What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!” Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed of would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?
At the end of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning kills a god. All of the values, truths, and the knowledge that everyone in the world adhered by ceased to exist. Lightning, however, takes the task to erase the world as we know it and create a new one. This world will be based on freedom, without the involvement of Fal’Cie, l’Cie, and Cie’th. All of those who’ve suffered experience the new world with a new chance at life.
We assume that Lightning creates our world, Earth. We see her at the end, walking in a countryside to explore her new life. However, the new world happens to be of Lightning’s memory of the old world. Final Fantasy XIII’s latter sequel deal with the time loop specifically. The last game in the trilogy may have retroactively introduced the time loop into Final Fantasy XIII directly. And Final Fantasy XIII two completes the circle. Unfortunately. she can’t imagine a world without Fal’Cie, l’Cie, and Cie’th. As such, the happy ending we see at the end of Final Fantasy XIII was a failure. In this sense, Lightning’s world is simply the same world before the events of Final Fantasy XIII. In this, everything that has happened has yet to happen again.
Who gives birth to Lightning and Serah? Perhaps Snow and Serah. Strangely enough, Lightning resided outside of time. Her memories of the past include all possibilities, including contradictions in the timeline. The new world allows for these possibilities and contradictions, where Serah can give birth to herself and her sister. This means that Snow, the man she hated, was her father all along.
When Lightning reflects, will she regret it? Was freedom worth it?