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How "Far Cry 5" Should End

Megan Cronin

Posted on March 15, 2018 16:04

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With the next installment in the "Far Cry" franchise releasing on March 27th, I want to make public my prediction on how the game will end. You heard it here!

I’ve written about the “controversy” surrounding Far Cry 5 before. Now I want to tackle the ending, because I think it could be the coolest ending in the entire series.

Ubisoft has made mountains of information on the antagonists available. There are short YouTube videos introducing them, a full-length novel and the short film Inside Eden’s Gate. (I bought a month’s worth of Amazon Prime just to watch the film. I regret nothing.)

For those who don’t rabidly consume content about game antagonists: Joseph Seed and his family lead an extremist Christian doomsday cult in Hope County, Montana, called Project at Eden’s Gate (or Eden’s Gate, for short). Peggies, as the cult members are called, will engage in violent behavior such as forced baptisms, cutting their sins into their flesh, kidnapping and murder. Through coercion and the use of a mysterious blue liquid which drugs those who ingest it into complicity, Joseph forces new members into his congregation and effortlessly leads people to do his bidding.

Joseph is the ideal cult leader; he’s not scary because he’s psychotic, he’s scary because he’s intriguing. His followers love him. Much like Jim Jones and other cult leaders before him, Joseph preys upon the human desire for belonging. He assures initiates that he loves them, that he will never abandon them. He says it so sincerely. They are special to him.

Joseph has more in common with Jim Jones than just a keen sense of manipulation and a sweet pair of sunglasses. Both had troubled childhoods involving difficulties making friends, fostering feelings of otherness. Joseph had it particularly bad, raised in a group home where he was ostracized and abused. As Joseph (brilliantly played by Greg Bryk) recalled his childhood in Inside Eden’s Gate, I couldn’t help but feel for him. His eyes told it all, holding in deep sadness and a conviction to overcome. For a moment, I pitied him. That moment is all he needs.

While the similarities between Joseph and Jones generally end there, I think they’ll have one more thing in common: their deaths. I expect Eden’s Gate and Joseph Seed to mirror the mass suicides of Heaven’s Gate and Jim Jones’ cult, The People's Temple.

Far Cry games typically end with shootouts. This one won’t be an exception. I see the player gunning down Joseph’s bodyguards before fighting their way to a church, breaking the door down and seeing Joseph, his family and his closest followers on the floor, dead or dying from poisoning. Walking through the church in disbelief, the player approaches Joseph, who is barely hanging on to life. He smiles and says the same thing he said to the player during the game’s prologue:

“God won’t let you take me.”

Joseph dies by suicide. Roll credits.

(I could be completely wrong, of course, but a girl can dream.)

No matter what happens, players are in for quite the journey through Hope County. Let’s go dismantle a cult!

Megan Cronin

Posted on March 15, 2018 16:04

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