‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Ending & Time Travel Explained

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Based on the Japanese novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow tells the story of Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a man who is forced onto the front lines for a major military operation against invading aliens known as “Mimics.” Untrained and unprepared for combat, Cage is killed within minutes – only to wake up 24 hours earlier with no choice but to relive (and die) the same day over and over.

Like many time travel (or time loop) stories, Edge of Tomorrow relies on heady exposition and mind-bending sci-fi ideas which may confuse certain moviegoers. For that reason, we’re here to help breakdown the Major Cage’s ability to “reset” time, as well as explain the film’s ending. Our discussion is going to be full of SPOILERS from here on out – for both Edge of Tomorrow and the All You Need is Kill source material. READ NO FURTHER unless you’re all caught up. You have been warned.

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MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW

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The Source of Time Looping

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In the opening moments of the film, we learn that Major Cage is a government-sponsored talking head who refuses to document the UDF campaign “Project Downfall” from the front lines. Branded a deserter, Cage is forced into military service (as part of J-squad) on the eve of a massive offensive, waking up at Heathrow airport in handcuffs (the starting point for the time loops he experiences throughout the film).

In spite of rigorous planning and secrecy, the Mimics see the attack coming and the offensive turns into a massacre – wiping out humanity’s last line of defense. On the ground, Cage watches as J-Squad and UDF war hero Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) are mercilessly slaughtered by orange-tinted Mimic drones. During the fracas, Cage comes face to face with a blue colored “Alpha” Mimic, exterminating the creature as its acidic blood rains down on his face, killing him. That Alpha blood gives Cage the ability to “loop” (aka reset time by a day).

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Through countless trial and error attempts, Cage manages to befriend Vrataski and her physicist confidant Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor) who explain their theories on Mimic physiology. Carter asserts that the Mimics, named for their uncanny ability to adapt to human military strategies, are a highly-evolved hive mind capable of controlling time. At the center of the collective is the “Omega” Mimic, an extremely large and powerful creature that serves as the brain of the Mimic force but is hidden far away from the battlefield for its own protection.

Where the normal orange-colored Mimics are basic workers/pawns, sent into battle for the sole purpose of killing enemies, the Omega also employes the use of the blue-tinted Alphas, who serve as the eyes and ears of the Omega on the front lines. Unlike basic Mimics, Alphas are precious to the collective, and thanks to their direct link to the Omega, contain the head creature’s time-controlling essence in their blood. Should an Alpha die, the Omega resets time but retains the knowledge of everything that went wrong on the battlefield – allowing the creature to make tactical adjustments accordingly, and gain an upper hand in the new time cycle.

The highly-evolved power to wind back the clock is responsible for the extraterrestrial’s unrelenting adaptation to human military efforts, as well as the reason Mimics were able to see Cage’s invasion force coming: because the Omega had already watched it all happen in a previous timeline, and had mapped out a different strategy following one or many resets. In effect, the Omega is able to turn any fight that it experiences into an elaborate trap – until Cage inadvertently hijacks the time-loop ability.

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The Rules of Time Looping

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At the time of his first death, Cage is drenched in the blood of a dying Mimic, essentially transferring the Omega’s time control ability to Cage. After saving her on the French battlefield, Vrataski reveals that she had experienced the same looping phenomenon during an assault at Verdun, but subsequently lost the ability after she was severely injured and bleeding out. During her time looping, she worked with Dr. Carter to understand how the time reset ability actually worked – attempting to find out if it could be transferred to others via physical contact, blood, or other bodily fluids.

The pair came to the conclusion that only one organism (Mimic or Man) could be in charge of the reset at any given time – meaning that when Rita acquired the ability, the Omega no longer had control, giving Vrataski (and later Cage) a temporary edge. The Alpha blood also caused Vrataski (and eventually Cage) to have visions of the Omega’s hidden location, and Dr. Carter surmised that if they could find the creature in time, before a reset, they could wipe out the entire Mimic invasion force – since the creatures were all extensions of the Omega. As it turns out, Vrataski and Cage’s “visions” were actually traps, planted by the Omega after it had figured out who was in control of the loop – by drawing Rita (and later Cage) to an isolated location, the Omega hoped to reclaim its looper blood, so that the Mimics could regain control of the time reset.

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Cage manages to survive the Omega’s trap (by drowning himself) and the encounter encourages him to revisit an abandoned piece of technology that Dr. Carter had built – based on the appearance of Vrataski’s original visions – to track the Omega by hijacking an Alpha’s connection to the Omega. After a number of resets, Cage and Vrataski successfully acquire the gadget, and Cage uses the device on himself (since his body contains Alpha blood), quickly locating the Omega. Yet, during their attempted escape with the device, UDF infantry destroy their getaway car, leaving Cage injured and bleeding out. He awakens hours later with an IV pumping fresh blood into his arm, having lost the ability to reset time – just like Vrataski had months earlier.

As a result, control of the loop reverts to the Omega - but, unless an Alpha is killed, Cage and Vrataski still have time to travel to the creature’s location and destroy it. The pair enlist the help of J-Squad, who Cage manages to convince of the time loop (thanks to the countless hours he’s spent with each of them in prior loops), and the soldiers set out for Paris – where the Omega is concealed underneath the Louvre. No longer able to reset time, Cage and his team only have one shot to kill the Omega, and are tasked with the added challenge of not killing an Alpha. As mentioned, should the team kill inadvertently kill an Alpha, the Omega would reset time, and Cage would not retain any of the memories of his previous exploits.

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The Ending Explained

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J-Squad is killed-off one at a time while escorting Cage and Vrataski to the Lourve - where entry to the Omega’s lair is guarded by an Alpha. Vrataski sacrifices herself in order to distract (without killing) the Alpha, while Cage tries to destroy the Omega, which is hiding in a flooded portion of the parking garage. As Cage swims downward, he is impaled (and mortally wounded) by the Alpha, who spears him through the chest with a tentacle; in spite of his injury, Cage manages to release a cluster of grenades. The explosion kills the Omega, and since it is the brain of the Mimic collective, its death causes the remainder of its kind on Earth to wither and die, putting an abrupt end to the alien invasion.

Even though Cage survives the detonation, he is doomed to die – that is, until the Omega’s blood, rising through the water, seeps into his wound. As Cage dies he regains control of the Mimic’s ability to reset time – this time waking up hours before he was ever arrested (his usual start point in the loop). Furthermore, certain actions from the previous loop are retained – while others are not. The Mimics are dead following an unknown event (unknown to everyone but Cage) below the Louvre. Yet, J-Squad and Vrataski have all been resurrected, with no knowledge of their role in eliminating the Mimics during the prior time cycle.

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  1. For god sakes why has no one noticed a crucial part in this movie? When he kills the omega and awakens on the helicopter there is a brief moment where he watches the general make a statement on tv. In the generals statement he says “Tomorrow we push on the Eastern front” making Tom Cruise react in disbelief. Perfect set up for a sequel.

    • So does this mean its going to start all over? Im not sure how a sequel can be possible…
      It would be cool for a sequel though and he keeps his powers and has even more powers we do not know of yet…

    • Looks like you’re the one who missed the crucial point. On the west theres no resistance, so when they go tomorrow there will be no mimics as well. Its all over. No sequel. They all died. Soldiers have to go in still and check it out. Remember all of Europe was taken over. They got to clear it back before people move in again.

  2. 1 the russians and the chinese are comming in from the east and meeting no resistance, it would be pretty logical if amerika/uk comes in from the west and won’t meet any resistance….

    2 i think i have a better theory. at least one i like more. why doesn’t cage have the ability to reset to the start of that day infinately?

    he can start over at that morning by dying or killing himself every time. and the only way out to a regular death would be bloodtransfusion to him. so if he gets bored of the concept of infinite repetitive lives starting at that same day, he can have blood transfused to himself.

    then the next idea comes to mind, who knows, in real life we get thrown back to our own moment of conception. and our parents and the world will treat us the way we treated them in our prior life. food for thought i reckon.

  3. Whichever organism (human or alien) with the special blood that dies last has the ability to reset time to the moment (that is possible in time) when they gain consciousness and also retain the memory of all events. this could be exactly 24 hrs, less or even more.

    During the first encounter between Cage and Alpha, Cage dies after Alpha so the time gets reset to the time he gained consciousness – at Heathrow airport. the alpha that had died no longer has the time-reset ability. the alpha knows it and so does omega that is connected to all alphas.

    During the encounter between Omega and Cage, Cage dies after omega so the time gets reset to the time he gained consciousness in the helicopter. this is the latest possible moment because of the following:

    1. Omega of the past realizes that it no longer has the time-reset ability and someone else has it.
    2. it doesn’t even know who has it, because Cage kills Omega in their first encounter itself and only Cage retains the memory of events (not Omega).
    3. Without it’s power, Omega of the past decides it no longer has the advantage in the war and makes a move out of earth. (reason for fleeing earth that caused power surge).
    4. With Omega gone, Cage’s boss would no longer ask him to fight, because he already got confirmation from the forces that there is no resistance.
    5. So Cage would no longer resist to go to Heathrow and so he won’t get arrested – so he will not become unconscious then.
    6. This make his sleep in the helicopter the latest moment he would become conscious again.

    thus the time gets reset to that moment (that is possible).

    omega had fled earth because of points #1, 2 and 3 above. it might go back to it’s original planet to meet with PI and tell about the disaster it had gone through and asks for refilling it’s power. it can then either decide to come back to earth or some other planet. if it decides to come back to earth (some hundreds of years later), it would be a sequel where Cage’s great grandson would fight it again.

    • I think that this is a very good theory and it fits the ending perfectly,good job!

    • I agree! Execllent explanation. Very plausible!

    • If the Omega survived the final time loop, why would it decide to leave in this instance of not having the time control power, but in all the other time loops where it didn’t have time control, it resolved to stay?

      I suppose one possible explanation is the Omega can recognize which Alpha has lost the time control ability. Assuming it recognizes that the Omega itself has lost the ability, it knows its life is in danger and may choose to leave. Still, it’s more complicated than originally thought.

      In fact, even this explanation has counters:

      1. If the Omega recognizes its life is in danger, it can heighten its own defenses to make it impregnable.
      2. If it can just as easily leave the planet, then it can also relocate elsewhere on the planet to an unknown location in addition to bolstering its defenses.
      3. It can always run one of its alphas into the enemy (or kill it’s own Alpha?) to reset time, unless this option is no longer possible in this instance as the Omega itself had lost the ability.
      4. If the Omega has lost time travel to the extent that none of its Alphas have the ability anymore either, then it suggests the loss is permanent, in which case leaving the planet has no advantage for the Omega either. It would only lose whatever ground it has covered in the war, and either be unable to sustain itself long enough to find another inhabitable planet or have the means to conquer that planet’s indigenous population without its time-travel advantage.

      If the Omega left the earth, one would think its exit would be observable through technological means. It’s also possible the power surge was just the aftershock of the omega dying in its reference frame outside of time.

  4. Isn’t there a much simpler reason as to why Cage goes back to an earlier waking point? He aquires the power at an earlier point also.
    When he first gets the time-resetting power, he gets it from an Alpha and it’s during daylight hours. Then he loses the power through blood transfusion. The second time he gets the power he gets it from the Omega and it’s still dark outside, so it’s clearly several hours earlier in objective time. So it would stand to reason, assuming the “rewind time” is essentially a fixed amount of rougly 24 hours, that he would reset to an earlier point also.

    • This is what I thought as well. It’s the most parsimonious of all the alternatives.

    • This doesn’t hold up. Throughout the many resets he dies at various points of both days,especially when is training. Many of these would have been earlier in the day than the final reset after killing the omega.

      • No, they’re not “THE” death, they’re just “A” death.
        It’s not resetting to 24 hours prior to when he died, he’s resetting to 24 hours prior to when the loop began, at his “first” death, and the infusion of Alpha blood.

        For the large portion of the movie, he reset to sometime while he was out cold after being arrested, and so he first regained consciousness then.

        When he got the transfusion, he lost the power, and the loop was finally closed. Ended.

        When he killed the Omega, he got a brand new loop started, and reset to 24 hours prior to that. When he was asleep on the helicopter, ergo he woke up this new loop on the helicopter.

  5. Cage never encounters the Alpha he got his power from again – through any of the time loops. Why?

    It ceased to exist?

  6. I appreciated this good read. Well written, logical, and to the point. Thanks!

  7. My theory on why killing the omega resulted in the defeat of the Mimics 24 hours prior also is one that helps explain the omega’s time reset ability.

    The omega is NOT traveling back in time, it’s looking forward.

    The omega actually exists offset back in time by 24 hours, and it reaches forward through time, connecting to the alphas. The alphas reset back in time to when the Omega actually exists at the moment of their death, so the omega, through the alphas, can explore the infinite branches of causality from its safe haven back in time.

    Therefore, when the omega was killed, it was actually killed at the moment 24 hours prior. Therefore that was the time that it lost control of the mimic horde.

  8. I have not read all posts to know if someone has pointed this out. but the explanation of waking up on the heli, after killing the omega, being due to his last unconscious state is un explainable. if you remember, before he killed the omega, he had woke up thousands of times, in heathrow. he woke up at heathrow, meets Emily Blunt, (forgive me, I don’t recall character name), goes to general’s office, gets in car accident, WAKES in hospital, then kills Omega. By the logic, this should be the next reset point. another I don’t understand? why didn’t she kill the alpha in the louvre, to get the blood on her, creating a new person with the ability, giving a new resetter, allowing more chances to kill the omega. I cannot explain the omega dying at the point of him waking a day before all the instance. except that it gives the moviemakers a chance to have the happy ending. he gets his glory and the girl.

  9. So here is my take on this:

    A: Aliens are all dead and like mentioned on earlier posts, no sequel.

    B: Since Cages character was able to reset the day plus a few extra hours, from killing the omega and getting its blood on him, he will end up going back to that point in his life, every time he dies.

    So when he is old and gray and has his grand kids around, when he passes away he actually won’t. He will just go back to that scene when he was in the helicopter, right before he was originally supposed to be arrested. Except this time, no enemy to fight and he will continue to live over again. Now I would imagine that over a certain number of life attempts he would probably go with the blood transfusion option to opt out of being respawned again.

    But that’s my theory on the ending…

  10. Sequel = there is an entity beyond Omega that resets time in case Omega is killed, just like Omega resets for an Alpha;-)

  11. >>by choosing a new waking point, as well as pulling destruction of the Mimics into the new timeline.<<

    well, since tom cruise was able to 'wake' at a new point (if that was the new point)

    *and* he was able to pull the destruction of the mimics into the 'time line',

    that would mean he *still* has the alien embodiment within him (the ability to

    reset)

    think about it. if the mimics all died (slowly or not) he becomes encased

    in blood the omega is dead, he should have died.

    if he is able to reset himself, what is the chance that the alien life is still

    inside of him? high, since he did it.

    and what does that say of the omega's control.

    doesn't just go away. unless the blood is active on it's own.

    htm,

    ~peace

    thomas :)

  12. Well, he’d only keep it until his blood was swapped out.

    That doesnt only happen through transfusions though. After a certain amount of time, the blood in his veins would be replaced by new cells, essentially purging him of the power. So even if he did keep it, he wouldn’t keep it for the rest of his life.

  13. Let us say the Alpha’s blood contained some constiuents (ex. special particles) which grant to time travelling ability, and which ultimately seeped into Cage’s blood and cells.

    Cell building blocks are recycled to make new cells. Similarly, the special time-travelling particles also recycled into the new cells.

    Transfusion would remove these special particles dissolved in the bloodstream, thereby removing the time reset ability from a person.

  14. Very good point!

    Cool side note; cells constantly die and are created, at such a rate so that your body will replace all the cells you currently have in a bout 5 years.
    If every hald decade I technically have a complete new body . . . other than my memories . . . am I me??

    hahaha

  15. After a long hard think, this is what I think happened.
    The omega can reset time and everything around it, reincarnating everything it is more powerful then.
    But it can recarnate itself. So when it dies it dies permanently. Its blood was transferred to cage when it died. and when cage died he reset time again. With ought the reality of the omega being alive.

  16. After a long hard think, this is what I think happened.
    The omega can reset time and everything around it, reincarnating everything it is more powerful then.
    But it “cant” recarnate itself. So when it dies it dies permanently. Its blood was transferred to cage when it died. and when cage died he reset time again. With ought the reality of the omega being alive.

  17. be honest, it hasn’t been a really hard think, has it?

  18. This is what iI think happened. When everything restarted no one died. Not even the mimics. The biggest difference is, everyone now knows where they are. They wont be going to that beach, they will be going to the actual base, in Paris. How they came to know this i don’t know, so everything is restarted now they now where they actually are and going to attack them there

  19. Think Of it from the Omega’s point of view and the ending as a last ditch contingency plan to allow the Omega to retreat.

    Let’s say the the only being unaffected by the time reset is the alpha, or any being, that initiates the time reset. This means that when the death of an alpha occurs the only way that the Omega is made aware of what happened is by having the Alpha tell the Omega what happens. This would explain the necessity of keeping Alphas on the front lines.

    We also know that the Omega has some kind of subconscious, or telepathic link to all the Mimics and the time resetting Alphas. We can also assume that Cage has established a link with the Omega. How else would that interface contraption that the doctor made be able to locate the true location of the Omega otherwise. We can even deduce that it took time for the link between Cage and the Omega. (Or more accurately, Cage time) Perhaps as Cage became more aware of his ability and the existence of the Omega his connection to it was triggered. Once triggered the Omega would be aware that something was awry and would then react accordingly.

    We can assume the Omega is intelligent and aware of the possibility of humans using the time reset ability because it happened once with Rita and it prepared traps to lure out the time resetting humans in order to strip them of the power. If this is possible other contingency plans are also possible. Plans that would take into consideration the possible death of the Omega. (If a connection relays info to the Omega why not attack Cage at the base? Because killing him would accomplish nothing and preemptively attacking the humans to get to Cage would compromise the Aliens effort to eliminate humans as they attacked. Perhaps this was the Aliens last hope to finish off mankind.)

    Did the Omega know that Cage was disconnected? They killed the Omega as soon as they were able to locate it. Did the Omega have time resetting abilities? Obviously, if it passed them to Cage. We do know it was Cage that initiated the final time reset. And if Cage is reconnected to the Omega then the Omega is aware that Cage will win. So the Omega uses Cage to initialize a reset or whatever.

    One final reset from Cage and everything goes back to the past. Cage tips the past Omega that he kills it via renewed connection and the Omega bugs out. The reported power surge is a result of the Omega leaving planet and we have the possibility of a sequel.

    Nailed it. I win!

  20. When everything restarted, it is made abundantly known that the mimics have ceased all activity and that they all seem to have died. Also, even if everyone knew where the Omega was, the fact still remains that the mimics had conquered half of europe…so I’m pretty sure they would remain focused on that. Your logic is flawed and incomplete my friend, sorry.

  21. I’ve read most of the responses here, and pretty much every single explanation has some massive internal contradictions with the movie, or the rules it established.

    I can live with that. It’s time travel, and no explanation will never be able to make sense of that. However, the only major problem I had with the movie is why Vrataski didn’t kill Chase the second that he revealed to her where the Omega was (Louvre). Instead, she decided to continue the car chase, and they eventually crash, and she goes unconscious. Pretty s***** decision making on her part, and an insanely stupid risk to take. She should have kill him right away, so he’d start the day fresh with knowledge of where the Omega actually is, and no need to take the huge detour and pickup the contraption.

    I haven’t read a single response that addresses this. Why didnt she kill him? Why did she keep driving? Even if they DID get away unscathed, that would be an infinitely worse scenario compared to starting the day over and saving a shitload of hours.

  22. Yes, I like it.
    A defeated Alpha would in theory report back to the Omega up to 24 hrs prior, but Cage’s Alpha doesnt get the chance because he has taken its place in the reset?
    So 24 hrs prior to its death, that Alpha from the beach is just chillin somewhere in Normandy, unaware.

    I don’t know if the Omega and the mimics are necessarily intelligent, I like to think of them like any spreading virus or bacteria and the time reset is simply an evolved defense mechanism.

    Like a parasitic organism that takes over small bugs turning them into a zombie essentially, all it does is take a host, kill it and use the host to nurish its growth to repeat the process. No end result other than the continued existance of the organism, it did not gain anything, just moves on.

  23. This is also extremely plausible. I think you might have won after all.

  24. The only possible internal consistency violation is if the Alpha isn’t actually destroyed by Cage taking its place on the beach the first time. It appears that it is, as that Alpha does not appear either by the beach or anywhere near there again, even though it apparently was the one leading the Mimic defense there.

    And yes, I agree with the whole car chase scene. Yes, Cage was surprised that they actually got the gadget that time – so surprised he appears stunned by the turn of events – but they should have been savvy enough to just act then and there to find the Omega and then kill Cage.

    I have no response to that one. I doubt anyone does, unless there is a chunk of script which was taken out explaining it.

    But that’s about the only issue I have found with the movie. Everything else adds up.

  25. I actually think the way it is it feels natural. People act on habits and experience. You can’t really fault them for not suddenly getting smart and acting outside of their frame, a frame that has carried them so far through the uncountable times of Cage dying accidently or on purpose.

    I mean if they were smart they should have tested the device right away while still in the office. Then reset and try it one more time just to confirm that the Omega hasn
    ‘t gone somewhere else. Then reset again and go for it.

  26. I agree with you but to play devil’s advocate a little bit…, maybe she lost her gun? NOW SHUT UP!

  27. “Why did Rita continue to drive instead of killing Cage as soon as he used the device that told him that the real location of the Omega was at the Louvre in Paris?”

    MAYBE SHE LOST HER GUN PRIOR TO THAT POINT AND SHE DIDN’T FEEL LIKE TRYING TO PUNCH HIM TO DEATH.

    “Why did Cage wake up on the helicopter during the last reset and not at Heathrow like all the prior resets?”

    TWO REASONS:

    1. AFTER KILLING THE OMEGA THERE WAS NO REASON FOR THE GENERAL TO MEET WITH CAGE. HENCE, HE NEVER GOT KNOCKED OUT BY THE GENERALS GOONS WHICH MEANS, HE NEVER WOKE UP ON THOSE BAGS AT THE MILITARY BASE.

    2. THE RESET TIME SEEMS TO BE ABOUT 24 HOURS BEFORE HE FIRST GAINS THE POWER. THE TIMES HE WOKE UP AT HEATHROW THE POWER WAS ACQUIRED FROM THE ALPHA EARLY THE NEXT MORNING DURING THE BATTLE ON THE BEACH. ON THE OTHER HAND, FOR THE FINAL RESET HE ACQUIRED THE POWER JUST BEFORE SUNRISE WHEN HE BLEW UP THE OMEGA. THAT IS WHY THE RESET POINT WAS A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL.

    “Why was the Omega dead after the last reset?”

    ALTHOUGH THE OMEGA WAS RESET ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE DURING THE FINAL RESET CAGE HAD TAKEN ITS POWER AWAY. WITHOUT THIS POWER THE OMEGA CANNOT ALTER TIME ANY LONGER AND ALSO IT CAN’T LIVE ANY LONGER. WHO KNOWS WHY? SO SHORTLY AFTER BEING RESET, IT EXPLODED AND WHEN IT EXPLODED IT SENT OUT SOME ENERGY PULSE WHICH SHUT DOWN EVERY MIMIC. THE END. NICE LITTLE PACKAGE.

    ANYMORE QUESTIONS?

  28. If you listen to Cage during the scene at the General’s office, he says don’t shoot him like you did the times before. Implying she was predictable and he couldn’t get her to do it his way so he kept modifying his strategy each reset cause he knew what she would & would not do. That’s why the car seen continued, because by that time he knew she would be stubborn and he thought he’d figure it out.

  29. It will be too easy then. Sometimes people make mistakes her error caused the story to progress into a different path.

  30. My Thoughts Exactly! He should have used that device in the General’s office.

  31. Hadn’t thought about that but you are right. Brilliant. And you think Rita would have – should have – insisted Cage stab himself immediately, in the General’s office. Get the location and then kill him to force a reset.

  32. Well Rita didn’t kill Cage is because they already received the thing they needed for Cage to connect to the Omega. You knew how tiring it is to go back over and over again. She knew how tiring it was for Cage to repeat the same process if she killed him. So she just went with it because she had hope that they can manage to get out there alive.

  33. I think an explanation for that is that it simply didn’t occur to her. It’s not a mathematical set-up where ever party is “rational”, in the mathematical/game theoretic/logic-sense, where logical conclusions won’t elude you. We make mistakes all the time in real life, she’s human. She might not have thought of doing that.

  34. This.

  35. They were trying to get back to the scientist in order to use it properly & were forced to wing it out of desperation; thought that was fairly obvious

  36. I have one that I’ve had since the beginning.

    If the Mimics know that the blood carries the power of time reset, why even send the Alphas into battle?

    Just watch the other Mimics fight, if the tide turns against them, kill the Alpha like Rita does to Cage.

    That would kill the whole core of the movie, but logically, if you have that power, you protect it.

  37. I am not sure..

    But the helicopter landings did not happen on the same day / time :)

    The first landing happened after 08:40h AM (big ben)
    And it is cloudy

    The second landing was around 12:30h PM (big ben)
    Sunny and shadow of the “nelson’s column”

  38. Firstly, presumably, on all the other worlds they had conquered, no other being had ever had the ability to hijack the power.
    The scientist does say this somewhere:
    “Perhaps its vulnerability.. its ONLY vulnerability.. is humanity.”
    It’s quite unprepared for the weirdness of another species (us!) being able to somehow steal the ability.

    Secondly, I think the orange Mimics don’t actually have the ability to think indepednently. The entire army is one giant organism, and the orange ones are just drones. They need Alpha Mimics fairly near, to serve as “leaders”, or rather, as signal relays.
    Sort of like Synapse Creatures for the Tyranid Hive Mind in Warhammer 40,000 if you’re familiar with that.

  39. Alphas are embedded story tellers back to the Omega

  40. Not 100% sure, but i’m positive at the start they stated the Alphas are the eyes and not many of them. (basically rare). they just got lucky.

  41. The 24 hour theory still works if the person who ‘inherits’ the reset power is sent back 24 hours from the time of his original death, meaning from the time he/she inherited it. So Cage grabs the claymore, kills the Alpha, gets melted by its blood and sent back 24 hours from that exact moment with the reset power and returns to the same moment from then on out regardless of the time of subsequent deaths. However, I believe that this is just a coincidence. More likely is that they are sent back to the most recent time they woke from an unconscious state, and that most recent state for Cage happened to be about 24 hours prior to inheriting the reset. There was no evidence to suggest that he had slept from the time he woke up to the time they suited up.

  42. I believe the best explanation for the ending is the one where cage resets at the time the omega would have reset, it makes the most sense so far from what i’ve read here.

  43. See my later post about the time

  44. Your first point is invalid. There are many other ways to die than with a gun… I can think of an easy one in a speeding car. It involves removing your safety belt and driving full speed into a concrete wall. If you really feel creative you can actually tie the safety belt around your neck before running into the wall.

  45. Your first point is invalid.

    1 – There are many other ways to die than with a gun… I can think of an easy one in a speeding car. It involves removing your safety belt and driving full speed into a concrete wall. If you really feel creative you can actually tie the safety belt around your neck before running into the wall.

    2 – Why not use the machine in the general’s office, then killing him straight after (barricade yourself in the office if need be).

  46. Rubbish ending in my opinion.

    Still, everyone except one poster has missed the point about the final wakeup.

    He is waking up in the helicopter at the same time he woke up in the military base.

    You can see the clock. We have to assume (why, I’m not sure) that the death of the Omega somehow pushed he trip to London back by 4 hours.

    Because he arrives about 4 hours later at the end, than in the beginning (check the clock).

  47. Absolutely the best interpretation, you are an absolute genius.
    It’s not only possible, but probably to think that Cage had experienced the events exactly as you explain. It is also possible that he may have only needed ONE pint of blood compared to Rita’s THREE pints of blood (“I woke up in a field hospital with three pints of someone else’s blood and I was out.”) therefore not losing the Alpha’s power.
    In any case, I don’t think Cage ever lost the power and after absorbing the blood of the Omega. He gained a far superior power.
    Remember, Time can only be reset when the Alpha triggers the Omega to do so.
    Therefore, How could time have reset if BOTH the Alpha and Omega were dead?
    The only plausible explanation: Cage is The Alpha and The Omega (Book of Revelation, The Beginning and The End).
    He might now have the power to reset time at will, and to an undetermined extent.

    That being said, I’d love to see a sequel (Cruise or not) where they find a way to harness said power and turn it against the Alien race that sent these creatures here.

    Also, why the timeline was reset back to the previous morning in the helicopter and not the base?, maybe killing the Omega sent a ripple effect back through time altering numerous events that we are unaware of as viewers.
    Cage clearly remembers EVERYTHING, how else would he have walked right up to Rita at the end when the first time he attempted to do so, he had to dodge the spinners.

  48. It seems to me that this is just an incoherence due to the filming weather and time. Not a clue in itself.

  49. no one actually gets the real story, and this is not the first movie with this plot..
    ..

    repent.
    die.
    live.

  50. I see it, it passes very briefly in the background outside the helicopter door as Cage wakes up at the end of the movie.
    The time on the clock tower (12:35) is a movie mistake, I think. They probably filmed Cage’s second awakening on the helicopter as an afterthought at a different time.

    If you watch a bit further, he walks into the building and watches the General announcing the Mimic collapse on BBC News, and the time shows 8:57am.
    This agrees with the time seen on the clock in the long shot of the helicopter flying past it, which is 8:40am.
    Presumably it took 17 minutes for the helicopter to arrive at its destination, to land, for Cage to walk into the building and look at the TV.

  51. Okay here’s my theory:
    When Cage died with the alpha on the beach and had its blood seep into his veins, he hijacked its ability to reset/respawn. That alpha did not appear in any of Cage’s subsequent resets; it was eliminated in some way or another, either:
    1. It was temporary prevented from respawning and would be able to do so once Cage was no longer in possession of the respawn ability, or
    2. It was permanently killed/erased from time. Meaning the mimics would have to birth/build a new alpha to replace it once they had stripped Cage of his ability, or just suck it up and make do with one less alpha.
    Either way that alpha was gone. Now when Cage killed the omega and absorbed its blood, he hijacked its powers and it faced the same fate as the alpha at the beach. The omega is the brain of the mimics, so naturally without it the other mimics die, and we can see that in the end of the movie.
    Cage’s reset at the end of the movie is a trick one, although it is possible to explain. He did absorb the blood of an omega but, the omega appears not to have the ability to respawn like alphas do. It seems its only capable of facilitating the alphas’ resets and perhaps control the reset points, but the reset can only be triggered by the death of an alpha (maybe that isn’t the case and Cage is the reason why the omega couldn’t reset time on its own volition). So how did he respawn with only omega blood? Well he was in contact with an alpha at the time. The alpha at the Louvre had its tentacle pierced through him and may have scraped itself on his ribs (it’s far-fetched but bear with me) or the omega blood may have reactivated the latent alpha blood in him, allowing him to reset.
    The reason Cage had a seemingly different reset point was because with the mimics defeated, there would be no need for him to meet the general, no reason for him to be arrested, or taken to Heathrow. His reset point is technically the same; it’s the timeline that changed. Either that, or exposure to the omega’s blood gave him the ability to choose his own reset point, use another alpha’s, or use the omegas originally planned reset point.

  52. 1.) Omega as a brain has all the information from connected alphas (eyes and ears), this way it can alter the strategy after the alpha’s death, and avoid it happens again. Cage using device and connecting to the Omega, could see Omega’s information, but at the same time Omega could see Cage’s information, so after connection, Rita and Cage, was have to carry on, otherwise after restart, Omega would move and they would have to do it all over again. This in my opinion explains why Rita didn’t kill him in the car.

    2.) After Cage kills alpha, Omega know this happened, and after restart alter the strategy so alpha won’t die again. This explains why it is not there again.

    3.) The ending is a bit confusing though. We know that there could be only one alpha triggering the “day restart”, so after Cage hijack this ability other alphas can’t do it anymore till he loose this ability together with his blood. Maybe same thing is with Omega. There could be only one Omega controlling the ‘swarm’ (alphas and orange betas), so after Omega’s death Cage possess Omega’s abilities but he cannot connect with alphas and betas, so after restart alphas and betas die because lack of this connection. Brain controls all the functions of the body and without instructions from the brain the body (alphas and betas) dies. Same happens with Omega without the body Brain dies, unless the brain survived and Omega is still there but has no connection with the alphas and betas till Cage will release this ability back to it, and we will have a sequel.

    4.) Last thing is why Cage wake up in the helicopter. For that I like the idea someone mentioned here before, and it is that the “day reset” gets you back to the end of your last unconscious state which in this case would be when he was asleep in the helicopter.

  53. I don’t think that’s the way time travelling works. After killing Omega and using his blood to go back in time, there’s no sense in the Omegas getting exterminated from the past.

    Let’s put names to it.

    Event A. Humans live happily.
    Event B. The aliens come into scene.
    Event C. The humans detect a hole in the alien technology.
    Event D. The humans actually exploit that advantage to kill the aliens.
    Event E. One human goes back in time to event A.

    The human is not physically going as an extern ent to visit the past as observer, but more like he rewinded the time to the point of event A. That means, events B, C, D, E haven’t passed yet.

    The aliens had control over the time travelling feature. They invented it. So they might have acquired the knowledge of the event D, and could have used that knowledge to rellocate otherwhere else than the Louvre foundations and do a better planning. I mean, if Cage rewinded the tape, the point where he did, the aliens were already here, humans knew their existance, they just didn’t see them because the aliens didn’t mean to be seen (alas, they hide to plan a counterstrategy against event D, that’s the mere purpose of their time travelling skill, prevent such situations).

    Killing the aliens in event D, then rewinding the tape to event A and expect the posterior aliens extermination remains after having rewinded to point A is just absurd. I’m more inclined to see the logic in their still-in-effect-skill to keep the knowledge of event D and a longer reset to a point where they should have taken actions to keep event D from even happening. Humans are offguard and unaware that dissapearence of aliens is not due to extermination, but to a plans change.

  54. The aliens did not invent time travel. They evolved it. They have as much control over it as you do over your freeze, fight or flight reflex – that is, almost none at all. It simply happens. And when a human hijacks the time travel ability, the mimics can’t control what happens. At that point the human controls it – as much as it can be controlled, which is pretty much limited to “rewind”.

    And how it works, according to the movie, is that when you hijack a mimic’s time traveling ability, you take its place in space-time. That is, it vanishes from the loop, and you return while it is destroyed at the moment your return to. That is why the Omega is gone when Cage takes its place in the space-time loop it creates when trying to rewind time.

  55. Thanks for your reply, Jesper.

    In that case, what’s the sense of the whole time-travel troubble for mimics? If going back in time won’t bring back the alpha’s or omegas they lose against humans? Or they just trigger the time-travel skill to go back in time as a mere reflex, without knowledge it will be meaningless for them?

    The human hijacks the mimic’s abilities whose blood he mixes with?, in other words, in Major Cage’s last death the omega blood was involved, so, he actually hijacked the omega time-space instance?

    As a side effect, he would remain to have the power to trigger that death-related reflex in case he would die again, now that the omega is gone?

    Excuse my questioning, it is just that your anwser has been the most logical to me in the whole blog.

  56. Thinking more about it, hijacking a mimic’s time-space instance would mess up with the energy and matter conservation principle. What would happen to that alpha in the exact moment of the loop rewind? I mean, before the Major Cage woke up in the camp, the alpha he killed was surely existing and doing anything else in that moment, then, those around him would see him dissapear? Wouldn’t that be for them a mere sign of a failure in their last time-travel reflex triggering and gave them a new edge on how to conduct things from that moment?

  57. Hey Meer.

    Thank you for the questions, means you’re thinking about this. :)

    Normally the Alpha (or apparently Omega) getting killed would mean it goes back in time, knowing what happened. Exactly like Cage does. That allows the Omega to keep retrying everything and fail as often as it takes. Apparently, from what we can see in the movie, this just happens as a reflex. There is no control over the time travel, or the Omega would simply have removed it from Cage instead of trying to trick him to go to the dam.

    It is clearly rare for anyone to be able to hijack the time travel ability. Rita does it once, by the blood entering her body as she was dying. Cage does it the same way, blowing a huge chunk out of himself with a claymore, which the Alpha blood can then literally pour into. It’s not enough to just get some splatter, and as Rita explained it seems impossible to transfer the power to more humans.

    Cage will retain the time reset ability for a while, until the blood in his body is gradually replaced by the normal body processes. How long this will take is unknown, but probably at most months, maybe as much as a year or two.

    And yes, the mimics around the Alpha would not its disappearance. That is why the Omega cooked up the plan to get Cage alone, to bleed out his time travel ability. The Omega is not very clever, and not very skilled; it has no need to be since it can just keep retrying everything until it goes the way it wants.

  58. Hi Jesper.

    Thanks for your replies. It all makes a lot more sense now.

    Those assumptions, however, stick to a very narrow framework of rules for this given movie. May I ask, how did you come up with those answers? Is there anything you know more about the movie than the rest of us, or they’re just the thoughts you have deduced and chose to believe yourself? They’re great an ideas, I just need to know if they’re reliable, or just as valid as any other of the theories I’ve heard about the movie rules’ framework.

    Again, thanks for ur feedback buddy.

    Meer

  59. Hi Meer,

    They’re what happens in the movie. If you watch it a few times and pay attention to the details you’ll see that it’s internally consistent and explains everything. No need for speculation, ideas or extrapolating that Cage did a ton of things which were not shown in the movie. It’s all there, either in what actually happens or what they discuss.

    Jesper

  60. Agree, except for the end. I have no problem with the day being re-set when the Omega is destroyed, and having it re-set to the helicopter arrival at the start of the movie. However it is implied that he lands just after the “power surge” wipes out the mimics’ ability to fight, and that should have occurred a day later based on the timeline before the final re-set.

  61. Agree, except at the very end. I have no issue with the final re-set, or that it takes him back to the helicopter arrival at the start. However, it is implied that the “power surge” that eliminates the mimics’ ability to fight is approximately concurrent, when per the final timeline it occurred nearly a day later. Still, loved the movie.