During Titanic, we see that Rose has kids and grandkids. Her last name is Calvert, so she must have married a man named Calvert after her brief time with Jack.

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She is alone (no husband) as an old woman in the film, so Mr. Calvert must have died in the interim. If I'm not mistaken, she also says she's never spoken of Jack since Jack died.

Note the pictures of Rose's life after Jack - none of which depict Mr. Calvert

At the end, after she seems to have died, she joins Jack aboard the Titanic, and kisses him, to wild applause.

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Assuming that this means she is dead and in heaven (which is only an assumption, I know), doesn't this mean that her husband is forced to spend eternity watching the woman he'd been married to (probably for decades) making out with a man she knew for less than a week, and of whom he'd never heard?

Has James Cameron, or anyone else involved in the film, commented on this apparently cruel idea?

This obviously isn't about whether she's dead, since it assumes she was. The question is about the closing scene's repercussions in light of her dead husband. Sigh

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    This is just another reason why I think this movie is stupid.
    – sanpaco
    Feb 3, 2016 at 2:25
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    Perhaps Mr. Calvert was an Atheist or Agnostic, and so isn't there to watch? Perhaps he was an evil man and is in Hell? Perhaps Rose and Jack are in Hell? The point is, it's irrelevant. Sometimes you're just not supposed to read so much into something and just let it be. Feb 3, 2016 at 3:49
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    This question is speculative and really doesn't rely on the film in any significant way. There's no real way to answer this question.
    – Catija
    Feb 3, 2016 at 15:19
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I think there are too many assumptions in your question.

Doesn't this mean that her husband is forced to spend eternity watching the woman he'd been married to (probably for decades) making out with a man she knew for less than a week, and of whom he'd never heard?

Potentially, yes, if we believe this is some form of heaven and afterlife. But this is no different to a situation that happens quite a lot in the world - people who die having married multiple people. Not, in some of these situations the people have remarried due to a loss of love, hatred, or some other such thing, so it would make sense they wouldn't see their former partners in an afterworld.

But what about people who marry and their spouses die? They then remarry later in their life. Who do they see in this heaven? As we have no idea if a heaven even exists, let alone the dimensions it would function in if it did exist, we simply don't know how this scenario would play out. It's perfectly possibly to truly love multiple people. For all we know, in this scenario Rose could say one last goodbye to Jack, before moving on. Or her relationship with Calvert could have always been about comfort, not love.

There's a plethora of possible reasons for this, but I think the assumption the husband is forced to spent an eternity watching his wife with someone else makes too many assumptions about the structure of heaven and the meaning of the last scene to be valid.

Has James Cameron, or anyone else involved in the film, commented on this apparently cruel idea?


Cameron has always wanted that final scene to be up to the viewer and has specifically not commented in detail on what the scene actually means.

So what do I think the scene means?

For the entire film, we've been told the love story of Jack and Rose. The ending of the film is the culmination of that. There is no mention of Calvert, because he's not been a fixture in our hearts for the duration of the film. We don't know him. We know who he was, as we're told of him, but as a character he's meaningless to us. We don't know his face. We don't know his voice. We don't know his smile. Nothing about putting him on screen at the end would stir any emotion.

However, by including a smiling Jack, and a young, happy Rose, along with the whole crew of the Titanic, we the audience get closure in seeing our lovers reunited.

Whether this scene lasts for moments, a lifetime, or even happens at all, we don't know - and we don't really need to know, hence why Cameron has never really answered any questions on the scene.


From the IMDb FAQ:

What happens to Rose at the end of the film?

Cameron really left that up to the audience to provide their own interpretations. Some people think that the very final scene is only a dream. Others are of the opinion that Rose died safe in her bed, just like Jack said she would and that the final scene is of their souls reuniting in the afterlife. Also, the fact that all the people present around the grand staircase are those who perished on the ship and the film fades to white after her and Jack kiss. Those people include the little girl Cora (killed in a deleted scene), whom Rose was unlikely to have known had died that night, in the arms of the father that Rose probably didn't connect with Cora. Also the clock is on 2-20 am, the time of the sinking. These are strong hints that this was her ascent to the afterlife and her becoming an honorary member of the "Titanic Club."

My interpretation is that first of all we don't know that it is heaven, but if it is heaven, it appears to be a special heaven where only those who died on the Titanic are allowed to go and as her husband was not on the Titanic he is not allowed to be there. And of course all the mean people on the Titanic aren't allowed to be there which I guess was only her fiancee. Her heaven appears to be more of a dream interpretation of what heaven must be like for her where and she obviously never had any kind of feelings for her actual husband, just like she never stayed true to her first fiancee, the evil man who dared expect his fiancee to stay committed to him.

I'm afraid my attempts at not showing my contempt for this movie are not working so I'm going to end by saying that in answer to your question, James Cameron has purposely not commented on the meaning of the ending preferring to allow the audience to come to their own conclusions.


From a purely religious standpoint, I asked my Spiritual Advisor this question:

If you were married, and your spouse dies of natural causes, and you remarry and then you die, which spouse do you see in Heaven? And can you still be affectionate towards them both, or will that make your other wife jealous? Like, would your Heaven be your other wife's Hell, seeing you with someone else for eternity?

Her response was:

You see them both... and if both are of Heaven they have become a part of perfect love... and there is no jealousy in love. They will both love you and one another... They are perfected in love... a love that is greater than any affection we have ever known in this life.

So there you have it. There is no jealousy in Heaven. And you aren't bound by desire of flesh in Heaven. There's just pure love.

  • Exactly. This would only be "cruel" to Rose's husband if he was selfish, egotistical and lacked an open heart, empathy and love. Such a person wouldn't get into heaven, if you believe in such things. If he loved Rose, then he would love Jack, as Jack saved her life twice. But even if Jack had not, he would love Jack simply because Rose loved Jack.
    – Inigo
    Jun 24, 2023 at 4:26

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