Written by Old Bluffer 2nd Jun 2005
This is a killing done with consumate grace. Magua has wronged the Mohican tribe so deeply that it is beyond revenge.
The aging Chingachgook should struggle to fight the younger, stronger warrior, but he has the inevitable air of a Killer about him and for the first time in the film, Magua looks scared.
Chingachgook lopes towards his foe and shoulder rolls beneath Magua's initial wild blow, burying his axe deeply into him in one smooth motion. The whole move is over in the briefest of heartbeats.
Magua desperately tries to fight back but is thwarted by Chingachgook's zen-like skills, and he is soon a broken man.
Chingachkook knows he must finish him, but all he feels is sorrow. Sorrow for his son, killed by Magua, sorrow for his tribe, who now have no future and sorrow for his people, who he knows are dwindling. He looks deeply into the eyes of his mortally wounded foe, and shakes his head in sadness before axing him over the edge of the cliff.