Discuss the Ending. What’s your theory?

There are some great theories out there about the ending. The filmmakers have a theory, but love to hear audience conclusions. All endings are valid!
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6 Responses to "What happens at the end?"
  1. Looks like an Out of Body experience until he goes back and digs up Clyde. No more ole in his head though. Maybe he’s dead?

  2. Perhaps he is dead but some part of his persona fused with Clyde and exists in the Cloud? Or maybe he did survive.

    A short review i wrote:

    Dark Road: Its 2029, seven States have seceded from the US including the new Free State of Jefferson, consisting of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Jefferson is doing bad economically, only cash is accepted in bars. Its a Libertarian State which suggests the other six which make up The Free Independent States of America may also be so.

    An army veteran heads home to the Free State, he is a Cyborg in so far as he is attached to a removable AI called Clyde. Looking for work he runs into a woman who is having problems with her Ex and is soon her bodyguard and lover. But is she a femme fatale? There is also a strange drug involved and even a suggestion of the Occult.

    AI, Secesion and Chandleresque PI tropes mix in this film which bears some superficial resemblance to Blade Runner. SF Noir. 7/10.

    http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?threads/science-fiction-films.61619/page-2#post-1616355

    • This is Sarah and Dylan when they were kid cousins. Dylan watches the home movie (Sarah’s birthday party as a kid) on Sarah’s holotable at her house. When Dylan dreams about it later, Sterling invades it

  3. Original and fresh! A slice of life story of a guy in the future who gets himself over his head in a lethal relationship with some bad people. Not too over the top. Sexy, plausible tech. Many curiosities, and a narrative that doesn’t explore too deeply into these strange factors, but it never raises too many questions about the film either. Enough context convinces what’s going on in the scenes. The ending presents the only potential puzzle . However it’s resolved by considering the preponderance of evidence as more decisive than any speculative possibilities. ***ENDING EXPLAINED BELOW*** In the penultimate scene, the protagonist is in a state of simultaneous existence with himself as two entities. We must conclude this is not physically occurring in reality since no actual explanation is provided for it. He was not shot or wounded in the duel. However, he was indeed previously injured and bandaged by a doctor, and probably still suffering. it’s likely he was experience complete exhaustion. The preceding events that pass before his eyes, were evidently enough to cause his collapse after conquering his enemy. Thus, when we see him simultaneously in fresh clothing, dressed the same minus the shoulder holster, and losing well, standing at the site, apparently witnessing his own body on the beach, it can be logically deducted that what we’re shown are just his thoughts. He’s picturing himself in hindsight, lying in the sand as he was when he was nearly defeated from the battle. this is days or perhaps months/years after the fact. Enough time passed for him to heal and to get his golden retriever that he wanted, and it is not a puppy either, so it has presumably been awhile. Ultimately, it wraps with the villain dude who was shot and is shown sprawled out dead. The cop/friend survives and is seen leisurely enjoying himself with the rescued girl and their baby. Humorously, the blonde “gold digger” woman is digging for her ex’s gold bullion.

  4. He was killed in the shootout, or possibly by the preceding head injury, and the closing scenes are alternate realities that could have happened if Dylan had listened to Clyde’s advice and given the money back.

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