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How would you
interpret the ending to this episode?
I'm not saying an alternate ending, this is different, I'm saying
If you had to write your 'interpretation' of what you believe (just
for pretend) really happened when we see Mario Rosati 'appear' as
though he was going to kill Lucas. In other words, without changing
the episode in any way, could you interpret the ending differently?
I have a fan that did just that, his name is The Rifleman aka .....
I believe that Mario knew that there was no way he could go through
with killing Lucas, Mark's father. He obviously became very attached
to Mark, and could not do to him what was done to him so many years
ago when someone had taken the life of his own father.
The Night Mario goes into the room while Lucas is sleeping, he knows
even before entering the room that he can't go through with it. But
he goes in and sure enough, he proves to himself that he simply
can't. He throws down the weapon of strangulation, knowing he cannot
carry out his deadly mission. But now, how can Mario go on? Does he
even want to go on? I think it is actually at that moment that he
realizes he has nothing more to live for.
So, we know Mario
is pretty 'sneaky' and that he plans everything he does so well and
is so thorough and meticulous. So, I think he set up and planned
what happens. He plans to die.
You know how the previous morning when Mario heard Lucas outside
firing off his rifle? Mario was going to go out the front door, then
he stops, and goes out the back door instead. See how 'sneaky' he
is? So he goes out the back door and walks (sneaks) up to Lucas.
Lucas says, "Oh, Mario, I didn't hear you come up." Mario says,
"Sorry Lucas, but I guess I have the old country habit of walking to
quietly." It looks like everything Mario does is carefully
calculated. Remember, he is a professional assassin who takes great
'pride' and 'pleasure' in his work.
So, what I think
happened was, like I said, he realized the night he threw down his
'garrote' that he could no longer go on. So, he began calculating
what he was going to do. Maybe he wasn't exactly sure, but two
things he was sure about. He could not betray his friendship with
Mark, and he also knew he could no long go on living. Maybe Mario
even despised the man he had become. Maybe he was spending a lot of
time thinking of his father. He said his father was a beautiful man.
I'm sure his father was a God fearing man like Lucas was, and that
his father raised him that way also. Maybe Mario reflected about
Sunday morning with his father at Church. Maybe he realized that his
father would have hated to have seen what his son had turned into.
Maybe it just made him sick inside, and that further made him want
to destroy himself.
So the next morning Mario gets up, has breakfast with Lucas and
Mark. Now, I am not sure whether or not Mark goes to school. I don't
think so because he would have rode his horse to school. Also, the
morning when Lucas is out shooting his Rifle, Mario said, "I just
remember I can't. I promised to help Mark as soon as he came back
from town). So I am thinking that maybe it is the weekend or
something? Spring recess? Not sure but I don't think Mark is going
to school in these episodes.
So, Maybe that day (the day Mario dies) Mark is around and is
hanging out with Mario. Then Mark tells Mario that he has something
to do and will be back at lunch time. Maybe he even asks if he wants
to go with him but Mario says no. So Mark goes off. Mario notices
exactly what direction Mark walks off to. He knows what his path
will most likely be when he comes back.
Now that Mark is gone, Mario starts
thinking of what to do. Lucas is outside working. Mario starts
thinking. He 'sneakily' walks outside and observes that Lucas has
his rifle resting against the barn. Mario starts carefully
calculating a plan. He knows that Mark will be coming that way when
he comes home for lunch. And he knows that his father's rifle is
right there. He knows. Maybe he goes outside and is talking to Lucas
and Lucas says to Mario, "I'm going to keep sawing these logs until
Mark gets back for lunch."
So, when it is almost time for Mark
to come home, Mario, sneaking around outside around the back of the
barn, sees Mark coming off in the distance. Just as expected, Mark
will be walking right where Mario expected.
So, Mario sneaks back in the house, and grabs his bag and waits. He
is carefully calculating in his mind the exact time to walk outside.
He determines Mark's distance and the pace of his walk.
Mario then goes out the front door, and confronts Lucas. Mario makes
sure he stands so that Mark can clearly see he is holding a gun at
his father. Mario also angles himself in such a way that he can see
Mark coming up out of the corner of his eye. The whole time Mark is
approaching and moving closer to the rifle, Mario is completely
aware of him.
Mario talks to Lucas and times it
just right. When he cocks the hammer and says, "Now..." Mario pauses
and waits. He waits either for Mark to pick up the rifle and shoot
him, or, he waits for Mark to throw the rifle to his father. We know
that Mark was bragging about his father to Mario, so maybe Mark had
told Mario about times when he had to throw his rifle to his father.
Maybe he even told Mario about the very recent time when his friend
was accidentally shot by his father's rifle, and how what snapped
him out of his mental torment was when he had to throw his rifle to
his father to stop Vantine from shooting that dress salesman. So it
is possible Mario knew precisely what Mark would do.
So Mark throws the
rifle to Lucas, and Mario doesn't do a thing, and allows Lucas to
Notice how Mario
does not have to turn his head much to look at Mark and say goodbye
to him. I think it is obvious that from where Mario was standing he
could have definitely have seen Mark coming up alongside the barn
out of the corner of his eye.
Notice that it looked like Mario was not surprised at all. It looks
like he was totally expecting it. He smiles at Mark, kind of like
letting him know this is exactly what he wanted to happen. Letting
Mark know he did not betray his friendship. His smile was kind of
like telling Mark that everything was okay. Everything was okay,
because this is exactly what Mario had wanted.
Now, to interpret
the ending the way I did, we really do not need to change anything
to the show. We can watch The Guest exactly as it is, and simply
pretend that this was Mario's plan.
We can even keep
the scene with Lucas and Mark at the end of the show the same also.
Don't need to change anything.
But, we can pretend that the next morning Micah stops by to have
breakfast with Lucas and Mark. They are at the table talking about
Mario. Micah found out a lot about Mario and starts telling Lucas
and Mark how he was a top assassin from New Orleans. Micah also says
that a wire has been issued for Hayden's arrest. So they are talking
and Micah says, "Lucas, when you dropped off that derringer in my
office, did you empty it?" Lucas says, "No, why?" Micah says, "Well,
it wasn't loaded". Mark looks surprised, "Wasn't loaded?!" he says.
Then Lucas looks at Mark. Mark says, "Pa, he knew your rifle was
where it was and that I'd be coming back up that way? Why did he
wait until that moment when he knew I'd be back? Pa, do you think
Mario set the whole thing up?" Lucas says, "It's starting to look
that way son." Mark says, "That explains why he just paused, as
though he was waiting. Waiting for me to toss you that rifle. And
the way he smiled at me..." Micah says, "Well, Lucas, if you didn't
empty his derringer it had to have been unloaded when he pulled it
on you. As soon as you dropped it off I put it right in my desk
drawer. No one else could have touched it." Mark smiles, "I guess he
didn't try to kill you after all Pa." Lucas smiles. "No, I guess not
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