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Two questions about the end


1. Why did Walken look so shocked to see the young woman
2. Why did he shoot the guy who was supposed to be Prez?



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1. He wasn't looking shocked. He already knew she was one of Kimba's mistresses. His look is more one of intensity - ramped up on adrenaline having just been in an intense firefight.

2. It was his plan all along to put a good leader in charge of Zangaro (Dr. Okoye). In Col Bobi he saw the potential for another megalomanic dictator. He didn't like him nor did he like Endeane. To fight to overthrow Kimba only to hand over the country to a dangerous fool like Bobi would be a waste.

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"It was his plan all along to put a good leader in charge of Zangaro (Dr. Okoye). In Col Bobi he saw the potential for another megalomanic dictator. He didn't like him nor did he like Endeane. To fight to overthrow Kimba only to hand over the country to a dangerous fool like Bobi would be a waste."

Plus, they were late. ;-)

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In the novel it was revealed that Shannon had lung cancer and didn't have long to live, so he had decided to do an honorable thing for once.

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Why "for once?" He was doing an honorable thing the entire time.

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What's honorable about being a mercenary?

Poorly Lived and Poorly Died, Poorly Buried and No One Cried

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Do some research. Mercenaries aren't always heartless psychopaths. For example: The Flying Tigers, Swiss Guard.

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Again in the novel Cat Shannon had always worked for the highest bidder, and had installed and protected many people far worse than either Kimba or Bobi

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Exactly. He didn't look in the least bit shocked to me. Where did the OP get that idea?

Poorly Lived and Poorly Died, Poorly Buried and No One Cried

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Walken's character has a pretty intense stare throughout the film. For example, when he is in a restaurant in France meeting a Frenchman (called Benny?) to discuss getting an end user certificate, his gaze is not much less intense than the one in the end scene.
I thought in the end scene there was an element of disgust with her for being Kimba's mistress.

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