dear-resident-mmfr-expert: what kind of info do we have about the planning phase of the escape? i have a vague feeling it was done at the time it was /because/ angharad was pregnant? (i am planning a fan art)

I wish I knew more, but at the moment I only have what I’ve seen in the movie, and a few scans from the “Art of…” book and the tie-in prequel comics being put out by Vertigo. I agree, though, about Angharad’s pregnancy being the ticking clock that pushed them into action.

The first of the tie-in comics apparently gave back story for Immortan Joe and Nux. The second, Furiosa #1, which goes on sale next week, has a description that reads:

High in the Citadel there exists a bio-dome of clean air and pure water, protected from the toxicity and anarchy of the Wasteland. Here the warlord Immortan Joe keeps his most prized possessions – his wives – imprisoned for his pleasure and his insistence that they bear him healthy male heirs.

Then, amid this cruel depravity, an unlikely rescuer emerges…the Immortan’s most lethal warrior: the Imperator Furiosa.

So that sounds like a pretty cool thing to get hold of if you want to know more.

Other than that there’s just that one scene in the bio-dome early in the movie, and whatever one can infer from other scenes.

I do wonder about the fact that Joe suspects something is up with Angharad the instant he sees that Furiosa has left the road to Gas Town. He must have had some reason to be suspicious already. Something in Angharad’s recent manner? Is there something that links Furiosa with the wives in Joe’s mind? Have they recently been in contact with each other?

Then there are the words painted in the bio-dome:




Those sound like a continuation of an argument that has already been taking place between Joe and Angharad.

And then there’s the dialog between Joe and Miss Giddy:

Joe: Splendid? Angharad? Where are they?

Miss Giddy: They are not your property.

Joe: Miss Giddy!

Miss Giddy: You cannot own a human being. Sooner or later someone pushes back!

Joe: Where is she taking them?

Miss Giddy: She didn’t take them; they begged her to go! (They struggle over the shotgun, which goes off, missing Joe. He grabs Miss Giddy.)

Joe: Where is she taking them?

Miss Giddy: A long way from you.

The other scene I really like in terms of what it implies about Angharad and the other wives’ state of mind is the argument between them and Nux in the war rig after he tries to strangle Furiosa. I love that scene. In a movie with so little dialog, to have this sudden shouted debate that bears directly on the movie’s underlying themes is breathtaking.

I think the wives have spent a lot of time talking and thinking about these issues. Their decision to flee Joe wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. They were committed. They’d worked it out. They knew what they were doing and why they were doing it. I’m really curious what brought them and Furiosa into contact, who reached out to whom first, and how they came to realize that each was willing to take such a risky and irrevocable step.

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