By Kyle B. Stiff
The ending to our two-part analysis of Death Stranding as a bluepilled take on the current American civil war focuses on characters who came to the forefront at the end of the game. As such, this is going to be SPOILER CENTRAL. Play this fantastic game before you ruin it by reading this senses-shattering piece. If you want something relatively spoiler-free, check out the first part of my Death Stranding analysis. It is also senses-shattering, and has actually ruined many lives.
As for the ending to Death Stranding, one can’t help but notice that Sam has to pick up a gun in order to save the day. Actually, not just guns, but freaking bazookas and other advanced state of the art bang-bangs. As for package handling, it was great to see the new type of gameplay that Death Stranding had to offer, but ultimately, force is required in order to solve problems, which is why the latter part of Death Stranding is a bullet-fueled battle to the death. It could be no other way. As old age advances and the testosterone drains from Kojima’s body, it makes sense that he would want to tell a story about connecting rather than killing, but in the end he must acknowledge the truth: War is the only thing that’s real. War isn’t an unfortunate breakdown of peace, but rather, peace is a temporary break from the endless war to survive. We don’t define ourselves by sleep, but by action, and so it is that even bluepilled bug connoisseur Sam Bridges must pick up a gun and annihilate the opposition!
For this character analysis, we’re going to start with an exceedingly spicy contender.
Higgs, the God Particle
Higgs may not be the primary antagonist, but he is the main “bad guy” of our story. He’s the evil force that must be stomped flat. This guy really bends and twists my theory out of place, but I don’t think he breaks it. Because Death Stranding leans left, Higgs has a lot of right-wing tendencies. He looks like a commando, he waves a gun around, he’s a conspiracy theorist, etc. However, Kojima is a very honest storyteller, and you can’t tell an honest story and also make it lean left, as it’ll just be propaganda. That means Higgs also has a lot of weird lefty stuff going on, too. He’s complicated, so let’s dive in.
As Sam fights to make real the dream of Hillary Clinton – I mean, Bridget Strand – and connect America through the chiral network, Higgs reveals that he wants the chiral network completed. This highlights the intense fear of liberals that the wonderfully progressive world they are building will be taken over by right-wing fanatics. Specifically, they don’t like conservatives using the internet as a place to argue about ideas. The Big Tech left wants the internet to be a living document filled with cat pics, cuck porn, ads from giant globalist corporations using diversity to sell products, and of course e-thots shilling their gamer girl bathwater. The LAST thing they want is people arguing about the best way to govern themselves. Why is that? Well, I’ll give you a hint: Unrestricted discussions on self-determination always lead to nationalism, not pro-diversity melting pots, as all unrestricted web sites tend to shift right. Only strict monitoring and censorship can maintain the tender, genteel nature of left-leaning forums.
So Higgs is glad when Sam completes the chiral network. In his interview, Higgs says, “Death and destruction are part and parcel of the human condition, and bringing people together only exacerbates that.” Higgs is in right-wing mode, and his statement directly parallels mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s ruthlessly liberal statement, “Terrorism is just part and parcel of living in a big city.” This statement is often brought up by those on the right to show how intensely cruel and bottom-line oriented liberals can be when it comes to choosing between diversity or safety (or progressive dystopia versus traditionalism). So far, Higgs is the perfect bogeyman for a left-leaning story.
Now let’s complicate things and look at Higgs’s creepy lefty nature. First off, he’s named after the Higgs Boson particle, which was so important to normie Reddit “pro-science” types that they called it the God Particle. Remember, even as left-leaning types scoff at the idea of God (unless it’s a touchy-feely New Age ball of light or a goddess), they are still driven by a desperate desire to be taken as serious as Christianity was in the medieval era. Science is their religion, but not even science in terms of investigating the universe, but science as a collection of orthodoxy that must be defended at all costs. These are people who have seen very little of the world and don’t study history, but will become insane with rage if they hear that someone believes the earth is housed inside a big dome made of plywood with stars painted on the inside. To them, the materialistic world view of Star Trek *must* be true… or else!
Higgs is an “atomized” man, disconnected from others and able to communicate only through violence. To him, the connections made by others only give him more opportunity to deceive and take advantage. He hates the world and wants it to end. You could say that he has an anti-spiritual nature, which would place him well outside of a traditionalist paradigm, as it’s hard to find a traditional belief system that doesn’t focus on the creation of the world by one God or many gods. You might think that his Egyptian regalia would complicate things further, but I don’t think it does. Egyptian mythology may have been one thing in the past, but in our modern world, it is perhaps the most important set of iconography used by the… well, let’s just call it the Illuminati. Who the hell knows what they’re actually called? But you know what I mean – occult Hollywood Masonic types who are constantly covering one eye, going to weird parties dressed up as Sith acolytes, and starring in movies and music videos showing evil priests and bigoted Christians. At this point it’s no longer even hidden, although you’re still considered crazy if you talk about it.
Point being, Higgs kind of makes a perfect *left* leaning villain because he wears an Egyptian cape, is named after a particle made on accident without divine influence, and wants to watch the world burn. Even better, his incubator doesn’t even have a living baby in it – he carries a lifeless doll made with black market tech. His baby has, in a sense, been “aborted”. He even shoots at Lou – he must think of our cutie as nothing but a “clump of cells”!
Okay, now let’s go even deeper. Believe it or not, we’ve been in normie-friendly territory so far. It’s about to get weird. The thing is, at the end of the game you find out that one of your clients, mild-mannered pizza-enthusiast Peter Engler, is in fact your arch-villain Higgs. When you go through Peter Engler’s emails after you find this out, his excitement regarding pizza is no longer mildly amusing, but freaking weird and creepy. That’s because… you guessed it… Higgs is part of the PizzaGate conspiracy! He’s one of *them*!
For those of you who don’t know, here’s a little background. The Podesta email leak was riddled with high-level Democrats making some pretty obviously coded references, most of them pizza-based. The emails revealed a link to James Alefantis, owner of a DC pizza joint which had a… let’s say… a very interesting history and Instagram account. Despite running a small pizza joint, he had connections to powerful people all around the world. Right-wing types capable of seeing patterns went running with the narrative of the pizza joint being used as a child sex trafficking hub, and left-wing types formed a phalanx shield wall to protect some of the weirdest people imaginable.
From this perspective, Higgs’s “Peter Engler” pseudonym takes on an incredibly sinister tone, especially when you finally enter his bunker and realize he was obsessed with Sam Bridges. He even has a photo of Sam wrecking his bike with the comment “LOL” written beside it, which actually is pretty lolworthy. Actually this should be disturbing to both the right and the left. From a liberal perspective, a conspiracy theorist is one of the worst things a person can be. Pedophiles and murderers can always be forgiven, but a conspiracy theorist is, from their perspective, truly reprehensible and even dangerous. And from a conservative perspective, the fact that Higgs has photos of Sam with lines connecting them with bizarre text descriptions is similar to internet shills, people paid to roam the internet and take screenshots of conservatives being “politically incorrect”. Conservative types like Nick Fuentes often note how these people bring up screenshots of spicy twitter commentary or video clips that are years old, and it’s like, how did these people find this stuff? How did they organize it, for that matter? The fact that it must be a paid gig for these people is actually the *least* disturbing scenario, as imagining someone using their free time to monitor the internet for instances of wrongthink is just straight up nauseating.
This may be too much detail, but Higgs’s pseudonym, Peter Engler, translates to “stone angel” (peter = Greek petros, for stone, and Engler is derived from the German engel or angel). Thus Higgs is highlighting his nature as a fallen angel cast down to the earth. Also, as long as we’re breaking down names, I wouldn’t be the first person to point out that the central figure of the PizzaGate conspiracy, James Alefantis, is a pseudonym derived from the French phrase “j’aime les enfants” or “I love children”. Which would make sense, since he’s actually a Rothschild, a member of one of the most notorious families in conspiracy canon!
Also, if Higgs is a child violator, then it would make sense for him to unnaturally age Fragile’s body. From his perspective, making someone old is the cruelest thing imaginable!
Before we climb out of the Higgs rabbit hole, let me say that one of the coolest things you can do is make Sam wear a red Bridges hat at the end of the game. Even though Sam is super bluepilled and can literally eat bugs to survive the battle with Higgs (it doesn’t get any more bluepilled than cockroach soyburgers), if you put him in a red hat, then it looks like the final battle is taking place between God’s anointed MAGA-lovin’ Bible-thumpin’ Budweiser-chuggin’ nationalistic blue collar Boomer champion versus an Egyptian Talmudic sorcerer supreme “pizza”-mongerin’ drug-abusin’ Crowley occult disciple globalist elitist. It’s seriously epic. Just imagine a movie made in 2100 AD about our era, the details are off a little but the movie shows Trump grappling with George Soros in hand-to-hand combat… point being, that’s kind of what the final battle looks like. I would have recorded it myself but, sadly, I’m kind of an idiot! Just trust me and put on the red hat!
Unfortunately the bug-eating in the end is pretty demoralizing. Since my gaming skills aren’t going to improve anytime soon, which makes eating bugs a necessity, I’ll just have to pray for some DLC where the bug-eating sequence at the end is replaced with Sam gobblin’ Monsanto-burgers thrown at him by the ghost of Kazuhira Miller.
Cliff Unger Is the Right-Wing Ideal… Kill Him!!!
Cliff is the definition of a soldier and a family man, a father willing to do anything to protect the next generation. Kojima does a great job of treating him in a respectful manner, but since the narrative thrust of the story is bluepilled, Cliff ends up damning himself. To quote him: “I was just like any other cliff. A dead end, no way forward. Nothing but an obstacle – looking on at the world people like you were trying to build. Dividing people was the only thing I was ever good at.”
Dividing people? Yeah, right! Cliff is an alpha male with a warrior spirit. God makes people like Cliff so that nations can be protected from invaders. It’s not like Cliff was on the sidelines master-minding race wars and false flag attacks and border squabbles. Bluepilled liberals always imagine that evil racists are opposing them out of pure hatred and stupidity, but guys like Cliff who put their ass on the line make it possible for utopian idealists to post cringe without having to worry about invaders barging in and turning them into pinatas. (Of course, the danger of being turned into a pinata increases in direct proportion to voting for open borders.)
Cliff’s last words are, “It’s all my fault,” which is in line with conservatives placing the onus of responsibility on themselves, even to the point of blaming themselves when things fall apart. Conservatives (especially Christian ones) believe that mankind has a sinful nature – that is, people are flawed. They’re imperfect. That’s why utopias never work. You can’t immanentize the eschaton, as big brain types like to say. You have to work with the world as it is rather than dream of the world being something that it’s not. It’s sad that Cliff is technically a villain, a boss who must be beaten, but then again, I guess it’s better that we get to see a red-blooded redpilled red-meat-eatin’ son of a bitch who lives in an endless war fantasy rather than a whiny bluepilled bluehair who scowls at Sam and says everything is the fault of men, or white people, or old people, or straight people, or the rich, or Christians – basically, anyone but himself!
In Cliff Unger’s endless dream of war, he has baby dolls (fake BBs) strung up all over the place, and he obsesses over his lost baby. This, plus his devotion to his comatose wife, is a great reminder that men who are militant and take border security seriously are driven by an intense desire to protect. That instinct is the force that gives life to conservative thought; conservative means of course “to conserve”. Liberals are driven by other forces. They do not have this violent protective drive, or they have it only in a very stunted manner. In fact, the drive to use force to protect family and culture and nation is so foreign to liberals that they can really only see it as racism, a totally outdated, backward, knee-jerk hatred of the unknown. In other words, they consider it a bestial drive that we need to “progress” beyond.
Cliff has way more in common with Solid Snake than with Sam, who would rather peacefully move packages or hang out in his room with his figurine collection. The basic idea of Clifford is that he’s a real man from the past, something anachronistic that our bluepilled hero needs to overcome. But in order to overcome him, Sam must become like him, which means he has to use state of the art pew pews and big dick bang bangs and even grenades filled with literal feces.
Even though you have to “overcome” Cliff, I have to reiterate that Kojima treats this antagonist with a great deal of respect. Most bluepilled types would not. I remember reading Marvel comics in the 90s, and a lot of it was total propaganda filled with whacko nationalist bad guys. Comics only got progressively worse. I remember glancing through a Wolverine comic a few years ago, and saw him facing off against some giant, obese white guy with an American flag tattooed on his face. The guy was leering at Wolverine with unrestrained villainy, his body no doubt bloated from a diet of hatred for all things un-American. He would have worn a MAGA hat if such a thing had been invented yet, but alas, this was in the early 2010s when I saw this particular comic. The point is, if Kojima had grown up taking a daily dose of bluepills, that’s probably what Cliff Unger would have been. Thankfully Kojima has only lately taken a handful of bluepills, so his incredible body-mind-soul matrix are still functioning within acceptable parameters.
One more thing about Clifford Unger. Note that he mentions space and the moon. He thinks space exploration is cool, and is something that we should start doing again. This reminds me of Alex Jones saying that it’s our duty to conquer the stars, a concept I’ve always been obsessed with. I hate to say it, but liberals really only care about space insofar as it provides them yet another field of orthodoxy they can monitor and make sure no wrongthink is occurring. The idea of weaponizing Space Force, tackling alien species, crushing opponents and siding with powerful and like-minded allies, exploiting the resources of other worlds, and basically spreading our dominance throughout the cosmos is foreign to the left-leaning mindset.
If space exploration isn’t an enlightened Star Trek circle-jerk, they ain’t interested!
Amelie, the Cult of Child Sacrifice, and Feminism
At the end of the game, Sam reaches California, the end goal of so many who dream of fame and fortune. Surrounded by demonic predators, he makes his way through streets flooded with black tar. This makes sense when you consider that Hollywood is the capital of the bizarre alternate dimension where the Illuminati spin endless cinema stories that tend to be anti-American and anti-Christian and pro-everything that leans left. In the based 80s California was a beautiful paradise, but now it’s a dump that people can’t get away from fast enough, and the poor people who are stuck there have to download apps to help them navigate through a labyrinth of human feces, used syringes, and… let’s just say… delightfully diverse neighborhoods. So it’s very, very appropriate that a game about our contemporary American civil war ends in California, which is currently being sucked into a gateway to hell!
But poor Sam, deluded bluepilled nice guy that he is, unwittingly takes part in a ritual of child sacrifice. Just like so many clueless celebrities who end up doing really weird shit in order to “join the club”, as they say, Sam plops a baby down on the altar of the last Knot to be connected and watches as it disappears into the grinding gears of progress. “Oh well,” he probably told himself, “it was just a clump of cells anyway. Right?”
The theme of child sacrifice is a strange thread that hangs out in the background of human history until you really start noticing it – and then it pops out in lurid detail. It’s just as big now as it ever was. Whether it’s Canaanites sacrificing babies to Molech and Rephan, or Carthaginians burning babies for Tanit and Baal Hammon, or conspiracy culture theorizing about political and Hollywood elite sacrificing babies to a statue of an owl god in exchange for power, or even young women killing babies for a career or just so they can continue hedonistic self-serving lifestyles, child sacrifice never stopped, and it’s all the same no matter the window dressing. Keep in mind that this is the exact opposite of the conservative ideal of parents sacrificing for their children, which is how civilizations are actually built and maintained. But, sadly, you don’t get any record deals for perpetuating the species.
After the sacrifice is made, Sam finds out that he was very nearly aborted, too. He was almost a bridge baby sacrificed so that a bluepilled civilization could continue. He even receives a stigmata-like cross on his belly, marking him as a sacrifice denied to the BT demons who rule in the underworld.
When Sam reaches Amelie’s beach, she gives her “villain’s monologue”, which is about her theory that human extinction provides a way for other species to survive. Her insane take on extinction is straight out of the liberal playbook. Can’t you imagine her on CNN telling an applauding audience that if we *just* sacrifice America, or if we *just* sacrifice the middle class, or if we *just* sacrifice white people, then humanity as a whole will achieve utopia? The interesting thing is that instead of sounding like an anime villain, she has a sweet, maternal tone that is hypnotic. She almost sounds as if she cares about the world, or at least about Sam, even as she hungers for our extinction.
“What the hell did they do to you?” Sam asks. Poor Sam is like the liberals of a bygone era who believed in unions and sensible limits on mega-corporations, and has just woken up to the fact that his sister or his mother only adopted liberal philosophy as a means of destroying civilization by importing millions of third-worlders with substandard IQ and teaching children how to fellate pedophiles during state-mandated drag queen story hour. Sam is horrified to realize that the chiral network he has been working so hard to build will be used to erase the human species.
The fact that Amelie is the Extinction Entity perfectly highlights contemporary right-wing philosophy on women as the feral sex. According to this philosophy, without something holding them back, women will always vote left. They can’t help themselves. Women will always vote for open borders, for mass child sacrifice, for censorship. Women are naturally drawn to Islam over Christianity. They will always vote for lenient prison sentences for criminals, but they think instances of wrongspeech or wrongthink should be punished with loss of livelihood and permanent exile. You get the idea. But from this perspective, it makes Sam’s confrontation with Amelie especially painful, as he is forced to face this person that he thought he loved as she stands on the brink of destroying the world.
Amelie even says, “America is a lie.” This is pretty much the root of the liberal mindset, a stewing maelstrom of resentment and disgust with the very nation they live within. The fact that the rest of the world would give anything to be here is completely lost on them.
“Promise you’ll stop me. Don’t let me end it all,” Amelie pleads. Unfortunately Sam can do nothing to convince her. At this point his hormones are completely fucked from a diet of bugs and Monster Energy Drank, causing his T-levels to drop so low that he could suckle Lou on the soy milk produced by his own giant breasts. Testosterone is the weapon you need to equip in order to get rabid lefties under control, and Sam just doesn’t have that weapon in his inventory. In fact Sam even literally turns blue during this confrontation because he is dying from a bluepill overdose – look closely if you think I’m exaggerating. His nihilism reaches its apex and as he enters the final stages of a fatal case of TDS, he pulls a gun, puts it to his own head, and pulls the trigger.
Sam’s “dark night of the soul” parallels the awakening process of every newborn right-winger. Lots of people have noticed the libertarian-to-right-wing pipeline that leads in a straight line away from well-meaning libertarianism, a philosophy that says all people are, at their core, decent. The pipeline only goes one way, not the other. All it takes is a few run-ins with the dark side of human nature before “nice guy” libertarians realize that some people truly are driven by an insane urge for destruction, and those dangerous people have to be stopped or they will turn civilization into a place where children cannot be safely raised.
Unfortunately Sam doesn’t have the benefits of the internet like we do. We have to assume that in the future-world of Death Stranding, the internet was deemed too problematic and was done away with, and replaced with the chiral network, which is really only good for consumption. You can’t print ideas and arguments on a chiral printer. Without any new ideas to guide him, poor Sam is left stranded on the Beach, thinking he is the first man to come face-to-face with an insane woman who dreams of opening the border between the land of the living and the land of the dead just so she can virtue signal and get a few “likes” in the final moments before the human race is annihilated.
I can’t help but think that Cliff Unger would have had a much easier time handling Amelie than Sam. “You’re giving me a gun so I can either shoot you or hug you?” he would say, then without hesitation he would have started popping off rounds, putting two in the chest and two more in the head just to be sure. Think about it, we have no idea what happened to Cliff’s wife and why she ended up comatose. I think it’s safe to assume he found out she wanted to vote for Bridget Strand because Orange Man Bad, so he suplexed her and knocked her out permanently. That doesn’t mean he never loved his wife – he did. It just means he didn’t want his child to be raised on a diet of bugs and going door to door campaigning to put an Extinction Entity in the White House.
Mama and Lockne are New Age Goofballs
Something needs to be pointed out regarding our twin cuties Mama and Lockne. Did you notice that these chicks sound like they’re trapped in a cult? I wouldn’t blame anyone for not noticing, because these twins are some SERIOUS CUTIES, and we’re biologically programmed to allow cuties to get away with anything. If we met them in real life, most men would simply nod and smile if these ladies started rambling on about their cult of We Are All One.
Their story is pretty lefty, too. It reaches its conclusion right after we get the chiral artist and the junk dealer to tie the knot. They’re straight, male and female, so I guess from a lefty perspective it’s like, YAWN, bo-o-o-oring! Thankfully their marriage immediately falls apart and the chiral artist decides to walk through BT-infested terrain just to move back in with her conniving mother.
After that storyline, Sam hauls Mama through a gauntlet of terrorists, BTs, deadly timefall, and of course me constantly tripping over rocks and riding ass-first down mountainsides with my legs splayed open, basically turning her body into a piece of cheddar on a cheese grater. In some sense she was dead the moment Sam picked her up. But, never fear! As soon as I reached our destination and plopped her down and said, “Okay, see, what had happened wuz…” Lockne cut me off and went off on her first of many creepy cult monologues. This bitch starts channeling Mama, and Mama’s just as fucked up as her goofy-ass sister! Then Lockne climbed on top of Mama’s corpse and we, the viewer, are forced to endure a narcissistic love scene that can only be described as MOIST. Ugh, sorry.
Point being, in a bluepilled world, traditional marriage doesn’t hold a candle to two women who love each other forever and can overcome anything that gets between them, even death.
Heartman Is a Hero
I hope you guys are ready for a real shocker, because this dude Heartman really threw me for a loop. When I walked into his home and saw his fashionable outfit, his posture, and his general lack of a chin, I thought he was going to end up becoming Sam’s girlfriend. Little did I know freaking Heartman is the most redpilled son of a bitch in the entire game!
Heartman has an insane work-life-family balance and goes through hell on his endless quest to put his family back together. This is a man who knows that family means everything! He is regimented to an autistic degree, even foregoing the joys of a forty-five minute poop so that he can stay on schedule.
He’s as conservative as they come. Don’t believe me? At one point he says, “The past informs the present and aids us in building the future.” This is Conservatism 101, and in the bluepilled and hormonally deficient world of Death Stranding, you could actually kill someone telling them something like that!
What does Heartman think of diversity? He hates it with the burning hatred of ten thousand suns, and for proof, I submit this quote: “Too many Beaches sharing the same space. Wires get crossed and so forth.” Yikes. Talk about problematic! Compared to Amelie, who wants to erase the borders between all Beaches, Heartman has basically watched one too many YouTube vids showing various diversity meltdowns, including machete attacks, acid attacks, and everyone’s personal favorite, the dreaded Rental Truck Attack.
Okay, Heartman. Lay off the discrimination and hateful rhetoric, will you? We’re trying to go extinct over here!
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