Blade Runner 2049: Is Deckard A Replicant?

In recent news, Sir Ridley Scott said in an interview with IGN that Denis Villeneuve, the director of the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, will absolutely demystify if Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard is a replicant or not.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

“Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were… I can’t remember if (screenwriter) Hampton (Fancher) agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, ‘Well, isn’t it corny?’ I said, ‘Listen, I’ll be the best fucking judge of that. I’m the director, okay?’ So, and that, you learn — you know, by then I’m 44, so I’m no fucking chicken. I’m a very experienced director from commercials and The Duellists and Alien. So, I’m able to, you know, answer that with confidence at the time, and say, ‘You know, back off, it’s what it’s gonna be.’ Harrison (Ford), he was never — I don’t remember, actually. I think Harrison was going, ‘Uh, I don’t know about that.’ I said, ‘But you have to be, because Gaff, who leaves a trail of origami everywhere, will leave you a little piece of origami at the end of the movie to say, ‘I’ve been here, I left her alive, and I can’t resist letting you know what’s in your most private thoughts when you get drunk is a fucking unicorn!’ ‘ Right? So, I love Beavis and Butthead, so what should follow that is ‘Duh.’ So now it will be revealed (in the sequel), one way or the other.”

Denis Villeneuve has previously said that Blade Runner 2049 would not answer if Rick Deckard is a replicant or not, but based on the language above, Scott is saying otherwise. In my opinion, Villeneuve wasn’t lying, because it was already answered in Blade Runner, if anything the sequel will just reaffirm what is already known from Scott’s original. Let’s recap: Gaff (Edward James Olmos) makes those little origami animals. Deckard has a dream of a unicorn, and in the final scene Deckard finds an origami unicorn left behind by Gaff – this implies Deckard is a replicant and his memories and dreams are implanted, just like Rachael’s.

Could I be wrong? Let us know what you think in the comments. Either way, I am very excited for Blade Runner 2049.  

BLADE RUNNER 2049 hits Australian cinemas on October 5th, 2017.