At the very end of Snowpiercer, right after the girl with the child gets out of the crashed train, they see a white polar bear. What did that signify?

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Director Bong Joon-ho talked with Vulture about this very subject a few weeks back. His take? That the ending is optimistic

They have no memory of what it's like to be on the Earth. For them to procreate, it's going to take a little time. So, for me, it's a very hopeful ending ... But those two kids will spread the human race ... I don't really feel everyone must die. I hope there were other survivors who lived through the avalanche, I just didn't have the means to shoot that ... You realize later on that the kids are the ones keeping this engine going, and this machinery intact. The engine is itself is on its way to extinction along with cigarettes, and other goods. Extinction is a repeated word throughout the film. But outside the train, life is actually returning. It's nature that's eternal, and not the train or the engine, as you see with the polar bear at the end.


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    But... With no food and weapons wouldn't the two become a meal for that bear themselves?
    – eYe
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 13:53
  • My take is: both last surviving people are high as hell on Kronol fumes and humanity will soon be extinct. But at least they had a pleasant trip (with a bear). Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 8:04

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