart and stops them on truly focusing on each other and each other’s needs. This might not be any different in future chapters.
In the meantime, Pippin and Judeau both do what they can to save Casca who is their only hope now. Pippin lays down his life holding off Apostles that are much bigger than himself while Judeau rides off on horseback together with her. He mentions that as long as she is alive, the Hawks are alive too (this may be relevant in future!). Heroically, he would defend Casca against pursuing Apostles. When Judeau collapses to die, Casca grabs his sword and assaults the Apostles in a fit of rage, but she is too weak to make a difference. The sword breaks and it was clear she could not do a thing to avenge or defend herself. Before she is taken away by them, Casca thinks of Guts: After all, he usually protected her against all kinds of monsters, both literal and metaphorical ones.
However, Guts is just human and cannot be in two locations at the same time, so he could not save her at all. Later she is brought to Femto, who was just reborn while Guts was busy slaying apostles with a horn he broke off from one.
With Femto eventually violating Casca, what was between Guts and Casca is tragically destroyed, despite of his best efforts (his efforts being cutting off his own arm with a sword stump and losing his eye because he was pinned down and struggling — do I have to point out how hardcore that is?).
Helplessly watching as someone dear to you is being raped is already horrendous as it is, but for Guts, it’s even more traumatizing because he has been victim of sexual violence as well.
Well, that was the last part of this series! Thanks for reading and staying with me so far.