Mass Effect 3 Ending: Analyzing The Indoctrination Theory
Our Conclusion: It’s Possible, But Unlikely
The entire idea that the Mass Effect 3 ending could receive further elaboration through DLC hinges on the belief that BioWare isn’t done with it, and that means believing rumors that may have already been discredited. From what we’ve seen so far, there’s nothing at all definitive to assume that BioWare has more ending content up its sleeve. Buying the Indoctrination Theory greatly suggests that there’s more to the story, but the fact is, there’s simply no way to be sure at this point.
However, while not airtight, the Indoctrination Theory makes a great deal of sense with the caveat that more crap is incoming. It also puts a lot of faith in the game developers behind Mass Effect 3 for having come up with an incredible meta moment unrivaled in gaming up to this point — and given the high quality of the other 24 hours and 55 minutes that make up Mass Effect 3, that’s really not a hard leap of faith to make. In fact, we’ve always felt that the endings as they stand aren’t just bad, they’re anomalously bad: they don’t really make sense with objective reality as we know it, like they’re from some kind of Bizarro World where Casey Hudson is a robot and Mac Walters goes around stealing candy from children. We’ve seen Hudson, Walters and the rest of BioWare’s dedicated Mass Effect 3 team do really incredible work, and by contrast, the endings as they stand don’t meet that same level of quality.
Unless, that is, we’ve all been indoctrinated.
It would really be an incredibly brilliant way to close out the Mass Effect series, but it needs more story content coming down the pipe to work. But the theory is intriguing, and would certainly alleviate all the concerns fans have with the ending as it stands.