What is the extinction event that happened in the movie "The Road"?
Did an asteroid hit or a super-volcano eruption? Does anybody know for sure what the director intended it to be?
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I don't believe the director (or McCarthy for that matter) intended the audience/readers to know what cataclysm caused the apocalyptic backdrop for the drama. It is not specified in either McCarthy's novel or the film - and is left ambiguous so that we may focus more on the situation at hand, rather than the causes and 'finger-pointing'.