Not gonna lie: I have never cried/ screamed/ sworn louder in my entire life than when Will Turner was forced to leave Elizabeth at the end of At World’s End.
I’ve done a very in- depth meta about this before, but the way they wrote The Flying Dutchman in the movies, “the ship must always have a captain”, but the ship itself only became what it was because of Calypso (who is back). So if she’s back, it’s sorta superfluous, and is not in fact actually needed.
Plus, the ship itself CAN be destroyed. I did a fuckton of digging back in 2007, and I discovered that YES, the ship COULD be destroyed. I actually began a conversation with one of the writers on myspace that got me blocked back in 2008 (I was a feisty lil’ twelve- year- old), because I pointed out the huge plot hole that if there is no Dutchman, it doesn’t need a captain… It’s true, and it’s a recognized hole in the story. But I pushed it a bit far I guess (again, I was twelve) and proceeded to get my ass blocked by Terry Rossio. A+++, self.
The simplest loophole to this whole conundrum was to just destroy the Dutchman.
It was Calypso’s job- according to the films- which, after she was bound to human form, passed to DJ, who failed to do the job.
I was 11/12 years old and I had so many problems with the ending of AWE, that it actually consumed my every waking moment for like three years. I was just so fucked up over it.
And then On Stranger Tides came out and destroyed the franchise, so… Idk. I just don’t even know.
Though Dead Men Tell No Tales actually looks fucking AWESOME! I just hope it’s a little bit more well- thought- out than AWE.
Still blocked. Still a plot hole.
I can’t even watch Dead Man’s Chest or At World’s End anymore. They were so messy *cringe emoji*