Well said, Rom. That's the other aspect I neglected to touch on. One of the greatest ironies of Berserk is Guts' habit of abandoning what he has in order to go find what he figures could be his destiny. Then he looks back and realizes what he had in the first place wasn't so bad after all (but it's too late).
Griffith made a speech, to Charlotte, no less, about how he views true friendship. Guts wanted Griffith's approval, and above that, his sincere friendship. I think what Guts failed to realize was that by the time he chose to leave the band, he was already Griffith's best friend. Instead of seeing that, he clung to the idea Griffith had put in his head and struck out on his own. In so doing, he devastated Griffith. Maybe Griffith only realized at that point how important a friend Guts was to him, and as Rom said, he sought solace/escape in the arms of Charlotte. I love the sequence, just after the lovemaking, of him rubbing his bruised shoulder from where Guts nearly hacked him in half earlier that day. He just kind of curls up into the fetal position and reflects upon how empty his life suddenly seems. That one image says so much.
Guts and Griffith had the potential to really affect each other in a positive way had Guts only stuck around. Maybe Griffith would have realized he didn't need to be so cutthroat to get what he wanted. But when Guts left, he started a chain of events that spiraled further and further out of control, finally culminating in the Eclipse. I don't think it's any coincidence that Skully first appeared before Guts right after he left the group. It's amazing just how much the two main characters of this story influence each other whether they want to or not.
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