Ed, let’s carry over the conversation about the ending to the Plot post, number 2 in the series. The ending has been much critiqued for the very reason you intimate. It is a case whereby McDonagh absolutely made a choice. It’s not dependent on any of the characters, rather it’s him saying, “Nope, I’m not going with an —[ I imagine he would say ‘easy’] — ending. I’m going for something darker and more in keeping with the surprising twists and turns leading up to the ending.”
I’ll post something about that in the second installment of this series and let’s discuss, if you’re up for it.