Marco: I shouldn't have accepted the role of squad leader. Eren: Eh, I thought you were well-suited to it. Marco: No, I'm not. Jean would be far better at it. Eren: Jean? No way. Marco: You'll see it soon. Eren: I don't know about that. Marco: I wonder what kind of soldier we will all be.
This whole conversation broke my fucking heart. Marco was assigned Squad Leader and completed the mission succesfully. But he still feels that Jean, his best friend(boyfriend) and the person he is closest to would be better fit for the role. Throughout the episode, he’s asking Jean for consultation and he almost always has his back when Jean is acting like a shit. In reality, Marco really does make a great leader. He is caring but also responsible. While discussing Jean with Eren, he stands up for him again, saying that Eren will see how great of a leader Jean can be soon. We know Marco thinks Jean can be a great leader because Jean isn’t exactly the leader type- that he can feel for everyone and that’s especially exemplified in this episode when Eren swears he will save Krista on his own and Jean chases after him asking what the plan is. Marco’s belief and trust in Jean is beautiful. Marco knew before anyone else that Jean is truly someone whose hands can be trusted with your life. And then Marco goes onto say that he wonders what kind of soldiers him and his comrades will be. He isn’t worried about not surviving against the titans because that’s not Marco’s character. Marco Bodt is the embodiment of hope. And now I’m going to go sit in a corner and cry some more because he’s dead.