The pool scene at the end of episode 12 was literally the most important scene of the episode. Rin presented Haru with two paths,
the path away from competitive swimming
and the path towards it
and is the first person to ask Haru was is it he wants to do
and Haru is the one that takes the step forward to swim beside the National Team, the first time he’s taken a step forward(figuratively and literally) towards his future.
"Haru’s just as you described him, Rin! A cool attitude and eyes clear as water."
'eyes clear as water' wow rin
The Free! Fandom after the season is over:
haru goes to australia and discovers his dream of becoming a pilot