Mashima is all up to date with the current theories and shippings that come from the fanboys/girls of FT so he intentionally pisses them off. How? 1. Why, let's capture Natsu (the guy who rips anyone apart no matter how strong) 2. Let's ship NaLI now 3. Make Erza the most useless character by getting her tortured (hinting possible hentai or doujinshi at least) 4. Killing Jelal - RIP Jerza - fangirls MAD AS HELL 5. Silver's relationship with Gray not explained Only so that he can make a continuing story in 3 weeks and say" NAH, JUST KIDDING NERDZ!! MUHAHAHA" It's really fun seeing the butthurt up close
with the next chapter titled " where the prayers reach" I can see OS praying for his revival, Jellal talking to simon in heaven, and erza hearing about his death and crying to herself alone. That, and maybe FACE activating from his momentary death.
I've always hated that about the series. He's had so much potential and mashima pulls a douche move and uses him as fodder. Personally, I'd like Jellal to be the one to defeat E.N.D. and save everyone. I know its cheesy, but I think of it as a way of him regaining his life back and saving the whole world doing this.