I was watching Cowboy Bebop last night, and it just dawned on me that the entire Cowboy Bebop series was just a dream Peep it. The first scene of the show is the original shootout that Spike had with the syndicate. We see him bloodied and hurt. We're never told how he escapes or how he recovers. At the beginning of Jupiter Jazz and Sympathy for the devil, the first time we see Spike in those episodes, he's waking up from a dream. Why? Because he's awakening to the reality of his own death. The whole Jupiter Jazz episode is a half-assed recreation of what occurred between Spike, Julia, and Vicious, except Gren is a hybrid of Spike and Julia (hermaphodite). Gren is upset that Vicious betrayed him and gave him that transmitter that had the explosive in it. Julia warns Gren to look into it, knowing Vicious' past. When Vicious approaches Spike and shoots him, Spike falls unconscious and starts dreaming again. He dreams of the original shootout, being shot, falling out of a window, and being awakened by Faye. Notice that Faye says in that flashback, "you've been asleep for 3 days." Why 3 days? Resurrection (Jesus story, etc) The entire season we're lead to believe that Spike is incapable of being killed, unless it's by Vicious. Why? Because Vicious already DID kill him (they were both killed during the original betrayal). In each episode with Vicious (with the exception of Jupiter Jazz), the same then happens: he has a shootout, injures his arm, loses his eye, and then he's almost killed. Just when Spike is falling deeper into the dream, his "past" (past life) reawakens him. Spike finally is ready to come to terms with his death when Ed and Ein leave. The dream is coming to an end, and it's time for Spike to accept the things that happen. Remember when Julia meets up with him on Tharsis? They meet at a graveyard. When Julia dies she tries to tell Spike it's all a dream, and Spike finally accepts that when he agrees with her. Spike Spiegel was already dead. He died when he tried to escape the syndicate with Julia. Cowboy Bebop is an after-life dream that Spike has; he's stuck between life and the after-life (an allusion to this is his different color eyes). He did not want to die completely because he wanted to live a life with Julia, but unfortunately he can't. That's why Jet keeps telling him to let it go. Remember when Gren dies and the Chief Indian says his soul didn't make it's way to the great beyond? That was really an insight into Spike's problem, and the conflict of the entire series. So in essence, Spike's death at the end of Real Folk Blues was his awakening to the fact that he was already dead and that it was time to move on ("look my eyes, faye. One is a fake. I lost it in an accident."). There's other clues in the series that he's already dead, but I don't feel like getting into that. Kind of let you know what the creator of the series thinks about the after-life. What do you brehs think?