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In Mad Max: Fury Road, as far as I understood, Max was considered a very valuable donor. Then why did savages tie him up to the grill of a car, where he was so vulnerable and could be easily killed?

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I'm guessing that they put him there so that he was elevated, allowing his blood to flow for the ongoing transfusion. Whether or not that actually works is irrelevant since the War Boys may not have known that. – Mooz Jan 5 at 23:55
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He's a trophy as much as a valuable donor. You flaunt trophies. (technically however, it's to cause suspense in the viewer and film-logic isn't always logical that way) – Allan S. Hansen Jan 8 at 7:36
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Another possible explanation is that it might have been done to induce an adrenaline rush in Max. The War Boys would then receive some of the effects when performing the blood transfusion later in this scene.

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That is a very interesting idea! – eYe Jan 6 at 2:56
    
Not just an interesting idea - this is the right answer. Nux and his lancer have an argument about who will be driving at the beginning of the movie. Nux insists on bringing Max as his bloodbag and says they can put him in the forward lancer's position so that he'll pump adrenaline filled blood straight into Nux's veins. – Doresoom Jan 29 at 5:01

Aside from the Warboys not always being the brightest bulbs in the box, where else could they really put him?

Max on hood of car

He has to be restrained otherwise he's likely to attack and kill all of them, they can't really tie him to the roof of or hood of the car as they're rather small or lack a solid surface to tie him to where the hood is concerned, so the only place left to put him was on an oversized front grill.

Given their entire culture is based around cars and their aesthetics ("You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome!"), one could also say they mounted him as a hood ornament, similar to the way luxury car brands place the symbol of the brand very prominently on the hood of the car.

Jaguar hood ornament

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where else could they really put him Tied to the roof of the dragster like a christmas tree or deer? – cde Jan 5 at 18:26
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If you think you could tie a tree, let alone a living person to the hood of the car depicted in the picture, go ahead. – MattD Jan 5 at 18:27
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he'd fit, a little overhang, and not comfortably but I doubt his current position is much better. i.stack.imgur.com/q6rQe.jpg – cde Jan 5 at 18:41
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The hood ornament thing makes sense. I mean, if he was so valuable (and it wasn't really him that was valuable, it was his blood IIRC), they coulda chucked him in a box in the back seat. Putting him on the grill looks more intimidating and cool. – Johnny Bones Jan 5 at 18:42
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@MattD - I think you misunderstood cde - he said tied to the roof, not the hood (I don't think I've ever seen a christmas tree tied to a hood). He'd fit on the roof, just lay him on his back knees bent and tied near where the rear window would be - in front of the dude with the spear, arms spread and tied through the windows. The guy with the spear could certainly keep him in line - a spear held between the legs would keep anyone in line. – Johnny Jan 6 at 1:41

Adding to MattD's answer, I think part of the reason Max was in front was so that he'd have a good view of the action.

Multiple times in the film, it is made clear that the War Boys like to be seen, or 'witnessed'. Specifically, whenever one is about to die for the cause, they first cry "Witness me!". Once they make sure people are watching, they do whatever cool/stupid thing they were about to do. There was also that scene where Nux was excited when Joe looked at him. From these examples, it seems clear that they'd want to give Max a clear view of the action, so putting him in the front of the car makes sense.

As for why they wouldn't put him elsewhere:

Putting him in the car or on the back would put him too close to either of the brothers; since in the past Max has proven to be good at escaping, this could prove dangerous. Also, since he's in front of both brothers at all times, they can keep an eye on him.

Putting him on the top or sides of the car would limit visibility and maneuverability. He'd just get in the way. Note how most of the fighting in the film takes place above or to the sides of a vehicle, so these are the places you want to keep as clear and open as possible.

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+1 I'm pretty sure Nux actually yells "Witness me, bloodbag!" to Max before doing something borderline-suicidal (I think it was when he tried to explode his own car in the sandstorm scene?) – user568458 Jan 5 at 23:19
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@user568458 Exactly. Nux did tried to use Max as a Witness when he was about to die in that scene. (I'd say it was fully-blown suicidal, not merely borderline) – Agent_L Jan 7 at 11:27

Purely tactical. They only bring Max because it's necessary. Slit and Nux argue about it, that Nux doesn't have time for a top-off and that the blood - bag is feral, muzzled because he's dangerous.

There is only 3 spots they could put the blood-bag. Nux's interceptor is a modified 1934 Chevrolet 5 Window Coupe. A 2 seater normally. But there is only room inside for the driver. The rest of the space has been taken over for a large secondary gas tank. There would be no room to securely put Max inside. And since he's feral, it wouldn't be wise.

The roof, well, as I have argued before, Max could fit like a tree or deer strapped on top, but there isn't time for that. They are short on time. The time to securely attach Max would be the same time that Nux would have needed for a top-off.

So that leaves 2 spots. The forward lancer's perch, or the rear lancer's basket. Since Max is a feral Blood-Bag, it would also be unwise to put him behind where he can't be watched. That only leaves the forward position.

The forward Lancer's Perch was already ideal, with framing that allowed someone to be tied to it. It allows them to keep an eye on Max, and prevent him from interfering.

There is no need to look into religious reasons when tactical logic explains it. The War Boys are war mongers, blood thirsty, but not morons. They do recognize logic.

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