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When the Architect asked Neo to make his choice one of the TV screens revealed that Trinity had been shot by the agent. However, the movie indicated that she was shot after Neo opened the door on his left. Didn't the Oracle say he can't see past any choice?

I think the Architect already knew in advance when and how Trinity would be shot. By reading Neo's chemical precursors in the form of code, he probably also knew in advance which door Neo would choose to open. Why bother asking Neo to make his choice if the Architect already knew Neo's choice?

Since the Architect knew Neo's attachment to Trinity, it seemed unwise to endanger her life. I think that even if he's not interested in studying irrational behavior, after watching over the whole world for such a long time he could reasonably expect what a human would risk for love. As a calculated program he was not supposed to take so much risk.

  • Strange human, teach me this thing that your people call "love".
    – Broklynite
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 13:41
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    It always struck me as a massive fail that his monitor is showing something that happens in the future.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 14:42
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    It is showing a "prediction" of the future. This would be well within the parameters of such an advanced thinking system. Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 15:26
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    @Chahk - Artificial wombs are almost a reality so that's a check. The idea that humans are being used for energy generation I put down to machine propaganda. I've already discussed why I think the machines are keeping the humans alive. It boils down to the fact that the machines offered us a surrender and we accepted it. They're (still) holding up their end of the bargain.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 15:40
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    Alt explanation - Neo had been having dreams about this happening, and the Architect is reading these thought patterns and showing him what he fears.
    – DavidS
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 11:07

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The most important thing to note is that everyone has their part to play in this little charade. The Oracle's job is to identify the One and guide him to the Keymaker. The Keymaker guides the One to the Architect whose job is it to give him THE CHOICE. Once the (right) choice has been made, The One leaves the Matrix (along with a few hand-picked men and women from within the Matrix) the machines kill everyone in Zion and begin rebuilding it for the next generation to arrive. The One then spends a few years plodding around in the wilderness before "discovering" Zion and at some point over the next 100 years, the number of Zionese dissidents rises to an uncomfortable level and the cycle begins over again.

About ¾ of the way through his scripted conversation with Neo, the Architect discovers something odd. His little speech is expected to show the One the elegance of the solution and the forced choice he'll have to make. Bizarrely, Neo chooses wrong, stating that he is willing to accept the destruction of the Human race. The Architect attempts to dissuade him, but to no avail and Neo leaves.

Once Neo has made his choice, the Matrix is then living on borrowed time. Sometime in the very near future, there will simply have been too many intrusions and glitches that the average inhabitant will begin to question the truth of the Matrix. At that point, they'll start dying and the "crop" will be lost, forcing the machines to start over entirely. This isn't desirable, but it would seem that without a formal acceptance by a representative of the human race, it would appear that the machines aren't happy to keep the majority of humanity inside the Matrix against their will.

Architect: Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.

Neo: I don't believe you. And not only do I not believe you, but I've got better things to be doing.

Architect: What? Didn't you hear what I said. Everyone's going to die if you walk out of that door.

Neo: K thnx, bye.

  • The real question here, then, is why the architect allowed Trinity to be shot by the Agent (or even confronted by an Agent in the first place) considering Neo's attachment to her. If Trinity wasn't about to die, would Neo have chosen differently? I'd ask, but I suspect there's no answer since the story didn't happen that way.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 18:45
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    @ellesdil - Fish gotta swim, Agents gotta Agent.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 18:49
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    @Ellesedil I believe it has something to do with the "dangerous game" that the Oracle was playing.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 0:39
  • I seem to get your point. The oracle designs the choice while the Architect gives it. Trinity's fate is designed and doomed from the beginning. It's essential that she is going to die so that Neo can make the choice. Right?
    – Kinzle B
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 14:12
  • @KinzleB - I don't think it's quite as scripted as that. Certainly Neo isn't supposed to choose one life over all of humanity. It's supposed to be a forced choice. The Oracle, sensing in Neo the potential for true love pointed him toward Trinity (and vice-versa) hoping that he'd make the wrong decision for the right reasons.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 15:14

The Architect tells Neo that this meeting has happened at least five times already. The images on the screens are from the past, not the present.

The Architect has created Neo as a routine that can make choices. His goal was to find an unstable element to counteract the inherent instability of the Matrix. By choosing the "wrong" door, Neo breaks his programming and proves that he is not just The One but The Last One.

  • It's not exactly clear whether the screens show the past. Also, I don't think I agree with "The Last One" - what makes you think so? Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 21:01

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