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Mad Max: Fury Road Summary

Mad Max: Fury Road Summary

A lonely wanderer—Mad Max—gets his car taken from him by a war party. He's none too pleased. He finds himself a captive at the Citadel, a ruthless society ruled over by the tyrant Immortan Joe. While Max is held prisoner, the Imperator Furiosa sets off with a war party to retrieve gas and bullets from Gas Town and the Bullet Farm—on Immortan Joe's orders.

Only instead of following orders, Furiosa defies them, and takes the war party off course and into hostile territory. She's making a run for it—and she's taking Immortan Joe's five wives, his "prize breeders," with her. She's after redemption—and they're after freedom.

When Immortan Joe discovers Furiosa's betrayal, he sends a war party made up of War Boys and their vicious vehicles after them. Max gets swept up in the action when he's forced to accompany a War Boy named Nux, for whom he's providing a blood transfusion. While the war party fails to retrieve Furiosa in the chase, Max manages to free himself, and tries to steal Furiosa's truck—the War Rig—from her and the wives. But Furiosa has installed a kill switch, so she and the wives are coming with—whether Max likes it or not.

Max, Furiosa, and the wives make their escape, now pursued by Immortan Joe's war party, as well as the Bullet Farmer and the People Eater from Gas Town. They're pursued into a canyon, where another violent chase ensues. In all the mayhem, Angharad, the de facto leader of the wives, loses her life. Furiosa and the wives are devastated—as is Nux, who has found his way back onto the War Rig, but knows he has no hope of returning to Immortan Joe.

Once again, Max and company manage to evade capture, and they endure a few other trials as they make their escape, including getting trapped in a quagmire while being pursued by the Bullet Farmer. Eventually, they make their way to an abandoned tower, where they meet the Vuvalini—or the Many Mothers—a small band of women who wander the desert searching for a place they can make plants grow, like the old days. Furiosa, the wives, and Nux all join with the women and decide to make their way across the salt flats, hoping to reach somewhere they can survive. Max decides to go it alone.

  

The next day, Max chases the women (and Nux) across the salt flats, and when he catches up to them, he convinces them to turn around and head back to the Citadel. After all, Immortan Joe has abandoned it to pursue them, so it's undefended. They can defeat Immortan Joe on the road and take the Citadel—the only green place with water for miles around—for themselves. They all agree.

As they make their way back to the Citadel, they engage in a road battle with Immortan Joe and his men. Many of the Vuvalini lose their lives, and Nux sacrifices himself to save the wives. Though she's mortally wounded in the process, Furiosa finally manages to kill Immortan Joe, earning herself redemption, and freedom for the wives. Max manages to save her, too, when he gives her a blood transfusion on their way back to the Citadel.

When they arrive at the Citadel, Max shows the citizens and the war boys Immortan Joe's corpse. Furiosa and the wives are allowed back into the fold, clearly triumphant and newly empowered by their victory. As for Max, well, after a brief and knowing exchange of nods with Furiosa, he disappears into the crowd.

  • Scene 1

    Scene 1

    • A voice-over gives us some deets: whoever's talking? His name is Max. And his world is "fire and blood."
    • A quick montage gives us the rundown of recent history in this world. We hear talk of oil wars and water wars, and oh, okay, this is one of those post-apocalyptic dealios.
    • Max tells us—again, through voice-over, that he was once a cop, "a road warrior searching for a righteous cause."
    • Not so much anymore. Things have seriously gone downhill. Everything's polluted and broken, and we can assume that cops have gone the way of everything else that once kept the peace.
    • Finally, we get a shot of him, standing outside his car. He's looking out over a vast, orange desert.
    • We hear a child's voice. "Hello? Where are you?"
    • According to Max, "the voices are worming their way into [his] brain, but they can't touch [him]." Why? Because they're the voices of the dead.
    • Suddenly, Max hears something and hops in his car—a kick-butt muscle car that's clearly seen better days. He speeds off down the hill into the empty desert beyond.
    • Soon after, dune buggies, motorcycles, and crazy looking cars enter the shot, chasing Max.
    • Then things start happening very fast.
    • Max's pursuers catch up with him, blow up his car, and take him prisoner when he crawls from the wreckage. Bummer, dude.
    • The voice-over takes over again. Max tells us, "I am the one who runs from both the living and the dead. [...] I exist in this wasteland, a man, reduced to a single instinct: survive."
  • Scene 2

    Scene 2

    • Max is captured. By whom? We're not sure yet—but we know they're bad news.
    • Max is having all his hair chopped off and his back tattooed with all sorts of medical information. His genitals are intact, in case you were wondering.
    • Also, more importantly, the biggest tattoo tells us that he's a universal donor. Unwilling, maybe, but universal nonetheless.
    • Also—and more ominously—the tattoos are all upside-down. What's that about?
    • Then Max gets branded with a very distinct symbol: a screaming skull inside a flaming circle.
    • His survival instinct kicks in. We're treated to his fierce and furious escape attempt. He runs through a network of tunnels, where he stumbles upon his car, which is being repaired. Everywhere he looks, there are bald young men with very pale skin and black around their eyes.
    • Side note—these strange-looking figures are called War Boys—and we're not done with them yet.
    • They chase him relentlessly through tunnels and corridors, while he runs around like a wild man.
    • Things go south for Max when he starts to see visions. First, he sees a young girl who asks, "Max? Is that you? Where were you?" Then he's haunted by an old man—followed by many others—who simply says, "You let us die."
    • Max comes flying out of a door and finds himself teetering on the edge of a cliff. Desperate and wild, he tries to jump onto a hook attached to a crane, but his pursuers drag him back into the dark tunnels.
    • Boom. The title appears: Mad Max: Fury Road. And how.
  • Scene 3

    Scene 3

    • In the frame, we see the back of a neck with the same brand that Max was about to be branded with—a skull in a circle with flames on the top.
    • As the figure walks farther away, we can clearly see it's a woman. She's headed towards a large tanker trunk, which is being lowered on a platform suspended by chains.
    • The truck is coming down from a sandstone tower—maybe the same one Max is being held captive in?
    • The woman gets in the cab of a truck and attaches a steering wheel with a skull in the middle to the steering column. We see that she has a robotic left arm. And that she's thoroughly kick-butt.
    • Cut to a young war boy—called a war pup—who is gently blowing powder on an old man's back. The skin is wrinkly and covered with what looks like tumors. We hear him coughing. We stop eating our popcorn.
    • Back outside, the war boys are hooking up the tanker to the cab of the truck.
    • "Today we're heading to gas town!" one of them shouts. "Today we're hauling Aqua Cola! Today we're hauling produce! And today we're hauling mother's milk!" That's one hell of a grocery run.
    • We see the same old man being dressed with ceremony. His attendant war boys put on clear plastic armor, decorated with medals. Then he puts on a face mask, which seems to be designed to help him breathe—it's got tubes connected to the back. Whoever this man is, he's super powerful and very ill.
    • As the man walks to the edge of a cliff in a tower that looms above the desert, crowds gather below, clanking together pots and pans and other vessels. We see that there are actually three towers, known as the Citadel.
    • The man, named Immortan Joe, speaks to the crowd. He salutes his "Imperator Furiosa"—the woman driving the truck, and his "half-life war boys" who will accompany her on the journey to "Gas Town."
    • So we can deduce that this is a convoy on its way to trade water, produce, and milk for gas to power their civilization—if you can call it that. We're thinking civilization isn't much of a thing once the apocalypse comes down.
    • "I am your redeemer," Immortan Joe says. "It is by my hand you will rise from the ashes of this world."
    • The crowds get ready and move closer, clutching their bowls. Immortan Joe hits two levers, and water comes rushing out of pipes from high in the cliff—the crowds move forward to gather it. Water's scarce around these parts.
    • And then Immortan Joe shuts it off abruptly. It clearly wasn't enough to make any kind of dent in these people's thirst.
    • He cautions the crowd not to become addicted to water. Easy for you to say, Joey.
    • Furiosa starts up the truck, and the convoy takes off.
    • We see some men rising on a platform and the crowds attempting to hitch a ride up to the towers above. They get thrown off forcefully.
    • This is a tower of power.
  • Scene 4

    Scene 4

    • Furiosa is driving the truck, called the War Rig, on the way to Gas Town. The road is empty, straight, and barren. Worst road trip ever.
    • Cut to Max, sitting in a cage somewhere in the compound, looking up at light shining down from a shaft above.
    • We learn that a "half-life" is sick, so a man in charge—who's called, we'll learn, the Organic Mechanic—tells someone to hook him up to the "full-life"...by which he means Max. Is this where that whole "universal donor" thing comes in?
    • Cut back to Furiosa. On the way to Gas Town, she abruptly changes course, veering off the road.
    • With a look of pure determination. Furiosa indeed.
    • The war boys follow her, and one of them rides on her running board "Boss, we're not going to Gas Town?"
    • All Furiosa says is "we're heading east." Um, okay. Not super helpful, but the war boys will follow her lead.
    • The men clearly trust her, and obey her orders.
  • Scene 5

    Scene 5

    • Back at the Citadel, we see a row of overweight, half-naked women attached to very elaborate breast pumps.
    • Immortan Joe stands nearby, looking at the milk in a bottle.
    • He hands it to a man, who tests it, and tells Joe that it's good. Well, really, he just says, "Moo." That's one way to put it.
    • Joe is alerted by another of his sons, who is stationed at a telescope, that Furiosa's convoy has veered off course into hostile territory.
    • Joe quickly runs off. Clearly he's not used to things deviating from his all powerful plan.
    • Uh oh.
    • He sprints—well, lumbers more like—through a farm with hanging plants, unlocks a giant vault door, and walks into lavish chambers.
    • He calls out for "Splendid? Angharad?" and walks further into the chamber. There's graffiti everywhere: "Our babies will not be warlords." "Who killed the world?"
    • We hear a shotgun cock, and an old woman emerges from the shadows, shouting "They are not your property."
    • The old woman defiantly tells Joe that the women—presumably his wives, or at the very least, the mothers of his sons—begged Furiosa to take them away from the Citadel. They wanted to escape.
  • Scene 6

    Scene 6

    • Elsewhere in the Citadel, a war boy named Nux is sitting tiredly on a stone bench. He looks worn out and wasted.
    • So it's a good thing he's getting a blood transfusion from…you guessed it…Max, who is hanging upside down from a hook, but is still very much alive. (That must explain the tattoos.)
    • Nux hears the war drums and knows something big is about to happen.
    • All around, war boys are prepping cars, clearly getting ready to go into battle.
    • Nux asks what's going on and learns that Imperator Furiosa has taken Immortan Joe's "prize breeders." The war boys are gonna give chase.
    • Uh oh, this is big.
    • The war boys, clearly motivated by a religious furor and devotion to Immortan Joe, each gather a steering wheel from an altar of sorts beneath the screaming skull symbol.
    • As they all zealously chant V-8, we see that each steering wheel is, in fact, decorated with a screaming skull.
    • Nux discovers that his "Lancer" has taken his steering wheel, so he tries to grab it from him. His Lancer, whose name is Slit—assumed that Nux wouldn't make the trip because he's so sick, but Nux refuses to stay behind.
    • He decides to take his "blood bag"—that would be Max—with him.
    • Max doesn't seem pleased.
    • Slit calls Max a raging feral, which Nux points out could be a good thing—he's got angry, crazy blood filling up his veins now, thanks to Max.
    • Nux wins the argument with, "If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic on the Fury Road." 'Nuff said.
  • Scene 7

    Scene 7

    • We cut to the road. A bunch of tricked out cars are speeding through the desert. They're all weaponized, clearly ready to take down Furiosa.
    • Max is strapped to the front of Nux's roadster, and he's wearing a metal muzzle, attached by a chain/blood line to Nux. He sees his car, which they took from him, speeding out in front.
    • "How much more can they take from me?" he asks. "They've got my blood, now it's my car."
    • It's all very exciting. The camera swoops over the convoy, and we see war boys banging war drums, and even a kick-butt metal head playing a flaming guitar. Yeah, this is not your grandma's war party. Not that you're grandma ever had a war party, but just saying.
    • Immortan Joe is traveling with the convoy, and Nux gets excited when he turns to look their way. It's like he's seen the Pope going by in the Pope Mobile—if the Pope were a maniacal warlord with a skull mask on his face.
    • From above, we see the war convoy shooting off multicolored flares.
    • It's about to go down.
  • Scene 8

    Scene 8

    • Back at Furiosa's convoy, a war boy brings the flares that Joe's men have fired off to Furiosa's attention. She still tries to deceive them into thinking everything's okay. They don't seem convinced.
    • As we look on the convoy from afar, a dune buggy with masked, be-goggled drivers observes them from atop a hill. Speaking a foreign language, they wonder what the War Rig is doing in their territory. We're thinking these folks are about to put the hostile in "hostile territory."
    • Furiosa sees them coming and brings them to the attention of the war boys, who shout "buzzards!" Ah, so that's what the goggle-wearers are called.
    • They all prepare for battle. "Thunder up!" Best battle cry ever.
    • One of their convoy falls into a trap, but Furiosa's skilled driving helps the rest of them avoid it.
    • As the war boys do battle with the buzzards, Furiosa looks on steadily, appearing unfazed.
    • Another buzzard car approaches, this time with a giant circular saw that looks like it could do some serious damage. Furiosa and a war boy easily dispatch it. Ain't nobody got nothin' on Furiosa.
    • Ah, but here comes a few more, outfitted with more spikes and cranes and saws and every other nightmarish post-apocalyptic weapon you could imagine. Things are heating up.
  • Scene 9

    Scene 9

    • From above, we see the war party from the Citadel finally catching up with Furiosa's convoy, which is still under attack from the Buzzards. So. Many. Things. Are. Happening.
    • During a close up on Max's face—he's still strapped to the front of Nux's hotrod—we hear Nux shout "She's ours…first we get the buzzards off her back." Max does not look pleased. Seriously, he did not sign up for battle, thankyouverymuch.
    • The lancer, Slit, throws a lance at the buzzard rig, and it zooms a little too close to Max. "That's my head!"
    • They do battle with the buzzard rig, which manages to spear one of Furiosa's war boys. But he revives himself by spraying what looks like liquid chrome into his mouth.
    • "Witness me!" He shouts, and then he jumps from his perch onto the attacking buzzard car, killing himself and his attackers.
    • As they continue to speed ahead, we see a woman, clad in white, crawl from the War Rig's tanker up to the cab.
    • The war boys from the Citadel are still trying to fight off the Buzzards, who are now right alongside the War Rig. Nux drives his car—Max still attached—right up next to the War Rig and in front of the Buzzards' vehicle.
    • Max sees Furiosa driving the War Rig, and she looks down and sees him. Her eyebrow may or may not rise a fraction of a fraction of an inch, but it's impossible to tell because Furiosa clearly does not have feelings. Or, at least, feelings that get in the way of her plan.
    • Finally, the woman in white crawls up through the floorboard of Furiosa's cab and says, "We can't breathe down there." But Furiosa wants them to stay out of sight.
    • Just then, a giant swinging circular saw comes wheeling in the window, almost chopping Furiosa's head off. Almost.
    • The war boys renew their attack in earnest, managing to blow up the saw arm and send it flying—right toward Max. He ducks, and the saw chops off the explosive tops of the lances that are stored on their car. They roll under the attacking Buzzard vehicle and blow it to smithereens.
    • Well, that's done.
  • Scene 10

    Scene 10

    • Now that the war boys have successfully fought off the Buzzards, it's time for them to "bring home the booty." That would be Immortan Joe's "prize breeders," of course.
    • Furiosa, followed in hot pursuit by a massive war convoy from the Citadel, heads into a gigantic dust storm.
    • This seems like a not great idea.
    • Nux pulls alongside the War Rig and attempts to shoot Furiosa, but misses. Then his car gets a flat tire, leaving him in the dust while other Citadel vehicles close in on Furiosa.
    • To help them move faster, Nux tells Slit to move the blood bag (ahem, his name is Max) to the back of the car.
    • Max uses this as an opportunity to get the drop on Slit, whom he kicks off the back of the car. Buh-bye, Slit.
    • Now Max has to hang on for dear life while Nux drives straight into the dust storm, furiously pursuing Furiosa. Remember, our Nux is after fame and glory.
    • Furiosa fights off one attack vehicle by sideswiping it into a giant dust tornado. Goodness, what a sentence.
    • Inspired by their sacrifice, Nux gets the bring idea of kamikaze-ing his car into Furiosa's rig. "Witness me, blood bag!" he shouts.
    • Max would rather not. He does not approve of this plan. So he punches out the back window, reaches into the car, and grabs the flare that Nux was about to use to ignite the gasoline that he was allowing to pool along the floorboards.
    • In the ensuing clash, the car veers in front of Furiosa's War Rig, and she runs it right over, sending Max and Nux—who are still attached by a chain—tumbling into the dust storm.
  • Scene 11

    Scene 11

    • A while later, the dust storm seems to have cleared.
    • A lump of sand begins to move. It's Max, who's still very much alive, despite the fact that he probably inhaled about a gallon of sand.
    • He follows the chain attached to his muzzle to find Nux, who is unconscious in the car.
    • Max tries to free himself by ripping the cuff off of Nux's hand, but no dice.
    • He hears an Engine revving in the distance, and sees the War Rig.
    • At the War Rig, Furiosa is trying to get the sand out of her engine so that it will run again. Max approaches from the other side, walks around the rig, and sees the breeders—beautiful women who are attempting to clean the dust and dirt off of themselves.
    • Max makes his entrance known by dropping Nux on the ground and aiming a sawed-off shotgun at them.
    • The women—Furiosa included—look at him defiantly. "We're not going back," one of them says.
    • Max sees the water, and is clearly dying for a drink—he demands water.
    • One of the breeders (her name is Angharad, a.k.a. "Splendid") approaches with the hose. She's pregnant.
    • He snatches the hose from her and aims it at his face—with the muzzle still on, it's hard to drink daintily, we guess. In any case, spraying his face with a fire hose seems to get the job done.
    • The splashes awake Nux, who's still lying on the ground.
    • Max demands that one of the other breeders—her name is Dag—cut his chain, so that he'll finally be free of Nux.
    • As she approaches, she spots the Citadel convoy in the distance. They'd better get a move on.
    • She's not strong enough to cut the chain, and Furiosa takes advantage of Max's momentary distraction to attack him.
    • She gets the drop on him and attempts to shoot him with his own shotgun, but it doesn't work.
    • Everyone gets involved in the scuffle. It's a full on melee. The breeders try to help Furiosa by yanking Max's chain (literally, not figuratively), and Nux wakes up and tries to help Max.
    • While the breeders subdue Nux, Max and Furiosa fight viciously until Max finally gets the best of Furiosa.
    • While he holds her at gunpoint, Nux cuts the chain, and a newly free Max gets his jacket back from Nux.
    • Angharad seems determined. "We're going to the green place," she says, and she walks toward the War Rig.
    • But Max ain't havin' that. He needs that truck to escape—to survive. So he shoots in her general direction, and one of his bullets grazes her leg.
    • She freezes, and while everyone looks on, Max hops into the truck and drives away.
    • As they watch him leave, Furiosa tells the women, "You want to get through this? Do as I say."
  • Scene 12

    Scene 12

    • Back in the truck, Max seems relieved to be finally on his way…
    • ... until the truck sputters and dies.
    • Furiosa catches up with him and tells them she's installed kill switches, so no one can drive it but her. Dummy.
    • Max tells her that she can get in, but Furiosa wont leave without the women.
    • So Max weighs his options. He decides they can just wait for Immortan Joe to show up, and maybe he'll set Max free in exchange for returning his breeders.
    • Furiosa points out that Max is "relying on the gratitude of a very bad man," who probably won't be all that happy that Max shot at—and lightly wounded—his pregnant breeder.
    • Max weighs his options—or lack thereof—once more, and decides to throw in his lot with Furiosa and the women. He lets them back into the cab, all while holding a gun to Furiosa, and she continues driving again.
    • As they drive away, we cut back to Nux, who's left alone in the desert. He takes off at a run and manages to catch up with the War Rig. He jumps on and hides himself.
    • Back in the cab, Max collects all the guns and weapons so that the women can't get the drop on him.
  • Scene 13

    Scene 13

    • As Max attempts to cut off his muzzle, the War Rig heads towards a rather menacing looking canyon.
    • Max tells Furiosa not to go in there, but in the distance they can see the Gas Town boys approaching with "big rigs, polecats, flamers, and the People Eater himself." Well that sounds alarming.
    • Something's wrong with the truck, and Furiosa concludes they're dragging something out back.
    • Max heads back to solve the problem—a disconnected cable between the tanker and the fuel pod at the back of the truck. As he works on the fix, we see Nux making his way up towards the cab.
    • On his way back up to the cab, Max finally gets the muzzle off. Meanwhile, Nux jumps into the cab of the truck and starts to attack the women.
    • They subdue him, and while Furiosa wants him dead, the women remind her that they said "no unnecessary killing." Meanwhile, Max notices that another party is approaching.
    • It's "Bullet Farmer," Furiosa says. Nux tells them it's over. There's no way they can defy all these men and win.
    • The women remind him that he's nothing but battle fodder, and promptly toss him out of the truck.
  • Scene 14

    Scene 14

    • The rig enters the canyon and Furiosa tells them that she made a deal for safe passage up ahead.
    • Furiosa tells Max she may need him to drive the rig, but he has to stay hidden because she's supposed to be alone when the deal goes off. She doesn't want him mucking it up.
    • From above in the canyon, we see menacing-looking folks on motorcycles.
    • Furiosa wants to know what she should call Max. "Does it matter?" he asks.
    • Fine then. She tells him that when she yells "Fool," he should take the rig and drive as fast as he can out of the canyon—a Plan B for when things go south. Then she teaches him the kill switch. Aw, they're bonding.
    • Furiosa drives further into the canyon, just past a stone bridge that rises above the floor.
    • She stops the truck and gets out, shouting up to the canyon walls that she has come to deliver the fuel pod—"three thousand gallons of guzzoline."
    • When she unhitches the pod, they're supposed to drop the rocks—preventing the war parties from pursuing them through the canyon.
    • A man shouts down—she said there would only be a few vehicles in pursuit, but they count three war parties. Uh oh. Things are already going south.
    • A war party arrives in the distance, after a brief pause, Furiosa shouts "Fool!" and Max guns the truck.
    • Furiosa runs alongside and manages to grab hold, jumping on for the ride.
    • Meanwhile, the canyon men blow the rocks on the bridge, thus blocking the passage of Immortan Joe and his war parties, and leaving them free to chase down the War Rig.
    • Now the canyon men, driving speedy and nimble motorcycles of course, pursue Furiosa and Max—they're after the fuel they were supposed to get from this deal.
    • The war parties, meanwhile, are attempting to get past the rocks so they can continue their pursuit of Furiosa and the breeders.
    • Nux reveals that he was on the war rig with them, so Immortan Joe invites him to ride in his car with him.
  • Scene 15

    Scene 15

    • Max is hauling butt through the canyon like a bat out of hell. The motorcycles are attacking from all sides. They even use nearby rocks as ramps to jump over the truck and drop flaming grenades on the War Rig.
    • Furiosa manages to put out the fire by dropping the plow on the front of the truck so that the sand suffocates the flames.
    • Then she hops out of the sunroof, and she and Max manage to work together to take out the motorcycles, each displaying amazing marksmanship and coordination.
    • Once the motorcycles are done with, there still remains the sticky problem of Immortan Joe in hot pursuit, of course.
    • As he approaches, he aims his gun at the back of Furiosa's head, which he can see through the War Rig's passenger window.
    • Just as he's about to fire, Angharad throws open the back door and puts her body between his gun and Furiosa.
    • She stares him down.
    • Furiosa reaches around Angharad and shoots at Immortan Joe. One of his sons jumps in front of the bullet, saving Joe, but dying himself.
    • As they continue driving, Nux tells Joe that if he can get on the rig, there's a way inside the cab. He can take them out.
    • Immortan Joe tells him to kill Furiosa and return the women to him.
    • If he does that, Joe says that he'll carry Nux to the gates of Valhalla, where Nux will "ride eternal, shiny and chrome." That sounds…peaceful?
    • Nux jumps onto the War Rig—and promptly falls—throwing a wrench in that whole achieving glory business. Looks like he's not awaited in Valhalla after all.
    • Immortan Joe accelerates and careens alongside the War Rig. From atop the vehicle, one of his sons fires a harpoon into the cab of the War Rig, which attaches to the steering wheel. Uh oh.
    • The steering wheel flies off, leaving Max with nothing to maneuver the truck with.
    • Furiosa cleverly attaches a wrench just in time, and she and Max manage to steer away from some fast-approaching rocks.
    • Angharad, who's still on the outside of the truck, almost gets smashed to smithereens, but she manages to duck, just in time.
    • Unfortunately, as she's making her way back to the cab, she slips, and the door she's holding onto falls off the truck.
    • Angharad falls from the War Rig and gets swept under the wheels of Immortan Joe's car, which he has now crashed, in an attempt to avoid running her over.
    • Everyone is devastated. Capable—the red-headed breeder—tells Max to stop and turn the rig around, just as he flashes on that young girl he didn't save—whoever she is.
    • Max refuses. "She went under the wheels," he says. There wouldn't be any point to turning around.
    • Furiosa asks if he saw it. She wants to be sure. Max is sure. Furiosa agrees to keep moving.
    • Back at the crash site, Immortan Joe holds a dying Angharad, and is moaning in grief.
  • Scene 16

    Scene 16

    • As Max and Furiosa drive on through the desert, it's clear the group has taken a big hit. But they have to keep moving.
    • That is, until the truck breaks down again.
    • They slow to a stop and Furiosa and Max get to cooling down the radiator.
    • Cheedo—yes, that is her name—has taken off running, hoping to reunite with two of Immortan Joe's men, who are pursuing them on a motorcycle. Clearly, it has become tough for her to continue on.
    • The other women try to stop her, reminding her that they are not objects—and they're certainly not Immortan Joe's property.
    • While this argument takes place, Furiosa aims her sniper rifle at the oncoming motorcycle, and shoots its riders dead, thus ending Cheedo's hopes of escape. She comes back to the rig.
    • At sunset, the war rig is headed east. Max takes advantage of the relatively calm moment to ask Furiosa, "So, um, where is this green place?" There's definitely a hint of skepticism in his voice.
    • She tells him "it's a long night's run." Gee, that's helpful.
    • Then she asks the women to take an inventory of the guns and ammo while she goes down below the truck to do some repairs.
    • Capable volunteers to go with her to keep watch at the back.
    • As she sits at her post in the back of the War Rig, she hears soft sobbing and discovers that Nux has hidden out there. He's crying because blames himself for Angharad's death.
    • He knows that he can never go back to Immortan Joe, because it was his own blood bag (Max) who drove the rig that resulted in Angharad's death. So much for Valhalla.
    • Capable tells him she thinks it was his destiny not to achieve success and make it to Valhalla. The two share a quiet and unexpected moment of connection.
    • Back in the cab, Toast Knowing (better name than Cheedo?) finishes her inventory and it's not good news. They're running seriously low on ammo for their guns.
  • Scene 17

    Scene 17

    • It's nighttime. The War Rig is headed through a muddy wasteland and begins to skid all over the place. Then they get stuck in the mire altogether.
    • They manage to get free, and lay a few traps for the war parties, who are in hot pursuit.
    • When Joe's vehicles hit the traps, they explode, and the other members of the party get stuck in the quagmire as well.
    • Things are not going Joe's way, it seems. And they only get worse—Angharad, whom they picked up off the road, is dying, and when they attempt to cut her unborn child out of her, they discover the child has died too.
    • Meanwhile, the Bullet Farmer pulls up. He's got what can only be described as a muscle tank. Mud? No problem for him.
    • As for Max and the ladies, well they're stuck in the mud once again, with Bullet Farmer on his way to kill Furiosa.
    • She can hear him firing into the distance, and sees his searchlight. They need a plan.
    • Nux—who seems to have switched sides—volunteers to help, and while they debate the merits of letting one of Immortan Joe's cronies come to their aid, Max attempts to solve the problem by—you guessed it—shooting at it.
    • He takes the sniper rifle, which only has four bullets left, and aims for the approaching search light. He misses.
    • Furiosa takes over, using Max as a perch for the gun. Bulls-eye—literally. She shoots the Bullet Farmer straight through the search light and blinds him. He's still alive, but at least it's bought them some time.
    • At the War Rig, Max and Nux work together to attach the rig to a tree—the only tree for miles, it seems.
    • Bullet Farmer is close enough to hit them, and angered by his new blindness, he begins to fire his machine guns at random.
    • The women all hustle back to the rig, which Nux and Mac are attempting to free from the muck.
    • They finally succeed, and get the rig onto high ground.
  • Scene 18

    Scene 18

    • They're relatively safe, but the engines are "very hot and real thirsty." They can't go anywhere far until the engines have cooled.
    • Max tells them to take the rig half a mile down the track, and heads off to get rid of this whole Bullet Farmer problem.
    • While the crew cools the engines, they hear gunfire and then an explosion in the distance.
    • Then, out of the mist, Max approaches, toting a bunch of guns and ammo, and—thankfully—a steering wheel.
    • He's covered in blood, which he rinses off with mother's milk from the War Rig.
    • Soon enough, they're back on the road, driving through a muddy wasteland filled with crows and scavengers.
    • The next morning, Max awakes from a dream of the people he didn't save. Furiosa's at the wheel.
    • Max asks her how she knows that the green place exists, and we learn that she was born there.
    • When she was a child, Immortan Joe's men stole her, and raised her at the Citadel.
    • He wants to know why she's doing this—why she's helping these women escape.
    • She's got one word for him: "redemption."
  • Scene 19

    Scene 19

    • A little while later, the War Rig pulls to a stop and Toast Knowing spots a tower in the distance. It's familiar to Furiosa. But things aren't exactly looking green if we may say so.
    • They drive towards it, and when they get closer, they notice a naked woman yelling "help me!" from the top. Max thinks this is a bad idea: "That's bait."
    • Furiosa tells them to stay in the rig, while she hops out. She approaches the tower, shouting loudly to identify herself: "I am one of the Vuvalini, of the many mothers."
    • The woman atop the tower sends out a signal, and suddenly several women appear, driving motorcycles like total bosses.
    • The woman climbs down from the tower, and the whole group approaches Furiosa. When the woman from the tower recognizes her, they share a joyful, heartfelt reunion.
    • Now that it's clear they're safe, Max, Nux, and the women emerge from the War Rig.
    • As everyone is introduced, Furiosa says she can't wait for the breeders to see it—the Green Place.
    • Right?
    • But as it turns out, the Green Place is not so green anymore. In fact, they've already seen it. It was that muddy wasteland filled with scavengers and crows.
    • As it turns out, these women are the last of the many mothers, who had to flee the green place when they ran out of clean water.
    • Furiosa, clearly devastated, walks away from the group.
    • While they all watch, she stumbles away, takes off her robotic arm, and falls to her knees screaming.
    • Max looks on, clearly feeling for her.
  • Scene 20

    Scene 20

    • At night, the women make camp, and look out over the "plains of silence."
    • Dag tells one of the women they've met that she's pregnant with Immortan Joe's child.
    • The woman then shows her her most prized possession: a bag full of seeds. Awesome?
    • In fact, she's known as the Keeper of the Seeds, and it's her responsibility to keep these seeds from home safe so she can continue to plant them whenever she can.
    • We cut to Max. He's making a map, using his own blood as ink. Gross. Boss.
    • Furiosa approaches and wants to speak with him.
    • She tells them that they've decided to try to cross the salt flats—the plains of silence. It's their best shot.
    • They'll leave the rig, load up the motorcycles, and ride for at least 160 days—as long as their supplies last. Hopefully they'll end up somewhere…not here.
    • She offers Max a bike, fully loaded. She also offers him a chance to ride with them, if he wants.
    • He tells her he'll make his own way. "Hope is a mistake," he says. "If you can't fix what's broken, you'll go insane."
    • We're getting the sense that he speaks from experience.
  • Scene 21

    Scene 21

    • The next morning, Max watches the women make their way across the salt flats in the distance. We'd say he almost looks sad to see them go, but that would imply that Max expresses emotions.
    • Suddenly, he hears the voice of the young girls he couldn't save.
    • Then he sees her in the distance. "Come on, Pa, let's go," she says.
    • Somehow, this vision has made up his mind. He pursues the women into the desert and stops their convoy.
    • He approaches Furiosa with his handmade map, and tells her "This is your way home."
    • He wants them to go back to the Citadel, the greenest place they know of. They can drive straight at Immortan Joe, trap them in the canyon, and then take the Citadel for themselves. Simple, right?
    • It would be a way for them to start again, without risking death in the desert.
    • As Max puts it, "At least that way, you know, we might be able to, together, come across some kind of redemption."
    • Well said?
    • They shake on it. It's a plan.
  • Scene 22

    Scene 22

    • Immortan Joe is humming to himself, while his sons and all their war boys are chilling in the sunshine. They're clearly killing time before they make a decision about what to do. Chase the women? Go home?
    • One of the war boys spots the War Rig in the distance.
    • Immortan Joe quickly realizes their plan, and mobilizes his troops. They've got to stop the War Rig from getting back to the Citadel, which is currently undefended and ripe for the taking.
  • Scene 23

    Scene 23

    • Back in the War Rig, Dag prays intently. The Vuvalini are all in the truck with them, except for one, who rides alongside in a motorcycle.
    • The first car from Joe's war party—which just so happens to be Max's old car—approaches. The war boys attempt to harpoon the War Rig, but they miss, and one of them gets shot by a Vuvalini.
    • Now Max's old car and the War Rig are engaged in a race. Furiosa doesn't want the car to get in front of them, because then the war boys will spike their wheels. So Nux climbs out onto the hood to boost the engine by spitting fuel into the intake—which is exactly what Slit—hi, Slit!—is doing to Max's car.
    • When Nux chokes on the gasoline, Max takes over.
    • Meanwhile, the Vuvalini make their move. One of them shoots the driver, and that problem is solved—for the moment.
    • The only problem is, the extra fuel boost has shot engine one—and engine two is about to blow. They've also got a problem with the fifth wheel. Things aren't exactly going great.
    • So Max sends Nux to deal with engine one, while he takes a Vuvalini with him to fix the fifth wheel. If they can unhook the tanker, it won't be a problem.
    • Two of the Vuvalini are lost when they attempt to take out one of Joe's cars and get run over.
    • As a few other vehicles approach the War Rig, they harpoon the back of the truck and put down their plows, creating a drag on the truck and effectively slowing Furiosa down.
    • Max leaves one of the Vuvalini to continue disengaging the tanker, so that he can try to cut the harpoons from the back of the truck with the help of another Vuvalini.
    • Another Vuvalini dies trying to prevent one of Joe's men from harpooning the cab of the truck.
    • In the midst of all this, polecats. Dun dun dun.
    • Several of Joe's men come swinging into view on tall, flexible poles. When the poles are just right, they use the momentum to jump onto the War Rig and engage in hand-to-hand combat with Max and the Vuvalini.
    • In the ensuing scuffle, the Keeper of the Seeds is fatally wounded. She's clearly dying, so Dag thoughtfully hands her the bag of seeds, which she clutches to her chest.
    • Joe's men take out another Vuvalini, but Max manages to fend a few more off—until he gets hit in the head with an arrow, which he blocks with his hand. He's down—at least, temporarily.
    • Then Joe's men take Toast Knowing from the cab of the truck, and she's now in Immortan Joe's car.
    • Max revives, and single handedly takes out several of Joe's men. But when he almost falls off the truck, Furiosa must lean out the window to save him, and when she's not looking, another one of Joe's men stabs her with a bone knife.
    • The Keeper of the Seeds manages to have enough strength left to stab the attacker in the eye, and they kick him out of the cab.
    • Just then, Nux succeeds in fixing engine one, and the War Rig has total power again.
    • Meanwhile, Slit pulls up in Max's old car, clearly hoping to take our hero out.
    • As he guns it, and approaches Max, who is still hanging from the side of the War Rig, Furiosa veers into him, squishing the car between the rig and one of the attacking trucks.
    • Max needs a way out of this sticky situation. When he sees Nux crawl up from fixing the engine, he calls his name, and Nux gives him a swift kick.
    • The momentum is enough to swing him onto a nearby attack vehicle, which Max takes control of with brute force.
    • He guns the engine, driving past the War Rig and past Immortan Joe's car, attempting to create a diversion to allow the War Rig to escape.
    • As Max's attack vehicle pulls alongside the War Rig, the women shout to him that Furiosa is hurt. He takes the opportunity to jump back onto the War Rig.
    • But just as he does, one of Joe's men on a pole grabs him, and he goes swinging away. Max manages to kick the other guy off the pole, and finds himself swinging through the air while the attack vehicle he had just been on explodes in a giant fireball.
    • The pole then bounces him onto the truck with the war drums and the flaming guitar—a.k.a. the Doof Wagon.
  • Scene 24

    Scene 24

    • It's time for the final showdown.
    • Having dispatched many of Immortan Joe's attack vehicles, Furiosa is now neck-and-neck with Immortan Joe as they enter the canyon.
    • First, Furiosa veers into him, but she has to be careful because Toast Knowing is in Joe's car.
    • Joe pulls in front of the War Rig, blocking Furiosa's way out and preventing any chance of escape.
    • So Furiosa asks Nux to drive, so that she can take care of Immortan Joe herself. Oh, it's on.
    • Meanwhile, back on the Doof Wagon, Max watches Furiosa from afar. He takes out a few war boys, using the flaming guitar as a weapon, while Furiosa climbs from the war rig to Immortan Joe's car.
    • Max makes his way toward her, jumping from truck to truck.
    • Cheedo, meanwhile, has a plan. She climbs from the cab of the truck and screams to Joe's son, Rictus, "take me!"
    • Rictus grabs her and puts her in Joe's car, and then heads toward the cab of the War Rig to deal with Nux and the other women.
    • The Vuvalini attempt to fight him off, but he's too strong. So Max grabs a skull—don't ask—and just when Rictus looks back to see Cheedo helping Furiosa into Immortan Joe's car, Max beans him with it.
    • Two fights go on at the same time: Furiosa attempts to take out Immortan Joe and his men, while Max goes after Rictus. Neither fight seems to be going well for our heroes.
    • That is, until a Vuvalini shoots Rictus in the back, giving Max the chance to get the drop on him.
    • And Furiosa? Well, it turns out she's holding her own just fine. She tackles Immortan Joe's man, and throws him over the side. She's now hanging from the side of Immortan Joe's car, and is close enough to finally kill him.
    • She hooks his face mask with a harpoon, says, "Remember me," and shoves the harpoon into the spinning wheels below. Immortan Joe's face rips clean off. It's exactly as gross as you think it is.
    • Max arrives just in time to save her from falling off the side of the car, and Toast Knowing takes the wheel and spits on her one-time oppressor.
    • Cheedo announces the good news: Immortan Joe is dead.
    • Now it's time for the remaining Vuvalini, the other women, and Nux to climb into Immortan Joe's car, so that they can decouple the tanker at the pass and blow the canyon.
    • But there's just one problem. Rictus isn't dead.
    • Nux, who's still behind the wheel, sees Rictus grab the engine intake right out of the hood of the War Rig—uh oh—and he knows what he has to do.
    • "Witness me" he says, and jack knifes the truck right in the narrowest part of the canyon. He has sacrificed himself to prevent Immortan Joe's men from pursuing Max and the women.
  • Scene 25

    Scene 25

    • Back in the War Rig, Furiosa is dying. Her lungs are collapsing, but Max knows what to do.
    • After a quick, "I am so sorry," he jams a knife into her lung.
    • Furiosa can breathe better, but she's lost a lot of blood.
    • Good thing Max is a universal donor then, right? He transfuses his blood into Furiosa.
    • As she lies there, in and out of consciousness while his blood flows through her veins, he cradles her head and says, "Max. My name is Max. That's my name."
  • Scene 26

    Scene 26

    • Back at the Citadel, the crowds see the vehicle approaching. The young war boys start banging the drums and a platform is lowered.
    • Max hops out of the drivers seat, climbs onto the trunk, and shows everyone Immortan Joe's dead body.
    • The crowds rejoice—their oppressor is finally dead.
    • Max then helps Furiosa out of the car, and the two stand on the hood of the car, looking up into the Citadel.
    • The crowds begin to chant "Let them up," and the war pups decide to do just that.
    • A Vuvalini drives the car onto the platform, and the Citadel workers hoist them up into the air.
    • Now, instead of kicking the masses off the platform, the breeders and the Vuvalini help them up.
    • Meanwhile, from high above, the nursing mothers release the water from the aquifer and it rains down freely upon the masses.
    • The camera zooms in on Max as he watches, standing next to Furiosa.
    • But when the camera cuts away, Max is no longer there.
    • Looking for him, Furiosa spots him walking among the crowds below. He looks back up at her, and the two exchange a knowing nod.
    • As the movie ends, the screen goes black and displays a quote from "The First History Man": "Where must we go…we who wander this Wasteland in search of our better selves?"
    • Where, indeed?