SPOILER WARNING: The following contains massive spoilers for the ending of Dune
. If you have not yet seen the film, read on at your own risk!
With Dune fans having immense confidence in the vision of writer/director Denis Villeneuve to create a proper big screen treatment of the beloved book, the new blockbuster has generated two big questions in the run up to its release. While it was announced that the film would only be adapting approximately half of author Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, it was left unclear A) if the movie was officially getting a sequel, and B) exactly what point in the book would be treated as a stopping point. Sadly, at the time of writing this article we still don’t have an answer to the former query, but the release of the feature has obviously answered the latter… and has our brains spinning about what’s potentially to come.
The loyalty to the source material demonstrated by Denis Villeneuve in the making of Dune gives those who have read the book pretty good insight into the direction things will go following the events at the end of the film (the same path as the novel) should a Dune: Chapter 2 get made. That being said, this feature has been built with the intent of coalescing the material we’ve seen and examining the journey of the characters thus far – in addition to teasing what’s ahead. To start, let’s reflect on where the movie chooses to hit pause on the story, a.k.a. the place where it splits Frank Herbert’s book.