What's behind the end of the Matrix? The Wachowski sisters created one of the best science fiction trilogies in decades.
Matrix redefined the action genre when it launched more than 20 years ago. Mixing Asian-style action with metaphysical reflections. The saga brought complex philosophy to a large part of viewers. Even after 20 years, fans continue to debate and criticize the movies. In 2005, two years after the original trilogy ended, the video game Path of Neo rekindled the conversation, as it contained a Matrix ending reviewed by the directors.
The end of Matrix Revolutions it is bittersweet. Humanity and the machines come to a truce, but the hero of the series, Neo, must die for the alliance. In order for humanity and machines to be saved, Agent Smith, who has become a virus within the Matrix, must be defeated. Neo is martyred by letting Smith take it in. This action allows the machines to destroy Smith by sending a surge of energy to Smith's code, through Neo's physical body. The world is saved thanks to Neo's sacrifice.
When players reach this crucial juncture in the story in Path of Neo, the story stops and is cut to a white room inhabited by two leather chairs, where Morpheus tells Neo the truth of reality. From there, versions appear pixelated Wachowskis and they say that instead of the original Matrix ending, the game features a new ending in which Neo works his way to victory as they see it as a more fitting ending to an action game. However, before the new ending takes place, the Wachowskis reveal the meaning behind the way the franchise ends.
“At this point in the story, Neo stands on the brink of satori, ready to resolve the paradox of choice and lack of choice, of free will versus fate. But that can only be achieved through an act of surrender, which only happens after you've given up. The nature of the perspective of truth, accepting the totality of present consciousness.
What is satori?
At the end of The Matrix Revolutions, Neo defeats Agent Smith, but not through brute force. Rather, Neo reaches enlightenment, or what Buddhists call satori, by understanding that all that exists is the present moment. The exact nature of truth, or even experience, is mediated by individual consciousness, that is, none of us can know what is really real and what is not. In this context, the actual choice is impossible. Since it is not possible to understand the results, or even what exists beyond your perception.
That's why Neo gives up. You can't kill Agent Smith. You cannot win. But, absolving himself of what is happening and embracing the moment, he does the only thing he can do and gives up. Choosing like this despite not having a real option. Then the universe unfolds around his choice, because, unbeknownst to him, his action brings about the destruction of Smith and the salvation of humanity.
Certainly dense and complex, the Matrix ending explanation is true to the spirit of the Wachowskis, as they love to infuse their films with symbolism and purpose. Lilly Wachowski recently discussed how the Matrix films function as a trans-allegory, as the theme of transformation is central to the films. When viewed from the perspective of what the Wachowskis say about the series finale in Path of Neo, this makes perfect sense. Reality is subjective and is experienced individually, by each one of us, so each of us creates and transforms ourselves at every moment, which means that being trans is a natural expression of transforming oneself.
we hope that Matrix 4 (2021) is as great and enriching an experience as the previous trilogy.
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