YMMV / The Last Battle

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Everyone knows that this is the Narnia story where everyone except Susan dies and goes to heaven.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Susan is viewed in a more sympathetic light than the author intended, as many have interpreted her as being denied entry into Aslan's Country for not fitting into a strict idea of femininity. Even writers like J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Philip Pullman are fond of this interpretation, with Gaiman writing a rather brutal satire on the subject. Then again, the fact that even saintly Lucy isn't associating with Susan might not be a good sign either. And that is all that needs to be said, thank-you-very-much.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In The Horse and His Boy there were some Unfortunate Implications in the depiction of the Calormenes. This book shows more good Calormenes, and Emeth is pardoned by Aslan, who says that those who serve Tash for good are really serving him.
    • There was some Fridge Horror regarding Polly's fate after The Magician's Nephew - since she isn't mentioned in any of the other books. Here she's alive and well, called Aunt Polly by the Pevensies and involved in the plot.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: A fairly well-known one. Everyone died and went to Heaven, er, Narnia. But not Susan, because since she no longer believed in Narnia, she didn't join them on the journey where they all died. C.S. Lewis stated in a letter that she could get to Narnia "in her own time." Apparently this was actually a Sequel Hook.
  • Fan Fic Fuel: Susan's fate has kept writers intrigued, most notably Neil Gaiman who wrote The Problem of Susan.
  • Fanon:
    • As the English children refer to Polly Plummer as 'Aunt Polly', it's accepted among fans that Polly talked to the Pevensies about Narnia with Diggory frequently as the years went on.
    • Susan's adult self being flirtatious and Really Gets Around is a common fan image of her - though those stem more from criticisms that missed the point of her fate.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Aslan says that any Calormenes who served Tash in good faith were really serving him under a different name. For those who know that Allah is merely just the Arabic word for God, this is a nod to the fact that Muslims do not worship a different deity than Christians, though Islam notably does not worship the literal Devil.
    • The dwarfs who refuse to believe they're in Aslan's Country and see only the stable they were originally in are nods to the Platonic Cave, which is lampshaded by the Professor.
  • Ho Yay: There are many yay-inducing moments between Tirian and Jewel the Unicorn, but this one takes the cake:
    "Kiss me, Jewel," he said. "For certainly this is our last night on earth. And if ever I offended against you in any matter great or small, forgive me now."
    "Dear King," said the Unicorn, "I could almost wish you had, so that I might forgive it. Farewell. We have known great joys together. If Aslan gave me my choice I would choose no other life than the life I have had and no other death than the one we go to."
  • Never Live It Down: The line about Susan being "more interested in lipstick, nylons and invitations" has been taken as a critique of female sexuality.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The descriptions of Tash. If you've heard Patrick Stewart's audiobook recording, the character voice Stewart uses for Tash's words gives the monster a whole new dimension of terrifying.
    • Special mention is the scene where Ginger the cat sees Tash - and runs out of the stable so terrified that his ability to speak is gone.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Early in the book, Tirian and Jewel are visited by a dryad who tries to warn them about the danger but dies in front of them as her tree is cut down. This image was going to be used in the Prince Caspian film but was deleted.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Susan gets denied entry into Aslan's Country just after losing her entire family in a train crash. Understandably she's viewed a little more sympathetically than Lewis intended - mostly because we never actually see what she's like.
  • The Woobie: Puzzle, who is Shift's pawn throughout the entire ordeal. He only dresses up as Aslan because the ape forces him to, and he's too simple-minded to protest. Luckily Aslan forgives him for it.


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