Yes, this will be a controversial one… I know a lot of people (possibly most) will strongly disagree with this. I don’t expect anyone to agree, I don’t even expect people to read all of this because I predict that it won’t be short, knowing myself I would just get exhausted seeing a text this long.
I won’t be trying to change anyone’s opinion, the main idea here is to present a full(ish) view of this perspective.
This is something I think about a lot. I have touched on this in other threads but I think it’s worth making a proper post about it. If nobody is interested then so be it .
Here I will be going over the reasons for why I think that killing off Cortana would be a massive mistake.
Her role in the Halo Universe:
Nobody will be surprised to hear that Cortana’s role in the Halo games and lore is huge. Marty O’Donnell’s perspective (while I disagree with him) was that Cortana was "the" main character of Halo, while Chief was some sort of human vessel. I would for sure say that John is the primary main character if anyone, but i do think that they are both the main characters together. And the duo of them both, has since day 1, has been one of the biggest key parts of the franchise. I can not think of a more iconic duo for me, Chip n’ Dale can sign those divorce papers.
So my first concern here is based around, “What will Halo feel like to me without Cortana?” without that half, she’s part of Halo. And Jen Taylor <3.
For those of you who would even want to get rid of Chief, I assume this would be the smallest issue in the world for you lol. I would protect Chief in the same way, but that’s another topic.
Think of the idea that we would never ever again get a new experience with Cortana inside Chiefs helmet, talking to us, being a smarty-pant and helping us out along the way (while her story ended the horrible way it did). Surely I can’t be the only person who gets a little heartbroken by that? Enough sentiment.
Another aspect of her role comes down to her connection to Forerunner times. I’ll get into that more later.
Abandoned “potential” plot points?:
**“Fragments”: (**note. I have not yet gotten to the short story that covers Cortana’s arrival to the Domain, so excuse me if there are inaccuracies regarding this point)At the end of Halo 4, Cortana splits up her rampant personality spikes. These fragments go onto saving John. After this we know that Cortana ended up in the Domain, we don’t know however (as far as I’m aware of) if all those fragments got put back together or not. If not, we don’t know where the other fragments ended up or in what condition.
This way (to me) the character could still be saved from destruction (and I don’t mean only her death, but the actual character too). Consider that “Evil Cortana” would only be 1 fragment, or a few fragments from the full version, the dangerous fragments from Halo 4.
To give an example of how this could resolve, imagine if Chief finds a way to free the other Cortana fragments from the Domain (assuming they are there) and then they both kill off the h5 Cortana off somehow, or something similar.
All of a sudden Cortana re-establishing trust between Cortana and humanity doesn’t seem quite as impossible anymore (to me), assuming ofc that she isn’t rampant anymore, because she was not actually the one (in a way) to have committed those crimes, and the “evil” personality spike is gone.
I know this might sound cheesy presented like this, I’m no story-writer, but I think you get the idea, take it as you will. This way we would also avoid any “copy of Cortana who isn’t actually her”, which would feel wrong to me, and to Chief (Quote: That’s not going to happen).
I really felt something along those lines was hinted in Halo 4. I think this would be a missed opportunity to not touch on this at all.
**“The Forerunners planning?”**The Librarian tells Chief:
"I hid seeds from the Didact. Seeds which would lead to an eventuality. Your physical evolution. Your combat skin. “”****Even your ancilla, Cortana"". You are the culmination of a thousand lifetimes of planning."
Chief: "Planning for what?"
The conversation is interrupted there, but the main point here is that Cortana is part of this plan. In what way? Well that depends on what the plan was, so let’s talk about that.
I find it slightly hard to believe that the Libriarial of all people would intentionally want Cortana to steal the Mantle of Responsibility and use it against Humans (the Reclaimers), that makes absolutely no sense to me, so I’m not gonna see that as a likely possibility.
One could also wonder, maybe it was only to defeat the Didact once the day came, and nothing more. Again this makes no sense to me, because the Didact survived and Chief defeated him without her. Also Chief was the one who freed him in the first place. Could be this, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
The most likely possibility to me, is that this “plan” is something that isn’t finished yet. Which makes it 100% necessary that Cortana remains alive to not turn this plot point into an awkward contradiction. She is part of this.
They already did this…:
I’m not gonna lie, after Halo 4 I felt almost 100% sure that Cortana would return in Halo 5, I didn’t exactly expect it to happen quite the way it did, as soon as I realised she was evil my brain went “that must be a fragment” but it saddened me when that was never confirmed.
Despite this Cortana had an absolutely beautiful farewell to John in Halo 4, I literally still cry watching this… Enough sentiment.
The idea of bringing this iconic character back (in a horrible way, with a horrible story) just to kill her off again, not only destroys the beautiful farewell, but also takes away to whole point of bringing her back in the first place. Negative negative does not become positive here to me. Just killing her off again feels like a lazy solution.
It’s like they “kinda” ended her story, (even though I don’t think that was ever the plan), but then someone said: "waait a minute… Before we dump this character forever and kill her off for real, can’t we just completely ruin her first?
As you call tell this doesn’t sit right with me, I believe this character deserves to be redeemed.Outro:
This took me about 2 hours lol, writing and reading does nooot come naturally for me, I hope I didn’t write like a 2 year old and made at least slight sense… sometimes.
Thanks to the 1 person who read all of it, thanks mom, thanks dad, nobody is gonna get all the way down here, so I can just make a fool of myself freely down here right? Anywaay…
Now comes the part where you get to disagree with me on everything. It’ll be fuun!
Questions to you:
- What are your main reasons for wanting/not wanting cortana to get killed of? - Did anyone agree or relate to anything I just said?Have a blast and play Halo etc