AVClub: In the end, it turns out David Pilcher has been lying all along, maybe even to himself. He doesn’t want an end to the violence, or a stable society, or even for humanity to go on. No, what he wants is to be in charge. And that takes precendence over everything else. If he can’t be the mastermind of humankind’s future, then he doesn’t care if humankind has a future. And he’s willing to sacrifice all that he’s built—and the entire human community living in it—to retain control.