Either way... Stephen's a genius. I just have one really itchin' question. Was Stephen's death essentially suicide, an elaborate con from the beginning which ended in his life being taken, and giving Bloom exactly what Bloom wanted; freedom from living as a con man as well as a life with Penelope?
...or was Stephen's con about Bloom taking a bullet for Penelope intercepted by the Diamond Dog, coincidentally asking for a ransom of 1.75 million dollars, making Bloom think it's just another one of Stephen's cons, which Stephen realizes what Bloom finds him in the abandoned theatre, which Stephen then quickly comes up with the "Perfect Con", fighting through the pain because he realizes he has an opportunity to quickly con Bloom into giving Bloom everything he wanted?
Both seem to make sense. But it's kinda unclear.
The first option seems to illustrate why it was so necessary that DD was used in the initial con, because Stephen anticipated DD would try to perform his own little con within the con by getting revenge on Stephen and fulfilling his "One day Stephen will fall" prophecy. Killing him...
But death just seems a little unnecessary... Unless it was a suicide much like George Eastman's. George Eastman was the inventor of 35mm film and then killed himself, leaving the note "My work is done. Why wait?" (only Eastman also had a degenerative disorder and was 77 years old... stupid Stephen
)(bad reference. hm. seemed to apply at first, but would only really apply if Eastman invented film and then killed himself right after. not the case. so nevermind!
Regardless. Great movie. Thanks for your time and I hope this made sense. I kinda tend to ramble.