After rereading the Whole Cake Island Arc, I noticed something very clever about the Vinsmoke Family, Jinbe and the Sun Pirates. During the arc, all (but Judge) established that they were not afraid of death.
Jinbe – Soul Pocus encounter with Big Mom and the choice to leave her crew.
Reiju admits to Sanji that she’s unafraid of death during the hospital reveal of the red wedding subplot and that her family was deserving of death.
Ichiji, Niji, Yonji at the dinner table, when the Charlotte Family attempted to assassinate them but Sanji (and the Straw Hats) saved the day.
The Sun Pirates make a pact to allow their captain to set sail safely with the Straw Hats, even at the expense of their own lives. All who stayed must be willing to accept death as a possibility.
Pedro (if alive) commits “suicide” to weaken the Charlotte Family.
I believe that this was done intentionally.
Especially since in the same arc, Oda revealed that Big Mom’s devil fruit is powerless to those who don’t fear her and death. I haven’t figured it out yet but I’m confident that this will somehow come into play with their escapes. Judge being afraid of death might result in him becoming a casualty but the others might all have a fair chance of escape.
What are your thoughts on this?
*Theory by Cythone578