We have little hint of what the world Homura created is like, from the little glimpse we see at the end, it seems like a pretty happy albeit unstable place. Which is a point Homura apologists tend to bring up.
But we know nothing in this world is free. So what’s the cost?
There are 2 things which hint at the state of the world as created by Homura, neither are directly given in the story. First is this code printed on the patio umbrella here.
The other hint lies in the lyrics of the OP and ED, ‘Colorful’ and ‘Your Silver Garden’. These songs talk of an endless beginning and cycling time
The world as it is now, much like Homura herself, continues to go in circles. Progress is eternally put on hold, a world devoid of hopes of tomorrow.
By becoming a saviour of all Mahou Shoujo, Madoka chose to respect every one of those girls’ wishes, opening a path where hope does not have to end in despair.
“If someone tells me that it’s wrong to hope, I’ll tell them they’re wrong every time” – Kaname Madoka
Those girls made wishes because they bore hope, struggling for what they believed in. They continue to fight, risking their lives, because they each have something worth fighting for.
By becoming an entity opposite of Madoka, Homura disregards these wishes, closing the path to the future.
Is that really bad though? In Sayaka’s own words:
“Tell me, is this really so bad? We don’t have to fight anyone. We can all live, working together. Is the heart that wished for that so sinful that it needs to be destroyed?”
There is a really warped sense of morality here, leading us to question what is really right or wrong. Like the lyrics of Colorful say, this isn’t a world of black and white.
To end off on a lighter note, Madoka is a story of hope. Rebellion may have taken a much different route, but it is the same.
Toward the endless beginning,
and towards the true ending
We’re still transparent and we can be dyed in any color
So let’s make our dreams come true
I’ll get over the memories of that day when I made a promise with you and go from the past now
to the tomorrow that no one knows about
Rebellion has paved the way for a world where having Madoka eternally separated from reality doesn’t have to be the solution. Like Saitou-san (Homura’s VA) said, it is a story of new beginnings.