BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Ending Explained

27 March 2014
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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Ending Explained

Here’s the BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Ending explained. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 spoilers ahead! Only watch the video after you’ve completed the story DLC yourself. Let’s start an ending discussion about what you think the final ending reveals.

That said, CNN research from Activision & Raptr showed that on average a huge 90% of gamers do not finish their games and turn to the internet to see how it all ends.

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    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Ending Explained

    This video shows how the BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 ending connects the Columbia of BioShock Infinite to the Rapture of BioShock 1. Find out what happens as Elizabeth and Booker try to really save the missing girl Sally in Rapture.

    This video shows the full BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 ending when it’s played on any difficulty. In case you want to watch it again.

    Here’s what BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 designer Ken Levine has to say about the ending:

    “In Burial at Sea: Episode 2, we are delivering a story that involves nearly every major character from the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite. It is a story that will give gamers a new perspective on the BioShock universe and conclude the story of BioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea.

    I think the work the team did on this final chapter speaks for itself. We built something that is larger in scope and length, and at the same time put the player in Elizabeth’s shoes. This required overhauling the experience to make the player see the world and approach problems as Elizabeth would: leveraging stealth, mechanical insight, new weapons and tactics. The inclusion of a separate 1998 Mode demands the player complete the experience without any lethal action. BioShock fans are going to plotz.”

    PS: For reference, here are the BioShock Infinite Ending and the BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1 Ending.

    Important: If you’re going to talk about the game’s ending in the comments section, please put a big fat “SPOILER ALERT” warning text as the first two words before typing your comment. Since comments are highlighted site-wide, and obviously some of us haven’t finished the game and would like to be surprised. 🙂

    Credits: Piyrye & RabidRetrospectGames

    What did you think of the BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 ending?


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    • anon1

      this provides a lot of clarification cheers!

    • Pierce Nealy

      (One side note) Bioshock Infinite is a reference to the Cosmic God theory, Kaku is a renowned scientist who believes God is the ‘infinite music of the resonating strings of eleven dimensional hyperspace.’ The many worlds theory, made by Bryce DeWitt, however is what fuels this game.

      I think the game is implicating Booker as Comstock living in Rapture as a ghost. That ‘Booker’ consistently reminds Elizabeth that he is not Booker, she knows who he is, ‘Your father’s blood runs in your veins, doesn’t have to be on your hands.’ Things like that, it would even make more sense with the ending of Bioshock Infinite (based off of the electron double slit experiment, even down to what makes something a constant or variable that I think is grossly misunderstood, because before Elizabeth introduces you to the final door who has many girls but there is one who stands in the middle of them all. Millions of Comstock we need to stop this before it happens. that game is all about dying for sins and being a true Christian in the since that Christ would be a roll model. They don’t die so Columbia doesn’t exist, they die so that Columbia can be redeemed. So, that is two different people who share the same body amicably dying for the child and entire city they wronged, they are like the metaphorical electron in the double slit experiment, Elizabeth/Anna are the observer who determines where the electron will land instead of allowing it to collapse, onto many different realities the photosensitive screen, which is why he does a schroedinger cat allusion. Anna and Elizabeth have to chose to forgive them. I personally believe the episodes would make great prequels, you can twist it around

      The sodom below Booker comes from, could be Rapture

      Booker would have forgaven Comstock but Comstock still would have stolen Anna

      Elizabeth would be there the first time, watching her death through a tear creating omnipotence.

      The only way to make that reality happen is stealing one of the many Anna’s there are..

      Booker would then know that he will always die for what Comstock has done

    • Pierce Nealy

      The Booker who died as a martyr and the Elizabeth they had in that reality left voxophones explaining what happened to them.

    • Pierce Nealy

      I think quantum entanglement is like, what Einstein said, spooky and very hard to think about. The electron double slit experiment has to do with wave collapses and I think it makes sense to explain the ending of Infinite that I don’t think anyone gets. People see Christianity in this game as something that is just there for Comstock to abuse, like the Crusades did. No, it has a lot to do with who you are in the beginning of the game and who you die as at the end of the game. In short, the title Infinite is an allusion to the Cosmic God theory, or the eleven dimensional observer of the universe. Booker DeWitt is named after Bryce DeWitt, who thought up the many worlds philosophy I believe.

      They were not trying to stop every other possible Booker and Comstock they were trying to make them both good people before they made those wrong decisions. In fact, just like the electron in the double slit, Booker may potentially remain himself or become someone else, same goes for the girl who drowns him, she may either be a girl stolen from her father or a girl sold by her father, but by the action of observing them before they make the decision on who they want to be, Booker or Comstock? No, they both need redemption. Booker found redemption, Comstock found redemption both equally dying for the girl who is Elizabeth and Anna.

      That’s what I hate about Episode One, f*cking Baby Anna dies! Making Liz omnipotent because she witnesses her death through a tear or whatever so technically there are tons of other versions of her as a baby Anna but not as an Elizabeth that Booker could steal, he would have to become a Comstock and steal a baby from another version of himself and that would create this whole video game over, it would explain his debt to the Lutece twins and why they want her in her original reality, not f*cking Paris.

    • Easton Arquette


      It doesn’t matter if she has lost her omni-powers (I don’t know if that’s the right word). Memories are still memories. They existed, still exist, will continue to exist. According to the laws of universe, memories can be lost, revived and manufactured (in order to keep the mind stable).
      That Booker is a figment of Elizabeth’s own imagination, as her memories are all fragmented and needed a sort of imaginary body in order for her to make sense out of those fragments.

      And before she went to the Rapture Universe to rescue Sally, she had already seen what was behind the doors. While dying, she got the memories back in a way similar to how Comstock did in Episode 1.

      Remember how it happened? He was trying to pull Sally out of the vent, and the motion was similar to that of trying to pull baby Anna from the Booker timeline to his own. Any similar motions could revive lost memories.

      Now let’s get back to Episode 2. While Liz is dying, Atlas asks her “What does this f*ckin’ say?”
      The elements on the paper were simply used to code a normal phrase, “would you kindly”, which she had already seen behind the doors before losing all her memories. So while she was deciphering the coded message on the paper for Atlas, she remembered what she had seen behind the doors, including Jack saving the little sisters at the end. Similar motions revive memories as I just told you.

      I hope this clears away your doubts.

    • Easton Arquette

      1. Etching AD onto the hand is a constant for Booker in any Universe in which he is buried with guilt. I hope you’re aware of the theory, constants and variables. Booker etched the letters on his hand because he felt guilty for selling Anna to Comstock. However, Comstock etches those on his hand because he was buried with guilt for accidentally decapitating baby Anna.

      2. According to the Bioshock Multiverse theory, for every decision one makes, many different Worlds are created with different decisions made and different outcomes. When Booker was going to open the door to find Comstock as a baby and kill him, Elizabeth asked him “Is this really what you want?”
      Booker had to make a decision there. In the universe we played in, he chose to do it. However, since it was a decision, there were other worlds created. There was at least one world created in which he chose to spare Comstock, which is how Elizabeth and Comstock weren’t erased.

      3. The Lutece twins were killed in their main universe. But, killing them had made them free to travel to any world temporarily, multiply themselves, exist in visible or invisible forms etc. Similarly, Elizabeth defied the laws of the Bioshock Multiverse by existing in multiple worlds, thus freeing her of some particular laws of the Multiverse. When she died, she existed in some form or the other. Either that, or it was a different Elizabeth. As I told you about my theory in the answer for your previous question, at least one Booker chose to spare Comstock. Maybe that Booker and Elizabeth opened up a tear to Paris (highly possible), and at the beginning of Episode 2, we play as that Elizabeth. And, as said in Episode 2, she feels what every version of her feels. When the Elizabeth in Episode 1 died, she felt it, recollected the events that happened to her, and thought she was responsible for whatever fate Sally may have been. She felt guilty for using Sally as bait and not taking her out of the exhaust, which according to Liz, probably burned her alive.

    • Easton Arquette

      Yeah, there’s only 5 chapters in both of them if you use the DLC menu to ‘Load Chapter’ after finishing both the DLCs.
      While Bioshock Infinite has, maybe over 10 chapters.
      So yeah, you’re right. But then again, they are called ‘DLCs’ for a reason. 😛

    • Paul Liu

      I literally just created an account to say that these were my exact thoughts. It was painful to see Elizabeth die.

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