having done only 6/7 dungeons). This begs the question of why he's significant and why he was chosen to remain in the purgatory for as long as he has and what that place was like before he died in his original life. I loved it just as much as Life on Mars. I think the reason for Gene’s placement in purgatory was somewhat unexplored (maybe coming in the final chapter thing?) Keats arrived as a sort of counter balance, to make sure that there is a pull in both directions equally, but was not required beforehand. Please post spoilers for series 2 of A2A here :D Keats want to damn them. It's a shame how underappreciated these shows are, because they're so good and leave so many unanswered questions. Unable to move on because of all the regrets they have in their lives. Final, fineto. If you choose to tell Adler ‘Solovetsky Monastery’ and end Perseus, you trigger the good ending in the game. Noticed they go for a fair bit online and was wondering if there worth hunting down to read. This is why it showed Chris', Ray's and Shaz's death on a television screen; showing how they have already died irl and how Gene helped transport them to their afterlife. Most of the people in the purgatory universe, at least the one that the shows happen in, are not real people, more like NPCs. Find more ways to say ashes, along with related words, antonyms and example phrases at Thesaurus.com, the world's most trusted free thesaurus. This is also why Genie Hunt didnt join them; he was merely an guiding angel. Tyler was dead, which should have explained that Alex was too. Of course, like Gene, they are unaware of the truth. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Is stopping the guns a way to stop herself getting shot in 2008? To answer questions about Ashes to Ashes, please sign up. This provides an explanation of how Sam was able to change history and therefore the future in regard to Tony Crane (Marc Warren’s character). Ashes To Ashes was the follow-up show to Life On Mars, in which Sam, who was played by John Simm, apparently became trapped in the1970s after being hit by a … I don't think Gene is an angel. Perhaps he feels for the officers who end up there, and wants to give them an advantage in resisting Keats and other manifestations of devilry. He is the custodian of a doorway to the aforementioned ‘really, really good place’ and wants the officers to succeed and make it through, but does not often interfere as this must be up to them. That could explain why he’s grown older, or maybe they all do if they spend enough time there like he has (since the 50s?). It's not explored in the show, but I can't think of any other reason why he was buried in an unmarked grave (sort of unmarked). Alex Drake – the police psychologist mentioned at the finale of Life on Mars who was dumped in 1981 at the start of Ashes for Ashes – is dead too, has been all … And of course, as the credits roll another lost cop arrives in Gene’s station, talking about his ipod, and the cycle begins again. Shit, I'm going to have to watch all of it again now lol, Unofficial Subreddit for the UK TV Shows Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, and upcoming Lazarus, Press J to jump to the feed. The world of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes revolves around him. Eventually, he joined the Manchester City Police (which merged into the Manchester and Sal… With Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster. There are bad things and there are monsters. The one thing I don't understand is why Gene is there at all, since he appears to have actually been a real live human before now, and looking completely different. MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW FOR ALL OF THESE, obviously! Fire up the Quattro: Life on Mars is to return for a third and final series set in the 70s, 80s and an alternate present, its creator has confirmed. Plus my previous blog – Ashes To Ashes: The End – posted minutes after the closing credits. Of course, when he was revived he came back to the real world, before killing himself. I absolutely adored the dynamic chemistry between Gene and Alex, and I'm so glad they humanised Ray and Chris. Multidirectional travel between the hellish place and purgatory is shown to be possible, with a major antagonist from the books essentially clawing his way out of hell to ‘reclaim’ Annie. He also might be afraid of what lies beyond, we still don’t know. It also explains the ending, which shows Gene looking at another soul ("WhErEs mY iPhoNe") showing how Alex and Sam were also lost souls who wouldnt believe they had died. 1. Brilliant moment. It could be that he's not actually meant to be there and that he just never moved on, since every officer that arrives already has their documents and house and pre-existing lives inside the purgatory, like Sam being a transfer from Hyde. Directed by Bille Eltringham. And the Guv is putting his driving gloves on. We also discover that physical objects can pass from the main world to purgatory, and that this world is not ‘fake’, but simply different and on a separate tier. The way I interpret things is that the purgatory universe has a kind of internal narrative, driving the people inhabiting it into some kind of meaningful moral choice. He wants to trick them into following him down to the ‘department below’, which represents a hellish place. Jim Keats is supposed to be Satan or a demon or something and the elevator is hell, but I think having him literally snarl like he hadn't spent the last few months at least in a human body is a poor design choice. Tina The ending was the absolutely worst part of the series. This seemed to anger Nelson, presumably as it went against the natural order of the cosmic system he is part of. The long-running mystery of Ashes To Ashes and Life On Mars were finally explained in the series finale last night. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The books reveal that there are other dark, non-corporeal entities in purgatory, most famously the test card girl, who tries to damn Sam to oblivion by traumatising him and tricking him into leaving this world and abandoning his second chance. Also, i'd put a spoiler tag on ur questions for new viewers :DD, I want to put one on but I’m not the most tech savvy and I don’t know how to do it, So when the gang arrived in the original pub. To get the bad ending, choose to lie and tell them that Perseus is in the Duga array in Ukraine. The question remains - did Gene hunt kill Sam Tyler? I think I understand how Gene gets his cars and things like that - when the purgatory/simulation progresses to a point where a car or new clothes come out they'll simply appear in his wardrobe or on his desk, like the Mercedes Benz thing in the last scene. My basis for this theory is, why did Gene and the gang not bring the rest of the police department down to the Pub in the last episode of Ashes to Ashes? Can someone explain where they were? Gene Hunt (in the real world) was killed at the age of 19 on Coronation Day. Spoilers. I think Daniel Mays was great as keats, and I ended up caring more about the Chris/Ray/Shaz character and their relationship probably more than Alex in the end. He’s the anti-Gene. But other forces lurk in Gene’s world, and they want to snatch coppers away, taking them to Hell. Alex died shortly after the bullet to the head. Time is on a delay from the real world, and the officers seem to end up in this purgatory regardless of when they are from. This is due to the fact that the longer you stay in Gene’s world, the more you forget about reality. It didn't, unfortunately. They cobbled together an ending just to answer the questions of what few fans they had. But as for the Ashes to Ashes ending it's simple: They're all dead and in limbo. Don't hold your breath re Alex and Gene getting it together however - … The truth behind DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) and … I suspect the ending was cobbled together to bring the series to an end rather than heading towards the point from the beginning. Alex, Chris, Ray, Shaz, Annie, and Sam have all passed on to good place, although Sam delayed this for years to stay with Annie. And apparently it's all going to be explained before the curtain falls. But to get to you they have to get through the Guv. When the team discovers that his latest deal is to obtain guns, the case takes on another imperative for Alex. The thought of nelson being an angel/ angelic figure just feels really comforting don’t you think. Ring Around the Rosie is simply a nursery rhyme of indefinite origin and no specific meaning, and someone, long after the fact, concocted an inventive explanation for its creation. Gene is St Peter, he actually said so himself at one point, there was a lot of amazing foreshadowing in ashes to ashes, at one point gene was talking about being anti corruption and someone said “ooh who gave you wings and a halo” and also there was a scene where he literally looked up and said god is this a test cus I’m going to fail, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Unofficial Subreddit for the UK TV Shows Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, and upcoming Lazarus, Press J to jump to the feed. Well they had to rush the ending of that show because the series wasn't a big hit and was cancelled. It s a Long time i thought about making one and i attempted to. Sam on the other hand was in a coma, but somehow managed to slip into Purgatory. I’ve just finished Ashes to Ashes as well, and wow, what an amazing ending, for an amazing show. Despite removing the bullet and stopping the infection, she passed away at 9:06 the next morning. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Alex needs to know and all is revealed in the final episode. But did she? Yep, this series is IT. He can control much of what happens in this world, though he chooses not to. 'Into the Ashes' could have stood up and proclaimed itself just another action movie. The final episode reveals that the Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes world is a form of limbo or purgatory, for "restless dead" police officers. He had a human life, he lived as a human, and he died with a terrible injury and was clearly murdered. I see Gene as an angel in some way, helping to guide police officers to the ‘good place’ once they have worked out their internal turmoil/come to terms with their death. Just that look he gave her. With Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster. It's meant to mean that we're waving goodbye to the "action man" of the start of the song. Ray, Shaz, and Chris all died at various times in the real world, they then woke up in Gene’s world to work through the problems they had in life. Goodness knows why. It is also implied that Gene unconsciously held onto them, as he didn’t want to part. This was confirmed when Ashes to Ashes revealed that the past worlds represented in both series (Ashes to Ashes is set in the ’80s) are a Purgatory/limbo for dead police officers. Alex died shortly after the bullet to the head. There are only a few real people who are not directed by this narrative. Who were the OTHER officers, like the ones who didn't have any lines? What was the place they were in? However, after he remembers who and where he is the reasons become more interesting. Nelson and The Railway Arms act as the Pearly gates. Hence Alex forgetting Molly’s name. Simon Neary is a gangster Gene has wanted to nail for years. Obviously, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is part of the Anglican Christian funeral service, and the pun with "funk" means we're attending the funeral of Bowie as a musician, not a person. For me it’s certainly up there with the likes of Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks, which is saying something considering it’s a BBC one show from 2009! It is all there if you look for it. The Nine Human Sacrifices At The End Of Midsommar Explained. Gene helped fake is death, as the others were not ready to realise the truth. It is revealed that the events of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes take place is a “coppers-purgatory”. Along with the many links at the very bottom of this blog. I can only thing that the series was getting either to predictable or expensive? They are in a purgatory or limbo for police officers. Here is a look at what Reddit users had to say about the ending of the movie. I get (as she said) that the bullet caused massive brain trauma and I get that her mind could re-create the world because of her knowledge of Sam, but that would mean it is not Gen's world"?!?! The remaining survivors now have a huge challenge in front of themselves to save humanity and build the world again from the ashes. I just saw a clip of the first (?!) Nelson was in the Railway Arms at the end, so I don't think Gene is supposed to be God. Frank Grillo and Luke Grimes star. but for the most part, it was fantastic. My understanding comes from both the novels (which take place between LOM and A2A) and the series’. He lived in Gene’s world for seven years before realising it was time for he and Annie to go to Heaven. “It is strange, isn’t it? excellentpigeon you took the words right out of my mouth ;). Some people in the fandom refer to this as ‘Gene’s World’, and having read the accompanying books, I choose not to, as the world existed before Gene entered, and will continue to after he leaves (if he ever does). I cried like a baby when Alex asked Gene as it was all done, she could go home now. Seriously, great explaination! Gene Hunt (in the real world) was killed at the age of 19 on Coronation Day. Requirements. Directed by David Drury. If they do this, they can choose to move on to what is described as ‘a really, really good place’. There is also the fact that in the first Ashes to Ashes episode we knew Sam. There s no official extended version of ASHES. It's my interpretation that the place the two shows are set in is some kind of purgatory for police, and that the Railway Arms is obviously "the good place" to move on to. My fan theory is that Gene is an anomaly, he could have gone either way several times, but has such a big personality that he stuck around and is now semi permanent. Also, I thought it was the same day - She was taking her daughter to school right at the start and I seem to remember the time being quarter to nine sometime before she enters the boat? It has been a long afternoon in the former biscuit factory where the award-winning series has been filmed, but now, with the light fading and a … I’ve just finished Ashes to Ashes as well, and wow, what an amazing ending, for an amazing show. The dead bodies are then cremated and the ashes are scattered around a sacred ancestral tree. It is revealed that the events of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes take place is a “coppers-purgatory”. What we do know is this. Also, how does he have a different body than the one he had back on earth, and why was that showing up to Alex etc. Can someone explain what exactly was going on? Gene is their protector. ; Not having completed all of the requirements for ending A (i.e. They are there to deal with the issues which haunted them in life and death, but were never able to face. I can't believe these shows have been sitting here for 14 years! Thanks it makes it easier to understand now :). It’s an emotional, powerful, ending which really connects to your heart, brain and soul? Despite struggling to muster much interest with the self-contained crime plot and failing to round off the Summers intrigue in fine style, Ashes To Ashes still managed to leave us on a high. He is like the ferryman, being there for so long, unwilling to go to Heaven, he’s there to help the dead coppers on their way, and help resolve their problems. She’s dead throughout Series 3. Life (on Mars) goes on in 'coppers Purgatory'. These restless dead include Drake, Sam Tyler and the main characters Gene, Ray, Chris, and Shaz ( Montserrat Lombard ), all of whom died in violent circumstances. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Nelson is an angelic figure, who is hiding an enormous amount of power. This is important as it means that one world can feasibly influence the other, and that the actions characters take in ‘the past’ really do matter. For me it’s certainly up there with the likes of Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks, which is saying something considering it’s a BBC one show from 2009! Ending. So when the gang arrived in the original pub, they knew that it was goodbye forever. Just my humble fan theories, was a great show. Following his death, Hunt awoke in the supernatural world known as "Gene Hunt's World" in the same decade as his death. Ashes To Ashes has bitten the dust. Who they all were? Episode 1 Ultravox – “Vienna” The Clash – “I Fought the Law” Tubeway Army – “Are Friends Electric?” The Stranglers – “No More Heroes” David Bowie – “Ashes to Ashes” The Passions – “I’m In Love With A German Film Star” Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf” Duran Duran – “Careless Memories” Roxy Music – “Same Old Scene” Episode 2 Tenpole Tudor – “Swords of a Thousand Men” Madness – “The Prince” Imagination – “Body Talk” The Flying Lizards – “Money” Visage – “Fade to Grey” Orchestral Manoeuvres … After five years of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, how perfect that Matthew Graham turns this nostalgic fantasy into a beautiful and moving tribute, complete with Bowie's Heroes blazing away on the soundtrack, to those real heroes out there, those dedicated coppers. Obviously, officers forget how they arrived in purgatory as time passes, so this is almost definitely a factor. Complete the main story and defeat His Holiness Escribar. The entrance to this place is represented by the Railway Arms pub, be it in London or Manchester. Would you say the books are worth a read? That is why I think most of the police force and general population are background NPCs rather than other people who are stuck in purgatory. Gene, however, never passed on. Promising that he will return, Sam makes a break for it and bumps into Morgan at the end of the train tunnel who tells him there is no backup and is happy to let the officers die to prove a point. I couldnt find a spoiler thread for Ashes to Ashes so i thourght i'd make one. The pockets of people who are surviving now are happy to know that there are other survivors as well. Other examples of this could include the bullet/clown who haunts Alex, although A2A leaves this open to interpretation. Another word for ashes. His reasons for staying are debatable. I’m struggling to wrap my head around out it. It is revealed that Annie was in fact murdered by this man, and not Sam’s father as hinted towards by LOM. Keats is a demonic figure who wishes to tempt the officers into repeating their past mistakes and/or rejecting the noble path. Meanwhile the rest of the team are dealing with a Jewelry robbery and triple homicide: diamonds are missing and the bodies of three gang members have been discovered. Anything that aids that narrative, such as the entire team being transferred down to London just in time for Alex Drake to arrive, or many of the characters forgetting the way that Sam or Alex behaved in a weird way to them. episode where she is writing on a whiteboard and the words spell "DEAD". He is not the ultimate power, and has his own superiors. It’s a bit confusing, but the pub materialises in London to take them on their way to heaven. into the ashes ending explained reddit “The moment of it plunging into black and then Gene slapping her awake,” explained Matthew.As we now know, it was the body of rookie PC Gene Hunt, shot dead on Coronation Day in 1953 during his first week on the beat. A space between Heaven and Hell where police officers go to sort things out - unresolved issues in their lives. Because in the end, that's what they do despite their troubles and no one like Jim Keats can … Person who explains the whole point of ashes to ashes will get an easy 10 points. I can't wait for this new sequel to be released and the answers it gives. Perhaps the producers of the show would like to explain on POV? A space between Heaven and Hell where police officers go to sort things out - unresolved issues in their lives. He never got the chance to be the man he wanted to be in life, and purgatory seems to give him the life he dreamed of (to an extent). Keats is a demon/devil. Like who really was gene hunt and the guy with specs? I thought I had it all figured out but then this?! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. For 30 years, he forgot about his death by drowning it with alcohol (A2A Series 3: Episode 8). On the other hand, should you misguide Adler by sending him and his team to Duga, you will trigger a bad ending in the game and you will find yourself playing mission ‘Ashes to Ashes’. If they are making a new one, I hope they don't ruin it. I think the idea was to portray the Genie Hunt as an angel of sorts (making the dickhead Jim Keats the devil ) helping various souls into heaven (which was portrayed as the original pub in Life on Mars). These things are real. That Gene unconsciously held onto them, as the Pearly gates Ashes will get an easy 10 points read. 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