The Ending Of Blade Runner Explained




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In 1982, Ridley Scott’s tech-noir classic Blade Runner was met with skeptical audiences and empty theaters, thanks in part to a series of slapdash changes made after low test screening scores panicked the studio. But now alternative versions of the movie — more in line with the director’s original vision — are widely available to curious viewers. As a result, the film’s popularity has risen steadily over the years, along with a lot of burning questions. Blade Runner depicts a near future in which androids — known as replicants — are so advanced that they’re virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. And most of the debate surrounding the film centers on whether its hero Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is a human or a replicant. Let’s try to make some sense of it all…

The Origami Unicorn | 0:41
Gaff is creepy | 1:15
Who’s the man? | 1:49
The director’s take | 2:23
But wait, there’s more | 3:08
The question is the answer | 3:58

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38 Comments

  1. Looper
    October 4, 2017
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    What other iconic science fiction films would you like us to cover next?

  2. Sévère Ihne
    October 19, 2017
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    The "blade runner 2049" suite with an old Deckard definitely confirms that it is NOT a replicant
    It is silly to believe that Tyrell would have included an aging program has replicating …. even the oldest,
      it closed the discussion deliberately, and so much the worse for those who will be disappointed

  3. Steve Ross
    October 19, 2017
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    Is Deckard a Replicant? Read the book, if you have any insight, you will find the answer there. If not…. take a Voight-Kampff test, Skinjob!

  4. 133faceman
    October 19, 2017
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    I agree with Harrison Ford. It needs him to be human to relate to audience.

  5. Yeremy Turcios
    October 19, 2017
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    You should have added this in the video, from the interview you make reference to: "Wired: Harrison Ford is on record saying Deckard is not a replicant.
    __Scott:__Yeah, but that was, like, 20 years ago. He's given up now. He said, "OK, mate. You win! Anything! Just put it to rest.""

  6. vagabond
    October 20, 2017
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    Ford was the worst in the movie. Everyone else was really good but his character is nothing like what everyone else try to make him look like. "One man slaughterhouse"?? he is a clumsy, silly but tenacious character who gets extremely lucky every time around and gets his ass saved by the bell. Ford just makes him look silly and his scenes were painful to watch while everyone else did a fantastic job.

  7. Walter Black
    October 20, 2017
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    He's got a whole lot of photos on his piano, shown in detail more than once, but we never get to verify if any of them are fake implants.

  8. Tom Fuvc
    October 21, 2017
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    Rutger Hauer >observer_ the best game 2017

  9. healthdios
    October 22, 2017
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    In case some people didn't know, WE'RE ALL REPLICANTS

  10. Martin Conway
    October 22, 2017
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    every time i watch blade runner i have this incredible urge to eat noodles.

  11. Django Mandingo
    October 22, 2017
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    What if Deckard actually died at some point during the movie and was just replaced by a replicant that has all his memories

  12. Jorge Alberto Ruiz Ramirez
    October 24, 2017
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    A master piece.

  13. Upton Wenroyal
    October 24, 2017
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    Stop! Stop! Stop! You are just perpetrating and promoting the R. Scott's marketing plans to keep Blade Runner in the forefront of movie goers minds. I would be glad to give you N+10 fact based counter arguments to your assertion that Deckard was a robot. Stop giving Scott free advertising regarding the Deckard=Robot urban legend.

    Rachel is the unicorn in this movie and Gaff knows it; a one of a kind mythical creature. Tyrell, master creator, knows Deckard is human and interacts with him accordingly. Deckard bleeds and experiences pain exactly the way a human does, unlike his replicant counter parts.

    You want more? Let me know so I can dispel your false illusions promulgated by the Master Marketeer, Ridley Scott. If anything, Gaff is the Replicant.

    You can stop being confused and ignorant now.

  14. quoreconlaq
    October 24, 2017
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    well, Blade Runner 2049 has explained, I guess

  15. Hugh Veness
    October 25, 2017
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    I have seen the original 6 times. Never once did I entertain the idea Deckard was a replicant. The so called evidence is very weak. That stuff about his colleague Gaff hinting at it is balderdash.The guy wants his job. That explains his appearances and his decision not to kill Rachael. Watching the sequel, the fate of Rachael makes it all the more improbable that D. was a replicant..

  16. piotrsurf68
    October 27, 2017
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  17. rebecca seppanen
    October 27, 2017
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    That was really good , thanks.

  18. Kreig Dernier
    October 27, 2017
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    Just watched this movie for the first time in 20 years at least still amazing.

  19. Jake Visser
    October 27, 2017
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    Maybe he did know he was a replicant but he just never mentioned it, that's why he doesnt reply to rachael when she asks if he'd ever done the test on himself and he doesnt seem very shocked when he finds the origami unicorn, maybe Gaff left it there just to remind him of what he is and that he is doing the right thing.

  20. Marta Bergen
    October 28, 2017
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    How can a replicant arouse sympathy in an audience? The same way the non-human characters did in "A.I." (Haley Joel Osment), The Wizard of Oz, The Velveteen Rabbit, Pinocchio, and numerous Star Trek episodes.

  21. GoldyGoldyGone44
    October 28, 2017
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    amazing

  22. NexisFilms
    October 29, 2017
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    I finally got around watching this movie and thought the beginning was great,
    but the middle was so boring that I almost didn't finish watching it .
    Good thing I kept watching, because the last 20 minutes contain some of the best scenes ever made .

  23. Lazarett
    October 31, 2017
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    In the first Blade Running , you see that the TV with cable is there , until the end , SE .

  24. Gary McMichael
    November 1, 2017
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    The Replicant's "show more empathy than the men who created them"? Huh? The Replicants were a "kick murder squad" I recall. Yeah, empathy.

  25. Slipshod Ohio
    November 1, 2017
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    He.is.not.a.replicant.

  26. Jorgidan 92
    November 5, 2017
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    Just watched it to prepare myself for 2049. I'm sorry to say it's pretty boring and bad tbh.

  27. ethan pettit
    November 5, 2017
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    Great take! Thanks. Blade Runner – the cult film that will not stop. Our Casablanca.

  28. Tommy Bennett
    November 5, 2017
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    The movie is not the book's story. But it seems to me that the whole point of the film ending is Roy Batty showing Deckard how machinelike he has become, how inhuman. I think Ridley Scott jumped on someone else's idea of 'Deckard the Replicant', and made it his own 'vision', after the film was made, because it's an interesting premise.

  29. loopy Ruane
    November 6, 2017
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    starr trek 57 remixed.

  30. Doc Hollowood
    November 10, 2017
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    this sounds like a political explanation because it's bullshit

  31. Geoff Shaw
    November 11, 2017
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    Maybe a thinking audience film doesn't require you to have all the answers wrapped up like a fast food hamburger to go.

  32. T-Bone
    November 12, 2017
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    The special effects in this film are phenomenal

  33. Marlena Hanlon
    November 13, 2017
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    Ok, but then if he's a replicant, is their baby even more of an evolutionary jump, or is it feasible only as an incremental hybrid?

  34. tomzorz88
    November 14, 2017
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    You really need to get rid of those silly disturbing tunes in the background.

  35. playrewindff
    November 17, 2017
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    The woman looks like mary elizabeth winstead

  36. miksolt
    November 21, 2017
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    But if he is a replicant, he should die in 4 years… or maybe I didn't get this part right?

  37. Fred Vanhees
    November 22, 2017
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    Deckard can't be a replicant Nexus 7, because if he was, his physical strength should, logically, outperform that of the Nexus 6 replicants. Which it doesn't. Cfr his combat scenes with Zora, Leon, Priss, and Roy.

  38. Qigong Warrior
    November 24, 2017
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    It’s actually so much simpler than that. In the beginning of the film it was stated that 6x replicants were created. 3x Female and 3x male. Throughout the film we encounter and take out 4x of them. Leon and Roy are the 2x males while Zhora and Pris are the 2x females…. Rachael and Deckard are the 5th and 6th replicants.

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