Just Kidding, The 'Blade Runner' Sequel Still Won't Confirm If Deckard Is A Replicant!

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 - 3:09PM
Blade Runner
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 - 3:09PM
Just Kidding, The 'Blade Runner' Sequel Still Won't Confirm If Deckard Is A Replicant!
Damn it Denis Villeneuve! You had one job in the new Blade Runner movie—mercifully and artfully lay to rest the question of whether neo-noir cyber cop Rick Deckard was or was not a Replicant! For thirty years nerds have been analyzing the old script drafts, re-watching the theatrical and director's cuts, and listening to Ford, Scott, and Fancher argue with each other. Star Wars fans may be going slowly insane over the mystery of Rey's parentage, but at least fans and critics don't treat it like it's the secret to life itself!

(Sigh) Let's take a step back to 2015. When asked if he would reveal the answer to the mystery of Deckard's Replicant status, Denis Villeneuve said this:

Opening quote
"Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer [but] the thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it."
Closing quote


Pretty ambiguous. 'Taking care it' could mean a lot of things, including leaving it up to the viewers, but there seemed to be the promise that there would be some closure. In another interview, however, Ridley Scott said this about the upcoming film:

Opening quote
"Of course he's a bloody Replicant! He's going to have to admit it." Then when asked about the fact that Replicants die after four years, he said, "I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to see the story. It'll all make sense."
Closing quote


There you have it. Mystery solved. Half-Life 3 confirmed, Zodiac Killer caught, DB Cooper found, Elvis confirmed dead. We can all go home. That was back in 2015, and since that day we have slept peacefully knowing that the new movie would end the debate on the Replicant side. But today, in an interview with French publication Allocine, Villeneuve was reported as saying that the movie would be doing no such thing:

Opening quote
"...[Denis Villeneuve] says it was very important to him not to break the tension of the mystery that lingers around Scott's original movie, or solve all its riddles. You might think that because Nexus 6 replicants only have a four-year lifespan, that the return of Ford in "Blade Runner 2049" as Deckard answers the question regarding his humanity, but Villeneuve says "not necessarily."
Closing quote


We give up. This debate is going to go on forever. We're going to go talk to that AI on the Westworld website and see how close science is getting to building our own robotic hosts. Screw origami.

Blade Runner 2049 hits US theaters on October 5, 2017.
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