0beron wrote:On the one hand I do feel Rob created a bit of confusion with the Duke's insistence that the Portal would close.
It does seem like that conversation created a bit of confusion, but I'm (also) not holding it against the story. Communicating character's assumptions unambiguously and clearly through dialog often leads to really awkward and stilted conversations... it's even worse when characters take the time to clearly articulate shared assumptions. There was enough there for us to guess correctly - or at least figure it out afterward - and the conversation sounded like I'd imagine one between Jack and Antium would.
On a related note... this forum seems to have adopted the assumption that Slately is dead, clone Slately is alive, and clone Slately will die at some point in the near future. Is this known or just thought to be likely?
I don't see much evidence either way, though the suggestion that Slately will heed Ace's advice in the future tells me he feels he has more than seconds left to live.