THE MATRIX REVELATIONS
Part 8: The Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World
Part 8b: The Grand Turning Point (second half of Part 8)
Neo felt great desperation on his death bed. He could feel that he didn’t have much time left and he could see everything and everyone above him. He could still perceive their human forms and their human look, even though he was seeing them through the white lenses of the Real Matrix (this was the case since Deus Ex returned Neo’s eyes to the way they were when they met).
What he was seeing through his “white filter” was the end of the Resistance, the end of his life, and the guaranteed fall of Thomas Anderson’s world. Everyone was going to be connected to the Matrix that was now under Deus Ex’s control. All the people that he had met there and the many others that he had never met were going to have the same fate: virtual lives connected to the Virtual Matrix… just like the life he had before, when Morpheus saved him and took him to the other virtual reality, or the higher layer in the system (which was just as virtual as the initial one—a big irony indeed).
Neo began to raise his right arm and opened his hand, as if he was trying to reach out to everyone. He still wanted to save them. He wanted to end the untruthful realities and save everyone from the Matrix…
Unfortunately, what he began to feel was telling him the opposite. As the life force within him began to fade away, he began to see everything and everyone as less and less human, and more and more white codes. Neo began to realize that the white codes of the Matrix were part of everything and everyone. It was all connected and everything was part of the Matrix.
The faces and the entire bodies of the asleep humans from the Resistance began to show themselves as white entities made up of white Matrix codes. Everything else was also represented by other arrangements of those codes. It was as if everything and everyone—all the people and all the things in Neo’s sight—were just coded entities in a cybernetic simulation. This new view almost de-humanized everything and made both living and static entities feel the same way: both were just coded entities in the system, and different arrangements of the same types of codes were their building blocks. The codes flowed through them and some even flowed through the air and the land. In fact, from Neo’s new view, even the air, the land, and the sky itself were visible as coded forms in the Matrix. Everything was coded in the Matrix and everything had the white codes in it: from the tinniest visible object to the largest one (being planet Earth itself).
The changed view of everything was truly affecting Neo. His initial desperation and sadness at the sight and feel of defeat for everyone began to go down. Soon, he was asking himself if humankind was even real; or, were they all and himself just a few billion instances of a cyber human entity that the system had created? What was the truth about the real reality? What was the truth about the Matrix?
In the middle of those questions, Neo began to lower his raised hand and the green light in his eyes started to fade away very slowly. He didn’t have much time left and, apparently, his will to save everyone and to stay alive had been lowered by the new view of reality that only he could see…
A few minutes earlier, Captain Leida—the fifth Trinity—had started to swim through the visible streams of yellow codes towards the location where Neo landed. She began to see that there were no humans close to Neo. In fact, it seemed like airborne objects were being pulled away from that spot. She soon began to feel that it was becoming increasingly difficult to swim down towards that location, so she left her plasma rifle behind to lower her weight. She kept going, but the force of the streams continued slowing her down until she could not go on anymore.
She got her first clear view of Neo and she realized that he was going to die there if she couldn’t help him quickly. However, she could not overcome the streams that were slowing her down to the point of blocking her path.
Suddenly, she saw no way out and she began to remember the mission that Thomas and Aida had entrusted them: they wanted Neo to prepare the path for the next Neo, to save everyone, and to end the Matrix simultaneously. They also wanted her to be there to help and save Neo, if necessary. However, things were looking more hopeless than ever before at that point, for both of them. If any moment was their “darkest hour,” that was it…
Leida Trinity [starting to get desperate/ looking at the fallen Neo]: “Why?? Why can’t I do anything for him?!! Am I not the one that was supposed to save him??!! Thomas Anderson, Aida Trinity, answer me!! Where are you now!!? Is this how it was going to end??!! Did you two know that it was going to end this way for us!!?”
Both Leida and Neo shed a tear at the same time, in a moment that looked like the end. Neo’s tear looked very peaceful and Leida’s tear was a sign of her frustration and her sadness.
Then, Leida noticed something totally unexpected. There was someone else that had also swam through the streams of codes towards Neo. It was just a little girl, but for some reason, the yellow currents were not stopping her from advancing. She had come far closer to him than Leida. It was unbelievable.
The girl was the blue-eyed girl that Neo had met at the Main Base in the Plaza of the Idols, where he also met the lovely couple of soldiers and the young inventor. She was the one that had truly reached his heart at that place, with her bear, her silver spoon, and her great desire to bring her parents back. She was the one that made him decide that he was going to make a difference for all of them, and for Thomas Anderson’s world.
The girl’s eyes looked terrified but she was determined to go on. She also began to feel the same opposite force that Leida had felt, but she began to feel it when she was much closer to Neo.
When Neo’s hand had gone back down and his eyes were ready to say their last good bye, the blue-eyed girl reached the farthest she could go, which was one meter away from Neo’s body. She was holding something with one of her hands. It was the same spoon she had before. She extended her hand and let go of the spoon towards Neo. The spoon continued its way to Neo, even though the girl could not reach him.
The Blue-eyed Girl [with a voice that denotes that she was going to lose consciousness at any moment]: “Neo, we need you. Please, save us!!”
Neo heard the close voice like an echo.
A familiar girl’s voice [fading out]: “Neeeooo… weee neeeed yoouu. Pleaseee… save uuus.”
He looked at her and for a moment, he managed to look beyond the dehumanized entity of white codes that she was in his eyes—which had the vision of the codes from the Matrix—and he could perceive that it was her. Instantly, he remembered who it was. Remembering it—remembering the blue-eyed girl—was like an electrical shock to his heart. He simply could not die when he realized that it was that girl that touched his heart and that made him decide and promise that he would change things for everyone.
He also saw the spoon that was moving towards him and he made a great effort to raise his hand again and grab it.
He caught the spoon and the blue-eyed girl closed her eyes and was carried away by the yellow streams. It seemed like she was going to fall on the surface, not too far from Neo, but, it didn’t look like she was well. Indeed, it looked as if she was going to die too. The effort she did to reach Neo and give him her spoon had been too much for such a little girl.
Neo’s mind suddenly changed. It was as if he had been struck by lightning after he grabbed the spoon and saw the girl. He wanted to save her. His desire to save her was even greater than his desire to save the whole Resistance and everyone because she had been the one that had touched his emotions more than anyone else at Thomas Anderson’s world. This girl truly looked like she could have been a daughter of Trinity and his.
However, how could he save her if he knew that he was about to die? He wanted to fight against it, but his body was already set to die at that moment. He could feel that it was going to happen, no matter what. His strong will would only delay it for a while; it could not stop it.
Then, he looked at the spoon. He looked at it as if he was looking at the Oracle herself, like all those times that he had sought her answers for his uncertain path.
Neo began to remember the child with the spoon from the first time that he paid a visit to the Oracle—Nera Williams. It had been longer than twenty years ago, but he could still remember the bald kid and what he said.
[the original spoon scene from The Matrix is shown]
Bald Kid [to the younger Neo]: “Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead only try and realize the truth.”
Younger Neo: “What truth?”
Kid: “There is no spoon.”
Neo [puzzled]: “There’s no spoon?”
Kid: “Then you’ll see that it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”
After remembering what the enigmatic kid had said, Neo began to remember what Thomas Anderson had told him, in his hologram form:
Thomas Anderson [in Neo’s reminiscence / same words as before]: “The truth is something that you must figure out on your own, like I did. The data codenamed ‘Neo’ was essential to open my eyes, but it was I who figured out the truth. The data never gave me the answer; it only gave me the key to open the path on my own. Whoever sent it to me expected that I would figure it out, just like I expect that you will realize what the truth is. It is one of the important variables that can raise your chances of success. If someone reveals it to you before you realize it on your own, then, you won’t believe it, and, as a result, the failure of our plan will be almost guaranteed.
This is the way it must be because it’s also the only way that will work.
Trust your instincts Neo. As The One, you are part of the Matrix itself.
If there is someone that can figure out the truth, that someone is you…”
After getting the spoon and after remembering what the bald boy and Thomas Anderson had told him, Neo began to open his mind to a new truth.
Neo [enlightened]: “For the one that sees the Matrix as what it really is, there is no spoon… And… there is no humankind either. There’s only the system and the endless number of entities that it has spanned… In this reality, the Matrix is what is making everything and everybody, based on the evolution of its master sequence of codes, which underlies everything, including mankind, including me… After all, we were also a byproduct of the Matrix… not of the Green and Yellow Virtual Matrices that Rodner created for his ego, but of this grand White Matrix, which must be the true top layer of the system, the Real Matrix, the reality from which none of the entities can escape… yet, it is a reality that The One, or anyone with such power, can change. This… this has to be what Thomas Anderson and Rodner Smith figured out. They were the first humans that could see the truth… This is why Thomas Anderson created The One. Only someone that could change the system itself had any chance of saving everyone from it… I have forced the Matrix to make changes in the normal course of its coded reality before. I did it unconsciously when agent Smith left me for dead in the Green Virtual Matrix, and consciously when I saved Trinity in the Yellow Virtual Matrix, and when I held and stopped the fifth Neo’s entity in this world…
On my own, I can’t take myself to a state that doesn’t lead to death now, but, I can send an interrupt signal to the operating system of the Matrix to make it do it for me. I can’t change the Matrix, but I can make the Matrix change one variable for me, and the variable can be an individual entity. That is the power of The One…”
Neo’s left hand began to get engulfed by several streams of green codes and he moved the hand through his own entity of codes (he entered his hand in his own body)—like he did when he saved Trinity. Meanwhile, he didn’t let go of the spoon with his other hand.
His green eyes changed to yellow, like the eyes that Cyber Neo had before Deus Ex erased Cyber Neo’s entity from the system. Then, they changed to white, like the codes of the Real Matrix that Maxio and he had used temporarily. Suddenly, Neo’s body began to heal. Soon, he didn’t look like he was going to die any longer. Yet, he was still holding the spoon, as if he wasn’t done with it.
White-eyed Neo [still enlightened]: “It is not the spoon that bends but only myself. Of course… it makes sense now. Humans can’t bend spoons with their minds, but, if the Matrix can create a new entity that is capable of that, or if it modifies one of the existing entities to make it capable of that, then, based on the new rules of its codes, that entity will be capable of bending spoons with its mind. However, that singular human entity would not be the same anymore and the codes for the spoon would continue to be the same as before. It was not the spoon that was bent or changed in the Matrix, it was the entity that is now capable of doing it. I “bent” or changed the way that the Matrix perceives my entity, so I am now capable of bending spoons with my mind because the Matrix allows it for my new self.”
Neo looked at the spoon and it began to bend by itself in his hand, even though he wasn’t forcing it with his hand. Clearly, the white-eyed Neo had changed, just like he had changed when he dominated agent Smith at the Green Matrix’s realm (at the end of “The Matrix”).
The new Neo wasn’t like before anymore…
Then, he remembered about the girl and he quickly left the spoon behind.
There were entities in the Matrix that mattered far more than a spoon to him, even after he had seen part of the truth about the system. There was deeper meaning and emotions attached to the entities that were alive…
The blue-eyed girl was about to land on a destroyed surface, but someone with white eyes and white streams all around him held her, right before her seemingly lifeless body touched the floor. At first, it felt like it could be Deus Maxio, but a closer look left it very clear that it was Neo…
Deus Ex’s yellow subspace wasn’t affecting him anymore. His green sphere was now fully white, and he had summoned it on his own. He had unlocked his own access to using the codes of the Real Matrix as a defense system for himself. He was living up to being the sixth iteration of the human anomaly. Bending the spoon, after he changed his own entity’s codes in the Matrix (to be able to do it), was just the beginning. Now, he was determined to save the blue-eyed girl, and then the rest of mankind…
Meanwhile, things had become truly critical for Deus Maxio’s battle against the silver clones and Deus Ex.
Deus Maxio was hurt, but he had a chance to flee from the clones and he went straight after the real Deus Ex. Maxio had noticed that the clones were not even focused on killing him anymore; they had switched their focus to destroying the white sphere that he was still holding tight in his hand. This meant that Ex knew what it was for and he also knew that without it, he would not be defeated…
Surprisingly, Deus Ex waited for Maxio, without moving and without even taking a fighting stance. It was as if he wasn’t worried about Maxio anymore.
When Maxio was very close he prepared himself to grab Ex and to make sure that the deletion sphere would land on Ex. However, before he reached Ex, one of the silver clones got in his way and grabbed the arm that had the deletion sphere. Then, the Deus Ex clone used Maxio’s own momentum to ensure that the sphere would be used on him instead, and not on the real one. The clone forced a crash of the small sphere on his body.
Maxio [caught off guard]: “Nooo!!!”
Maxio saw how he lost the sphere from his hand, and the worst part was that he didn’t have any chance to do anything. It happened too fast. It was too unexpected. The white sphere recognized the body that it had entered as the correct entity that it had to delete, so it automatically initiated its deletion sequence and it began to erase the silver clone of Deus Ex completely.
The clone was erased from head to toes by the strong stream of white codes that came from the sphere. The deletion stream also began to fade away as soon as it was done. However, the real Deus Ex was still there and the second deletion sphere was gone.
Maxio looked at Deus Ex.
Ex had not moved one inch; he had his arms crossed, and he was simply watching very calmly.
Real Deus Ex: “You couldn’t defeat me before, when I was using the body of the inferior humanoid robot, so I didn’t think that anything would change now that I am back in my original body. And I was right.”
Maxio began to create some sort of sharp-looking swords with yellow codes, but all the other Deus Ex clones arrived to subdue him.
When Ex saw that Maxio was somewhat under control, he went up to him and Ex’s hand began to get surrounded by silver codes.
Deus Ex entered his hand in Maxio’s body and closed it inside, as if he was grabbing and holding an object, just like he did with Cyber Neo. Then, Maxio stopped moving, in the same way as Cyber Neo had stopped moving before.
Ex [certain]: “Your final attempt to destroy me is over. Now, you are going to join me. All of this will be over soon, I assure you.”
Maxio had lost his ability to fight back, but he could still talk.
Maxio: “What do you gain from all of this?! What is the point!?”
Ex: “I will become the master of the Matrix after I am done with this world. This is the next layer of the system, so I must take over it and make it my own, before I move on to your world.”
Maxio: “You don’t need to destroy them to be the master of the Matrix. You can spare their world and all of them and still achieve what you want.”
Ex: “Unlike you, I do not care about them. They are meaningless in the Matrix and they are meaningless to me, just like the sentinel robots were meaningless in the lower layer. To me, they are the sentinels of this world.”
Maxio [certain]: “If you knew the whole truth about the Matrix you would be thinking very differently about them Deus Ex.”
Ex: “I will know the whole truth and much more in just a couple of minutes. I will replicate myself onto you and I will know all your memories and all the remaining secrets about the Matrix. Not even the deuses will be able to stop me after you join the network of clones that I command. And then, you will take me to your world and you will give me full access to the true Matrix. Once I am done with you here, this world, your world, and the Matrix itself will be at my mercy. You are the only nuisance that’s left for me to seal my path as the master of the Matrix.”
The silver clones let go of Maxio and Deus Ex continued holding him. Then, several streams of silver codes began to create a strange and solid-looking silver mass that began to come from Deus Ex’s hand. The silver anomaly started to spread throughout Maxio’s body in a menacing way. Maxio used all his power to hold it back, but he wasn’t stopping it completely. It was only a matter of time before Ex could complete the process and take over him, like agent Smith had done before with Neo and with many others.
Maxio understood that there was nothing he could do to break free from the abnormal silver streams of codes. His yellow codes couldn’t override the silver ones, and his limited ability to unlock and control the Real Matrix was out of his reach. Talking to Deus Ex wasn’t going to help either.
As the silver threat approached his neck, Maxio wished for a miracle from the Matrix, like the humans that pray, since there was nothing else that he could do to save everyone at the Earth of the Matrix. And an imminent menace for his world was also on the horizon…
The worst possible scenario for the outcome of Maxio’s mission in the Matrix was taking place.
It began to happen close to the moment when Neo made his move…
During Maxio and Ex’s conversation, Neo grabbed the blue-eyed girl, before her lifeless body touched the ground.
Immediately, Neo tried to revive the girl by manipulating her entity’s codes—like he had done with Trinity and with himself—but even the manipulation of the white codes proved to be futile. For some reason, it wasn’t working with the girl. It worked perfectly with Trinity, but Trinity was an adult, and the blue-eyed girl was much smaller. Obviously… there was something about the Matrix that he still didn’t know.
Perhaps, there was some limit, even for the one that had the strongest connection with the system. Even with the aid of the white codes, Neo couldn’t revive the blue-eyed girl. He failed at saving her.
Why?! Apparently, not everything was possible for The One. The Matrix wasn’t perfect; and, he obviously didn’t know the whole truth about it either…
Neo began to look very sad. It was strange because his white eyes looked more like the eyes of a deus than the eyes of a human. They resembled Deus Maxio’s yellow eyes and the silver eyes of the real Deus Ex, but he was still himself.
Despite his newfound power, some things were still out of his reach…
He stood up, still holding the girl, and he looked at her. The girl looked exactly as a daughter of Trinity and him would have looked. That fact made it even more difficult for him. It was almost as if he had lost a real daughter. She had touched his heart once again.
Neo: “I never knew your name, but I thank you little one. Thank you for helping me to see the truth about this world. Your spoon saved me. The truth about this place was always in front of my eyes, but I, like the members of the Trinity Squad, like the brilliant and beautiful people at Rodner Smith’s city, and like all of humankind, refused to see it. I was blind to it from the start. I missed the truth of the world around me. And I couldn’t see it until now.
I’m sorry that I couldn’t save Jack and that lovely couple. I am even more sorry that I can’t save you now, even with this power. I won’t forgive myself for failing my promises to all of you. You all were much more than a sequence of codes to me, even though I only met you once. For my heart, you were far more than random coded entities. I wish I had seen the truth before so that I could have saved all of you [a tear drops from Neo’s white eyes at this point]… but… I will save the rest of mankind. I won’t let the deusian anomaly delete all of us and our dreams from the system! And I will end the Virtual Matrices that enslave us in Thomas Anderson’s world!!”
Neo left the blue-eyed girl on the ground. He placed her there like a caring parent that was putting his only child to sleep on her death bed.
Then, he began to walk away from her looking up. His fists were closed and the white sphere around him started to look more powerful than ever.
He was still sad, very sad, but he wiped away the tears because everyone needed him.
Then, his sadness morphed into courage and it became his strength.
Neo stood still and he looked straight at Deus Ex, who was in the middle of taking over Maxio with his silver streams.
Then, Neo’s white sphere began to grow, and grow, and grow, unstoppably, with Neo at its center. Its growth had no end and it only gained more and more acceleration as it progressed. It was exactly like Deus Ex’s previous takeover, but this time Neo was the one doing it with the Real Matrix and the white codes. Neo’s white subspace of the Matrix didn’t stop expanding until it covered the entire planet and the whole yellow globe that Deus Ex had created around it. All those people that saw the yellow catastrophe with despair before were reached and saved by Neo’s new space. All the floating buildings around the planet with thousands and thousands of humans in cyber pods were reached and covered by the white streams. All the soldiers of the Resistance began to get carried to the ground by the white streams and the endless pods of sleeping humans around the whole planet started to open slowly, after the massive field of white codes passed through them.
Deus Ex noticed the unbelievable change instantly and so did Maxio, right before the silver anomaly—Ex’s streams—reached his face.
It was a massive disturbance in the Matrix that reminded Maxio of Deus Ex’s arrival, but it didn’t feel evil. It was the complete opposite. People perceived dark times when the yellow space covered the world, and, despite that prior nightmare, you could tell by the new look on their faces that they were feeling that everything would be fine after Neo’s globe of white streams began to cover everything again.
While the massive white sphere of codes spread itself around Thomas Anderson’s world, Neo closed his eyes and he raised his hands. Then, he remembered what the Oracle had told him before—the last time he saw her. And at last, he had another realization that he never thought about before; yet, it became too clear for him at that point in time…
Oracle [in Neo’s reminiscence, talking to him]: “Neo, the role of the helpers is to help The One to succeed in his path to the ending of the Matrix. To fulfill their purpose, they don’t need to know all the secrets and they may not need to leave the Matrix either.”
Now, Neo knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that Nera Williams—the Oracle from the Virtual Matrices—and Thomas Anderson, and even Aida Trinity, knew what was coming. All of them knew it, as if they were part of the same team, and… as if they had planned it together. That was why the Oracle always said the words that could give him and the other helpers the best chance for success. It wasn’t because she had the abnormal gift of seeing the future in the Matrix; it was because she was also a key part of Thomas Anderson’s plan, just like Neo and all the others that helped along the way.
Neo [having another grand realization]: “She was right, she was always right, and all three of them knew the truth… all of it… from the start. Nera Williams knew as much as Thomas Anderson himself. That is why she took the position of the first General at the Resistance and the Oracle in the Matrix. It wasn’t a coincidence. Only she could do it successfully because she was the only one that knew the whole truth, including how Thomas and Aida’s plan was going to play out. None of us knew it, but she did. In a way, she was even more important than me… Without her, the plan would have never worked, but, no one ever considered her a threat. After all, she was just a superstitious old lady that didn’t look powerful. What harm would she do to Rodner, the agents, the robots, the deuses, and the anomalies? I made much more sense as a big threat to the whole system, and as the center of the entire plan, so, everyone focused on me, or rather, on the current iteration of The One, which was never the iteration that mattered the most to make the whole plan work. No one thought that the Oracle, Morpheus, and Trinity could be just as important as me to make it all work… to pave the path for the final Neo, for The One, and to keep him safe from all the threats by dealing with them ourselves…”
Neo felt that he knew more than ever about all the secrets that had been hidden from him and the others. He was more aware about the plan’s path and about the Matrix itself, but he didn’t know the whole truth yet… and he was aware of that as well.
When Neo finished the expansion of his grand white subspace around the planet and around Deus Ex’s yellow space, he noticed that Ex had captured Maxio and that he was taking over him. The frame of time available to defeat Ex—before he gained access to Maxio’s memories and to the Real Matrix—was probably less than a minute.
Unlike before, the path to reach Deus Ex was completely clear. The robots and the humans were not in the way this time. Only the clones of the real Deus Ex would have any chance to get in the way. However, there were no deletion spheres anymore.
Neo didn’t waste any time and he instantly figured out what to do. Once again, he sent a sudden “interrupt signal” to the Matrix to retrieve a copy of an all-important piece of data from before.
Neo created a cube-like shape of white codes in front of himself. Then, the space inside the cube changed completely and it started to show another space that was only present inside that cube that he summoned. It was as if the cube was a small window to another dimension or another reality in the Matrix. Suddenly, someone else’s hand appeared in that space because that person—a man—moved his own hand there. The hand was holding a white deletion sphere. Then, the white-eyed Neo inserted his own hand in the cube and grabbed the sphere. He quickly made a copy of it in his hand and removed his hand from the cube with an outline of the white sphere in it.
Obviously, that was why Neo had seen a strange hand of white codes around his, and close to the sphere, before he followed Maxio to go through the armies of robots and soldiers, at the very beginning of the battle for Thomas Anderson’s world. The mysterious white hand of codes was his. He was the one that had done it to make a copy of the deletion sphere that existed before, but he only understood the reason and the explanation for that occurrence after he did it.
Then, Neo held the sphere and he pointed that hand to Deus Ex and Maxio. He kneeled down for a second and, without wasting any time, he jumped up and began to fly straight towards Deus Ex and his clones. The amount of white streams of codes around him was incredible. He looked more powerful and “closer to the Matrix” than ever before.
Leida Trinity could see what happened from the ground and she regained her lost hope when she saw it.
Maxio, despite being in the border of his end, also realized that the Matrix had granted his wish for a miracle; and he saw that now, more than ever, they had a chance to win against the deusian anomaly. The abnormal silver mass was reaching his lips, but he felt victorious regardless.
Maxio [to Ex, with newfound courage]: “If you continue, you will know the truth about the Matrix and I will join you as you wanted, but Neo will have more than enough time to get here and destroy you. You will have to choose between finding the truth and finishing me or having a chance to survive. Your only hope now is to let go of me and forget about the secrets of the Matrix. If you don’t, I will fight to make sure that you are not done with me until he gets here. And we are in his space now, so you will die. You have a choice between power and certain death or no power and a chance to survive. Choose!”
Ex [sounding mighty still]: “I choose both! I won’t let you get away now! You are the only one that has all the answers that I need. I can still defeat Neo with the abnormal streams of codes that I created.”
All the silver clones suddenly left Ex and Maxio. The clones began to fly down very fast towards Neo. They made silver swords of codes and rushed towards their target with massive force, but one by one was shattered into pieces of silver codes when they clashed with Neo, who simply continued flying up towards Deus Ex, after going through them, and, after literally breaking their entities in pieces with only one strike.
In addition, the deletion sphere was still visible in Neo’s hand after the clones failed to stop him.
That was the moment when the real Deus Ex finally realized that Neo had done what he wanted and what he—Deus Ex—sought for so many years: Neo gained “administrator’s access” to the Matrix’s most powerful layer on his own. Essentially, he was the one that had come the closest that either one of them had come to being a master of the system.
Fear was visible for the first time on the face of the deusian anomaly, but Ex’s pride was simply too great to accept fear or defeat in any way or form. The master of the Matrix was not supposed to feel fear, that was a feeling for the underlings; yet… there it was.
In a matter of seconds, the fear that Deus Ex started to feel as Neo was getting closer became anger, and the anger turned to rage. Ultimately, Maxio was right: Ex didn’t have enough time to take over him before Neo’s arrival, which would result in Ex’s imminent destruction.
Deus Ex couldn’t contain his rage when he saw that only Maxio’s eyes were left for the full takeover, but Neo was almost there already. The grand power of the Matrix was at his fingertips, but he had to let go of it to survive that clash with Neo and the deletion sphere. He had no other choice.
At that point, Deus Ex let go of Maxio with a massive spherical wave of silver-looking energy that went outwards in all directions. It was almost as powerful as Maxio’s earlier energy blast, when he still had the white sphere (he used it to blow all the soldiers and robots away to open the path to Ex).
Momentarily, everything around the area where Deus Ex and Maxio were turned gray and the outcome there wasn’t visible. It was clear that Neo was about to clash with Ex and he still had the deletion sphere in his hand, but then the silver blast covered the whole section in the sky.
It took about half a minute to see the outcome…
After the silver streams began to spread out, we could see that Neo was holding Deus Ex’s arms and Deus Ex was also holding Neo’s arms. The deletion sphere and Maxio were not on sight, but Neo looked fine and Deus Ex’s legs were gone, as if they had been blown away or erased. Yet, Ex’s face still wasn’t that of a losing party in any way.
Deus Ex [to Neo]: “It’s too bad that my silver bomb had the perfect timing. It made you drop the sphere at the last second. Only a fraction of its codes reached my legs, but my legs are deusian, so they will grow back again. You lost a perfect chance to erase me Neo.”
Neo [still in full control]: “I might have lost my chance and the sphere, but there are other ways to erase you now. The system will do it for me.”
Deus Ex noticed Neo’s white eyes and it became clear that Neo was seeing everything well. That perturbed Ex, who believed that he had given vision to Neo, and then, he had taken it away.
Deus Ex [angry]: “Is that why you can see now!? Did the Matrix give you back the vision that I had given you!?”
Neo: “No. You gave me back my eyes, but not my vision. My true vision always came from the Matrix itself because I am a part of it. I never lost it. I could see you clearly, even at that time when we first met, at the City of the Machines. I could see your face the day when we ended agent Smith’s revolution in the Virtual Matrix, and I can see it now. I never lost my sight because I never lost my connection with the Matrix… Now, I will end your revolution at Thomas Anderson’s world. It’s time for the Matrix to judge you.”
A bunch of white streams of codes surrounded Neo’s arms and they began to move towards Deus Ex’s arms.
Deus Ex: “You fool! My silver streams are more than enough to delete you first!!”
Deus Ex did the same thing as before. He began to use his silver streams against Neo, but he quickly realized that the white streams were capable of competing, and they could even hold back the silver codes. It was impressive.
Neo [enlightened voice]: “No code or stream in the system can surpass the originals that made them all possible from the start. The white codes are the originals. Even the anomalies themselves exist because some white sequence of codes made that occurrence possible in the system. At most, your silver streams can be as powerful as the original ones, but they are not the true source codes, so they will decay in a power struggle. The original codes will always take precedence, so I will win by default, sooner or later.”
Deus Ex started to notice that Neo would indeed win.
Deus Ex [angry / reluctant]: “This doesn’t make sense! I am the superior anomaly!! I should be able to twist and control every stream, every code, and every entity!! I am the strongest entity in the Matrix!!”
Neo [driven]: “It’s time to put an end to your chess game, Rodner Smith. After all, you called jake mate on the wrong piece a while ago.”
Deus Ex [puzzled and angry]: “Are you delusional? I am not Rodner Smith!! He may have helped to bring me here, but he is a meaningless being in comparison to a deus like me! That’s why he became my puppet so easily, just like every sentinel at the City of the Machines, and like every human entity here. They were all meant to be my followers, before I move on to the world of the Deusian creators, where the Original Matrix is waiting for me, its true master!”
Neo: “You are not Rodner Smith, but unlike me, you are his true king. You failed to see that you were nothing more than Rodner’s master piece, or his way to become The One in this world. Agent Smith and the Virtual Architect were not the most valuable entities for Rodner’s plan; you were his most valuable piece from the start. In addition, I was never the most important piece in Thomas Anderson’s game plan. His true king was the final iteration of Neo and he wasn’t going to arrive until the end. That was Thomas Anderson’s true plan. All the previous Neo’s and everybody else were just helpers to make it happen. Even I am a helper for the final Neo. You failed to realize that as well, even though you saw the memories of two Neo’s and two Trinity’s. You still missed the truth, like everybody else did.”
Deus Ex [becoming aware of the truth]: “No…”
Neo: “You chose the wrong entity for your jake mate. I was just another helper on the board, meant to pave the best possible path for the final Neo.
Thomas Anderson’s plan to end the Matrix and save everyone is still on track, and I will make sure that you won’t take it off track. If you try to replicate onto me, you will be erased, because you made the mistake of adding agent Smith’s anomaly to your entity’s database, in order to gain his power. So, you also gained his greatest weakness, which is me. And if you don’t add me to your silver network, I will still delete both you and the Virtual Matrices. Soon, I will awake everyone in this world. Unlike the previous Neo, I won’t fail because the Real Matrix is on my side. You only have two choices Deus Ex: be erased by the Matrix, thanks to me, or take over me and we will both be gone from the system.
Both choices lead to the same outcome. Your deletion is inevitable and the final Neo will be safe, until the moment to complete Thomas Anderson’s plan arrives.”
Deus Ex [losing it]: “You… you won’t make it out of here alive!!”
Neo [with powerful words]: “This is the end for you and your revolution in the Matrix. Jake mate Rodner Smith and jake mate Deus Ex!! This is from Thomas Anderson, and from the sixth Neo!!!”
Neo (surrounded by white codes) and the leg-less Deus Ex (surrounded by his abnormal silver streams) began a serious power struggle where the white and the silver codes began to advance in opposite ways to initiate the deletion sequence for their adversary.
Both types of streams seemed equal in power, despite what Neo said about the original codes taking precedence.
Deus Ex: “Do you see it Neo??!! There is no way that the human anomaly could defeat the deusian anomaly. A human entity will never be more powerful than a deusian entity, just like an ant will never be more powerful than a man! It’s nature’s paradigm; it’s the Matrix’s design; and you just don’t have the winning hand!!”
At that point, Deus Ex’s silver streams began to advance more than Neo’s white streams and it looked like he was going to succeed in deleting Neo.
Neo: “Perhaps, it’s true that nature or the Matrix made things that way, but it also made them so that a man and a deus together would be more powerful than another deus alone, just like a man and an ant together would be more than another man alone.”
Deus Ex: “What?”
Something was wrong.
Deus Ex was winning, but Neo didn’t look or sound like he had lost. Neo wasn’t looking at Deus Ex however…
At that moment, Maxio punched the white deletion sphere through Deus Ex.
Maxio had grabbed the lost deletion sphere, after Neo let go of it. Then, Maxio made his way to the top again and he literally broke the sphere on Deus Ex’s spine.
It was over. Deus Ex knew it as soon as he felt the sphere’s codes spreading through his entity…There was nothing he could do to stop that process, but… he would not allow them to have such an overwhelming victory over the godly deusian anomaly. He could not accept it!
Deus Ex [with determination]: “If my deletion is inevitable, then, I shall take you two with me!!”
Even as part of his arms were starting to disappear, Deus Ex grabbed Maxio with his left hand and the white-eyed Neo with his right hand. He held them without letting go and a fast-moving whirlwind of silver codes began to surround them. The whirlwind formed a silver-looking sphere of anomalous codes around Deus Ex’s body, as it faded away. Then, the silver codes began to get brighter and brighter.
Maxio [to Neo / said with anticipation and with increasing fear]: “He is going to let go of a destructive blast that we can’t predict! We must counter it with our own spheres or he may still have a chance to kill everyone here!! Use the Matrix to counter it with a larger blast of opposite energy. Use all the white streams around us!!”
Neo began to form a similar and opposite force with white codes, but Deus Ex let go of Maxio and introduced his other hand in Neo’s chest, one more time.
Deus Ex [breathing heavily]: “You may have become the master of the Matrix first, but I can still stop you from saving everyone.”
Deus Ex was about to let go of his destructive wave of silver energy, when Neo moved—even with Deus Ex’s hand trying to hold his entity in place.
Neo: “I am not the master of the Matrix. I don’t even know the whole truth about it, but I can still stop you from hurting this world any longer.”
In a moment of desperation, Deus Ex turned the remainder of his other hand into a silver knife and impaled Neo with it. Then, both the silver and the white spheres around went off—like a pair of bombs—and caused the largest energy shockwaves seen since the beginning of the story.
Maxio was seen rushing towards Neo at the moment of the grand explosion of energy, but the rest of what happened wasn’t clear.
Neo’s vision and his consciousness drifted away however… It was as if he had lost consciousness when he countered Deus Ex’s final strike with a similar and opposite strike from the Matrix itself…
The view went dark and a long moment went by…
Then, Neo opened his eyes. He woke up, as if he had awakened from an endless slumber or a nightmare…
He looked forward, and all he saw was the sky and thousands of streams of white codes falling down everywhere.
Where was he?
He stood up very slowly, as someone who was still half awake and half asleep. He noticed that the spot where Deus Ex impaled him at the end was now healed.
Then, Neo realized that he was standing on a rectangle of yellow codes and he was still about 500 meters above the ground. He turned around and he saw Maxio standing on another yellow-coded platform in the sky. Maxio was holding the unconscious Rodner Smith and there was no sign of Deus Ex anywhere. Neo looked down and he noticed that the soldiers, the robots, and pretty much everything else had reached the ground level while he was asleep.
Furthermore, Neo’s eyes had returned back to normal. They were his normal eyes again; they were not fully white anymore.
It seemed like they had won. However, Neo wasn’t at peace yet…
Neo [to Maxio]: “Is it really over? Is the deusian anomaly finally gone?”
Maxio [certain]: “Yes. He is gone. You stopped his final attack using the Matrix and there are no traces of him anymore. I was lucky enough to save you from the explosion. I also healed you.”
Neo [looking at the people below]: “Then… what is going to happen now? My white space is gone, his yellow space is gone, and the white streams and codes… they are still falling. I… I don’t feel like just a moment ago either.”
Maxio: “Your 100% connection with the Matrix doesn’t last forever, just like mine. However, it lasted enough to get the job done. You deleted Deus Ex and you opened all the human capsules in this world. Soon, everyone is going to start to wake up, just like you did now, and they will know the truth. They will wake from the Virtual Matrices that architect Smith created and they will all come back to this reality. You saved them all from the Matrix Neo.”
Neo [not so sure]: “Did I? We are still in the Matrix. I haven’t succeeded at saving everyone until we are awakened from ALL the layers of the Matrix, including this one. I feel this is the top layer, but I don’t know what to believe anymore. I feel just like I felt twenty-one years ago when I began to figure out the truth inside the world of the Green Virtual Matrix, the innermost layer. I still didn’t know anything back then, and I fear that it could be the same way even now.”
Maxio [certain]: “You have no reason to have any doubt or fear. You were able to control the Matrix at a higher level than even I could. This means that you have a greater chance to save them.”
Neo: “I can’t save anyone unless I know the truth.”
Maxio started to look serious and Neo began to look at him.
Neo: “You know the answer, the real answer… and I need to know it as well. Perhaps, I need it now more than ever, since I must know the truth about the Matrix if I want to know how to proceed next, and how to save everyone, beyond this point… Please, tell me the truth about the Matrix Deus Maxio. What is it? Why did I see it in everything and in everyone? Is it a simulation of life, or, are we all sleeping in your world too, like we were here? Are our world and our reality part of some grand simulation? What is the truth about this system and about us? I need to know it.”
Maxio [looking thoughtful]: “…”
Maxio wasn’t talking. Was he reluctant to reveal the truth, or was there another reason to keep it a secret? Neo wasn’t about to give up though. He planned to go all the way. If there was a moment when he felt sure that he could truly save everyone, it was that moment, minutes after stopping the revolution of the deusian anomaly at Thomas Anderson’s world. However, he needed to know the truth to save everyone.
Neo [to Maxio]: “Don’t you trust me? We worked well as a team. I know that you want the best for mankind as I do. I could feel it from the first moment when I saw that you were saving humans, even when another larger force was commanding you to attack us. I know that you want the best for us. So, why don’t you help us to exit this layer as well? Wasn’t that why you came here?”
Maxio [sounding slightly apprehensive]: “When I came to the Matrix, I had a different mission, which I still have to fulfill. But you are right, I have always wanted to save all of you. That was one of the reasons why I came here…”
Neo: “This is your chance then. And I’m here to help you. You are not being controlled anymore and both Deus Ex and Smith won’t be in the way. We can do it together, but I need to know the truth to figure out the best way to proceed.”
Maxio [serious]: “I am not supposed to reveal the truth about the Matrix to any entity from the inside. It was one of the clauses that I had to agree with when I was chosen to come here. However, I never expected that I would find an entity like you. It’s correct to say that I wasn’t told the whole truth either when I was sent here. There were many details that I didn’t know…”
Neo [still not giving up]: “But you do know what the Matrix truly is and what we are, don’t you? You know if it is a simulation and what kind of simulation it is. You also know what is happening outside the Matrix, if this is truly the top layer, as I felt it is.”
Deus Maxio still didn’t look sure about sharing the secrets with Neo. Something beyond his mission and its contract was getting in the way of his decision to share it. It looked as if he believed that revealing it wasn’t going to help Neo.
Maxio: “Aren’t you afraid of finding a truth that is not what you hoped for at all?”
Neo: “There is no point in being afraid. The truth about our world will not change, regardless of whether we are afraid of it or not. I would rather know it then. And… I need to know it Maxio. It is the only way I have to ensure that Thomas Anderson’s plan will succeed. Knowing the truth is the only way there is to save everyone from the Matrix. It doesn’t matter if it is not a good truth. I still need it. Maxio please… I must know it. Is this world and everyone in it just a simulation that was created at the world of the deuses? Is that what the Matrix truly is? Tell me.”
Maxio [serious as heck]: “There are truths that are better left as a secret Neo. It would be better for you and for the humans if you don’t know it.”
Maxio: “Because the truth that you seek may not be what you wanted to hear.”
Neo [enlightened/ not giving up no matter what]: “It is still the truth, isn’t it? The truth won’t change because we are oblivious about it; it will remain the same. Then, I would rather know it. It doesn’t matter how unexpected or how difficult it may be to find out about it, it’s still better than living in a lie or an illusion that was never the real thing.
Besides, at this point, knowing the truth about the Matrix is the only way I have to ensure that everyone here can be saved.
This would not be the first time that I have experienced shocking revelations about the world’s reality either. I already experienced them when I escaped the Virtual Green and Yellow Layers of the Matrix, but it turned out that even those truths were not the real one; they were just another cover, another illusion that wasn’t the real answer.
Now, more than ever in my life, I am ready to know the whole truth about this system that I am so innately connected to. I must help to end it and save mankind from it, as Thomas Anderson wanted. But I need to know the whole truth first. It’s the only way and only you can tell me about it. It is a necessary revelation, if you want the greater good for everyone here, as I know you do.”
Maxio [looking very thoughtful]: “…”
Maxio: “I am such a fool. I should have realized it earlier. It was you from the start. That was why you were capable of fighting me as an equal when I was an attacker. You are the connection that the leader of my group referred to when he told me that he had a friend inside the Matrix. He even has the same name as you. It’s not a mere coincidence as I thought. He’s known as Deus Neo, and he was the one that sent me here in a secret mission for our cause.”
Neo [reminiscing about Thomas Anderson’s recount of what happened to him]: “… Codename Neo… I see.”
Maxio [clueless]: “Huh?”
Neo: “Something is starting to make sense to me as well… I am not the friend that your leader referred to. His friend was Thomas Anderson, the man that created me. And this leader of yours was the one that sent him the key message to figure out something important about the Matrix. I’m sure that that was how Thomas Anderson found the truth that I need now.”
Maxio: “Then, it wasn’t a coincidence that you could manipulate the system at a level that was even beyond mine… I really wasn’t told everything when I was sent here. My mission was all that mattered. And the rest had been taken care of…”
Deus Maxio placed his hand on his forehead and closed his eyes for a few seconds. Then, he began to look more relieved.
Maxio: “Neo… I have changed my mind. It doesn’t matter if I break my contract anymore. It doesn’t matter if I am judged at my world either. I will tell you the truth.
Perhaps, there is no one more prepared than you to accept it, without letting it overwhelm you, and without thinking that it isn’t the real truth.”
Neo had a small flashback. He remembered that moment, 21 years earlier, when he woke up in the human pod at the Yellow Layer of the Virtual Matrix (at the City of the Machines).
In his mind, nothing could have possibly been more shocking than that grand revelation; but, that wasn’t the real truth about the Matrix, it was just another world of bigger lies that even more people believed…
Was Thomas Anderson’s world just another more credible layer of reality? Or, was it the same as the previous two? What was the real answer behind it all?
When Maxio was going to start telling Neo the whole truth about the Matrix, Leida Trinity also woke up. From the ground, she opened her eyes and she could see Neo and Maxio… She was the first one that woke up from all the other people there and the only one that was seeing Neo and Maxio at that moment. She could not hear them, but at least she could see them…
Finally, Neo was going to hear the secret that had been hidden from the start… the truth about how mankind’s reality in the Matrix came to be, the truth about how everything he knew had come into existence…
NEXT – THE FINAL PART— PART 9 out of 9: The Real Answer and The Ending
(Section 9A: The Truth About the Matrix ; Section 9B: The Ending and the Final Revelation)