|Episode 72 (Manga)|
|Back Alley Boy|
|Romaji||Rojiura no shōnen|
|Date Released||September 30, 1996 (tankōbon format)|
|Arc||Golden Age Arc|
← The Warriors of Twilight
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He finds himself in an endless white void, wearing his hawk mask and bandages, lying as he did in the cart. A shadow is then cast over his body, and when he looks up to see its source, he finds that it is a healthier, prideful version of himself, in his armor, exactly as he was in his prime. The fuller Griffith draws his falchion and stabs it into the ground, then points to a distant castle, the same one Griffith had seen in his childhood.
The current frail Griffith uses the sword as a crutch to lift himself off the ground. As he does, his child self runs past, and tells him that they're not done playing. Suddenly, the white void takes on the form of the city he lived in as a child. His child self runs into a bright light in the distance. The current Griffith moans loudly, trying to get his younger self's attention.
Guts and Casca are shocked to see that Griffith's cart is suddenly being drawn away by the horses. Casca realizes that Griffith may have heard them speaking and taken the reins to run away. Despite Guts' disbelief that Griffith mustered the strength to make the horses go, he mounts another cart to give chase while Casca runs to inform the other Hawks of the situation.
Griffith managed to make the horses go on his own. With the riding crop between his teeth, he chases after the vision of his younger self. Eventually, one of the cart's wheels collides with a large rock, sending Griffith flying out of the wagon. As he soars through the air, he has another vision.
Awoken by a sudden burst of light, a decidedly healthier Griffith sits at a table, covered with a blanket. He looks at his wife Casca, who apologizes for waking him for supper. She asks if he's been dreaming about the Hawks, and laments not seeing them in such a long time. The insignia of the Band of the Hawk hangs on the wall behind Griffith. Casca wonders what the rest of the Hawks are up to, particularly Guts.
A sudden noise outside their house alerts Griffith to a boy, his and Casca's son, playing with their dog. Casca calls the boy, whom they named Guts, to come inside to eat. He obliges, leaving to wash his hands. Casca tells Griffith that she's grown accustomed to their new calm life as a family. She kisses Griffith on the cheek and feeds him a spoonful of soup. Just as Griffith decides that this sedentary lifestyle isn't so bad, he sees his old Behelit emerge from the soup.
Griffith wakes suddenly from his vision. He is lying in a shallow river, where he landed after being thrown from the cart. He is still injured, masked, and mute. He forces himself into a sitting position and notices that his arm is broken, with the bone jutting out of his elbow. He suddenly loses himself in a fit of maniacal laughter before noticing a nearby log with a particularly sharp branch emerging from the water. He makes his way over to it and positions his neck over the sharp branch.
He slowly pushes himself down onto the branch, and with a sudden burst of energy, forces himself quickly downwards onto it. He has not killed himself, having moved away from the branch's point from the last second with only a shallow puncture in his neck. Griffith begins to break down, trembling and thrashing about in the water, creating small splashes as the sun slowly sets over the horizon.
Griffith looks down into the water and recognizes something familiar on the riverbed. He puts his hand over it and yanks it out of the water.
Griffith has found his old crimson Behelit, and it hangs from his wrist by the string he once wore as a necklace.
Characters in Order of Appearance
|Golden Age Arc|