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The true meaning of FFVII's finale

by Thomas Mastrangelo 

This will be short.

Cloud and Tifa together? Barret returns to Corel? Authors of fanfics and editorials across the globe seem to have grossly misunderstood the meaning of the ending of Final Fantasy VII.

When Bugenhagen accompanies the party to the City of the Ancients, he speaks of the power of Holy to destroy all that is evil. "I wonder what we humans are?" he says.

Holy alone was not enough to destroy Meteor; this much was obvious. The part that many gamers miss (or perhaps refuse to acknowledge) is that Holy decided that humans are evil, or at least unbeneficial to the planet. When Red XIII and his children stand atop the cliff 500 years in the future, the remains of Midgar are a jungle. This does not mean that mankind abandoned the Mako city; it means that the earth abandoned mankind. Humans are gone.

Cloud and company did not know what to expect from Holy, but sacrificing themselves and their race was a better end than allowing Sephiroth to take the planet with him. The actions of Cloud left the earth in the hands of those who would never place the lifestream in jeopardy again, the Cosmo race (or whatever you'd call them.)

Final Fantasy VII was the ultimate tragety; I am not ashamed to say that I cried. Did you? To proliferate the idea that the cast lived happily ever after is to cancel the meaning of the most deep and poignant game ever created.

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