i think the kid might be ivan.....
what if i were right? that the kid is gray and urtear's offspring..
these can be the supporting info on my theory:
-since gray and natsu are buddies, gray's kid[the one in the last panel] idolizes natsu so much that he copies everything of natsu?[clothes, tattoo etc..]
-then being gray's kid, natsu gave his muffler to him..a sort of passing the torch..
[tho this is very much unprecedented, because things like these happens only when the story is about to be finished..]
i was just playin when i said that the kid was from the future tho. and i even said "[b]clay[b] and urtear when it should have been [b]gray[b]. LOL.
on a serious note, the past tense usage of the narration implies that this kid's story is happening in the future. this i strongly believe, unless its a mistranslation. or an out of this world explanation is introduced. any of the two.
In the last panel, there is a newspaper. There might be some readable portions there that might give a clue regarding the time frame. I'm no Japanese so i can't decipher.I hope there's someone in the forum who could attempt to check on it.
UNLEASH THE GREEN BEAST OF KONOHA
if you zoom in you can see a year at the top. it say x703 or x403 or x708 or x408 or something like that i can't make it out at all really but but that paper does seem to have a year at the top. the only number i can really make out is the 3 at the end and the X at the front.
X-771 as I see it, with is before 7-777 the time of disappearance of the Dragons and Lucy's mom. It would point at Zeref who knew Natsu in the past and Natsu copying his clothes(as Zeref being older than Natsu). Someone even had a theory that Zeref is a black dragon slayer.
As to Lucy's words, it may be that there was a similar battle on the Island in the past, with they as well had a moment where they belived in their victory.
Well, I think that the year on the newspapper is x793. But conisdering that the current time in FT is x784 ( If I'm not mistaken, when Hades announces to Makarov he will be the new master we get a " Year x736, 48 years ago from today") could it be the future? :o
1) The 'lifeless hand' shown in Charle's vision is too skinny to be Gildarts' since he's quite muscular.
2) I know that my first point seems silly but here is the one that really has me convinced that he won't die:
The 'lifeless hand' is someone's 'right hand' and it is bare but Gildarts' right hand has bandages up to his wrist. They were on his arm when he first appeared and are still there as he fights Bluenote. As we all know, his left arm is a prosthetic.
So far, Hiro Mashima has been very consistent with his portrayals of what the characters wear and even their characteristics like Laxus' scar.
So for these 2 reasons, I don't think Gildarts will die. At least not here.