Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s Ending is a Raiders of the Lost Ark Reference

In “Raiders,” a weathered, beaten, and exhausted Indy and Marion manage to have a moment of respite while transporting the Ark on a tramp steamer, and a tired Jones tries to lie down in bed. As Marion attempts to help him, she only exacerbates his many injuries, and exasperatedly asks Indy where he’s not in pain. At first, Indy points to a few innocuous parts of his body, but as Marion kisses each place he points to, John Williams’ romantic theme for Marion swells, and the two share a loving embrace. Of course, this being the Indy and Marion relationship, the moment ends just as soon as it’d begun, with a now fully relaxed Indy drifting instantly off to sleep. Marion wryly observes, “We never seem to get a break, do we?”

That observation echoes all the way forward to the finale of “Dial of Destiny,” in which Marion finally returns to Jones’ dingy NYC apartment, encouraged by Jones’ goddaughter, Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Helena has recently seen Indiana reach emotional bottom: as part of their adventure in trying to keep the Dial of Archimedes out of the hands of the ex-Nazi Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), the pair inadvertently time-traveled to Syracuse circa 212 BC, and a wounded, lonely Indy insisted that Helena leave him there to die. Instead, Helena helped bring Indy back to where he belongs, seeking to demonstrate just how much — and who — he has left to live for.

Chief among the reasons is Marion, whose reunion with Jones is fraught with their rocky history, not to mention the trauma of recent events they’ve both suffered. Their way back to each other lies in acknowledging their pain just like Indy did all those years ago, only this time it’s Marion who literally points out where she hurts, and a contrite Indy who happily kisses her pain away.

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