The ending of Blade Runner explained
Upon its initial release in 1982, Ridley Scott's tech-noir classic Blade Runner was met with skeptical audiences and empty theaters, thanks in part to a series of slapdash changes made after low test screening scores panicked the studio. Over the years, however, alternative versions more in line with Scott's vision have been released, and the film's popularity has steadily grown. Blade Runner is now considered by many to be one of the famed director's best works—fueling demand for the release of its belated sequel, Blade Runner 2049, in 2017.
Since the release of 1992's Scott-approved "Director's Cut," however, questions about the movie's true meaning have been hotly debated between pretty much anybody who's ever seen the film, resulting in a smoggy smokescreen of confusion which still leaves viewers scratching their heads. But fear not! We're here to help clear the air.
Note: All analysis in this feature is based off 2007's 'Final Cut' version of Blade Runner.