PLEASE NOTE, THIS POST AND SUBSEQUENT CHAT WILL DISCUSS INTRICATE DETAILS OF BIOSHOCK INFINITE AND ITS ENDING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
I finished Bioshock Infinite last night, so I’m writing this prior to starting my review. I’m glad I am though, because last night’s sleep has given me time to mull over the ending that I witnessed. Infinite‘s story revolves around the multiverse theory; that is, there are an infinite number of timelines with an infinite number of possibilities. On this timeline, I am Josh ‘Sm1tty Sm1t’ Smith, government employee, games media, father, husband, etc. On another timeline, I’m Batman. On another, I’m a deranged serial killer. Going from timeline to timeline will present changes in just a fraction of a degree — until you get far enough away from your own timeline that you see major differences. That’s the theory anyway.
The ending to Infinite shows that Booker Dewitt, the character you’re playing as, discovers that he handed over his daughter to help wipe away his gambling debt. That daughter ends up being Elizabeth, the very woman you’re trying to save throughout the entire story. To compound that mind-blowing realization, you also discover that you are also Comstock, the game’s antagonist. What happened was that in Booker Dewitt’s timeline, he refused baptism after the Battle of Wounded Knee — which forced himself to deal with his sins. In another timeline, Booker accepts baptism, is washed clean, and takes on a new name to go with his new life: Comstock.
It’s all very thought provoking and is a twist that we’ve perhaps never seen in gaming to this point. There is a hole though, one that’s been nagging at me. If Dewitt had a daughter capable of the power that Elizabeth has, then handed him over to Comstock, essentially what he’s done is handed his daughter over to himself, only from another timeline. The question then is, how did Comstock get to Dewitt’s timeline?!
Because Comstock was baptized, he never dealt with his sins, therefore was never married and never had a daughter to hand over. One might argue that the brother/sister duo that hauntingly plagues the game created a machine to open a tear in order to get Dewitt to hand over his daughter. So the question then is: How does anybody know of Elizabeth’s power? Comstock’s wife never had a baby — she was sterile by all accounts.
Ultimately there is a question to be asked: How did Comstock know of Elizabeth’s power and how did he even obtain the technology to open a tear between timelines without having a daughter of his own?