- Aurelia and Severus dying hand-in-hand in the arena.
- The ending. Rather than try to outrun the ash cloud, Milo and Cassia instead spend their final moments locked in an embrace. They kiss, just as the ash cloud engulfs them. The movie ends with their magma-encased bodies, still locked in an eternal embrace.
- The trailer showed a lot of this, even going as far as to use "The Raven That Refused to Sing" as its trailer song.
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