In this section of our Colossus Movie Guide for Avatar: The Way of Water, we answer questions you have about the movie. If you’re curious about plot explanations, meanings, themes, lessons, motifs, symbols, or just confused by something, ask and we’ll do our best to answer.
Avatar: The Way of Water | Questions and Answers
Why did Spider save Quaritch? Is Spider working with Quaritch?
Before Spider saves Quaritch, there’s the stand off where Quaritch has Kiri as a hostage and Neytiri takes Spider hostage. Spider is the son of the original Colonel Miles Quaritch. So the new Na’vi Quaritch has memories of Spider as a baby. Despite them being technically unrelated, something still draws Quaritch to Spider. Probably because he is a clone, an echo of the original, he cares more about Spider than the original ever did. Which is why Na’vi Quaritch gives up Kiri to save Spider from Neytiri.
That moment is a clear declaration that Quaritch cares about Spider. And it’s likely that Neytiri would have hurt Spider because she was never as keen on him as the rest of the Sully clan. Plus, she’s pissed about Neteyam’s death. So Quaritch really did save Spider’s life. So when Spider has the opportunity to return the favor, he does. He carries Quaritch to the surface. But that doesn’t mean Spider wants to be friends. Or father and son. They’re even. And with that, Spider goes back to the Sullys, who he considers his real family.
Did Jake actually talk to Neteyam or was that a dream?
In the first Avatar, the Omaticaya use the concept of Eywa and the interconnectivity of the forest to transfer Jake’s consciousness from his human body to his Na’vi body. They attempt the same with Grace. And we see during Neteyam’s burial the way the ocean floor embraced the body. I would imagine there’s some concept of an afterlife being introduced where Eywa essentially collects the consciousness of the Na’vi and they become part of the collective whole.
So in that moment when Jake and Neytiri connect with the Metkayina spirit tree, I imagine it’s Ewya gifting Jake and Neytiri a last moment with Neteyam’s consciousness.
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