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Does Blade Runner 2049’s Ending Preserve the Mysteries of the Original—or Spoil Them? We Discuss.

Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
The blade runners are back, and their collars are higher than ever.

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. In this episode, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Slate senior editor Sam Adams discuss Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic. Does the ending preserve the mysteries of the original? Is it actually cinematographer Roger Deakins who’s responsible for the lion’s share of the movie’s charms? Could the collars be any higher?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.


Podcast production by June Thomas.

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