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Paul’s Transformation

Throughout the film, Paul Atreides grapples with the prophecy of the Lisan al-Gaib, a messianic figure who will lead the Fremen. Despite his initial resistance, he realizes that embracing this role will give him the power to defeat the Harkonnens and Emperor Shaddam IV.

However, Paul knows that taking on this title will come at a cost. It will mean controlling the Fremen, betraying Chani, and igniting the holy war he has foreseen.

The Final Battle

The arrival of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen on Arrakis forces Paul to confront his destiny. After his forces destroy Sietch Tabr, Paul recognizes that he must strengthen his prescience to achieve victory.

He drinks the Water of Life, a spice-rich liquid that unlocks his full potential. This revelation leads him to discover his blood connection to Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, giving him a path to triumph over his enemies.

Paul’s Rise to Power

At a meeting of Fremen leaders, Paul claims the title of Lisan al-Gaib. This act asserts his dominance and prepares him to use the Fremen in a final stand against the Harkonnens and the Emperor.

With the help of sandworms and the Fremen, Paul’s forces defeat the Harkonnens and the Emperor’s Sardaukar soldiers. He kills Baron Harkonnen and challenges the Emperor for the throne.

Consequences

Paul’s victory comes at a price. He has become the monster he feared. He takes Princess Irulan as his wife and forces the Emperor to submit.

Despite his show of power, the other Great Houses of the Landsraad reject Paul’s rule. He responds by ordering their execution, initiating the holy war he had sought to avoid.

Chani’s Departure

The film’s final shot shows Chani leaving Paul and the Fremen. This departure is a significant deviation from the book, where she remains by his side.

In the film, Chani’s skepticism towards Paul’s prophecy and her love for him are tested. When he becomes the Lisan al-Gaib, she realizes that he is no longer the man she knew.

What’s Next for Dune?

The film sets the stage for the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune Messiah.” Here’s what to expect:

  • Dune Messiah:
    The story takes place 12 years after Paul becomes Emperor. The jihad continues, and the Fremen have conquered much of the universe.
  • Paul’s Challenges: Paul faces opposition from the Bene Gesserit, the Tleilaxu, and his own sister, Alia Atreides.
  • Chani’s Role: In the book, Chani remains with Paul, but her separation in the film complicates their relationship and could lead to significant changes in the adaptation.