WIDE PANEL: the panel is filled with a burst of BLINDING WHITE COSMIC LIGHT with traces of KIRBY CRACKLE undulating around the edges.
They pressed the button. They won.
The rings fired. The world ended.
WIDE PANEL: we're looking up slightly into a cloudless, pale blue sky. The sun is shining.
In the distance in the sky is a small BLACK SPECK.
Below the sky are fields as far as the eye can see.
But something survived. Something always does.
WIDE PANEL, FIXED: the speck is closer to us now, becoming a black circular shape, a trail of black smoke and fire spewing behind it.
Empires rise and fall, stars live and die and life finds a way.
WIDE PANEL, FIXED: the object impacts the field, ploughing towards us leaving a trail of upturned earth and soil behind it.
It’s an ESCAPE POD (ala Halo 3).
This is the natural order of things.
Cut to a CLOSE UP on MASTER CHIEF’s boot as it makes first contact with the soil after stepping out of the escape pod.
Unstoppable, persistent life, turning its face towards the sun.22.6
Cut to a CLOSE UP on the bottom half of Master Chief's unmasked face. Stern.
This is the end.
This is the beginning.22.7
WIDE PANEL: cut to a shot from Master Chief's POV. We're looking out across the fields, the sun shining down. Despite no signs of life it looks like paradise-- heaven even.
Last soldier. First man. Full circle.
The Great Journey is complete.