At the end of Blade Runner 2049 the character of "Joe" has been shot and stabbed but has not sought medical attention. Deckard asks "Are you okay?" and Joe insists he's fine. Once Deckard goes inside a building, Joe looks inside his jacket and lies down in the snow. I expected to see a follow-up shot of his unmoving body covered in snow to establish that he had died, but the movie director didn't give us any such shot. Is Joe actually okay? Is he just resting?
Out of universe it seems unlikely that there will be another movie in the series, but could the director have been leaving room for Joe to return in another movie?
I was expecting to see blood from a wound under his jacket but I didn't see any. Was it there and I missed it? I have only seen the movie once.
A replicant told Joe something like "dying for a good cause is the most human thing we can do." After that, I fully expected Joe to die at the end. But I am not sure what the director intended us to take away from the ending as shot. Heck, there weren't even any doves fluttering skyward as he lay down on the steps while it snowed on him.