Altered Carbon S1E10 Script

The Killers (2018)

[theme music playing]

[indistinct whispering]

[muffled voices] [baby crying nearby]


Oh, shit. [apples thudding down steps]


Oh, shit. No, no. No.

[breathing heavily]


[gunshots continue]

[video game noises]


[gasps, whimpers]

[whispers] Oh, my God.

[Alazne] Kristin. [gasps]

[gasps, breath trembling]

Kristin. [groans]



[in Spanish] Mama, where are you?

Kristin. [rasping]

Kristin. Kristin... Mama. Mama. Mama.

[in English] It's gonna be okay. It's gonna be okay.

I promise, it's gonna be okay.

It's gonna be okay. [mumbles]


[in Spanish] He's behind you.

[in English] You defy a god.

[grunts] [echoes] You defy a god.

You defy a god.

Where are you? [breathing heavily]

Where are you?

Come on!

Punishment must fit the transgression.

What do you mean, pendejo?


[grunting, panting]

This isn't real. This is a construct.

Everything you've seen is real.

They're all dead. I recorded it for you to relive.

How many times have I done this? Quite a few. But we are far from done.

I erase it and we start again.

No. No. No.



This is a construct.

How many times have I done this?

Not nearly enough.


[gasps, breathing heavily]



Let me out!

Do you hear me?

Can anyone hear me? Let me out!

Let me out!

[Elliot exhales]



There are no guns on this ship except mine.


Triggered against a stack, those batons have enough current to cause mental damage.

A few seconds longer, real death, so I suggest you stay still.

[Elliot grunts]


It's true.

Damn Ava Elliot.

It's all my idea. She's doing what I asked.

Don't think for a second you haven't broken my heart by doing it.

Do I sound the alarm? Alert the ship's staff?


We give his people no warning he's been caught.

Trace the satellite hack.

If it came from that hotel, I want that AI reduced to nanodust.

Bring the others here.

Rei, just listen to me. [Rei] Why?

You never listened to me.

When you joined the Protectorate, when the yakuza bought me, even when you said yes to the Envoys, you made all the decisions.

It ends here.

[raven cawing]

The pulse blew out everything. [sighs]

It's not rebooting. I can't get a signal.

I know. Then why are you not worried?

Because I skipped over worry and went straight to full-on panic. Huh.

Are you sure that the dip went through? Yeah. I burnt that bitch down.

You should not have done that.

[machine whirring]

Why didn't your sensors tell you that I had come inside?

Perhaps there's a malfunction in your systems?

What... is happening?

Electron destabilizer.


Miss Elizabeth?


They're killing me in the real.

You cannot stay here. They will come for you.

They were always coming.

Give me your hand. I'll send you onto the Array.

You'll be safe. No.

No time to argue. I'll go, but I don't run away anymore.

I run toward.

Send me up to the sky.

I cannot let you... I know the tree now, the branches spreading in every direction. And I can see them all.

AIs are easy to kill with the right tools.

If you don't send me, they catch me.


What is it that you see?



[grunts] [gunshot]

[Ava] Mickey!

You shot him through the stack, you son of a bitch!


Perhaps you could tell me in what order? [chuckles softly]


It's time for you to send me away.

I can't. You can.

You do.

You already have.

You gave me so much.

Whatever it means to be human, Eddie... you are.

You don't deserve to be called human, you despicable creature.

And you are a dead machine walking.

Mmm-mmm. [chuckles softly]

Then I will see you in hell.

I'm sending your mind to Head in the Clouds.

Be careful, Lizzie.

You shouldn't be afraid for me.

You should be afraid for the monsters.

"And neither the angels in heaven above, nor the demons down under the sea, can ever dissever my soul from the soul of the beautiful..."

[Leung] Whose stack is this?

I should say "was."

DHF is dark. No one's in here.

Whoever this was, you won't be seeing them again.

Let's go.


[guard] Hey!

There's no one on the roster to boot up in a synth tonight.

You're not supposed to be in there.

Let me guess.

Your boyfriend wants you in some premium silicone?


[snaps fingers]

It's Braeman in engineering, isn't it?


I'm not gonna report you.

I always wanted to try one of these out.

[unzips pants] [grunting]

Hey. I don't like that look.

You act like you want it.

Oh, honey, you don't like this model?

[body thuds]

I can be anyone you want.

["Future Starts Slow" playing]

♪ You can holler, you can wail You can swing, you can flail ♪

♪ You can fuck like a broken sail ♪

♪ But I'll never give you up ♪

♪ If I ever give you up My heart will surely fail... ♪

[Prescott] No. Let me through!

[grunts] Tanaka!

I need to talk to... I need to talk to you.

[officer] Can't go by here, ma'am. Please!

This is a crime scene. You've got no business here.

Not with me. Not anymore.

Because they still pay you?

Still think you're better than me.


[scoffs] Or what? I'll fall from grace?

That's what you're worried about, right? That you'll lose what you've got?

Your safety, your job, your life.

Let me tell you, Captain, you already have.

I think you're confusing me with yourself.

I came here to try to do the right thing.

Now, I know you have no reason to trust me, but I believe you have a core of decency and I am trying to find mine.

Whatever you want from me...

I can't.

Get her out of here.

I know where she is, because I know who has her.

All you have to do is ask me.

Ask me where Ortega is.

[breathing heavily]

Hey. Hey. It's okay. Hey. Hey.

Hey. Kovacs?

Kristin... Kristin...

I'll fucking kill you! [grunts] [Kovacs] No!

[Ortega] You bitch!

Let go of me! I'll do whatever you want.

Good. Choose which one of them gets their stack blown out.

Or I'll have them all killed right now.

Don't do this. [Rei] I'm not going to.

You are. What?

There's one bullet.



This isn't about them. It's about us.

You made it about them.

It's time for you to evolve.

Transformation is always painful.

But I changed to make myself stronger.

You can, too.

All you have to do is pick one.

[baton crackles]

[Rei] This is real power.

Cutting away the things that make you weak one at a time.

Embrace that power.

Be on the winning side.

Let 'em go... or you'll lose everything.

[Rei] Come back to me, Tak.



You won't do it.

Wait. Please!



[Rei] You think I'd give you a loaded gun?

[sighs] You'd risk your life for them?

You think you love her, don't you?

I can't stand this fucking asshole.

Right. You're hopelessly unavailable and doomed to die.

You really do have a type.

So I'll kill her first. No, no. Wait, wait.



Okay. I'll stay.

It'll just be the two of us. Just like it was.

Just let 'em go.

It's a start. [sighs]

Take them away.

[Elliot grunts]

I'm saving them for you. You're gonna kill each one of them.

And by the time you do, you won't even care.

["Future Starts Slow" continues]

♪ You can holler, you can wail ♪

♪ You can blow what's left Of my right mind ♪

♪ You can holler, you can wail ♪

♪ You can blow what's left Of my right mind ♪

♪ After all, God can keep my soul... ♪

[man] Who are you?

I paid for this floor to be clear.

I didn't dial for the S and M package.

Although, maybe I'll just take it anyway.

It's on the house.

♪ If there is a time When the feeling's gone ♪

♪ I wanna feel it ♪

[Rei] I've done everything I can to try and get you to understand.

I've acted like the little girl you miss so much.

I'm out of patience.

Fight and your fireflies pay. [Kovacs] What are you doing?

Taking out that wirecam.

No one's ever gonna see that recording.

And while we're at it, let's get rid of that sleeve.

No. [Rei] I'm a Meth.

We take what we want, when we want.

Like the Ortega children?

[Rei] They were raw material.

A means to an end to get the respect I'm owed.

They were kids. Just like we were.

You think I wear this because I miss her?

I don't miss her.

I hate her.

Mom was weak. She deserved to die.

I keep this as a reminder never to be like her.


Don't call me that. I'm not that pathetic little girl anymore.

I killed her... and became something stronger.

[Elliot grunting]

[Leung] Faster. [Elliot] Can't go faster.

You fucking stabbed... [Ava] He's bleeding. Okay? He's hurt.

All pain is instructional. It warns you, "Don't do this."

Perhaps you should have listened. [Elliot grunts]

You're not authorized to be in this area. Return to your room.




Get to Kovacs! Go! [grunts]

[Ava] Oh, my God.


I'm gonna show you how much I love you.

I'm sorry for all the times I failed you.

I'm gonna eat you up.

Hold him still.



[man yells]

[both grunting]


This ship, I'm going to kill it.

All the systems run through these terminals.

She's gonna cut the main power and the backups, and we have to throw all three relays at the same moment.

The Elliots are gonna bring this fucker down.

Flip the switches when I say.

Ready? Steady? Go.

[alarm blaring]

[Ortega groans]

[men grunting]


[alarm wailing]


[automated voice] Warning. This aircraft has suffered a catastrophic power loss. Please evacuate.

[both grunting]


No more dead children.

Who's gonna stop me?

[both grunting]

[slices] [Kovacs grunts]

[Rei cries out]

[automated voice] This aircraft will begin to lose altitude in less than ten minutes.

Please evacuate immediately.

[screams and grunts]

[Rei yells]

[Rei screams]

[Rei shrieks]

[grunting] [Ortega choking]


[grunts softly] Your mother prayed to God when she died.

Where's your God now?

[in Spanish] You'll meet him soon enough, you bastard.

[straining] [bones snapping]

[both grunting]

I'll kill you before I let you put me in a cage. [grunts]

[Rei screams]

[Rei yells] [grunts]

[both panting]

[Kovacs grunts]


[both scream]

Everybody off this ship! Let's go. Move! - [automated voice] Warning.

This aircraft will begin to lose altitude...

[Leung screams] five minutes.

[Ortega grunts]

[speaking in Spanish]


[speaking in Spanish]



[Ortega shrieks] [Leung grunts]

[breathing heavily]


[Leung grunts] [Ortega in English] Don't!

[pants] He's mine.

What are you doing? You're bought and paid for.

Not today.

[shuddering] No, please.

My mother prayed to God, and he put you in my arms.

Please. [shudders]

So tell me... are you a believer, motherfucker?



[pounding on door] Kovacs! Can you hear me?

Kovacs! Reileen Kawahara!

Open the door! BCPD!

You are under arrest! [Ortega] Kovacs, can you hear me?

Can you hear me? [Tanaka] Get back. Get back.

They'll never get in.


Then we stay here.

We crash, but you'll still stand trial.

I'm not going on ice.

[automated voice] Warning. This aircraft will begin to lose altitude...

[screams] three minutes.

[Rei] Help me.

We can make it out to the hull, over to the escape pods.

You might as well shoot me.

Help me and I'll give you back Quell.


I backed her up. Right before the explosion.

She didn't even know.

It's the unanswered question.

The mystery that needs to be solved.

Where is she?

Her DHF is hidden. You'll never find her without me.

You can have her back.

Everything she knew, everything she was, right up to the last moment.

You saw me.

You heard me.

Because deep in your mind...

I always knew.

Help me escape and she's yours.

I can't.

You can't.

Do what I say or you'll never get her back.

Never see her again.

You've become everything we fought against.

[both grunting]


Go on. Do it.

I'll never stop.

I'll never stop.

[gunshot] Kovacs!

No. No. Kovacs!

[Ortega in Spanish] Kovacs, fucking answer me! Answer me!


Kovacs? Kristin?

[gasps] Goodbye.

[in English] Oh, God. Oh, God. [pants]

Listen to me.

Listen to me, you've gotta get out of there.

You've gotta get out of there.

I'm staying with her.

[automated voice] This aircraft will begin to lose altitude in one minute. Come on. Come on, get out of there.

Please, open the door. Please? Come on.

[knocking at door]

Please just make it worth something.

[Ortega] I'm not leaving without you. Come on.

Kristin, go!


[Tanaka] Come on. No!

She was my sister...

and I loved her.

She lost her path.

But in her own way, she loved you back.

[automated voice] Warning. This aircraft is now losing altitude.

[ship creaking]

[softly] ♪ The Patchwork Man Will crack your bones ♪

♪ The Patchwork Man ♪


♪ The Patchwork Man ♪


[Quell] I'll stay, Tak.

I'll always be with you.

Tell me a story.

Something that doesn't end in death and tragedy.

Long ago, and worlds away,

there was a young princess, orphaned in a time of war.

She was called upon to lead the armies of her kingdom, for there was no other.

She was the fiercest of warriors, beloved of her people, unstoppable on the field.

She rode out every day and saved her subjects in battle after battle.

But every night, when the fighting was done, she was alone.

Until one day, a peasant boy came looking to join her army.

Lonely and angry and fierce as she.

For the first time, she found that when she strode out onto the field to save others, there was someone at her side who had come to save her.

Then there came the darkest battle of the war.

The princess and her peasant boy stood, side by side, and vowed that they would be separated by nothing less than death itself.

She fell to an enemy sword... and died before his eyes.

And those who heard the story cried for the death of love.

This is an unusual situation, Mr. Kovacs.

We were able to pull your stack from the wreckage in the bay, but your sleeve was killed on impact.

So that's why we're in virtual.

That's part of what's unusual.

Your counterpart has refused to be debriefed in the real.

Well, I've been on an island getting laid and he crashed and died, so the least I could do was share the same shitty virtual questioning.

It's a solidarity thing. That would be exactly the problem.

Although there's a pardon for Takeshi Kovacs, it's only for one of you.

[woman] The UN has taken over this investigation due to the sensitive nature of what you've uncovered, and while we're grateful for the service you've both done for the Protectorate in exposing this criminal activity...

We can't allow two Kovacs DHFs to survive. It's illegal.

So one of us has gotta die.

It'll be your decision.

Together. All right, let me talk to him.

And I choose the construct.

The look on her face.

The look on her face when I pulled the trigger.

It was almost relief.

Maybe she realized what she'd become.

A way for her to let go.

You saw her eyes.

Could you tell?

I don't know.

And I don't think I ever will.

We gotta decide whose memories to keep, yours or mine.

[scoffs] That's a funny way to ask which one of us is gonna die.

Play for it?

Rock, paper, scissors?

[chuckles softly]

[in Spanish] Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Let perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls and all the souls of the departed... through the mercy of God...

rest in peace.

Amen. [footsteps approaching]

[in English] How?

I was double-sleeved.

One of us died.

Which one are you?

The one you said goodbye to.

[indistinct chatter] [classical music plays softly]

[Miriam] Mmm. It's beautiful, Miriam. Stunning.

I can't believe that I am looking at the fossil of an actual Elder.

[Miriam] Mmm-hmm.

It makes you wonder if memories of Elder civilization are what gave us the idea for angels.

[Rei] He slagged his own stack. He has an archaic streak. You'd call it honor.

The fool wanted to forget, as if that would make him clean of what he'd done.

Explosive allegations implicating Laurens Bancroft, Meth mogul and one of the richest men of the Settled Worlds, in murder and sleeve death.

The crash last week of Head in the Clouds, one of the Houses, is said to be related.

It's alleged Bancroft killed himself in an attempt to escape feeling guilt for his crime, but not until after he illegally influenced the members of the UN Court to defeat Resolution 653.

Pressure is mounting in the court to reconsider 653, which would allow victims to testify against their killers, even if they have religious coding on their stacks.

[broadcast switches off]

[Miriam] Laurens, whatever you've done...

I'll stand by you.


I may be many things, but I am not a murderer.

Of course. [footsteps approaching]

Prescott didn't kill you.

Get out.

You were alone in this room.

You weren't insane. Just a coward.

[Bancroft] No.

No, I know who I am.

And in essence, I am a decent man.

[chuckles] You're about to be arrested for the real death of Lena Rentang.

I don't even know who that is.

That's 'cause you blew out your own stack to forget about her.

So this criminal Kawahara woman makes up a story and it gets on the feeds.

No one will believe it.

[Kovacs] They'll believe Mary Lou Henchy.

See, Reileen had her stack, and they just pulled it out of the bay.

As soon as 653 moves forward, Mary Lou's gonna talk.


I mean, even if you're right, that I real death'd that girl... the person who did that is dead. I destroyed him.

You erased the memory, not the act.

This cannot be the man I am.

You lived too long.

[Bancroft] I believed...

I believed I had a line I would not cross.

I believed I had a conscience.

To put a gun to your own head when you want to live... that takes the will of a demon.

You thought you were a god. You're more like the devil himself.

Sir, police are waiting downstairs.

[low murmurs]

Look after the family, Isaac.

I'll leave everything to you.

As I should have done, a long time ago.

I surrender myself for the crimes I have committed.

We're not done here.

Right, Miriam?

[Bancroft] What?

What's he talking about, darling? I certainly have no idea.

Haven't you done enough, Mr. Kovacs? [door opens, closes]

What is this person doing in my house? Lizzie?

Say what you came to say.

For the longest time, I couldn't remember what happened to me.

I couldn't even speak.

But I can now.

I got pregnant.

[indistinct murmuring]

I came up here to tell you, but you weren't here.

She was.

Whore. You watch what you say to my daughter!

You hit me and you kicked me and you kept kicking me.

[Miriam screaming] [Lizzie groaning]

I remember it all.

That's a lie.

Oh, my God.

I only wanted to talk to her.

I offered her money. I offered her anything she wanted, if she'd just get rid of it.


I got angry.

It was an accident.

You took my baby from me!

You had to have her stopped from getting spun back up.

You asked me to get you a fixer. So I got you the best.

[Kovacs] So Reileen took her to the Wei Clinic, drove her crazy, and dumped her in an alley.

The cops didn't care about another sleeve-dead hooker, so no one found out about the baby.

Oh, for God's sake, Miriam.

[crowd murmuring]

You don't understand.

The children are all I have.

The children are mine!

But then Reileen wanted something back, so she had you drug your husband.

It was you?

It was you who betrayed me?

Don't you talk to me about betrayal.

You did this to me.

We have ruined each other.

Haven't we?

Miriam Bancroft, you're under arrest for the sleeve death of Elizabeth Elliot and the forcible termination of her pregnancy against her will.

[sighs] [crowd murmuring]

[Kovacs] Ava Elliot was pardoned. I paid off her sleeve mortgage, and got her her real body back.

Lizzie kept the synth.

When anyone asks her why, she says, "Because it's not real."

And she doesn't know if she is, either.

[inaudible chatter] [all laughing]

653 passed. The dead could now accuse their murderers.

The world changed. For all of us.

There's nothing left to unpack. [Ortega] Really?

[thunder rumbles] We can't be done.


Do you think he'll like it? [Kovacs] Ryker?

He's a lucky guy.

You're the reason why he was cleared. That's not luck.

He was cleared 'cause he was innocent.

He deserves to get his life back.

Everything he lost.

And after you turn Ryker's sleeve in... where will you go?

I don't know.

I don't know anything...

except that she's still alive.

Good luck, Takeshi Kovacs.

[Quell] After his princess died, the peasant boy wandered the world... lost to despair.

Until one day, he came upon an immortal who told him his princess had been stolen, trapped in an enchantment.

So now he seeks her, across this world and every other.

Because somewhere, sealed behind frozen glass and thick walls of deadly thorns, she sleeps... waiting to be awakened.

And someday, without fail, he will find her.

["Ain't No Grave" playing]

♪ Ain't no grave can hold my body down ♪

♪ Ain't no grave can hold my body down ♪

♪ Look down yonder, Gabriel ♪

♪ Put your feet on the land and see ♪

♪ Gabriel don't you blow your trumpet ♪

♪ Till you hear from me ♪

♪ Ain't no grave can hold my body down ♪

♪ Meet me, Jesus, meet me ♪

♪ Meet me in the middle of the air ♪

♪ If these wings don't fail me I will meet you anywhere ♪

♪ Ain't no grave ♪

♪ Can hold my body down ♪

♪ Hey, mother and father ♪

♪ Meet me on the river road ♪

♪ Mama, you know that I'll be there When I check my load ♪

♪ Ain't no grave can hold my body down ♪

♪ Can't hold me down ♪

- ♪ It can't hold me ♪ ♪ Can't hold me ♪