It's been a while since I saw The Dark Knight Rises but something occurred to me. Who was feeding the prisoners when Bruce was imprisoned? I assume the Warlord fed them when he was in charge but who fed them once Bane took over?
It's not apparent from the script, nor the novelisation quite who is feeding the inhabitants of The Pit. There's a brief mention of the Doctor being "paid" to keep Bruce alive and there seems to be bread and other foodstuffs in the prison, strongly suggesting that someone (Bane's henchmen? The League of Shadows? Local villagers?) are dropping food off every now and then, in quantities sufficient to feed the inhabitants.
Bruce grimaced. He lay miserably atop the cot, from which he hadn’t stirred for who knew how long. Feverish and weak, he’d lost all track of time, drifting in and out of awareness. His head pounded, and the searing pain in his back was a constant companion, even in his sleep. Existence had become an endless ordeal he could never escape. He could not even clean himself.
“Do it for the pleasure,” he said bitterly. But the nameless European placed a stale piece of bread to Bruce’s lip. He shrugged apologetically.
“They pay me more than that to keep you alive.”
- The Dark Knight Trilogy: Official Novelisation
PRISONER: He asks if you would pay us to let you die. I told him you have nothing.
WAYNE: Do it for the pleasure.
[The Prisoner puts bread to Wayne’s lips.]
PRISONER: They pay me more than that to keep you alive.
[A chant gets Wayne’s attention. He rolls his head painfully to watch a Tattooed Prisoner hand a thick rope to a Strong Man, who ties it around his chest, watched by other Prisoners.]
- The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays