Christian Bale Explains The End Of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ And Whether Or Not Alfred Dreamed Seeing Bruce Wayne

Did you understand the ending of The Dark Knight Rises? Because I totally thought I did, and then like a bajillion people were all like “Wait nuh-uh Alfred was DREAMING the entire thing durrr am smart get at me bitchez.” Not only did it make me take a second look at the film, but it made me completely rethink my choice in friends because what idiot says “durr am smart get at me bitchez” in real life conversation?

I hate people.

ANYHOO, here’s the end of The Dark Knight Rises for those of you who don’t remember what I’m talking about. Skip to the 4:20 mark:

Apparently some people thought Alfred was dreaming, which is fair if you’re an idiot. Alfred spoke earlier about how seeing Bruce Wayne happy in a café or some shit after his Batman business was all over was a recurring dream of his, but I don’t think we were supposed to take that to mean that the ending of the movie was all a dream.

And you know what? I’m right.

“[Alfred] was content with me being alive and left because that was the life he always wanted for him. I find it very interesting and with most films, I tend to say ‘It’s what the audience thinks it is.’ My personal opinion? No, it was not a dream. That was for real and he was just delighted that finally he had freed himself from the privilege, but ultimately the burden, of being Bruce Wayne.” [transcribed by /film]

Do you know how much of a ballbuster it would’ve been if the entire Batman trilogy had been dreamed up by Alfred? A sooper big one, that’s what. The only thing worse to happen would be if this shit went down as Batman was trying to get rid of the bomb at the very end:


Followed by some what looks to be like a paper-mache shark attack:



I’d take a stupid dream sequence over that any day.

[H/T Uproxx]