Blade Runner 2049

Does new Blade Runner 2049 TV spot have a secret to tell?

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Mar 25, 2021, 4:00 PM EDT (Updated)

The more we see of director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the more alluring it gets – thanks in no small part to the chilling cinematography of master craftsman Roger Deakins. And this new TV spot certainly gives us a little more to see.

Granted, we still don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the particulars yet, which is likely a great thing for when we actually get to see the movie next month. But enquiring minds want to know all the details as soon as they can, so let’s do a little detective work and see what we can piece together, shall we?

Let’s start with the official synopsis, as the new footage may help to explain a few things (or not):

“Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.”

So we know K’s found a secret, and perhaps the ad’s opening lines are what that alludes to. K tells his apparent boss, Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright), that he’s “found him.” Which Joshi finds simply “not possible.”

Despite such incredible news, she gives K 48 hours to “erase everything.” If not, well, then K “bought a war.” That V/O comes over a familiar shot of blade-runner-on-the-run Deckard pointing a future gun at K’s beautiful mug. Could Deckard be the secret? Or does he just know the secret?

Either way, it’s alluded to later that he plays a very large part in Niander Wallace's (Jared Leto) replicant resurrection, or else I’m totally misreading his line “I have the lock … and he has the key ...,” which slowly fades down onto a scruffy-looking Deckard.

But there can be no mistaking legally blind Leto's orders to his replicant henchwoman: "Bring him to me." 

What could it all mean?! We shall see when this Blade Runner replicant is born into theaters Oct. 6.