The rest of the episode is just a daydream: Walter is lost in an elaborate daydream where he neatly atones for all his wrongdoings, then exacts satisfying revenge on his Nazi wrongdoers with a robot-gun he builds from his own genius. It may seem like a bleak ending for a daydream, but it sure beats "I tried to hide in a car but it didn't work so I sat there for a while until the cops found me." If you've ever, even briefly, thought "they sure would be sorry if I died," you know what kind of fantasy Walter is indulging in here.
The Mad Max Films Are Post-Post-Apocalyptic Folklore
The timeline for the four Mad Max movies is confusing -- the director himself admitted "I can't even work out the chronology of the first, second, and third, let alone the fourth." The first Mad Max shows us a twenty-something Max in a not-totally-apocalyptic Australia, where there are still civilized towns with such frivolities as ice cream shops (the shops are overrun by biker gangs, so it's not exactly utopic, but it's a step up from 'hyper-violent wasteland'). By the time Fury Road rolls around, enough years have passed for civilization to not only collapse, but the old world to fade into legend -- yet 'Max' hasn't aged a day. Sadly for our reams and reams of fanfiction, Max probably isn't also a Highlander.
Although being 500 years old would really go a long way toward explaining Mel's bigoty stuff.
He's just a folk hero.
In The Road Warrior, the narrator is an old man, describing events he witnessed as a child. He could be playing it up for the grandkids, suffering from an exaggerated memory, or making it up entirely because the real wasteland is boring as shit. He even tells us that Max "lives only in my memories" -- the same thing Rose from Titanic said, so there is precedent for a crossover there, Hollywood.
Though we can't imagine Imperator Furiosa ever being asked to be drawn like a French girl.
The Mad Max movies are not an accurate history of this post-apocalyptic world, but the Hercules-style, continuity-be-damned adventures of a larger-than-life mythical figure. He's kind of like a post-apocalyptic Huck Finn, only with fewer racial epithets. Or maybe more, if you watch the uncut Mel Gibson version.
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