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Near the end of V for Vendetta, while the building is exploding, you see people pulling off their masks to watch it explode. During this scene you see some characters that have been previously said to be dead.

Here are the character’s I’m talking about:

  • the girl vandal (shown to be shot)
  • the actress (shown killed in the experiments or whatever)
  • Gordon Deitrich (the talk show host said by V to have been shot)

Was this meant to say that these characters are still alive, or was there a different intent?

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Aye, this confused me for years as it seems implied that the girl's shooting is what sparked people to show up to the bombing – TylerShads Feb 1 '12 at 18:07
There is a good answer of it on scfi… – Ankit Sharma Mar 13 '13 at 16:45
If you watch closely, the young girl isn't actually shot, that's part of Finch's prediction. As for Gordon and the woman, I don't know. – user7383 Dec 30 '13 at 10:40

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I would consider this a symbolic gesture meant to remind the viewer that the outcome of the movie was not possible without their sacrifices. They all wore V's mask and that symbolizes that we can all be V and that what he stood for cannot die because we all stand for it. Good ideas don't die.

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or they were too cheap to hire more extras (joke) – Rory Alsop Feb 1 '12 at 20:51
Kinda feel like they should've made it more "spiritual", instead of them physically being there. Causes confusion instead of clarity about the overall moral of the story – RaysonK Feb 1 '12 at 21:08
I feel making it more spiritual would elude the feel of the movie and would distract. To be specific, I think it would hint to the paranormal in a more obvious way than them physically being there, and that would alienate the audience. (if they, for example, appeared as ghosts or apparitions there). It wouldn't be fitting. – OddCore Feb 2 '12 at 9:43
In the original novel Evey is about to pull the mask off V to see who it could be and we see lots of potential persons before it settles on her own face where she then understands that she is to continue as V. This doesn't happen in the film so it looks like they interpreted this or added some meaning with the dead characters indicating that they are all V and all struggled for the same purpose. This is similar to @Bernard's answer I guess but I thought it is worth mentioning the key thing missing from the novel at the end. – EdChum Mar 13 '12 at 7:32

In the scene where Evey Hammond and Inspector Eric Finch was watching in the distance as the Parliament building was being destroyed, Finch asked Evey who is V. Evey responded that he was you, and me, he was all of us. Now the mask symbolizes V and since he was "all of us" when they took off the mask they were, at that time, V.

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