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I've a couple questions stemming from Valhalla Rising. At the end, One-Eye enter image description here
turns to face the Indians, dropping his axe and allowing them to beat him to death. enter image description here
(The scene reminds me that Indians played Golf long before the Scots "invented" it.)

Once they have killed One-Eye, after which, if you believe the more mystical ramblings, One-Eye can return to Valhalla as Odin, victorious after his small victory over the upstart Christians, the Indians look at The Boy while he returns their look.
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Then, they turn inland as one, leaving The Boy alone on the shore. enter image description here

Why do the Indians kill One-Eye but leave The Boy?

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@NapoleonWilson man you're quick, I was just going back to fix that, when Shazzam! –  CGCampbell Jun 2 at 22:46
    
Not having seen it, I'm not sure if that question title might be considered a spoiler, though. But I'll leave that decision to people knowing the movie. –  Sonny Burnett Jun 2 at 22:47
    
It probably is, how can I fix it? –  CGCampbell Jun 2 at 22:48
    
Don't know. It's not always easy without making the cleaned title sound artificial. –  Sonny Burnett Jun 2 at 22:48
    
What about this? Feel free to revert it if you don't like it, but "Explain the ending, please" doesn't look to well (or at least leave away the "please"). –  Sonny Burnett Jun 2 at 22:54

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If I recall, the one-eyed man offers himself without a fight to the Indians in exchange for the boy's safety.

It's hard to tell because there was little to no dialog in the movie to begin with and One-Eye is mute, you have to try and interpret the actions, facial expressions and every other aspect beyond speech.

The movie is split up into 6 parts, the last being "The Sacrifice" which gives some substance to how I interpreted the final scene.

From this Wikipedia page

One-Eye and The Boy successfully reach the coastline and are soon met by over a dozen clay-covered warriors. One-Eye regards them knowingly, as he has already foreseen this event in a vision. He puts his hand on The Boy's arm, then walks into the middle of the tribesmen. He drops his axe and his knife and closes his eye. One of the warriors fells him with one blow to the back of the head, before the other warriors finish him off.

One-Eye's spirit walks into the estuary next to his cairn and disappears below the surface. On the beach, the remaining tribe members quietly withdraw back into the forest, leaving the boy looking out at the ocean. The sky grows dark.

He saw his fate when he and the crew were drinking the psychedelic brew. There seems to be a much deeper and richer story than what meets the eye, like a Donnie Darko kind of situation.

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Seldom have people got that there is more. My dad, for instance, had no clue to the meaning of the red scenes. Well done. This would also suffice for my second question, actually. :) –  CGCampbell Jun 3 at 16:04

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