HALO 4 SPOILERS
I took a small lunch break and had the urge to play through the last level again (on easy because I didn’t want to spend all day playing)
Dudes I don’t think Cortana is “dead” ok because Didact just destroyed the terminal her chip was in right? But she’s still whispering to you right? And she says “I’ll always take care of you” and “get to the core, destroy it” and earlier on when she accidentally sends you to that little weapons room, she says something like “john needs us” or something…
Point being if the terminal got destroyed, she’s still whispering DIRECTLY TO YOU, not through the whole ship system or anything, but right to you (I think, at least; that’s what it sounds like, because the Didact doesn’t seem to be reacting to any of what she’s saying) and your HUD still goes nuts like it did when she was in your head (and the objectives update, and they honestly sound like she’s trying to comfort you “It’s alright, but you have to hurry…” doesn’t quite sound like your standard objective update…
I think she kept a part of herself in the MJOLNIR suit’s system, or in Chief himself, or something, because for one he’s got the neural interface that lets him, Cortana, and the suit all work together. Plus the Librarian did her Forerunner thing to him. Plus he ends up in that… digital little world (which I get the sneaking suspicion is actually taking place inside his head because it looks like toward the end as it’s all fading out, he looks like he’s floating in zero-g; and when it flashes back to “reality” he’s floating in space as the marines pick him up) for a minute talking to her. And she specifically says “MOST of me is down there.” Her hand glows when she touches his chestplate, why would it glow unless there was something going on there? What if that was her transferring whatever was left of her to him? WHY WOULD SHE EVEN BE IN HIS HEAD IN THE FIRST PLACE?
GUYS THERE’S A CHANCE SHE’S ACTUALLY ALIVE
I’M JUST SAYING
THERE’S STILL HOPE
NORMALLY I’D TAKE THE TIME TO MAKE THIS SOUND A LITTLE MORE THOUGHT OUT BUT I’M TOO BUSY BEING HOPEFUL
oh and I don’t think the Didact is dead either because obviously the post-credits he’s doing the voiceover and unless it’s just supposed to be a suplemental narration that isn’t actually occuring, HE’S FUCKING COMMENTING ON THE FACT THAT HE GOT HIS ASS KICKED and how he stands by his actions etc etc.
Just to add on because I was thinking about it more. Let’s say Cortana really does still have a part of herself “alive.” Maybe it’s not enough for her to be actually functional, but it’s just like, a file that can basically be used to rebuild her (with a lot of work, of course, and Halsey would probably be the only one who could do it). Maybe she used up the last of her power to have that little parting with John because she wasn’t sure if it will actually work but she wanted to do SOMETHING to try and keep a part of her alive and then basically went into sleep mode or something I don’t know guys. I mean, hell, as long as Halsey is alive, there’s always a chance she can just flashclone her brain some more until she can make a new Cortana. That would be kind of a lame way to go about it but I’m just saying there are some potential avenues here that lead to Cortana not being dead forever.