Rickert, a former surviving member of the Band of the Hawk, betrays Guts by having him captured by the Kushan army he joined, marking a shocking turn of events. Although initially appearing as a disguised ally, Rickert reveals his true identity to Guts and orders the Kushan army, suggesting that he was involved in the capture. Rickert’s betrayal is an intriguing development considering his previous comments about the similarities between his and Guts’ journeys, leaving fans curious as to how he achieved this position again. The Berserk episode is available from Dark Horse.
Warning: Spoilers for Berserk chapter #375 In a shocking turn of events, the former survivor of the Band of the Hawk Rickert effectively betrayed Intestine by allowing the arrest of his former comrades in the latest situation Hysterical chapter. The previous season may have given readers some hope when a disguised Rickert appeared among the Kushan soldiers after commandeering Guts’ ship, but that no longer seems to be the case.
In chapter #375 of the late Kentaro Miura’s Berserk by Studio Gaga, Ricket realizes that the man the Kushan soldiers captured was Guts. Rickert then took off his helmet and informed the chained and shackled Guts that, unfortunately for him and his crew, they had invaded the Kushan waters, so he and the Kushans would therefore take possession of their ships.
Then the Kushan army did just that as Rickert watched the whole process and did nothing to help or vouch for his former ally. It’s clear that Guts has been betrayed before, but few have been as shocking as Rickert’s latest twist of the knife.
Rickert allows the Kushans to capture Guts
When Rickert first appeared as a Kushan warrior in Berserk chapter #374, there was a possibility of him infiltrating. Even though Rickert had formed a strong alliance with Kushan Silat, Silat still made comments indicating that the Kushans would not accept Rickert. Since Silat does not appear in chapter #374, it is likely that Rickert is hiding his true identity and will assist Guts secretly. However, the fact that Rickert took off his helmet and spoke to Guts in the Midland language meant that the Kushans knew who he was and that Rickert did not want to hide that he knew their prisoner.
Of course, it’s still possible that Rickert’s hands were tied to some degree, but this is less likely since he seemed to be giving orders to the Kushans once he realized who their prisoner was. After saying a few undisclosed words to their comrades, several soldiers drew their weapons and cut the prisoners’ bonds. However, it’s worth noting that Guts still appears to be chained at the end of the chapter. It didn’t help that he referred to himself and the Kushan army as “us” instead of “them.” By not separating himself from the Kushans, Rickert is effectively conveying that he is also occupying their vessel.
Berserk has put Guts & Rickert on different paths
Regardless, this is a more intriguing development considering how Rickert drew parallels between his journey and the path Guts took the last time they met in chapter #339 . Rickert’s journey is no different from what Guts is going through. And of course, Hysterical fans are certainly quite interested in seeing how Rickert eventually got to where he is now Intestine after he and Silat blasted out of Griffith’s Capital Falconia so long ago.
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