Inception Ending Revealed by Sir Michael Caine

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As if you didn't know what the spinning top ending really meant! Still, if there's a glimmer of doubt in your mind, check out what Sir Michael Caine says about it here. Requisite WARNING: SPOILERS alert is flashing red now.


Ok, so if you hark back to the ending, you'll remember Cobb was reunited with his children and father (Caine) in a sob-alicious final scene. As his usual style dictates, he spins the silver top to double-check he's back in reality, but doesn't care enough to watch whether it ever stops spinning (thus, representing he's in real life).

Caine let slip with the spoiler-goods when he appeared on BBC Radio to promote his autobiography. This is what he had to say about director Christopher Nolan's ending:

"[The spinning top] drops at the end, that's when I come back on. If I'm there it's real, because I'm never in the dream. I'm the guy who invented the dream."

There you have it, final confirmation the ending was exactly what you suspected. I still maintain my stance that Nolan should've done a Ridley Scott and filmed several different endings to puzzle us with—or that Caine's character should've placed his hand on the spinning top, breaking the motion himself and denying us the chance to see it wobbling slightly. Also, he should've kept his piehole trap-door shut too. [BBC via ScreenRant]



Regardless of what Michael Caine says, there is no correct answer, since the answer was never made clear in the movie, and the movie is the only place where that world actually "exists" (and so only the movie itself could define whether the ending was a dream or reality).

So, as @BritishAcademic says below, it is whichever the viewer chooses it to be.

It's like asking whether or not Dumbledore was gay. Rowling might say he was gay, but since his sexuality was never broached in the books, and the reality of that world only exists in the books, he sexuality is unspecified (or, more to the point, it can be whatever the reader wants it to be). If Rowling chooses to write another book and in that book make it clear that Dumbledore was gay, then in the world of the books, he was gay.

And if Nolan chooses to make a sequel or a director's cut or whatever that makes it clear the ending of Inception was a dream or reality, only at that point does it actually become defined.

It's all quantum physics, you know.