It’s weird, right? And if you don’t know about it, yes, there’s an ending cut scene. There’s a reason that your game keeps prompting you to go to sleep. Some people may have missed it, given what pretty much everyone agrees was a somewhat lackluster finish. It basically changes the entire meaning behind most of the game.
The ending scene is intentionally vague. The entire scene is perhaps a minute long. Go watch it and formulate your own opinions. I’ll wait.
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Because the ending cutscene is so vague, a lot of people misinterpreted it. Here are the high points:
- Flemeth (who we now know is also Mythal) passes something through an Eluvian gate.
- She tells Solas that he shouldn’t have given his orb to Corypheus and calls him Dread Wolf.
- Solas acknowledges that he shouldn’t have done so but says he was too weak to open it himself.
- Solas says it was his mistake and he should pay the price but the people need him.
- Flemythal says she’s sorry. She collapses as if petrified and Solas’ eyes glow with power.
And here are the questions everyone has:
Did Flemeth just kill Solas/Fen’harel?
No. It’s the other way around. It’s surprising how many people misread this scene.
No, seriously, Flemeth totally killed Solas/Fen’harel.
This is debunked in the following ways:
- Solas speaks to Cole after the ending sequence.
- The design notes state that Solas is going to kill Flemeth.
- Solas says he should pay the price but that the people still need him.
But Flemeth says she’s sorry.
She’s not sorry about killing him. She’s sorry that he has to kill her and that he will now be alone. It mirrors his personal quest, in which the spirit of wisdom states that she will die but now he will be alone to endure. Solas’ entire theme is enduring alone for the sake of others.
What was Flemeth/Mythal doing with the Eluvian gate?
She was sending her godhood to Morrigan. Her godhood is separate from her power, which Solas takes. It’s presumably what allows her to live so long.
Why did Solas/Fen’harel kill Flemeth?
He needs her power to get to the ancient city. Whether he’s trying to get the power to assume the throne himself or release the other gods is up to debate. But we know he has good intentions; he needs to save his people.
Who the hell is the Dread Wolf/Fen’harel?
Haven’t you been paying attention to the lore? A surprising amount of people weren’t. This is a Kotor2 level twist. Fen’harel is a major god in the elf pantheon, a trickster figure analogous to Loki. He’s been mentioned the whole series.