This article contains spoilers for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners season 1, episode 10 and the end of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
READ: Our spoiler-free season review.
Somewhat unexpectedly, Studio Trigger in collaboration with CD Projekt Red released the best anime of the year in the form of Cyberpunk: Edge Runners, an open-world RPG spin-off launched by the Polish studio. Rich in lore and maniacal in style and action, the ten-part series is a complicated undertaking, so let’s unpack the series’ general sweep and ending.
The protagonist is David Martinez, a young man living in Night City under the thumb of megacorporations that have commodified every aspect of private and public life. David wants to make something of himself, but the Arasaka Academy where his long-suffering mother Gloria managed to enroll him is best suited for wealthier citizens, especially those augmented with cybernetic modifications. We’re given an idea of what it looks like in the opening scene, which depicts a hulking man who’s gone “cyberpsycho” from too many implants and slaughters many people before a team of specialists can take him down. tear down.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Ending Explained
Nonetheless, after Gloria is killed in a highway shootout and the cold medical system has little sympathy for David, he installs a mod he finds at his house that gives him some sort of superspeed and ends up connect with a netrunner (read: hacker) named Lucy. Together they start landing jobs and earning money, attracting the wrong kind of attention due to their relatively special abilities – David has an unusually high tolerance for raises, while Lucy is on the run from a special Arasaka breeding program for specialized netrunners.
Throughout the season, David and Lucy entangle romantically, as David rises to the top of his gang after the initial leader, Maine, goes overboard with his edits and becomes a psychopath. It works as a kind of cautionary tale because a bit later, once Lucy falls into captivity from a Night City Fixer named Faraday, David dons an experimental prototype exoskeleton that just might test his augmentation tolerance and push him. at the end.
Towards the end of the action-packed season, David begins to withdraw into himself, imagining his many murders as fulfilling his late mother’s expectations, and imagining himself happy with Lucy, in a more idyllic life far away. of all. this chaos and this suffering. There are some bold choices made here, particularly the decision to have Adam Smasher – recognizably to fans of the franchise – kill David, and Falco escape with Lucy. It’s a perfectly morbid end to a story set in this deeply cynical world. However, there is still a long way to go in the setting for many more stories like this.
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