Black Lotus Reveals How [SPOILER] Blade Runner Became 2049’s Deadliest Villain | Entertainment

Black Lotus Reveals How [SPOILER] Blade Runner Became 2049's Deadliest Villain | Entertainment
Black Lotus Reveals How [SPOILER] Blade Runner Became 2049’s Deadliest Villain

The primary antagonist of the 2017 blockbuster film Blade Runner 2049 retains the mysterious origins.  The Black Lotus explains how it got to where it is

Neander Wallace Jr. (Jared Leto) is the villainous CEO of the Wallace Corporation in the Blade Runner 2049 film starring Ryan Gosling.  Taking over the replica industry from Tyrell Corporation, Wallace Jr. is a ruthless businessman obsessed with creating perfectly flawless and obedient replicas.  In the original film, he uses and disposes of the replicas as he sees fit and the customers are willing to pay.  In many ways, Blade Runner: Black Lotus is his origin story.

Throughout Black Lotus, Wallace Jr. seated his father, Neander Wallace Sr., in the back seat, and patiently waited for the tide to turn to the side.  In the lead-up to the final episode, not only was Wallace Jr. revealed to be Elle’s ex-boyfriend who had a black lotus tattoo on her back, he was also her producer.  There’s an even more terrifying reason why he was created in the first place: to murder his father so that Wallace Jr. could gain control of the Wallace Corporation.

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Throughout Black Lotus, Wallace Jr. seated his father, Neander Wallace Sr., in the back seat, and patiently waited for the tide to turn to the side.  In the lead-up to the final episode, not only was Wallace Jr. revealed to be Elle’s ex-boyfriend who had a black lotus tattoo on her back, he was also her producer.  There’s an even more terrifying reason why he was created in the first place: to murder his father so that Wallace Jr. could gain control of the Wallace Corporation.

The way Wallace Jr. has played his cards throughout Black Lotus has been pretty insidious, but episode 11 makes it clear that he’s been flirting with Elle from the start.  It begins with Elle taking advantage of her father’s doll hunt to get her into a position of revenge.  He then sits back as Elle murders everyone who participates in the Doll Hunt, until she finally finds her father.  Once Elle has served her purpose, Wallace Jr. has no other use for her and activates a new replica, the Water Lily, to retire her.  The hypocrisy does not end here.

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Wallace Jr. also hired Joseph, a former Blade Runner, to gain Elle’s trust and guide her in accomplishing her objective.  Luckily for Elle, though, Joseph has one thing Wallace Jr. lacks—a heart.  As episode 10 of Black Lotus revealed, Joseph was like Blade Runner’s original protagonist, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

Like Deckard, Joseph was a Blade Runner who met and fell in love with a beautiful female Replicant, who used to sing at a nightclub he frequented.  She was originally hired to retire him, but spared his life.  It was actually his former colleague and fellow Blade Runner, Marlowe, who retired him.  This ended Joseph’s Blade Runner career.

In the present, Joseph ends up betraying Wallace Jr. to protect Elle, making him fall in love with her.  Instead of retiring from what he originally hired after completing his role, Joseph tries to persuade Alley to erase his memories and start his life again elsewhere.

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To make sure Wallace doesn’t send another Blade Runner to Elle to retire, Joseph takes Marlowe in his place and engages her in a deadly fight to the death.  Although Joseph barely escapes with his life, he manages to kill Marlowe with his own weapon.  In many ways, the act was about seeking justice for the replicant he brutally murdered years earlier and protecting Elle’s future.

As Elle never ends up erasing her memories, thanks to Water Lily’s fatal intervention, she sets her eyes on killing Wallace Jr. with Joseph, now that she knows the truth about his origins.  However, since Blade Runner fans already know that Wallace Jr. will survive this encounter, Black Lotus can really only end in one of two ways: either Elle and Joseph both die while trying,  Or they both fake their deaths and resume their lives like the alternate ending of a 1982 Blade Runner.

Source: Diane Darcy, CBR.com, Direct News 99

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