posting this because i guess i’m a feeling masochist
This scene just makes me sob, okay.
Because Alfred NEVER referred to Bruce as his son when Bruce was alive. NEVER. Even more rarely than Bruce refers to the Batkids as his children. It was always “Master Bruce” this and “Master Bruce” that and playing the proper and polite (if impossibly snarky and fabulously no-nonsense) butler. It was always unsaid.
And then here… he actually acknowledges it… and it’s just four simple monosyllables, my son has died, but it says EVERYTHING. There’s nothing else that needs to be said, and it’s heartbreaking.
That’s the kind of power words can have, when used properly. It’s not always about long, verbose speeches. One short scene like this can say more than all the speeches in the world.