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In the film V for Vendetta, the following conversation takes place:

Finch: Rookwood. Why didn't you come forward before? What were you waiting for?

V: For you, Inspector. I needed you.

I have tried to come up with a reason why V needed him, and have concluded that V didn't need him. Rather the author needed him (the police chief) to provide another perspective on the plot: a plot device.

Is that reasonable?

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    They altered the characters somewhat in the movie. Finch in the comics was a dogged and old-style investigator, and while he was a plot device to reveal V's backstory, he was also the last good man stuck in the government, and V used Finch to kill himself once V's plan could no longer be stopped. V saw no place for himself in the new world, so (in his mind?) he did need someone like Finch to remove him and let Evey take his place. The movie made it into a dramatic last stand thing that I didn't really comprehend. – Radhil Jun 21 '18 at 19:24
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    I always assumed that he needed an honest man running the police or the chairman wouldn't have made himself vulnerable. – Valorum Jun 21 '18 at 19:24
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V talked of liberating people by giving them the truth. What better way or what more symbolic way to do that than to help the police inspector find the truth? And also, I think V hoped that the police inspector would be inspired to make the world a more just place if he knew the whole truth. V knew the world would go on once he died and someone needed to take his place in ensuring justice is served. That would be Evey with the help of the police inspector.

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