Spoilers follow for the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Sean Gunn, who played Kraglin – Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) second-in-command – in the Guardians films (and who happens to be the brother of director James Gunn) sees the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in more than just a sad light. In fact, he feels the ending, while sad from the standpoint that Yondu died, provides an uplifting element as Yondu’s death helps bring the Guardians together as family and helps to highlight the importance of that theme.
Speaking to the actor at Portland Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Cinema Blend asked what he thought of Vol. 2‘s ending as opposed to the original film’s ending. Here’s what Gunn had to say:
Well, it’s interesting. I think that while it may have seemed melancholic, it’s certainly sad with how it ends from Yondu’s perspective, but I think that the principal arc of the movie as a whole is the idea that the Guardians are a family, and they’re a family that’s trying to lear how to stay together and to be a family. And from that perspective, it’s actually a very happy ending because they are all together at the end of the movie. Yes it’s Yondu’s death that brings them together, but they’re all there, and Rocket in particular has to learn that he’s not alone. I think that even though he finds the friends in the first movie, it’s pretty clear that Rocket still feels alone for most of the second movie, and that’s why end on his face, is that I think that he’s learned to be more of a family member to everyone. So from that point of view, I think there’s an uplifting element of it, even though it’s sad because of the death.
As sad as Yondu’s death may have been, the final shots of the team coming together to remember him as the Ravagers set off fireworks in his honor rang true of what Gunn said – there was indeed a sense of family in that moment.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD August 22, 2017.
Source: Cinema Blend