So... I completed the game last night with my paragon Shep imported across all 3 games. I'm not going to comment on what I thought of the endings here (I've got my opinions, saw all 3), but I was wondering what people thought about the bit with Shep supposedly alive in the rubble after choosign the 'destroy' ending.
I don't know if this has been raised anywhere already (I haven't seen it anywhere), but has anyone considered that the survivor isn't Shepard? Everything thing I've read seems to state as fact that it is, but there's things making me think otherwise. For example...
- The rubble looks like stone and concrete, not the steel or whatever the Citadel is (was) made of. I know the 'indoctrincation' theory points this out too (but i think that's unlikely to be what Bioware have in mind).
- Shep's armour was virtually disintegrated by the kill-shot from Harbinger before he got to the Citadel. The survivor's armour is comparably in much better condition, and has an N7 emblem on it, which Shepard didn't by the end.
- Bioware have stated more than once that ME3 is the end of Shepard's journey (although how much faith can be placed in Bioware's words is debatable right now of course).
I read that you only get that scene if your EMS was high enough too. So personally I think it was actually just a little easter egg giving us a glimpse into the future of the franchise - I'm now expecting the next ME protagonist to be a veteren of the final stand of the Reaper war in London , who came close to death him/herself. Although I can't think why you would only get this extra scene after the 'destroy' ending, unless it either really is Shepard or Bioware purposely want to leave us thinking so.
Just an opinion, what do you think?