The end of Army of Thieves explained on Netflix
Army of thieves end spoilers follow.
Ludwig Dieter lives again in Netflix Army of thieves, the prequel film by Zack Snyder Army of the dead.
In addition to directing the film, Matthias Schweighöfer reprizes his role as a vault breaker expert, with Ludwig recruited from a team of Interpol’s Most Wanted Criminals to carry out a series of impossible-to-be-missed vault heists. decipher across Europe.
But how Army of thieves fit into the larger Snyder Army of the dead universe and does that give any indication of Ludwig’s ultimate fate? We’re about to dive into the movie and its ending to explain it all, so spoilers are ahead.
Army of Thieves ending explained
The Ludwig we meet at the start of Army of thieves isn’t even called Ludwig Dieter. It’s actually a small town bank teller Sebastian Schlencht-Wöhnert making security videos for YouTube that no one watches.
One of these videos is about a locksmith named Hans Wagner who, after the deaths of his wife and son, created four safes inspired by Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), the Siegfried and the Götterdämmerung (i.e. the twilight of the gods). It is said that any attempt to forcibly crack them would result in the incineration of the contents.
The locksmith then built another safe impossible to open and locked himself, becoming his living tomb. For some reason this safe was thrown into the ocean with his body inside.
After a mysterious commentary on one of his videos leads Sebastian to a heists contest (which he obviously wins), he meets Gwendoline (Nathalie Emmanuel) who recruits him for a series of heists on three of the four chests. -Ring-cycle strongholds, excluding the Götterdämmerung because no one knows where it is.
This is the only time they can perform the heist because, due to the zombie apocalypse erupting in the United States, the owner – Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), who we met in Army of the dead – transports safes in 96 hours to a safe in Geneva where they will be decommissioned.
It’s the start of the apocalypse, so Army of thieves takes place shortly after Army of the deadcold opens when we saw the zombie Alpha Zeus escape. A subsequent report confirms it is early because it says “the virus outbreak of unknown origin continues to spread,” meaning they have yet to lock down Las Vegas.
After agreeing to help break the safes, Sebastian meets the rest of Gwendoline’s team: hacker Korina (Ruby O Fee), getaway pilot Rolph (Guz Khan), and “action hero” Brad Cage (Stuart Martin) real name Alexis Broschini.
Das Rheingold is in a small bank in Paris and the robbery goes off without a hitch. They don’t take all the money because the real purpose of the heists is to make history as a gang that cracked tamper-proof safes. (Shame on them that they didn’t know the world was probably going to end.)
The first robbery attracts the attention of Interpol agent Delacroix (Jonathan Cohen) who captured the gang’s previous cracker, before being shot in the leg by Brad. He tracks them down until their next heist of The Valkryie at a high-security bank in Prague, but can’t arrive in time to stop Sebastian from deciphering it.
Things go wrong for Sebastian on the getaway, however, as Brad leaves him behind, jealous that he gets closer to Gwendoline. Sebastian manages to escape the police, while Gwendoline and Korina leave Brad and Rolph behind.
They find Sebastian at his home in Munich to plan the final heist of the Siegfried in a casino in St. Moritz. Delacroix listens when Sebastian and Gwendoline say they are going to break the safe at 5 am before it is transported, but it’s a big trick.
They have contacted the casino to move the transport time forward and with Gwendoline driving the transport vehicle, Sebastian is free to crack down on the safe. Unfortunately for them, Korina is caught by Interpol while surveying the casino, while Brad and Rolph use Gwendoline’s phone’s GPS to track her.
Shortly after Sebastian breaks the safe, Brad and Rolph catch up with them and Brad tries to shoot Sebastian. However, Gwendoline had removed the firing pin from her weapon after shooting Delacroix, so her weapon is the only one that works. They tie Brad and Rolph to the truck, leaving them as a gift to Delacroix.
He’s not done with Gwendoline and as Brad, Rolph or Korina tell him, Delacroix finds Gwendoline and Sebastian on the platform just as they are about to leave. To protect Sebastian, Gwendoline surrenders and makes Delacroix promise to let Sebastian go.
She promises that when she comes out, they will find the Götterdämmerung together and Sebastian leaves. In the bag of money on board the getaway boat, Sebastian sees a new passport for him in the name of Ludwig Dieter.
It was the name of the security expert in the comics Sebastian wrote when he was younger, which he told Gwendoline about earlier in the movie. Obviously, the passport was the inspiration behind the name change, as well as a touching reminder of Gwendoline whose fate has remained unknown.
The film then switches to “sometime later” and ends with a slightly extended version of Ludwig meeting Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) and Maria (Ana de la Reguera). They show him the plans of the Götterdämmerung that we know since Army of the dead, is in Bly Tanaka’s Las Vegas casino.
Safe to say, Ludwig’s trip to Las Vegas didn’t work out very well for him as even though he completed the Ring of Vault Cycle he apparently died to protect Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick) from Zeus. . However, Snyder teased that Ludwig may not have been as dead as we thought.
“Obviously he used his money to open a locksmith [in California]. I don’t know if he made a ton other than [accrue] a clientele. He certainly has great confidence in his ability to [install] locks on their back porches, “he said Reverse.
“But the real adventure would be to see what happened to him when that safe door closed. Was he killed by Zeus or not? What happened? We can’t see him. die in front of the camera, and there is still time.
“I won’t tell you what’s going on in Army of the Dead 2 – a.k.a Planet of the dead – but let’s just say there is a chance [he] survives. And there is a chance that the contact with death would have made him want to find an imprisoned Gwendoline. “
Army of thieves is available to watch on Netflix.
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