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I have some doubts about Fitzgerald's choices in The Revenant.

Why didn't he kill Bridger?

After he stabbed Hawk and considering that Glass was defenseless, he could have easily surprised Bridger and get rid of him, then pretend they were attacked and he was the only one who managed to stay alive, which makes sense considering his experience.

He had the skills to do it, and many opportunities. I don't understand his choice to keep him alive.

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Fitzgerald sure had some chances to kill Bridger, but why should he?

Once he got Bridger to buy his story there was just no need to get rid of him. You have to remember that they still had quite a journey to go to reach the camp, with the Ree still on their trail. Bridger was of much bigger help as an active part of his company than just undertaking this journey alone would have been. Especially once he got Bridger to go with their story on the one hand by convincing him that there was no way to save Glass and on the other hand by guilt-tripping him into not revealing the whole truth either, there just was no need to kill him.

And add to this that a Bridger (who the commander knew was an honest guy who cared for Glass) who confirms Fitzgerald's story gives much more credibility to it than if Fitzgerald (who the command knew was a rascal who didn't give a damn about Glass) had just returned alone claiming that everybody else died an honorable death.

In addition to that, while Fitzgerald killed Hawk that wasn't entirely planned but more of an accident in the heat of the argument (and even then he was just some "filthy redskin" for him anyway). He did want to kill Glass, but in his eyes Glass was pretty much dead already anyway and just a corpse they had to guard for nothing. As much of a bad guy Fitzgerald was, he wasn't just going around stabbing the people of his track from behind, especially when they're still of use to him.

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    I would not consider Fitzgerald "much of a bad guy" - in my opinion he was not pictured as very bad, just a selfish person in the jungle or an animal trying to survive. – Marian Paździoch Mar 1 '16 at 10:08
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Fitzgerald's figure develops through the movie. Before Fitzgerald and Bridger get to the fort he seems like he is not entirely bad. You must remember that he almost killed Bridger - he pulled the trigger with Bridger's own riffle pointing in Birdger's head. On the other hand he definitely had doubts at that point and Bridger was like voice of his compunction.

(This makes Fitzgerald and Bridger figures so nice to that point of movie. Later Fitzgerald becomes entirely bad and the movie gets worse and becomes predictable).

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