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After hearing some complaints about the ending of the film I have decided to write a blog post about it. This will contain spoiler so if you haven’t seen the film then please do not read this until you have.
So a complaint I received about the film was to do with the ending and Deckards character and the possibility that he is in fact a replicant himself. Director Ridley Scott said this himself that he believed Deckard was a replicant, others say that he isn’t. I believe that it’s all down to interpretation and that this is the interpretation of the character from one person, this does no mean that it is correct, it is just the opinion of one person. You can view Deckards character however you want.
In my mind Deckards character through the film has started to realise that he can’t take his memories for granted as in the film the nexus 6 replicants have been given memories to control them better. My interpretation is Deckard is beginning to think that his memories are not real or is at least beginning to suspect that his memories are not real. The ending is an issue that has also been raised, in which Roy Battys speech telling Deckard about how his life has been influenced by his experiences and how he feels he is human and has fully lived. The issue is that the speech becomes redundant or doesn’t make much sense if Deckard himself is a replicant. But again this comes back to how you view Deckard as a character. In my opinion Deckard is human but after Roy’s speech he gains knowledge of life and death and about being human, whether or not he is indeed a replicant does not change how Roy has viewed his life. he is explaining his own experiences to Deckard so that he might gain more of an understanding of life and his own memories.
It may seem like I am rambling on and if this post doesn’t make any sense then I am sorry. The ending is there to be interpreted in whatever way you want, and do not let one persons view make you think that is what the film is about. Ridley Scott was only voicing his own interpretation of the character, others have done the same and others have voiced different opinions. It’s all about interpretation.