"If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth."The wolves? They're not just predators looking for prey, they're angels come to take them away from their suffering. Problem is, eveyone is still in denial/unaware of their deaths, thus the angels were perceived as something dangerous in the particular area, like say a wolf. While the other characters fared better, Ottoway survived the longest because he was still holding on to grief because of his wife's death. Only by confronting the Alpha Wolf in the final scene does he finally let go and transcend death. Yes, this WMG was conceived with Jacob's Ladder in mind.
Ottway was dead the entire time.He was sent back in order to do a job like try to save those people or he is just stuck here. How would he really know what dying feels like? "First it gets warm the it just slides over you like a blanket." Because he's done it before. He was attacked by that wolf in the beginning of the movie, he got bit in the leg and the chest i think. Yet he show no ill effects or even limping. There was also that thing where he went flying out of a damn airplane and landed 50 yards away from the rest of the crash. He survived all this because he can't be killed. note Maybe it wasn't even his wife that died but him, that scene where she says "Don't be afraid." He was about to die.
Ottway not only survived.He inadvertently became the alpha male. Simple logic, kill the alpha male, and you are leader of the pack. Not actually possible or even a thing according to wolf biology and social hierarchy. There are no 'alpha' wolves-the leaders of the pack are the parents of the rest of the pack. Killing one of the parents will cause the pack to fracture while it waits for an unrelated adult of the same gender as the dead individual to move in, but there are no 'alpha' fights. The movie got the social structure of wolves WAAAY wrong.
Ottway survived and became Henri Ducard / Ra's al Ghul from Batman Begins.Known facts about Ducard and Ottway:
- Their wives are dead
- They are skilled, tenacious warriors
- They have nihilistic streaks
- They look exactly like Liam Neeson