The Most Confusing Moment In ‘Joker’ Has Been Explained

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The delusion is shattered when Sophie catches Arthur in her apartment and she’s clearly freaked out. Then the movie abruptly cuts away to something else, and we never see her again. This creates the disturbing implication that Arthur hurt or possibly even murdered Sophie. Which is a big deal, because up until this point he’s only shot a few violent stockbrokers (which most Gothamites seem pleased as punch about for some reason). Bumping off the single mother from down the hall would catapult him into supervillainy somewhat prematurely. Which is a problem, because that’s what a lot of viewers assumed happened.

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Now director Todd Phillips has cleared this all up, insisting that “of course” Arthur didn’t kill Sophie. In fact, there was originally a scene at the end in which a not-dead Sophie is seen watching Arthur on TV, but it was ultimately cut. Which seems like a pretty huge omission. Yes, that shot would have diverted from Arthur’s POV, but the final version leaves her fate in an ominously ambiguous place, which clearly wasn’t the intention. Complicating matters further is the theory that the girlfriend delusion was in fact a delusion within a larger delusion, like a Russian nesting doll of stale plot devices.

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