The War of the Throne, the final conflict of the series, will not take place after The Tale of Laughter. She has already started!
There is this idea that the final war begins with the unveiling of One Piece. This idea is mostly based on Whitebeard’s last speech at Marineford. He says that a great war will break out in the world, and the whole world will be turned upside down after the treasure is found.
However, if we check his words, war and the upside down are not necessarily the same thing. If this interpretation is possible, it is not the only one. What if they were different events? The war leads to One Piece, and it will change the world.
I feel that the story is building towards this second interpretation. The Marineford War was the prelude to great upheaval, as confirmed by the Ancients and Doflamingo.
Doflamingo is the one who exposed what was about to happen. Several forces would battle for supremacy over the seas.
– The four emperors.
– The Seven Warlords.
– The worst generation.
– The Marines.
– The revolutionary army.
– The Celestial Dragons.
These are the six forces that were about to clash.
Prelude to War
Or, to be clearer, they are already clashing! The chapter with Doflamingo’s speech is called “Opening Speech”, because his downfall was the trigger for the “War of the Throne”.
Soon after, we had:
– The Blackbeard Pirates attacked the Revolutionaries.
– The Worst Generation (Luffy and Bege) wreaked havoc on Big Mom’s territory.
– The revolutionary leaders meet.
The current situation
But these were only minor conflicts. Snacks for the real war. When did it really start?
On the 4th day of Reverie!
The first salvo of the War of the Throne was the declaration of war by the Revolutionaries against the World Government.
Blackbeard was the first to notice this, and he also commented that war would soon come to Wano.
Then we move on to the next four battles of the Throne War: the Marines driving the last Warlords out of the Sea! While these conflicts are still ongoing, we witness the sixth battle of the Throne War: the Onigashima Raid!
We readers cannot grasp the magnitude of this war because we only follow one group of players. We will only understand it when it is time to see what is happening in the rest of the world.
So, to sum up, the Throne War has already surrounded the six opposing forces:
– Revolutionaries x Celestial Dragons
– Marines x Warlords
– Worst Generation x Emperors
What’s next ?
The ongoing conflict
Well, war will now be present in ALL arcs, either in the background or in the foreground.
In other words, THERE IS NO “FINAL WAR” ARC! The final war has already begun. It will develop and evolve until the end of the series!
At every turn, the opposing forces will change. Some will collapse, and their survivors will seek refuge with the remaining forces. This is already the case for Warlords and Emperors, some of which players are dropping, and others will realign.