OK so I've been acting completely restlessly when it comes to Berserk--with Private Investigators' type of string theories on my wall, desperately trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together--because I love it so much and I just don't understand what happened 1000 years ago that led to this moment.
I've studied countless discussions, coming to such conclusions as: 1) Gaiseric is the Skull Knight, 2) Void somehow betrayed the old King, 3) The entire manga revolves around the One Night where Gaiseric's entire Utopia got smashed by the previous God Hand, 4) We're being lied to in some way.
After countless sleepless nights, I actually came across a fact that I felt really stupid for not noticing before, and I'd like to share it with you because I believe that it is one of the missing pieces of the puzzle. It proves that 1) either we have been lied to this entire time or 2) something has happened and it's been right before our eyes this entire time. It might just be extremely well hidden.
OK so here it is. Void mentions the all mighty law that a God Hand is born every 216 years or so, right? And he says that the fifth god hand gets to be reincarnated, every 1080 years or so, right? The thing is, first of all I feeled like Griffith/Femto is getting played like a chump and he knows it (which is common to every biggest villain in a manga, take Madara in Naruto, Acacia in Toriko, etc etc). Second of all, we know that what led to this entire situation with the God Hand being a**holes, the Skull Knight looking to get revenge, and the law of causality "repeating what once happened" came from 1000 years ago. Why? Well because it's mentionned hundreds of time. Zodd says to the Skull Knight "You've been facing us for a millennia now", it's mentionned a couple of times that the Skull Knight/Gaiseric's story dates back 1000 years, so we can assume to some extent that yes the first God Hand was Void (seeing as how Skull Boi immediately goes for his head when he pierces through the eclipse.)
BUT ONE FACT JUST DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.
Did you find it yet, or do you feel like I'm messing with you? See that's what I was saying, all the facts may be in front of you, but you might not actually notice them right then and there. OK HERE IT IS. If the timeline of causality begun 1080 years ago, which it most likely did, and the Fist God Hand, or Void, was born during Gaiseric's time, then there is a HUGE 216+ years worth hole in the timeline that we're not being told exists. Why? Well if we consider that Gaiseric's compared to Griffith and Guts' time is year -1080 in the causality timeline--which would only make sense because Void says a God hand is reincarnated every 1000 year after the five God hands are created--then the second God hand (perhaps the guy that like to mess with your mind) would have been created in year -864, the Third in year -648 (so the princess of whores or whatever), the Fourth (or mouth boi) in year -432... AND HERE WE ARE! There is a huge hole in the timeline.
So I personally believe that the entire story doesn't actually revolve around Guts and Griffith, because that's soo classic of mangakas to tell us "Here is the story, aren't these two characters great?" and then at the very ending of the last arc you realise it's never actually been about them and they're gonna have to take care of some 1000 year old BS that they had nothing to do with in the first place. I think that Void is behind everything, and that he maticulously assembled this specific team of God Hand to have his causality BS and trick Griffith in following some kind of evil plan he's hatched since back when he was in Gaiseric's dungeon (I mean look at his face, it's so obvious he's been tortured senselessly!). And I think that there is a HUGE piece of the puzzle that we're missing, and perhaps with the power of friendship (ASSEMBLE FAIRY TAIL GUILD, WE WILL USE THE POWER OF LUCY'S BOOBS TO VANQUISH EVIL) we could all find it together and bring an end to my sleepless nights.
Anyways, if you guys have some insights or if you have already gone further than I have, please help me sleep! I need to sleep people hahaha I really need to figure out what's going on. Arigatooo mashitaa