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Cats, Change, and Commitment in Netflix’s ‘Hit Man’

A Still From Richard Linklater's Hit Man (Via IMDB)

The ending of Richard Linklater’s ‘Hit Man’ leaves viewers with lingering questions, particularly concerning the fate of Gary’s two cats, Id and Ego. While the film provides closure on many narrative threads, the absence of closure regarding the feline companions sparks delightful speculation.

Gary’s initial affinity for cats reflects his initial introverted and cautious nature. As he undergoes transformation with the influence of his future wife, Madison, he embraces new aspects of himself, sacrificing his loner attitude for companionship and connection. The shift from felines to canines symbolizes this metamorphosis, suggesting a readiness to embrace change and prioritize human interaction.

The film avoids providing a definitive answer regarding the cats’ fate, leaving room for interpretation. Speculation runs wild, with possibilities ranging from natural causes to more dramatic scenarios involving sacrifice or abandonment. While the lack of resolution is frustrating, it encourages viewers to ponder the dynamics of personal growth and commitment within a relationship.

Richard Linklater in front of Hit Man Poster (Via IMDB)

The absence of the cats also resonates beyond the world of narrative closure. It reflects the underlying tension between personal transformation and the willingness of a partner to embrace that transformation. While Gary readily adjusts his personality to align with Madison’s preferences, she remains largely unchanged. This disparity hints at potential issues within the foundation of their relationship.

Ultimately, the mystery of the cats fuels discussions about relationship dynamics, personal growth, and the complexities of love and companionship. It poses a mirror to the difficulties couples may face when adapting to change and emphasizes the importance of mutual growth and compromise within a partnership.

Koushik Ghorai
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Koushik is a cinephile residing in Delhi, India. He specializes in dissecting classic films and contemporary cinema trends. Contact him at [email protected].

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