Epilogue (Halo 4 level)
Epilogue is the tenth and last level of Halo 4's campaign. It does not contain actual gameplay, instead only a cutscene depicting John-117's rescue by a D79-TC Pelican and reunion with Thomas Lasky, and then a cutscene depicting John taking off his MJOLNIR Mark VI armor and a speech made by the Didact.
Still floating in the debris field from Mantle's Approach, the Master Chief is rescued by a Pelican from the UNSC Infinity and is greeted by a Spartan honor guard on the ship. Shortly thereafter, Captain Thomas Lasky joins a grieving Master Chief on an Infinity observation deck overlooking Earth, leading to a discussion between the two about soldiers and people, leading the Master Chief to reflect on how Cortana once asked him to determine which one of them is the machine.
As a voiceover by the Didact defends his actions, troops secure New Phoenix and witness the aftermath of the use of the Composer while the Master Chief has his armor removed on Infinity S-Deck for the first time in over four and a half years.
Fade in to the debris field left of the Mantle's Approach. Then cut to John, floating above Earth, not moving at all. A searchlight shines on John's body, who looks up slowly to see an approaching Pelican.
The Pelican's back door opens. Cut to aboard the Infinity, where SPARTAN-IVs and Marines stand in formation to await Master Chief. They turn and salute as John steps out of the Pelican. Cut to black.
Fade in to establishing shot of the Infinity. Cut to John standing at a window, looking down at Earth below. Thomas Lasky comes from behind.
The two face out towards Earth.
John says nothing. Lasky breaks their silence.
John turns to look at him, then turns back. He does not respond.
Lasky walks away. John looks to see him go.
John continues to watch Earth's surface.
Cut to black. Credits roll.
Open on the city of New Phoenix. The sound of a Pelican can be heard in the distance.
Cut to within the deserted city. Smoke rises from piles of ashes on the streets and there are many abandoned cars.
Two Pelicans fly over the street.
The Pelicans land. Several troops come out of the troop bay of one. They secure the area, but slow down to realize the city is empty. One of them examines a pile of ash on the ground with his instruments. He looks up and away in the horizon; the entire city population is dead.
Cut to John-117, slowly walking down a hallway in Infinity. Fade to black.
Fade to the SPARTAN-IV armory in Infinity. Numerous personnel and SPARTAN-IVs are seen below.
Cut to SPARTAN-IVs being armored by machines.
Sarah Palmer and another S-IV who is running on a treadmill turn to see John. The running S-IV almost trips in the process.
Palmer walks forward to approach John. Cut to John, walking right past her. His size dwarfs hers.
John walks to one of the machines, prepared to take off his armor for the first time in years. Personnel and S-IVs in the area gather around his station and watch. Since he is too tall to fit inside the disarming machine, the technicians around him prepare to remove his armor manually.
The technicians free the bolts to his arm plates, allowing them to fall off.
The machine frees John's chest plate, also allowing it to fall. The chest plate hits the floor with a loud thud.
John's helmet begins to de-bolt as machines begin to lift it off.
John's helmet is lifted off. If the player has not yet beaten the game on Legendary, beneath the helmet there is only black. Once the player has beaten the game on Legendary, however, John's adult face is revealed for the first time. All that can be seen is his brow, cheekbones, and bridge of his nose, while his eyes are shadowed. Cut to black.