These days I generally try not to respond publicly to comments and criticisms about something I've written (though I will always do my best to reply if someone asks me directly), but the ending of "Wolves" does seem to be causing some confusion so I'm breaking my rule...First point of confusion
: the last few captions on episode 3, page 6... Here's how they break down:
Panel 3: Hershey, we're throwing them to the wolves [...]
That's Dredd. Should be an obvious one, as he mentions Hershey by name.
Panel 4: They can't stay here, Dredd. [...]
Hershey. Again, obvious as she uses Dredd's name. Keen-eyed observers will note that this caption doesn't have a closing quotation mark, indicating that she's not done talking. that was clearer in the script because it ended with a long dash, and the next caption began with one.
Panel 5, caption 1: If you have a better solution [...]
Hershey, continuing from the previous caption. In the script, this caption was also on panel 4 - don't know why it was moved to panel 5.
Panel 5, caption 2: I do. It's not ideal, but...
Dredd, responding to Hershey's comment. Again, you'll see that Dredd's caption doesn't have a closing quotation mark, and ends with an ellipsis: he's not finished talking.
Panel 6: ...It'll give them a fighting chance.
Dredd, continuing his sentence from the previous panel.Second point of confusion
Where are they going? Well, here's the script for last few panels of page 6, episode three:
|3. On the two huge hovercraft, now both on the ground. Judges and Marines stand guard as hundreds of Sovs line up to get on board.|
CAPTION: “HERSHEY, WE’RE THROWING THEM TO THE WOLVES SO THAT THE REST OF US CAN HAVE FULL BELLIES.”
4. Ext. Evening. Cursed Earth. The two hovercraft are in the air.
CAPTION: “THEY CAN’T STAY HERE, DREDD. AND THEY WON’T SURVIVE IN THE CURSED EARTH—
CAPTION: “—BUT IF YOU HAVE A BETTER SOLUTION, LET’S HEAR IT.”
5. Ext. Dusk. The hovercraft are approaching a mega-city which is silhouetted against the setting sun.
CAPTION: “I DO. IT’S NOT IDEAL. BUT…
6. Ext. City gates. We see Dmitry and his wife and son, with many others – including Jason – escorted by Judges and Marines as they walk away from the hovercraft, toward the gates. They’re all wearing backpacks with “Survival Pack” on the back. Next to the gates we see a large sign: “Now Entering Mega-City Two.”
CAPTION: “…IT’LL GIVE THEM A FIGHTING CHANCE.”
So: The Sovs are being relocated to Mega-City Two (for extra clarity: that's the Mega-City Two on the west coast of North America, not some Sov-based city that happens to use the same name). You'd have to ask the artist why there are Sov Judges present, why there's a pic of the Sov ambassador on the side of the building, and why some of the background buildings look a bit "Sovvy" - as you'll see from above, none of those are in the script. The Sov-looking typeface on the "Welcome to Mega-City Two" sign adds to the confusion (as does its position on the gate - it does look like it's on the wrong side!).
Sometimes I get to see the artwork before it's published (for example: PJ Holden sends me the pages as he completes each one - and just wait until you see the magnificent job he's doing on "The Forsaken"!), and if I'd seen Mr. Currie's work in advance I would have asked for that last panel to be changed. But I didn't see the artwork until my copy of the prog arrived yesterday morning, and obviously it was far too late then!
Hope that clears up some of the confusion!