I just watched Passengers (2016), and I loved it. Makes me wish that they'd come out with some sort of a sequel.

One question I have is how they died. When Gus dies, Jim sort of does the same thing that is done when someone dies on a ship, and is buried at sea. However, how would that work with Jim and Aurora? One would die first and would be "buried in space", but what would happen to the second one, how would he/she be buried?

I guess that they could have chosen when to die by just going on a spacewalk and disconnecting the tether, but that wouldn't fit in with Jim stopping himself all the way at the beginning from doing exactly that.


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The film does not answer this, and no confirmation by production to date exists. They do say they left it open ended on purpose:

We had a longer ending with Andy Garcia walking out of the elevator. 'Why is he in one shot?' Because it was two scenes that we shot with him, but we find out that by doing the ending a little shorter, it made people talk more about it. I want to like, 'Did they have children? What happened?' It's good. Somebody will go like, 'Oh, I think I saw some children inside the house.' Somebody goes like, 'Wait, if you saw that, then there probably is!' 'How was their life?'

But they both get to do what they set off to do. She set off to write a story. She thought it was different story. She had to, instead of looking outward, she had to look inward... Which I think is amazing, and he build his house, and was able to live in it... So, in many ways, they completed what they needed, and the rest I want people to imagine and talk about and it should be up to them.

The original screenplay and drafts answer this in a different way.

Instead of saving everybody, the ship reboots and ejects every hibernation pod in the middle of space. Jim and Aurora are the only ones alive. The Homestead corporation had, as part of standard procedure, taken sperm and egg samples from each colonist. Jim and Aurora find this, and 80 years later when the Avalon arrives at Homestead II, which already has colonist there, the ship arrives, carrying adults and children. Implied to be created by Jim and Aurora using the frozen sperm and eggs. (I guess the medical bay had an Invitro option? IIRC it also had a pregnancy delivery option when we see the override screen.)

We then, of course, see a similar scene to that in the final movie, with a century’s habitation overgrown through the ship. We also get a glimpse of Arthur slicing vegetables at the bar, and a high wall in the concourse listing all the births, deaths, marriages, catastrophes and achievements of the last century of space travel, alongside a table with a collection of artifacts from the story including Gus’s worn shipcard, a book Aurora has written about the experience.

Alternative ending aside, the logic answer is that they weren't buried. Jim and Aurora are likely two decomposing corpses somewhere on the ship, for the crew or passengers to find. I'll hope they died together, fingers wrapped.

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    They would die at exactly the same time? Commit suicide together? I dont think whoever died second would want to live on the ship with his/her decomposing partner
    – Mennyg
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 8:48
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    @Mennyg in the original screenplay, Gus kills himself via spacewalk instead of just sitting down for the catastrophic organ failure to kill him. There's nothing to indicate if Jim or Aurora would do the same or not at very advance ages. That's all idle speculation at this point.
    – cde
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 8:53
  • Where can I see the original screenplay?
    – Mennyg
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 9:00
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    @mennyg there's a couple of different versions floating around in space, I mean online. I'll look tomorrow for a copy.
    – cde
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 9:08

Remember Jim sent a message back to earth when he woke up! He was due to receive a response in 55 years from then. When that response arrived, it told him how to put himself back to sleep in his pod; He put Arora back to sleep in the auto doc, then put himself back to sleep in his pod. So they completed their journey to Homestead II. Of course, if they had kids along the way, Jim, being an engineer would have built more auto docs or pods to put their kids into so they could fall asleep too. That's my take on the ending.


Aurora didn't die. When they were talking about her going into the space pod, she decided to stay a little longer and that shows the near end of the movie. When the rest of the ship wakes up aurora is talking through the room Jim used to talk to her when she was mad at him.

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    I'm 110% sure she was not in the passenger liaison room. You are hearing the ship's hibernation-recovery AI, just like Jim and Aurora heard when waking up.
    – cde
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 23:55
  • No, our team has received an email from the makers of the movie confirming this information. @cde Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 0:03
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    If by your team, you mean Rotten Tomatoes? Why isn't this on the Passengers page on the site? By makers, who exactly? Screenshot of the email?
    – cde
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 0:14
  • cinemablend.com/news/1603570/… says otherwise.
    – cde
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 0:19
  • Also, this answer indicates the ending was left intentionally vague, so I don't understand why your team would've received an email clearing the vagueness. scifi.stackexchange.com/a/148618/68699
    – Mennyg
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 2:38

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