I've noticed you and a few others on your page seem to think the ending was happier than I did... Why do people think the boy band is alive? After Noctis dies on the throne and goes into the afterlife/ring universe, they're right there next to him.
I dunno…It just didn’t even register to me that those scenes were kinda implying everyone was dead my first play through. I thought that scene in the afterlife were everyone shows up to help Noct win was more of a Kingdom Heartsy “my friends are my power” type thing, like knowing they supported him gave him all the strength he needed to win….but apparently it was more of a ‘hey Ardyn, meet us in the ally behind the afterlife Macy’s because you killed all of us so the whole clique’s here to rumble.’ I still don’t really buy it 100% that everyone is just dead.
I DIDN’T WAIT 10 YEARS JUST TO WATCH EVERYONE DIE, SQUARE!
And even though I didn’t think this at the time,
because, again, it went completely over my head that they had diedI also would have thought Noct would allow the bros to attend his ghost wedding. But then we know for a stone cold fact Regis is dead and Noct doesn’t let him attend, so who knows with him. Maybe he was jumping around from afterlife fantasy to afterlife fantasy, and had one private happy wedding with Luna then went camping with the best bros in the world in the other. Or who knows? Maybe that camping scene happened during the journey from Hammerhead to Insomnia, but it just felt better to add it in at the end instead of right then and there.
So yeah, I don’t know. I’m still not fully convinced everyone is just dead as dirt. I don’t tend to believe in off screen deaths, and that little shot of them joining Noct to finish Ardyn doesn’t sell it to me that they are dead. Maybe I’m being blindly optimistic, but I just don’t buy it. Noct’s “I leave it to you” makes me think he really believes they are going to be the ones to clean up the world once he’s gone…so for them to die two seconds later feels a little shitty story wise. I’m never a big fan of endings in general, but if they really did just flat out murder their entire cast, then who the fuck cares about this story anymore? Why do I care about the state of the world after Noct brings back the light if everyone I cared about is just dead now (I’m sorry, but Cindey and Iris and even dare I say Cor were just not given enough story to be compelling enough for me to really still care about this game’s world without the bros in it.)? I don’t want a DLC of Prompto if I know he’s just gone bite it in a blaze of lackluster off screen bullshit.
That was hyperbolic, if that is the case, Square, I will be unhappy with you, but you will still be getting my money…lord knows you own me.
(Besides, people say the Iron Giants squashed them….???? These guys who have learned to live in a daemon fill world for 10 goddamn years slip up on three Iron Giants? I took out four level 90 something ones pretty much single handley in Castlemark’s deeper dungeon (because the other bros just couldn’t stay the FUCK alive, so yeah, maybe that’s a fair point, but come on! We couldn’t use items!)
I’ve derailed, a lot…but I think i’ve made my points…I’m sure I’m wrong, but I’m happy in my wrongness. I’m not going to fight to bring anyone onto my ‘everyone but Noct lives’ side, or say anyone who believes they all dead is wrong. Truth is I really don’t know, and until the game spells it out for me in canon I’m going to keep enjoying my optimistic view of ambiguity of dat ending™.