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What is the meaning of the ending scene in the movie The Ides of March

Does Stephen Meyers reveal the true story as a reply to the interviewer's question? If yes, why does he do that? There wasn't any reasonable scenes (at least in pre-climax) that showed the drastic change in his character.

If Not, how can we be sure?

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Quite the opposite, throughout the movie, the theme remained to be "the gears are continually turning". Stephen has settled with the idea that idealism is politics is folly, and the candidate is just another guy and not "the one" hence the playing of "integrity matters, doing the right thing matters" in the background by Governor Mike Morris.

There isn't any drastic change in his character and if there was, he would have taken the alternative route of going to other consulting firms.

The meaning of the end reinforces the true disingenuous nature of what is a political campaign; building stories and playing on words to give the "appearance" of integrity in a candidate.

(Whether that's true in reality is another thing altogether)

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Earlier in the movie Stephen explains that he will do anything it takes as long as he believes in the cause. Do you think that he still believes in Morris? I think that says it all.

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I disagree I believe the ending is meant to leave your imagination to do the work. A.) you can believe he finally gave up on idealism and just played the game better than anyone or B.) you leave believing he used his knowledge of Molly to leverage into a position to finally do the right thing and tell the truth. The speech by George colony about integrity and honesty could be taken as foreshadowing.

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The original meaning indicates a hopeful ending for the Republic, and I assume by revealing the truth on national TV, Myers is assassinating the character built by the Governor, destroying his chances in the election and salvaging his own conscience, before it turns dark and cynical.

In the end, The Ides of March is a movie that will likely only appease the most die-hard political pundits in the crowd. For most everyone else, an hour and a half watching people discuss the nature of modern American politics will probably be as fun and insightful as a night spent watching C-SPAN.

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