While Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic, thrill ride, it also served as a cautionary tale about the dangers of despots running loose when resources are low. The themes George Miller explores in the film may feel relevant to some -- and it’s clear he thought very hard about what he wanted to say with the Mad Max franchise when he revived it for a 21st century audience. It turns out he’s also thought a lot about the things we didn’t see on screen -- namely, what happened to Furiosa and the rest of the characters after the movie ends.
Despite how bleak much of Mad Max: Fury Road is, when the credits roll, there’s a sense of hope. After Max and Furiosa battle their way through the barren landscape, they manage to take down the Immortan Joe. George Miller recently admitted that he’s given careful consideration to what he thinks comes next:
I've often thought about it. There’s two ways to go. One is utopian, which is not an interesting story, really. I've somehow imagined that the first thing she would do in line with that is go up and release the water ... it wasn't withheld. … sort of A New Deal, politically.
George Miller admitted to Josh Horowitz for Metaverse, though, that both storytelling and human nature make it a little more complicated for the Mad Max: Fury Road crew to enjoy a happily ever after:
[Joseph] Campbell said that the usual story is that today's hero becomes tomorrow's tyrant. The hero is the agent of change. They basically relinquish self-interest in order for some common good. [Campbell] basically says… you love what you've built, or saved, too much. You become holdfast. You become the orthodoxy. You develop the dogma and basically then you have to protect it, and that tends to be the rhythm of these things.
Despite the dangers that face the characters though, George Miller does believe there’s hope for Charlize Theron’s Furiosa to avoid the same fate as the villains that came before her:
I think she's too smart to fall into that trap. She's already seen it happen with the Immortan Joe. I believe he went through the same process. He was probably a heroic character in his own time.
It’s interesting to hear George Miller’s take on how the world Mad Max and Furiosa inhabit would fare after the Immortan Joe was defeated. Especially because Charlize Theron herself recently admitted she sees a lot of parallels between Mad Max: Fury Road and some of the unique challenges we’ve faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What do you think would happen to Max and Furiosa next? Would you want to see a continuation of their story? Let us know in the comments!