By inhabiting Sean Fentress' body by Colter Stevens in Source Code, hasn't the rest of his life become miserable in the altered timeline? Is this why Dr. Rutledge tells him (probably lie) they can't change the future?

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    What do you mean "the rest of his life"? That's not long...
    – jonrsharpe
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 20:11
  • I just watched this again this evening and realized the ending implies that Stevens may be able to live out several different lives. From the source code/new life he sends Captain Goodwin a text message explaining that he stopped the bombing and that Captain Stevens is there in the lab. That means Captain Stevens could still be used to stop another event and live out another life.
    – BillDOe
    Commented Aug 16, 2015 at 5:54
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    Hasn't his life become miserable <-- Seems extremely subjective and primarily opinion-based. "Miserable" by whose standards? He probably has a 9-5 job and clearly a girlfriend now, who's complaining?
    – Möoz
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 6:26
  • @Mooz I don't really that's what he's actually talking about anyway.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 10:31

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There are two realities here. The Sean from the world where Stevens is a soldier is the first one. In this reality Sean has died in the train bombing.

Inside the source code, there is no Sean. Sean's conscience is replaced with Stevens'. The actual Sean dies in the train with no knowledge of a bomb. The other Seans are all Stevens' conscience trying to stop the bombing.

In the last attempt, Sean (Stevens' conscience) manages to stop the bombing. Ideally this world should terminate right after. However, this alternate reality is somehow real too. Stevens gets to live the remaining of his life as Sean in this.

Sean's life is not made miserable, but the ones who knew him would now find an altered version of Sean and will find it extremely difficult to deal with. However, those portions are not dealt with in the movie.

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