Do you think Marude being alive will in any way affect Ui?
That’s an interesting question. At this point probably not. Ui seems to know full well that Furuta is bad news at this point, even to a further extent than most of the remaining moderates in the CCG do, but also it’s made quite clear he doesn’t care at the moment or considers it worth it, or his only chance to get what he wants.
Even if Ui might not react personally though, there’s still an interesting comparison to be drawn between Ui and Marude. Actually, there are three parallels as pointed out to me by @mon-petit-maru.
If you look at the current Washuu as three separate generations, the oldest being Yoshitoki and Marude who were basically running the CCG at the start of the series, the middle generation being Ui and Furuta both representing a new wave that was meant to take over the CCG. Furuta is hailed as a revolutionary new type of chairman. Meanhile, Ui himself is called the young hope of the Arima squad. He was genuinely believed to be proof that a new generation of investigators being raised up would be able to surpass even geniuses like Arima, or old staples like the Washuu.
Then there is the third generation and the youngest, which are directly descended from the previous generation. Urie is the son of a special class investigator, and his most highly associated Washuu is Matsuri Washuu who was the legitimate heir to the Washuu position. Both of them are considered prodigies who will one day grow into their role but are not quite there yet. Marude even says so that while the Washuu investigators are talented, the techniques that Matsuri currently uses to lead are far too bloody to ever last him.
So you have three generations, the oldest who currently hold power and prestige, the middle generation who represent a new wave and a breath of fresh air in the organization, and the youngest prodigies who will do almost anything to climb the ranks of their forebearers.
Each of the representatives of these generations have a human, and a Washuu counterpart. Not only that, but the human and the Washuu counterpart closely interact. Which is strange because the Washuu’s number one priority is to keep both the human and ghoul populace at bay, they regard themselves as kings and therefore above most of normal society.
Matsuri’s musings provide a possible window as to why this might be. After all, he’s really our only narrative perspective left at how a main bloodline Washuu might justify himself. They understand the power they wield, but at the same time they envy the people who get to have normal lives and normal relationships. Essentially it’s lonely at the top, they’ve come to most perfectly embody the box that they themselves have created as the ideal, but that means they too are suffocated by that same box and their same role. The Washuu head this dehumanizing system, but they are as human as everybody else (well ghouls, but with the same psychology) and therefore they still crave companionship and ease to their loneliness.
So we see the halfway compromise each of these prominent Washuu figures makes by choosing a natural born human to be a significant part of their plans and designs, but reaching across the border lines to form some kind of imitation of friendship with.
It starts with Yoshitoki and Marude, according to the flashback Yoshitoki went out of his way to introduce himself to Marude when they were both young. Also, considering how in Jack it was Marude himself who looked over a young Arima he must have been involved with the affairs of the Washuu for a long time or even doing that as a favor to Yoshitoki.
Then there’s a scene towards the end of Tokyo Ghoul where Marude whose main personality trait is his own cockiness as a commanding figure goes out of the way to express regret, and even fear in front of Yoshitoki only to be comforted by him.
Remember a lot of Tokyo Ghoul is the interplay between these standard work relationships, and genuine firendships. Especially for characters like Marude, Ui and Urie where their profession basically takes over their entire life. So their work friends are the only significant friendships they have.
We see between Furuta and Ui as well, Furuta going out of the way to bring Ui a “present” evne if it may just be silencing his manipulation. Whereas Ui much earlier was the first person to believe in Ui and even stood up for him in front of Matsuri and reassured him.
The way Furuta has treated Ui has been different from every other character so far with the exception of the clowns who are his closest personal allies. After all when Urie questioned him in the same way, rather than trying to bribe him with the revival of Shirazu, Furuta simply had him killed.
That’s how twisted the Washuu view of the world is though, you have these actions which resemble genuine friendship, them comforting each other, them trying to help each other in their endeavors, but it always comes with an unspoken element of manipulation.
That is the tripping point at the end of the day, as much as they desire to be human the Washuu are still the Washuu. They hold themselves the tightest to the dehumanizing role they’ve created. Their jobs are their utmost priority.
So we have two examples so far, Ui and Furuta, Marude and Yoshitoki. When Marude found out it was all a lie, he destroyed the place he had with the Washuu family. Whereas when Ui saw similiarly with his own eyes the manipulation Furuta was capable of, he decided to allign himself with them.
This can be reflected in their trump card imagery as well, Marude’s card the nine of spades is meant to sacrifice everything for the greater good. Whereas Ui’s the nine of diamonds is an incredibly cursed card, and he’s meant to lose everything.
While there is an obvious foiling going on between the two of them with Ui choosing to follow the Washuu still after learning the truth in hopes of getting what he wants, and Marude instead breaking away from them I’m yet to apply a moral judgement if one of them is meant to be better or worse. A foil comparison is not always pointing to one as better, but rather simply showing how the traits in each character contrast.
While Marude is fighting against Furuta and the Washuu at large, he still seems to mistakenly believe that he can bring the old CCG back. Ui is currently allied with V in everything down to the clothing he wears, but he’s also much more cognizant and probably the only major CCG officer that picked up Furuta’s message. That the CCG cannot continue like this and it was already doomed before Furuta brought the rot to the surface.
So you have one character with proper motive and lacking perspective, and another character lacking motive but having proper perspective.
Then finally there is of course Matsuri and Urie. They are the outlier because rather than having a tenuous friendship, Matsuri is blatantly in love with Urie. Whereas, Urie cannot stand Matsuri.
In a way Matsuri breaks the farthest away from all of his predecessors as Washuu, he was able to enertain genuine love in his heart. Unlike Furuta who clings to a past love, and Yoshitoki who ultimately put his job first. The death of his family in a way, liberated Matsuri to be able to recognize those feelings which he seems to have been hinted as carrying since even before the Rose arc.
On the other hand Matsuri’s love is still as flawed as all the rest. He clearly doesn’t understand that Urie does not return his feelings. If anything Matsuri seems to be in love with more of an act that Urie puts on rather than what is under the surface. He likes that Urie acts like his dog, or just somebody who exists to bounce his feelings off of and reassure him. Rather than the person Urie is, who is a boy cluttered up with all of his own issues.
Whereas Urie’s own words to him are always false and peppered in with his own intentions to simply use Matsuri for his position.
So rank and order, and the fact that both of them absolutely live for that kind of structure has a lot to do with the interplay of their relationship. Urie cannot tolerate Matsuri as a person, but does like the rank he holds. Whereas Matsuri doesn’t seem to understand Urie as a person, but he likes the fact that Urie thinks the same way as him in a rank and file.
So even if Matsuri is capable of genuine love, as a Washuu rank plays a great deal in his relationship.
Marude and Ui directly foil each other, whereas Urie is more of a middle between the two of them. I would say of all three the character with the most potential to actually have his perspective changed by Marude, or even interaction with the Washuu, the ghoul world, or just being removed from the CCG is Urie. Which is why we see him being recruited by Hide’s terrorist forces.
It’s possible this entire scene was set up merely to shuttle Urie into an environment where he could grow, rather than being a real conclusion to his arc.
As to how Ui will react to this, like I said in the beginning despite all of the similarities between him and Marude both of them seem dead set on their paths right now. It would probably take something more major for them to shake out of it.