written by James Cameron


THE SOUND OF DRUMS, from a great distance, growing louder. FADE IN: WE ARE FLYING through mist, a dimly glimpsed forest below. VOICE (V.O.) When I was lying there in the VA hospital, with a big hole blown through the middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying. We are very low over the forest now, gliding fast, the drums BUILDING to a PEAK -VOICE (V.O.) Sooner or later though, you always have to wake up... EXT. CITY - NIGHT A SCREECH OF BRAKES as a vehicle WIPES FRAME, revealing -JAKE SULLY, a scarred and scruffy combat vet, sitting in a beat up carbon-fiber wheelchair. At 22, his eyes are hardened by the wisdom and wariness of one who has endured pain beyond his years. Jake stares upward at the levels of the city. MAGLEV TRAINS WHOOSH overhead on elevated tracks, against a sky of garish advertizing. JAKE (V.O.) They can fix a spinal, if you’ve got the money. But not on vet benefits, not in this economy. The traffic light changes and Jake pushes forward with the crowd, pumping the wheels of his chair. Most of the people wear FILTER MASKS to protect them from the toxic air. In a LONG LENS STACK it is a marching torrent of anonymous, isolated souls. INT. JAKE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT The room is a tiny CUBICLE, prison cell meets 747 bathroom. Narrow cot, wall-screen droning away in the B.G. -PERKY NEWSCASTER The Bengal tiger, extinct for over a century, is making a comeback. These cloned tiger cubs at the Beijing Zoo are...



Jake laboriously pulls his pants off -- rocking to one side, pushing the fabric down past his hip, then rocking to the other, and so on. His legs are white and atrophied. Utterly useless. But his arms are tattooed and powerfully muscled. A “Born Loser” tattoo prominent on his shoulder. JAKE (V.O.) I became a Marine for the hardship. To be hammered on the anvil of life. I told myself I could pass any test a man can pass. Jake struggles with his pants a long time. INT. ROWDY BAR -- NIGHT Not the kind of place you’d bring your mom. We find Jake near the pool table, BALANCING his chair, front wheels off the ground, while holding a tequila shot on his forehead. ONLOOKERS, including some other disabled vets, CLAP and WHOOP. Jake grabs the glass, SLAMS down the shot as they cheer. A WALL-SIZED SCREEN filled with the World Cup game -- men RUNNING on antelope legs. CU JAKE, watching what he can’t have. Expression stony. CUT TO:

JAKE (V.O.) Let’s get it straight up front. I don’t want your pity. I know the world’s a cold-ass bitch. Jake’s eyes shift the crowd. A MAN Hard. She cowers fist. An eternal -- HIS POV, seeing the bar through gaps in on a barstool SLAPS the WOMAN he’s with. but he’s got her arm, shouting, raising his tableau. People look away.

CU JAKE -- not looking away. JAKE (V.O.) You want a fair deal, you’re on the wrong planet. The strong prey on the weak. TIGHT ON JAKE’S HAND as he starts pushing the wheel of his chair. TRACKING WITH HIM as he rolls forward.

sending him SPRAWLING on the pavement. panting. unnoticed. He just lies there.3. banging across the alley. trying to drag him off and it goes into SLOW MOTION. his chair CRASHES down on him. He leans down and grabs one leg of the man’s barstool -.) It’s just the way things are. everybody yelling and pulling. JAKE (to himself) Candy ass bitch. CUT TO: . right there on the floor. as Jake lies spread-eagled amongst the trash.) All I ever wanted in my sorry-ass life was a single thing worth fighting for. He’s bleeding and bruised.O.NIGHT THE BOUNCER hurls Jake out the door.O. JAKE I hope you realize you’ve just lost a customer! He collapses onto his back. He stares upwards at the levels of the city.and YANKS. does a damn thing. The guy goes down HARD and -- JAKE hurls himself from the wheelchair. MAGTRAINS ROAR overhead. JAKE (V. A moment later. but still crazed and ready to fight. blinking -then shouts jauntily to no one in particular -JAKE If it ain’t rainin’ we ain’t trainin’! CAMERA PULLS BACK high and wide. landing in the trash.. toppling on the guy. coming to rest across him. It starts to RAIN.. ALLEY BEHIND BAR -. JAKE (V. next to the bullying man. And nobody Jake stops. getting drenched. Jake struggles to rise on one elbow. THE BOUNCER jumps in. getting a grip on him like a pit bull and PUNCHING the crap out of him. The chair flips. EXT. TWO LONG SHADOWS enter FRAME.

) The strong prey on the weak. Their features unremarkable and blandly threatening in the way of FBI agents and auditors. for the paper in his wallet.O. JAKE You’re ruinin’ my good mood. INT. We’d like to talk to you about taking over his contract. A guy with a knife took all Tommy would ever be. AGENT 2 It’s about your brother. . He was the one who wanted to get shot light years out into space to find the answers. Tommy. His IDENTICAL TWIN -. JAKE Jesus. like it’s a package for shipping. pulling open the top to reveal a DEAD MAN’S FACE.NIGHT CUT TO: DOWN-ANGLE on a large rectangular cardboard box.a row of stainless steel furnaces. JAKE (V.O. showing Jake and the two agents in a high tech CREMATORIUM -. HANDS ENTER FRAME. Tommy was the scientist. MUNICIPAL CREMATORIUM . The cardboard coffin is rolled into the furnace. not me.) The egghead and the jarhead. AGENT 1 Your brother represented a significant investment. Jake sees two pairs of SHINY SHOES stop next to him. Jake stares down at his own face.TOMMY. squints up at -- He TWO MEN.) The Suits’ concern was touching. WIDER. The ATTENDANT closes the box and seals it with a tape dispenser.4.O. JAKE (V. Matching suits. AGENT 1 Are you Jake Sully? Step off. JAKE (V. He looks EXACTLY like a clean-shaven version of Jake.

we’re not on Earth. JAKE (V. The staff thanks you in advance. as med techs pull themselves about in ZERO-G. wreathed in flame but not touched by it. TIME CUT -.O. nine months and twenty two days. JAKE (a hoarse whisper) Are we there? MED TECH We’re there.the inside of a metal coffin.the multi-tiered CRYO VAULT. The MED TECH floats among them.I was just another dumb grunt gettin’ sent someplace I was gonna regret. please use the sacks provided for your convenience.) Me -. for a moment. as we -DISSOLVE TO: JAKE’S FACE. you will be weak. A SERVO WHINE and we are moving. CLOSE ON his eyes -. JAKE’S POV -. bathed in orange light. and he takes a sharp breath.5. tending to their patients. Sunshine. you have been in cryo for five years.A TECH in medical scrubs FLOATS WEIGHTLESSLY toward us. in icy darkness.SCORES OF PEOPLE emerge from their cryo-capsules in ZERO-G. using his announcement voice. emerging into a large chamber -INT. You will be hungry. If you feel nausea. PUSHING IN ON JAKE as he watches. MED TECH People. CRYO VAULT JAKE’S POV -. Jake squints as the lights flicker on. Pale spirits of the dead rising from rows of open coffins. TOMMY’S FACE is.they OPEN suddenly. INSIDE THE FURNACE the burners quickly eat away the cardboard. Wherever we are. revealing -WIDE SHOT -. . Hundreds of CRYOCAPSULES are opening like morgue drawers.

As the shuttle moves away. building. Suddenly the carpet of virgin rainforest gives way to -AN OPEN-PIT MINE. RAINFOREST . The ISV diminishes away from us toward the largest MOON-. PAN WITH IT of stars glides an INTERSTELLAR STAR. A primeval landscape. his paralyzed legs not an impediment in weightlessness. One of them separates from the starship and moves away. Great scarves of cloud swirl around the mesa tops. SPACE Against the cold infinity SPACECRAFT -. we hear the sound of DRUMS. ringed with dozens of moons which cast beauty-mark shadows on its vast face. we realize a mile long. and distant flocks of WINGED CREATURES. PANDORA ORBIT ISV Venture Star drifts above a spectacular vista -. rivers.ISV VENTURE endless train. There are waterfalls. The ship dwindles to a speck against the BLUE MOON. The trees are alien. Down among the terraces are EXCAVATORS and TRUCKS the size of three story buildings. vast and forbidding.6. the color too cyan. louder and louder until we-CUT TO: EXT. And beyond the mine is the HUMAN COLONY -- . FOLLOWING JAKE as he pushes away from his capsule.over half 180 to REVEAL -- A GAS-GIANT PLANET called POLYPHEMUS.the sapphire seas and unfamiliar continents of Pandora.as if a giant cookiecutter took a chunk out of the world. its thrusters FIRING in short bursts.two massive “VALKYRIE” SHUTTLES are mated to a DOCKING NODE. As it moves past like an this thing is ENORMOUS -. CLOSE ON ISV -.TWILIGHT FLYING OVER A LANDSCAPE of massive cliffs and towering mesas carpeted in rainforest. A lifeless crater -.a blue and surprisingly Earth-like world called PANDORA. CUT TO: EXT. descending toward Pandora. gliding to the LOCKERS across the aisle. CUT TO: EXT.

parting the foliage to reveal the shuttle hover-taxiing across the compound.7. wheelchair putting him at the level of everyone else’s WAISTS. Everybody except JAKE. bringing the ship to a SLOW HOVER.ECU of two intense. let’s go! BENEATH THE SHUTTLE air blasts outward for a hundred meter radius as it settles onto its landing gear. Camera TILTS with it until leaves block the view. cat-like golden EYES watching. The crew chief stops by Jake long enough to bark -CREW CHIEF Exopack on. REVERSE -. the VALKYRIE SHUTTLE roars in across the treetops. HELL’S GATE . . you lose your mask you’re unconscious in 20 seconds and you’re dead in four minutes. CREW CHIEF Remember people. At the corners are towers with automated SENTRY GUNS swiveling on servo mounts./EXT. it looks bad on my report.TWILIGHT Through a screen of jungle canopy. we see the VALKYRIE thunder overhead. EXT.TWILIGHT HELL’S GATE is a cluster of squat concrete and steel structures surrounded by chain-link FENCE 10 meters high. INSIDE everybody is queued up in the aisles. who’s turning his this way and that trying to figure out the straps. SHUTTLE The CREW CHIEF stomps down the aisle yelling -CREW CHIEF Exopacks on! Passengers don their EXO-PACK breathing gear with practiced moves. EXT. A BLUE INHUMAN HAND reaches INTO SHOT. topped with razor wire. INT. VECTORING NOZZLES change angle. Let’s nobody be dead today. RAIN FOREST . Rows of tense. Visible beyond the gun towers. expectant faces in breathing masks -and we DIP DOWN to find Jake. with duffles ready.

ROARS past on muddy wheels. Inside the chain-link tunnel are a couple of SEC-OPS TROOPERS. The neolithic weapons are jarring amid all the advanced technology. FIKE Check it out. It is an armed camp in a state of siege. pumping his chair. hardened. MITSUBISHI MK-6 AMPSUITS -. taller than a house.human operated walking machines 4 meters tall -. TRACERS light up the twilight. WAINFLEET and Fike give Jake and his chair the hairy eyeball as he approaches. CORPORAL LYLE WAINFLEET and PRIVATE FIKE. He notices something sticking in the tires -ARROWS. THE CARGO RAMP OPENS with a hydraulic whine. running with the arriving colonists who double time down the ramp. They are heavily armored. Beyond the outer fence stands a black wall of forest hundreds of feet high. Armored and heavily armed. A SENTRY GUN OPENS FIRE from a tower. Jake.patrol the perimeter. and haggard. looks around as -A huge TRACTOR. CREW CHIEF Go directly into the base! Do not stop! Go straight inside! HAND-HELD.8. WAINFLEET That is just wrong. They jog across the exposed apron toward a walkway covered in CHAINLINK which leads to the complex. and armed with a huge rotary cannon called a GAU-90. Sec-Ops is the colony’s private security force. JAKE What’re you two limpdicks starin’ at? As Jake rolls past. two VTOL vehicles take off. SOMETHING SWOOPS down behind him and -Meals on wheels. THEIR POV -. WAINFLEET Look at all that new meat. These guys are laid back. A shadowy SHAPE SHRIEKS and drops off the fence.Jake rolls down the ramp. Beyond the tractor. . they are AT-99 “SCORPION” GUNSHIPS. man.

He eyes HIS POV -. WAINFLEET casually BLASTS IT with his PISTOL. The hair is clipped short. It drops off WAINFLEET Seen a lotta guys leave this place in a wheelchair. Without his mask.is the HEAD OF SECURITY for the Hell’s Gate colony. stance wide. On one hip he carries a very large PISTOL. except for the SCAR. which runs from scalp to jaw down one side of his face.) You are not in Kansas any more.the mighty POLYPHEMUS seems to fill the sky.9. It STABS at him through the chain link with a tail ending in a glistening stiletto. CUT TO: . are an icy steel gray. beyond the clouds. watching Jake pump his chair through the tunnel below. The MAN raises his masked face to look at the sky. we see that Quaritch’s features are rugged and handsome. The scalp is etched by long parallel SCARS where some Pandoran denizen’s claws raked across it. INT. You are on Pandora. ladies and gentlemen. MAN (V. Respect that fact every second of every day. COMMISSARY .COLONEL MILES QUARITCH -. A vicious AERIAL PREDATOR a meter across gnashes glass fangs against the steel. A hundred new arrivals watch raptly as he paces like a panther across the front of the large cafeteria. Never seen anybody show up in one.. K-KRASH! SMASHES against the chain-link right next to his head.. a UNIFORMED FIGURE grips the railing. the fence. Criss-crossed by scars. seen from above. tail still lashing... Jake stares at the gnashing fangs of the dying alien.O. seem hewn out of some hard tropical wood. ON A WALKWAY of the OPS CENTER. The bare arms. A STINGBAT.TWILIGHT THE MAN from the balcony -. He stops. QUARITCH . below tightly rolled sleeves.

we live -. PUSH IN ON JAKE. CORRIDOR People are roaming in both directions. QUARITCH As head of security. you need a strong mental attitude. (off Jake’s wary look) Sorry. you’re Jake right? Tom’s brother? You look just like him. JAKE (V. runs to catch up to Jake. I will not succeed -(pausing for effect) -. We operate -. An eager young XENOANTHROPOLOGIST. watching from the back. it’s my job to keep you alive. INT.10.) Nothing like an old-school safety brief to put your mind at ease. looking for rooms. I’m Norm Spellman. watching as the briefing continues. JAKE ROLLS IN. QUARITCH Out beyond that fence every living thing that crawls. They’re fond of arrows dipped in a neurotoxin which can stop your heart in one minute.not with all of you. geologists. engineers.O. If you wish to survive. CUT TO: . you need to follow procedure. The room gets very quiet. COLONEL QUARITCH raises his hand and points out the window. staggering under an overpacked duffel..at a constant threat condition yellow. PAN ACROSS the solid faces of miners. as they take that in. flies or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubees. lugging duffels and cases. toward the dark treeline. Cat-machine drivers. I went through avatar training with him.. QUARITCH We have an indigenous population of humanoids here called the Na’vi. NORM Hey.

you want to go check it out? INT. They’re grown from human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives here. you wouldn’t be taking over his avatar. Yeah. is supervising the uncrating of two SHIPPING CONTAINERS. NORM And duh! -. we see that it has a lemur-like TAIL. I mean. As the figure turns in the amniotic fluid. MAX Me and Norm were out here to drive these remotely controlled bodies called avatars. A very large. There is a FIGURE floating lanquidly inside. if you weren’t genetically identical. which looks like a man. revealing -.a large lab complex with many adjoining rooms. and Jake rolls past him as if drawn by some unseen force.funny. Norm stops to stare.DAY JAKE AND NORM enter the BIO-LAB -. man. BIO-LAB . Long black hair drifts. graceful as seaweed. The nearer has the sides removed. A scientist. NORM So -. rolling on. Norm offers his hand and Jake shakes it. Damn.11. with him. The skin is cyan-blue. NORM He was a great guy -. JAKE Norm walks It was a Jake pumps the wheels of his chair.obviously you look like him. toward -THE AMNIO TANK. big shock to all of us. very blue. CUT TO: . Blood circulates through a synthetic UMBILICAL in the abdomen. JAKE They got big.a ceiling-height acrylic TANK. JAKE That’s why I’m here. DOCTOR MAX CULLIMORE.

which was insanely expensive. THE FIGURE’S sleeping face turns toward us.) The idea is -. what you feel -.O. you guys can take them for a spin. (to Max) So the proprioceptive sims worked pretty well.it’s all part of the science.despite feline ears and a long feral snout -definitely JAKE’S. showing Norm working nearby with Max. they mature on the trip out. it looks like you. NORM No. avatar now. . because I can link with Tommy’s avatar. JAKE It looks like him. they’ve got great muscle tone.12. Which is why they offered me this gig.facing the camera. Jake. This is your ON JAKE. JAKE -. Give us a few hours.so their nervous systems are in tune. mesmerized as he stares into the tank.every driver is matched to his own avatar -STEREOCAM VIDEO SHOT OF JAKE -. and the features are -. You just need to get in the habit of documenting everything -. (looking off camera) Is this right? I just say whatever in these videologs? WIDER. NORM Yeah. Good science starts with good observation. JAKE’S VOICE-OVER up until now has been part of this VIDEOLOG. talking directly to the lens. NORM Yeah. JAKE (V.what you see. MAX Yeah. Or something.

NORM Grace Augustine is a legend. Doing science. She’s fifty. Norm and Max approach. LINK ROOM . Around here Grace stands.I mean literally wrote the book -. scowling. and she wrote the book -. they jump when Grace barks. Cinderella back from the ball. Here I am. It’s time to meet your boss for the next five years. JAKE Right. which look like coffins crossed with MRI scanners. MAX And here she is. She's the head of the Avatar Program. as Jake. with a strong face and fiercely intelligent eyes. I’d like you to meet Norm Spellman and Ja -GRACE Norm. (to camera) So. whatever. GRACE AUGUSTINE sits up in her link. already lit. Grace. GRACE (yelling) Who’s got my goddamn cigarette?! A TECH scurries to bring it to her. DR.13.DUSK The LINK ROOM contains a dozen PSIONIC LINK UNITS. MAX (low. How's your Na'vi? . (looks around) Never been in a lab before. over his shoulder) That's because she likes plants better than people. stretching and cracking her neck after a long session.on Pandoran botany. I hear good things about you. He leads Jake and Norm through the short corridor to the -CUT TO: INT. MAX Log off.

GRACE How much lab training have you had? run a gas chromatograph? No. I know it’s a big inconvenience to everyone. NORM (subtitled) There is still much to learn. . NORM (Na'vi. Grace nods approvingly. yeah. But I ditched. GRACE You see? You see? They’re pissing on us without even the courtesy of calling it rain. subtitled) May the All Mother smile upon our first meeting. chattering in fluent Na’vi. MAX Uh. Grace.the PhD who trained three years for this mission. (turning away) I’m going to Selfridge. and I don’t need you. (to Max) You know -. taking a drag on her cigarette. JAKE Ever GRACE Any actual lab work at all? JAKE High school chemistry. I need your brother. JAKE He’s dead. You sound a little formal. this is Jake S---GRACE (turning to Jake) Yeah. I know who you are. Jake waits while they ignore him.14. GRACE (subtitled) Not bad. Grace wheels on Max.

oh eight hundred. MAX Here. He glances up as Grace strides toward him. Selfridge looks down and hits the ball. talks. He assumes the stance and lines up his putt. Selfridge looks at her with a sigh.15. Grace kicks the practice cup aside. SELFRIDGE You know I enjoy our little Try to CUT TO: GRACE I need a research assistant. GRACE Parker. tomorrow. we got lucky with him. Grace. use big words. MAX Grace. with lots of screens and bay windows showing the whole complex. But she’s already out the door and clomping down the corridor. ADMINISTRATOR PARKER SELFRIDGE takes a ball from a newly opened case of TITLEISTS and sets it on the floor. toward a practice cup across the control room floor. INT. SELFRIDGE Actually. focused. Max turns to Jake with a pained look. She shoves past Jake. that’s not a good idea. not some jarhead dropout. but now I see you’re intentionally screwing us. I used to think it was benign neglect.DUSK It looks like an air-traffic control tower. Some would say ruthless. OPS CENTER . charismatic. and the ball rolls past. Selfridge is young. Lucky? GRACE How is this in any way lucky? As Selfridge saunters over to retrieve the ball -- .

He grabs it and holds it up between thumb and forefinger. behind a glass wall nearby. in front of Grace’s eyes. So use what you’ve got and get me some results. Grace follows. and hovering in midair.16. I’m assigning him to your team as security escort. Isn’t that the whole point of your little puppet show? If you look like them. Unobtanium. is a lump of METALLIC ROCK. if you talk like them. Comprendo? He places it back in the magnetic field. SELFRIDGE Those savages are threatening our whole operation. CUT TO: . And it’s what pays for your science. We’re on the brink of war and you’re supposed to be finding a diplomatic solution. in the invisible field. GRACE That tends to happen when you use machine guns on them.relations with the indigenous are only getting worse. On Selfridge’s desk is a magnetic base. SELFRIDGE Well -. A Marine we can use. This is what pays for the party.lucky your guy had a twin brother. they’ll trust you? Selfridge crosses to his office. and lucky the brother wasn’t an oral hygienist or something. Because this little gray rock sells for twenty million a kilo. GRACE The last thing I need is another trigger happy asshole out there! SELFRIDGE Look. SELFRIDGE This is why we’re here. No other reason. Pure UNOBTANIUM. you’re supposed to be winning the hearts and minds of the natives. SELFRIDGE But after -.how many years? -.

JAKE Maybe I was just tired of doctors telling me what I couldn’t do. . Jake starts hauling himself across from his wheelchair. He drags himself into the Grace steps back. INT. In an adjoining chamber (the AMBIENT ROOM) JAKE’S AVATAR lies on a gurney. GRACE So you just figured you’d come out here to the most hostile environment known to man.DAY NEXT MORNING. NORM and JAKE approach their link units. LINK ROOM . She reaches to help him but -Don’t! JAKE I got this. Norm slips into his LINK CHAIR. expertly donning biometric sensors. breathing slowly in PANDORAN AIR.an hour. JAKE Like -. NORM’S AVATAR is on a second gurney. unit. Both are attended by med techs in exo-masks. Grace watches him laboriously pull his inert legs into the link chair by hand.17. Grace opens the hood of Jake’s link unit. GRACE How much link time have you logged? NORM Five hundred and twenty hours. Jake glances through a PRESSURE WINDOW. GRACE. GRACE Tell me you’re joking. and see how it went? What was going through your head? He meets her eyes with a defiant glare. Grace looks pointedly at Jake. with no training of any kind. hands raised.

Max watches a display showing the avatar’s nervous system aligning with Jake’s -.18.radiant streamers coalesce into a pulsing TUNNEL OF LIGHT and -THE SCREEN FLARES WHITE -. His eyes move under the lids.resolving into an overexposed. TECH Phase-lock at forty percent. The LINK TECH touches some controls. (walking away) Alright. ECU JAKE.two ghostly networks of light merging.ZZZWHAP! -. That JAKE Kiss the darkest part of my lily white -But the SLAMMING HOOD muffles the rest. transition. Jake settles into the warm fluid gel packs lining the unit. . It seems to enfold him. then lowers the UPPER CLAMSHELL -GRACE Relax and let your mind go blank. shouldn’t be hard for you. Golden irises pulse with life. GRACE Go figure. like a dreamer in REM sleep as -INSIDE JAKE’S MIND -. That’s it. He’s in Nice activity. ON A LARGE MONITOR a 3D SCAN of Jake’s brain appears. Grace adjusts his biometric sensors.two very intense eyes FILL FRAME. MAX Find your way home. out-of-focus image -. looking down. MAX Initiate link. inside the link unit. MAX That’s a gorgeous brain. Regions of activity flow with complex shifting colors.two BLURRY FACES wearing masks. the pupils contracting. ECU JAKE’S AVATAR -. I’m going in.

MAX Take it slow.DAY Jake emerges. Blinking. blinking in the morning sun. The wires to the biomonitors pull taut. Others go about their daily activities around the compound. He’s in. As he turns to see it. Jake slowly sits up on the gurney. Nearby. MAX Jake! Wait. . Jake. JAKE STANDS. touching his chest with one hand. who seem the size of children next to his 9’ tall frame.looking down at the med techs. I need you to sit down -But Jake takes a step. He’s staring at his legs. eases them off the gurney and -He HIS BLUE FEET touch the concrete floor. His HIS POV -. we have to run some tests -But Jake pushes past the protesting med techs. feeling the strength in his legs. a couple of AVATARS are playing one-on-one in front of a (non-regulation height) basketball net. HIS TAIL. MED TECH Easy. then another. MAX TECH Phase-lock ninety nine percent. taking his weight. We need to check your motor control.a living and training area. toward the door and -EXT. He finds himself in the AVATAR COMPOUND -.19. The link is stable. and he yanks them off his chest. Jake. Try touching your fingertips together -But Jake isn’t listening. He sees something like a blue tentacle curl across his arm and he JERKS AROUND in alarm. He looks down at his AVATAR BODY. Jake laughs and grins at Max. expression is child-like with wonder. the tail sweeps instruments off a table with a crash. AVATAR COMPOUND .

wiggling his toes in the warm soil.he’s running. Jake flexes his legs -. but his expression is joyful. He takes a few steps and breaks into a RUN. EXT. AVATAR GRACE is magnificent. the juice running down his chin.and lands a little unsteadily. GRACE Motor control is looking good. with panther thighs. numbnuts? fast! Think She throws him a piece of Pandoran fruit.S. Jake turns to see NORM’S AVATAR posing like a bodybuilder -chest shot. GRACE (O.revelling in the alien smells -.) Hey. Then inhales deeply -. People are calling to him. In human years she would be about 35. Grace? JAKE GRACE Well who’d you expect. back shot. check it out.S.earth. NORM (O. MINE PIT . then -A CUT TO: . the nearby forest. quiet beat. He looks at his bare footprint in the soil of an alien world. RUNNING! He finds himself in the COMPOUND GARDEN. NORM I am a living god. and stops amid neatly tended rows of ALIEN PLANTS. bi’s.) Hey Marine! Jake turns at the familiar voice to see -A statuesque FEMALE AVATAR walking toward him.20. flat muscular stomach and firm athlete’s breasts. plants. She wears shorts and a T-shirt. somehwere. but he doesn’t hear them -.DAY A WIDE SHOT of the terraced crater of the UNOBTANIUM MINE.JUMPS -. He looks down. which he catches. Jake bites into the fruit.

A BANSHEE -. . It crashes near them and Quaritch FIRES two more well placed rounds. diving toward them on wings 3 meters across. shoot it. WIDER. The DOZER BLADE crushes everything in its path. The “shot” blasts hundreds of tons of rock loose. The heavy machines are escorted by AMPSUITS. We get a glimpse of glassy fangs before -P-P-POOM! Quaritch cranks off three rapid SHOTS with his massive sidearm. QUARITCH For you pogues. Remotely operated DOZERS three stories tall rip into the tree-line. a vicious spinning head. this is a banshee. they like it when I bring fresh meat out here. on foot. And this clearcutting really stirs up the hornet’s nest. If it moves. A small one. that hogs through the enormous tree trunks in a spray of wood-shrapnel. The newbies stare at the thing’s barracuda teeth. If you’re not sure it’s moving -.SHOOT IT! What’re you gonna do? TROOPERS Shoot it. as a road is cut through the jungle.a fearsome aerial predator -.DAY A wall of steel FILLS FRAME.HURTLES from above. See. K-WHOOOOM! The entire face of one terrace is blown skyward in a chain of EXPLOSIONS. One of the dozers has rotating SLASH-CUTTER.shoot it! If it looks like a bunch of flowers you want to take home to Sally Rottencrotch -. Let’s roll. showing the CLEAR-CUTTING operation near the mine. LONG LENS ANGLES of enormous WHEEL-LOADERS shovelling up orerich rock and dropping it into DUMP TRUCKS. leads a squad of troopers wearing breathing masks and carrying almighty big AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. So keep your head on a swivel. COLONEL QUARITCH. mounted on a hydraulic arm.21. EXT. sir! QUARITCH Outstanding. reducing trees to kindling. and the creature drops with a SHRIEK. RAINFOREST .

his eyes scanning. CLOSING HIS EYES and -INT. like tendrils of a sea creature. Jake blinks. JAKE That’s kinda freaky. yawning and cracking her neck as the scared tech runs to her with a lit cigarette. In the next chair Grace sits up. He tears it down with the barrel of his rifle. LINK ROOM . open sides covered by screen. In one hand. he sees something ahead of him on the trail -. INT. LYLE WAINFLEET drives an AMPSUIT.his eyes OPEN. his massive feet CRASHING through the underbrush. GRACE (looking down) Damn.NIGHT ECU HUMAN JAKE -.the ends of the hair writhe slowly with their own life. JAKE struggles with the dead weight of his legs as he hauls himself out of the unit. Flanking the squad. disoriented. as Max opens the upper clamshell of his link unit. Jake sits in the twilight.DUSK Jake sits on a wooden bed in a long hut of tropical-style construction -. AVATAR LONGHOUSE . See ya’ at dinner. GRACE switches off the overheads. pulling insect netting around their cots. CLOSE ON the queue -.an intricate TOTEM of woven sticks. listening to the SCREECHES and HOOTS from the forest. Same old sack a’ bones.22. CUT TO . Jake holds the end of his long braided QUEUE of hair. bones and feathers hanging across the trail like an orb-weaver’s web. Quaritch leads his squad into the gloom of the forest. Finally he lies down. and stomps it into the mud as he moves on. Around him the other avatars are bedding down for the night.beamed ceiling. GRACE Lights out amigos. As his gaze comes down.

TRUDY Yeah. led by Trudy. passing TILT-ROTORS under repair. CUT TO: INT. Jake. while around them miners. zero nine. He wheels away. She extends her fist and he taps it with his. I’m gonna need you on a door gun. passing rows of AMPSUITS standing in service racks. ‘cause we’re not the only thing flyin’ around out there. JAKE Yeah. INT. TIGHT ON GRACE.EARLY MORNING JAKE sits with GRACE. She’s a rock-hard former Marine with thousands of flight hours out in the badlands. ARMOR BAY . NORM and the other avatar “drivers”. notices -PILOT TRUDY CHACON approaching.23. loading ordinance with cranes and lifts. Jake gives Norm a puzzled glance and pivots from the table. Grace is engaged in a heated conversation with another SCIENTIST.Colonel wants to see you in the Armor Bay. Techs clamber over the ‘suits. TRUDY Sully -.MORNING JAKE AND TRUDY enter the ARMOR BAY. troopers and other base personnel wolf their breakfasts. dressed in her flight suit. TRUDY See ya on the flight-line. Jake rolls his chair along the central gallery of the Armor Bay. no problem. COMMISSARY . I’m a man short. isolated from the conversations around him. JAKE You guys’re packing some heavy ordinance. There are the heavily armed SCORPIONS as well as several SA-2 SAMSON work-horses outfitted with door guns and rocket pods. (she points) He’s down there. Or the biggest. . scowling as she watches him go.

Reminds me every day what’s out there. The CHIEF MECHANIC yells from the nearest AMPSUIT -MECHANIC That servo’s in. At the end of the row is a makeshift GYM area. claps him on the shoulder.that was some mean bush. coming out here. JAKE I figured -. More than a few. here.24. Venezuela -. You got heart kid. Two tours in Nigeria. Quaritch chuckles appreciatively. . Corporal. Quaritch climbs the ‘suit and reaches into the cockpit. bench-pressing massive plates. QUARITCH is QUARITCH This low gravity makes you soft. QUARITCH This is my war. Nothing like this here. I come out here and -He points to his scarred face. Pandora will shit you out dead with zero warning. Colonel. QUARITCH They could fix this if I rotated back. Quaritch racks the bar and sits up. The ‘suit’s gas-turbine spools up with a rising WHINE. QUARITCH I pulled your record. as if he can see through the wall to the treeline. not a scratch. But you know what? I kinda like it. QUARITCH I was in First Recon a few years ahead of you. I can’t leave -He looks out. Besides. Quaritch crosses to the ‘suit. if you want to try it.just another hellhole. throwing some switches. (pushing the last rep) You get soft. though. with Jake following. sweating but not winded.

and Jake is impressed.25. But we have a unique opportunity here. (to Jake) I need you to learn about these savages. Determined. son -. He nods to the waiting mechanic -QUARITCH Looks good. The air boils above the exhaust vents. Quaritch brings the ‘suit to life. Get me what I need. huge feet CLANGING -. Quaritch is the kind of man he respects -. I’ll see you get your legs back when you rotate home.am QUARITCH On paper. you and I. Jake watches Quaritch walk past. The WHINE is now a roaring WHOOSH as the ‘suit trembles with power.KUNG! KUNG! KUNG! . He’s impressive.I take care of my own. gain their trust.buncha limpdick scientists. Jake realizes he is doing a WU-SHOO KATA. Maybe you can keep some of my boys from going home like you. Colonel. right in the hostiles’ camp. Can you do that for me? Jake nods. A recon Marine in an avatar body could get me the intel I need. graceful arcs. flexing one huge hand. JAKE (nodding) That sounds real good. He raises the ‘suit’s hand. You walk like one of her science pukes. you quack like one.focused. QUARITCH The avatar program is a joke -. Or bagged-and-tagged. QUARITCH Look. A flawless display of strength and control. but you report to me. hard. I still with Augustine? So -. on the ground. Your real legs. He steps forward and pivots smoothly. He balances the two ton machine on one foot while sweeping the arms in strong. Find out how I can force their cooperation. or hit ‘em hard if they don’t. Quaritch reaches in and operates the controls. and slams the canopy shut like the visor of a helmet.

exists so we can go out there and build a bridge of trust to these people. INT. She hands a clipboard to MAX. GRACE (not buying it) Yeah.you’re driving an avatar. BIO LAB . JAKE and NORM fall in with Grace as they enter the CONNECTING CORRIDOR. Marine -She stops. All this -(indicating link room) -. Well. GRACE Start calibrating. She turns and enters the LINK ROOM. who could teach us so much. JAKE Then how’s this supposed to work? JAKE That . GRACE -. We’re on the flight line in ten minutes. As the others catch up -GRACE That son of a bitch has screwed up this program enough. LINK ROOM Grace crosses to the controls of Jake’s LINK UNIT. gulping coffee. listen to me. Max nods and jogs ahead toward the LINK ROOM. But thanks to Quaritch and his thugs the Na’vi won’t even talk to us anymore. GRACE What did Atilla want? JAKE Just Marines comparin’ tattoos. in a hurry to get their FIRST SORTIE started. turning to drill him with a look. now. means you’re in my world. got it? Got it.26.DAY GRACE is on the move. INT.

leans on his door gun. Jake hauls himself across from wheelchair to link. CUT TO: . Jake mans the other door gun. JAKE How do we contact them? GRACE We don’t. NORM This is failing as a pep talk. GRACE Just keep your mouth shut and let Norm do the talking. scanning for aerial predators. They contact us. and we -EXT.the Omaticaya clan -may give you a chance. GRACE We have a new face. the wind blasting their clothes. In avatar form JAKE. Maybe you can get them back to the table before things go tits-up for good. in exo-mask and body armor. RAIN FOREST / AERIAL .DAY FLYING over a carpet of rainforest. lowering the sensor array over his body. Jake lies back. (turning to Norm) You’re fluent. treating the forest with respect -(pointedly to Jake) Not trampling everything in sight -they may reach out to us. Though big as a Blackhawk.27. Trooper WAINFLEET. ANGLE THROUGH the open side doors of the Samson. She closes his clamshell. The ones we know best -. JAKE Or they may skin us and make a drum. You’re non-threatening. If they see us taking our samples. it is tiny in the vast primeval landscape. past sheer cliffs and cloud-wreathed mesas. HARD. GRACE and NORM watch the forest unrolling beneath them. TRUDY’S SAMSON TILT-ROTOR chases its shadow across the treetops. you’ve studied the culture. his feet propped on the skids.

the ground drops away as the Samson flies over a WATERFALL hundreds of feet high. EXT. TRUDY (INTERCOM) Sturmbeest herd. towering over Wainfleet. motioning Trudy to shut down. . one o’clock.DAY A small meadow among towering trees. Grace jogs forward to the cockpit. rolling in on the gorge below like it’s a gun-run.Hundreds of purple winged creatures take flight from a lake. TRUDY flies from a pressurized cockpit. Jake pulls the massive door gun off its pintle mount and hefts it like an assault rifle. TETRAPTERONS. TIME CUT -. Norm grins and points. scanning the treeline warily. Trudy banks hard.thundering across the river. NORM The bull has the red on the dorsal armor? Grace nods approvingly. They skim the water above their own reflections. startled by the Samson. She banks to follow a shallow river.28. He and Wainfleet leap out to secure the LZ. six cows and some juveniles. Grace. CLEARING . TIME CUT -. GRACE Looks like a bull. Yo Chacon! WAINFLEET Get some! CUT TO: Jake grins into the airstream. excitedly. Trudy kills the Samson’s TURBINES. weapons aimed. The fern-like “grass” is beaten down in waves by the rotor-wash as the Samson settles to the ground. Jake looks in time to see-A herd of STURMBEEST -.massive six-legged creatures reminiscent of buffalo -. Wainfleet WHOOPS while Norm looks like he’s about to puke. motions him to hang back.

flashing through the sunlight streaming down in shafts.DAY They enter a clearing with an OVERGROWN BUILDING made of timbers cut from the local trees.A monkey-like PROLEMURIS leaping from limb to limb overhead. the going tougher. CUT TO: EXT. This forest is more alive than any on Earth.DAY The forest engulfs JAKE. She pushes ahead of him on the trail. GRACE Stay with the ship. WAINFLEET (laughing) Ya’ll have fun out there. GRACE and NORM in cyan gloom. Grace moves nimbly on the path. seemingly unconcerned. Marine. EXT. Doc. The trail has gotten steeper.looking around like a tourist in Hell. tiny as ants. RAINFOREST . CUT TO: EXT. FOREST/ GLEN WIDE SHOT as the party moves between the huge trees. . Jake white-knuckles his rifle as if every shadow conceals razor-fanged death. The shadows are alive with the CHITTERING sounds of unseen alien wildlife. GRACE Relax. A PLANT with swaying tendrils which reach toward Jake as he passes. with plants that react and move like animals.29. TRACKING WITH JAKE as he moves through the foliage. forcing him to lower his muzzle as he follows her. You’re making me nervous. It is covered with vines as the jungle reclaims it. Jake takes point as they enter the jungle. with a thatch roof. WAINFLEET Whatever you say. (for Jake) One idiot with a gun’s enough. SCHOOL RUINS . hyperalert -.

right there. Floorboards CREAK. Norm gulps. Roosting STINGBATS eye him warily. INT.S. CUT TO: .. GRACE (wistfully) The stingbats knock them off.. GRACE Bring the soil probe -. Unmistakably BULLET HOLES. Grace and Norm are selecting INSTRUMENTS from storage cases on a wooden table. NORM How will they know we’re here? GRACE I’m sure they’re watching us right now. Jake sees something. NORM Why don’t they come back? GRACE (grimly) The Na’vi learned as much about us as they needed to know. feeling unseen eyes. SCHOOL RUINS TRACKING WITH JAKE’S BOOTS as he steps among dried leaves and a few moldering CHILDREN’S BOOKS. yellow case. GRACE (O. Grace picks up a moldering copy of “The Lorax” by Dr. and approaches the blackboard -. they picked up English faster than I could teach it to them. Jake looks up at a RUSTLING among the dark rafters. fluttering their wings. WIDER as Jake explores the room. so eager to learn. Seuss from the floor and puts it back on a shelf. Jake looks behind him as they approach the school.30.reaches out to touch a pattern of holes blasted into the slate. I guess I always hope somebody will come back and read them.) The kids were so bright.

low-slung head has projections of bone giving it the look of a hammerhead shark. REVEALING -A HAMMERHEAD TITANOTHERE. Jake raises his rifle. JAKE. Its massive. GRACE See. .GRACE and NORM crouch among enormous octopoidal roots. Curious. You’ll piss it off.31. scouts ahead a few meters. alerted by the creature’s SNORTS. right here where the roots of the two trees interact. Its baleful eyes lock onto him. his pack.SHTOONK! And another -like popping balloons after a party. but twice that size. RAINFOREST . Grace. exposing a tangle of ROOT TENDRILS. SHTOONK! SHTOONK! SHTOONK! A chain reaction begins and the whole colony pulls down into the ground.it SUCKS DOWN into a tube in the ground so quickly it seems to simply vanish. Like a six-legged rhinoceros.DAY CLOSE ON Grace’s blue hand gently brushing away soil. runs to where she can see the tableau. He BRUSHES one and SHTOONK! -. WIDER -. He comes to a GLADE filled with shoulder-high SPIRAL PLANTS called HELICORADIANS. Norm uses a digital DEVICE to scan the roots. Jake watches her as he jams equipment into CUT TO: EXT. She turns away. She takes a tiny sample using a needle-like probe. GRACE Don’t shoot. bored. Jake touches another -. She presses her THROAT MIKE. JAKE (turning to her) What happened here? GRACE (sharply) Are you going to help with this gear? We’ve got a lot to do.

splintering saplings. GRACE It’s a territorial threat display. ON JAKE -. The bull HAMMERHEAD bellows and lowers its 3 meter wide sledgehammer of a skull. Do not run. and CRASHES away through splintering undergrowth. lowers its head and CHARGES -Jake SCREAMS at the top of his lungs. or he’ll charge.amazed the gambit worked. TRUMPETING in fear. is still bracing the hammerhead -JAKE That’s what I’m talkin’ about. bitch! The bull wheels around. JAKE What do I do? GRACE Hold your ground! The hammerhead SLASHES its head sideways. Jake starts to back away.32. It STOPS abruptly. SOMETHING rises up behind him out of focus -A THANATOR. The most awesome land predator the universe has ever conceived This thing could eat a T-rex and have the Alien for desert. unaware of the advancing thanator. that armor’s too thick. JAKE. JAKE It’s already pissed off! GRACE Jake. It is a black six-limbed panther from Hell. The hammerhead bellows again. pawing the earth. with an oversized BLEAT. with an armored head and massive distensible jaws. spreads his arms wide and runs straight at the thing. It bellows again. Trust me. Oh yeah! JAKE Who’s bad?! That’s right. .

over a tangle of roots and -SK-RASH!! CLAWS SLASH the air behind him. JAKE That’s right motherf-A guttural SNARL behind him. Claws SLASH down next to him as he rolls and crawls -Glistening jaws SMASH and SNAP against the barrier trunks. SNAP SHUT and -The creature rips Jake out of the tree.RIPS the ENTIRE TRUNK away. only -GRACE Definitely RUN! Run. EXPLODING bark off a trunk as -JAKE wills himself forward in a frenzy. shaking him like a junkyard dog with a rabbit.around -. don’t run? . turning to face Jake. Jake spins in time to see -THREE TONS of rippling thanator LAUNCH over him. With rippling muscle the beast is airborne again. sending chunks of wood flying. blacking out the sun but -JAKE dives under a massive root system. Jake BOLTS as -The thanator LEAPS after him and -Jake launches himself between two large trunks. and FIRES his AR point blank but the rifle is SNATCHED out of his hands. jaws inches away as -He rolls onto his back. The ground shakes. It twists on itself. landing between him and the hammerhead. The beast SCREECHES an ungodly WAIL of pain and rage and -. Jake scrambles to escape but -GLISTENING JAWS lunge downward. and -CRASH! Kindling rains around him as the beast tears into the root-trunks above him. The thanator emits an earsplitting ROAR. It’s spittle sprays across Jake. and bares its fangs with a lethal HISS. forcing the beast to claw its way around to the side while -Jake scrambles up -. JAKE What about this one? What? Run. enraged that the hammerhead got away.33.

the THANATOR BELLOWS.34. a roar which echoes across the jungle.DAY The water boils below the cataract. He is carried along by the current. just MISSING and -Jake disappears down the throat of the thundering cataract. He hacks manically at the end of a cut sapling with his knife. with the thanator SWIPING at him from a rock. pursuing from rock to rock. CUT TO: EXT. forming a crude but sharp tip. Above him. Giving Jake a moment to sprint away. so Jake unlatches it and -He FLIES FREE as the thanator crushes the pack with its teeth. He is freaked and hyper-alert. but manages to grab a limb on a fallen tree. splintering trees. He weakly pulls himself up. wet and bruised. RAINFOREST . Jake is swept over the falls.DAY TRACKING with Jake as he walks through the forest like it’s a minefield. Jake’s head bursts through the surface. It has him by the BACKPACK. dodging between trunks as a glistening black tornado shreds the forest behind him and -He sees WATER ahead and DIVES OUTWARD with all his might -The thanator’s jaws SNAP SHUT inches behind him as he flies out into open space and -JAKE SPLASHES down into a swiftly moving river. its claws swiping like a grizzly fishing for salmon. JAKE RUNS in a blur. but -With a hideous BELLOW the thanator crashes after him. EXT. on the cliff.DAY JAKE.FWHOOSH! -. RAINFOREST . and just lies there gasping on the trunk. and he gasps for breath. carrying his SPEAR white-knuckled.black claws SLASH past his face amid turbulent bubbles. . RIVER BELOW FALLS . Jake ducks under as -. crouches under a screen of giant leaves. EXT. The thanator LEAPS DOWN AFTER HIM. A WATERFALL ahead.

In human age she would be 18. with a long neck. draped on the limb like a leopard. but larger. POV FROM ABOVE -. TRUDY (INTERCOM) I’m going to have to call it. oblivious. feather light. ECU -. the WOODSPRITE waves its silky CILIA./EXT. aiming RIGHT AT JAKE. Invisible to him. muscular shoulders. She is lithe as a cat.G. only her eyes moving. NEYTIRI rises soundlessly. F. as it balances on the deadly point. We’re not allowed to run night ops. and LOWERS her bow slowly. bright in the shadows. ON NEYTIRI as she follows him with the bow.35. DOWNANGLE as Jake passes under a tree limb. sinuous movement she NOCKS an arrow to her BOW and DRAWS.where a single WOODSPRITE floats down to land on the arrow-head. A few pencil beams of sunlight filter down into the cyan gloom.Like a dandelion seed. The CUT TO: . It glows faintly in the dark shadows. blocking out the sky.SUNSET GRACE and NORM peer down into the shadowed forest as TRUDY banks in a search pattern. woodsprite WHIRLS away into the gloom. NEYTIRI frowns. She watches. is a striking NA’VI GIRL.looking down through leaves we watch Jake move warily through the forest. In one fluid. muscles tensing for the shot --. Colonel’s orders. and nubile breasts. She RACK FOCUS to the tip of the arrow -.TWO GOLDEN EYES. hesitates. Below her Jake is totally unaware of the arrow aimed at his THROAT. guys. The trees here are a hundred meters high. Her name is NEYTIRI(nay-Tee-ree). Jake passes less than 2 meters beneath her. INT. Utterly silent.and SOMETHING drifts down in front of her. puzzled. SAMSON . And she is devastatingly beautiful -for a girl with a tail.

Another pair flanking him beside the trail. . He looks up -. TRUDY Sorry. GRACE The sun setting behind alien trees. Jake’s got a new problem. Doc.sees one cross a limb overhead. He is being stalked by a pack of VIPERWOLVES.NIGHT LONG LENS-. A WATERPROOF MATCH from his survival kit lights the torch.36.POLYPHEMUS. CUT TO: EXT. The torch creates a pool of light surrounded by pulsing.a glint of eyes. He’s just gonna have to hang on ‘till morning. They are hunting Jake from the ground and the trees.then nothing. Shit. leaping shadows. The VIPERWOLVES can run like a dog and climb like a monkey. thundering away toward the setting sun. Grace looks to the west. RAINFOREST . ANGLE ON THICK SAP trickling down a tree-trunk. Jake turns warily as he moves along the trail. a slinking black movement -. like a hyena's psychotic LAUGH. GRACE He’s not going to make it till morning. Jake jams the makeshift torch into the sap. Darkness. TIME CUT -. his opposite flank. Black-on-black SHAPES which seem to flow like liquid. soaking the shirt with it. Another on Then a hideous sound. Behind him are several pairs of reflective green EYES.TIGHT ON Jake’s hands as he knots his T-shirt around the butt end of the spear. He sees shapes moving with liquid grace in the NIGHT shadows behind him. Jake catches only glimpses -. Grace stares into the dark forest as the Samson banks hard. The giant planet rises behind the black trees.

SCRAMBLING to get up as -- . and the torch goes flying.runs across it on a horizontal trunk --. JAKE RUNS by torch-light. GRABBING him by the ankle with its fore-hand. sprawling. Jake draws his KNIFE as-A WOLF LUNGES. baring its fangs. on the edge of panic. The psychotic BARKS become more intense as they signal each other.37. Jake realizes that he is making his final stand. Now half a dozen are circling him in the open. past.without thinking -. ONE MAKES A RUN at him. JAKE SPRINTS. but a snarling viperwolf leaps. keeping them at bay -He whirls And feels a rush of adrenaline. Glistening black teeth in dead white gums. angling on his legs from behind but -JAKE WHIRLS. Left in semi-darkness. JAKE (screaming) I don’t have all goddamn night! Come on! Come on! With snarls and a blur of motion THEY ATTACK. It goes through him like a lightning bolt and the fear is gone. Jake tears away. retreating. The VIPERWOLVES are six-limbed with shiny chitinous skin. The torch illuminates GREEN EYES cutting ahead of him across the trail. SLASHING with the knife which -CUTS deep into the beast’s shoulder and it lets go. then SPINS as -ANOTHER LEAPS at him and he plants the spear in it. He YELLS in pain and fury. but -Its momentum wrenches it from his hands. striking true.and STOPS DEAD on the other side. Intelligent eyes. sinking its teeth into his arm. He reaches a steep banked stream and -. and he sees what he’s up against. getting excited. the torch in an arc. their paws leathery BLACK HANDS. trying to escape. The viperwolves have him encircled. jamming the torch in its face. but ANOTHER moves in -It yips and goes He jabs it with the business end of the spear and it SNARLS. Jake CRACKS the spear down on one.

draw and FIRE in one fluid motion. AN UNEARTHLY YOWL as another wolf falls. Her tail LASHES as she scans the forest. off in time to see -He pushes it A BLUE AMAZON emerge from the trees. but -It SPINS and leaps back onto him. nock another arrow. he releases it and looks up at -NEYTIRI. already a dead weight. NEYTIRI Rrreeyaaah! Hyaaaah!! The wolves slink and circle. MEANWHILE Neytiri swings her bow in a big arc. a wounded wolf attacks Jake. Panting. ANOTHER SPRINGS at her and she drops under its weight. don’t -- .an ARROW appears in its chest. Neytiri picks up the torch and extinguishes it in a stream. CRACKING IT across the heads and shoulders of two remaining wolves. JAKE Wait. and he KICKS it away. She regards him coldly for a second. NEYTIRI LEAPS right over Jake. coming up on top of it with a knife in her hand. THREE WOLVES charge at once. listening to the fading YELPS of the wolves. yelping as the bow whistles past them. Finally it stops thrashing. The wolf lands on him. and Jake barely catches its throat in time to keep the SNAPPING JAWS away from his face. but rolls. with Neytiri chasing and-They bound away through the foliage as she SHOUTS after them-Raaaarrrr! NEYTIRI Jake has his adversary pinned and is choking it with all his weight. then walks past him. buried to the hilt in its chest. she turns. Her knife FLASHES down. just as -- The nearest LEAPS at his throat THUNK!! -. Satisfied the attack is over. SNARLING.38. and CRACKS her bow down on the skull of a circling wolf. Finally they break and run.

Wait! Where you goin’? He crashes through some plants. JAKE Hey.thanks. the forest is transformed. assuming a prayer posture over the dead animal. She cuts its throat. Neytiri wipes the knife and returns it to the sheath at her waist. Thank you. It paws the air. She pulls her KNIFE from its chest. my brother.realizing he can still see. It’s CRIES are pitiful. pulling the arrow from its heart. I just want to thank you for killing those -He makes the mistake of grasping her shoulder and -- . May your spirit run with the Great Mother. trying to raise its head. The jungle has come alive with BIOLUMINESCENCE -. But -. JAKE Look.39. I owe you. with the blinding torchlight gone. Jake scrambles to recover his spear. In fact. JAKE Slow down a second will you. um. ghosts and galaxies of blue-green light. NEYTIRI (in Na’vi) Forgive me. catching up to her. wait. ending the pitiful cries. JAKE I would have been screwed if you hadn’t come along -She rises and walks away without looking at Jake.spots and patterns. Jake blinks around at the darkness -. regarding it with sadness. Neytiri kneels beside -- A DYING WOLF. She touches its head gently. NEYTIRI (in Na’vi) Forgive me. Neytiri ignores him. I know you probably don’t understand this. She crosses to another slain wolf and kneels.

You should not come here. Jake gets up. her eyes MEET HIS for the first time -. facing her. NEYTIRI Why save you? JAKE Yes.40. Very sad. laying him out flat. JAKE They attacked me. slowly. So why not just let them kill my ass? What’s the thinking? CU Neytiri -. Finally. halting. Whatever I did -. JAKE Okay. reluctantly. He looks up to see a FURY standing over him. angry English. you love your little forest friends. making noise. sorry. fine. Only. why save me? NEYTIRI You have a strong heart. NEYTIRI All this is your fault! They did not need to die.I’m She gestures at the bodies of the viperwolves. only. all of you! You only come and make problems. here-How’m I the bad guy She silences him with the tip of her bow at his throat. A Fury who speaks English -. NEYTIRI Your fault! You are like a baby. WHACK! She WALLOPS him upside the head with her bow in a fierce backhand swing. I’m sorry. JAKE Okay.looking away.accented. NEYTIRI Don’t thank! You don’t thank for this! This is sad. . She leans closer -No fear. don’t know what to do.a riveting gaze with those big gold orbs.

JAKE Hey. JAKE Then teach me to “see. realizing suddenly that he is far above the forest floor. slow down.” She stops and he almost runs into her.NIGHT They run across the elevated root of an enormous tree -.41. NEYTIRI No one can teach you to See. that he made it. WIDE SHOT as they cross a DEEP GORGE. stalking off. Vines hang down a hundred feet into the gorge. Look.a horizontal trunk big as an oak. maybe you should teach me. Whooaa. GORGE . EXT. NEYTIRI Sky people can not learn. NEYTIRI But stupid! Ignorant like a child! She turns away. surprised He runs to catch up with her easy jogging pace. A waterfall shimmers silver in the Polyphemus-light. JAKE You do not Jake follows. Throughout the following they move through a GLOWING PHANTASMAGORICAL FOREST. TRACKING WITH Neytiri as she climbs nimbly along a huge ROOT. WIDER as she trots with perfect balance along the root. which forms an elevated walkway. Jake runs to catch up. JAKE If I’m so ignorant. Then she turns and trots on. She leaps to another elevated root. See. and among them swoop stingbats and other night flyers. but Jake goes after her. I think we just got off on the wrong foot and -- .

shit! Neytiri catches him with one hand.42. JAKE (off her amazed look) What? More woodsprites gather around him. She pulls him upright. NEYTIRI. Shouts at him in English and Na’vi. PULSING with purpose.but somehow he’s not. NEYTIRI You should not be here. float right towards Jake. knowing he should be afraid -. I’m Jake. JAKE Whooaaa -. hands.several WOODSPRITES float down through the trees. suddenly aware of the height. Jake Sull-A vine catches his spear and spins him off balance. landing all over his arms. He drops Jake holds still. the spear and almost falls off the root. body. Jake looks down. FOLLOW THEM as they descend silently toward Jake and Neytiri. looks up to see -The WOODSPRITES. DOWN ANGLE FROM FAR ABOVE -. . More sprites come. JAKE What are they? CU NEYTIRI -. Several ALIGHT on him. He spreads his arms. NEYTIRI No. They dance gently around his shoulders and head. sensing a presence. You go back. JAKE So take me with you.reacting with a mixture of wonder and dread. gripping his bicep. He watches the spear cartwheel down to splash in the river. JAKE I need your help. JAKE --you just have to get to know me.

He touches leaves as he passes. and crashes into the foliage below. Rings of green light. NEYTIRI Atokirina’.they cross a bed of purple MOSS which reacts to the pressure of their footsteps.43. after her. running along a raised root-trunk. Jake follows Neytiri. across a mirrorlike POOL at the base of a WATERFALL. Jake looks down as -. Jake -. surreal beauty. They are riding DIREHORSES -.tangles around his legs. RAINFOREST . Exploding rings of light where his feet touch down. armor-skinned alien Clydesdales. He studies one of the sprites dancing on his palm until --. Dream-like. He topples off the root JAKE untangles himself. JAKE What was that all about? Neytiri seems shaken. . like ripples on a pond. expand outward from each footfall. getting up to run just as -SEVERAL NA’VI RIDERS thunder toward him. JAKE What’s your name? JAKE hears WHOOSH-WHOOSH and snaps a look as a BOLO flies at him. Seeds of the Great Tree -very pure spirits. watching the bioluminescence shiver through them. Come! She seizes his hand and pulls him NEYTIRI CUT TO: EXT.now a pulsing. scattering into the darkness.NIGHT TRACKING WITH JAKE as he gazes about him in growing wonder. fluttering MASS OF LIGHT -moves one hand slowly.WHOOSSHH! the woodsprites whirl up and away. not wanting to break the spell. spinning end for end and -SHWHAP!! -.six-legged. glowing. WIDE ON THEM as they run over a large root.

44. weapons aimed -blocking his retreat. NEYTIRI (subtitled) Stop! There has been a sign. piercing eyes. with a trunk four times the diameter of the largest Sequoia. CUT TO: EXT.frustration with her as much as the situation. We see that the riders’ QUEUES are connected to the horses’ long moth-like antennae -. he is shoved forward along the trail. This is a matter for the Tsahik. Tsu’tey clenches his jaw with frustration -. They grab Jake and haul him to his feet.NIGHT JAKE is hauled roughly toward Neytiri’s village. with sculpted features and a proud jawline. what are you doing?! He is my captive! TSU’TEY(tsu-Tay)is young and powerfully built. TSU’TEY (subtitled) These demons are forbidden here.a neural-link with which they can command the horse. leaving hands free for weapons. but -NA’VI HUNTERS melt out of the shadows. I will kill this one as a lesson to the others! Tsu’tey draws his bow but Neytiri leaps between him and Jake. Encircled by spears and bows. HOMETREE is 250 meters tall. Tsu'tey swings off his mount with fluid grace. confronting him warrior to warrior. Neytiri drops to the ground next to Jake and confronts the LEAD RIDER. HOMETREE . which is sheltered inside one of the GREAT TREES. Jake turns to bolt. barking a command to the HUNTERS. He turns and angrily remounts his direhorse. . The riders aim bows and spears at Jake as they approach. TSU’TEY (subtitled) Bring him. She shouts sharply in Na’vi -NEYTIRI (subtitled) Tsu’tey. as Tsu’tey and the others ride ahead. and a base of massive mangrove-pillars.

NIGHT An open CENTRAL AREA. but there was a sign from Eywa.sturmbeest bladders -. shouting an ululating WARNING. mounted with much embellishment on a TOTEM. is -EYTUKAN (AY-too-kahn). EYTUKAN (subtitled) I have said no dreamwalker will come here. awaiting their approach. old women. By the light of the COOK-FIRES he can see up into a vast cylindrical gallery -. NEYTIRI (subtitled) I was going to kill him. The villagers gather to see the arriving hunt party. Clear membranes -. He glowers at her as he responds. to offend our home! His alien smell fills my nose Neytiri stands her ground. Standing in front of this. The central space is dominated by the SKULL of some enormous creature. answering in a respectful but not submissive tone. Jake is amazed at the size of HOMETREE inside.filled with fluttering bio-luminescent insects. pointing at Jake. expressions ranging from curiosity to outright hostility.a living cathedral. The huge eyes of the children follow him. . EYTUKAN (subtitled) Why do you bring this creature here? Neytiri addresses Eytukan in Na’vi. Jake is force-marched through the pillars into -INT. COMMONS/HOMETREE . TSU’TEY rides inside the columns at the base of Hometree. young hunters. the Clan Leader. His normally stern features are clouded further by anger. Eytukan has deeply chiselled features and a long chest mantle of THANATOR CLAWS.45. act as area lighting. We see the people of the tribe -mothers with babies. They gawk at the alien.

JAKE What’s going on? NEYTIRI My father is deciding whether to kill you. shouting. Jake steps forward. a kind of natural spiral staircase. denoting her rank as CLAN MATRIARCH. MO’AT (subtitled) I will look at this alien. examining his tail and the end of his queue. NEYTIRI That is Mother. good to meet you. NEYTIRI (subtitled) Father. She is Tsahik -. But they all FREEZE as -A commanding FEMALE VOICE echoes through the chamber. .the one who interprets the will of Eywa. looking down. offering his hand. Her outfit is elaborate. MO’AT (Na’vi) Step back! Everybody looks up. The villagers stare silently as the Matriarch circles slowly around Jake. many atokirina came to this alien. JAKE Your father!? (to Eytukan) Uh. MO’AT (MOH-aht) stands on the second level. She is a severe woman in her 50’s. sir. her expression friendly as a hanging-judge. Her bearing is haughty.46. and the hunters JUMP to restrain him. There is an expectant hush as Mo'at descends the helical core of Hometree. JAKE Who’s Eywa? Neytiri kneels before her like an acolyte as Mo’at passes.

You will teach him our way. Jake flinches. a warrior. JAKE My cup is empty. It is hard to fill a cup which is already full. She produces a long THORN between her fingertips.uh. TSU’TEY (subtitled) A warrior! I could kill him easily! EYTUKAN (subtitled) No! This is the first warrior dreamwalker we have seen. MO'AT What are you? JAKE I don’t know. RED BLOOD wells up and Mo'at rubs some between her fingertips.47. I’m no scientist. JAKE What’s going on? What are they saying? MO’AT (to Neytiri. I was a Marine -. Of the Jarhead clan. to speak and walk as we do. MO'AT We have tried to teach other Sky People. trust me. MO’AT (thick accent) What are you called? JAKE Jake Sully. MO'AT Why did you come to us? JAKE I came to learn. With a flourish she strikes his chest. . We need to learn more about him. She tastes it. Just ask Doctor Augustine. subtitled) Daughter.

She turns to Neytiri. We will see if your insanity can be cured. NEYTIRI (subtitled) Why me? That's not fair! MO’AT (subtitled) It is decided! Neytiri subsides. then angry. She kneels next to Jake. placing the food in front of him almost DEFIANTLY. accepting. INT. Neytiri nods. Neytiri leads Jake up the spiral to the SECOND LEVEL. THE ENTIRE CLAN is squatting at dinner in a huge circle. right? NEYTIRI Do not speak.48. but she’s not a happy camper. grabs Jake’s arm and pulls him roughly away. You and me -She I only-- CUT TO: . SECOND LEVEL/HOMETREE LATER. her expression stern -MO'AT (subtitled) He is your responsibility. MO'AT (to Jake) My daughter will teach you our ways. Jakesully. Learn well. JAKE Don’t get up. turning to glare at Jake. JAKE So it’s all good. He now wears only a ratty LOINCLOTH. Neytiri crosses the circle to the cook pit and returns with several large leaves heaped with food. NEYTIRI looks shocked. His wounds are bound with plant-fiber bandages. They stop talking and turn to gaze at Jake as he enters the circle. JAKE You never told me your name.

glancing up occasionally from their food to the stranger. leans over to Eytukan. MO'AT (subtitled) Neytiri will test this “warrior. Nay-TEE-ree. NEYTIRI (exaggerated slowness) Neytiri. again. Jake munches on a white shrimp-like thing. MO'AT (subtitled) He seems dim to me.but we will learn much. Nay-TEE-ree. NEYTIRI Neytiri te Ckaha Mo'at’ite. What are they? NEYTIRI Teylu. And his eyes are too NEYTIRI motions for Jake to take portions from the serving leaves onto his own leaf. We must understand these Sky People if we are to drive them out. I can tell. Tsu’tey. Jake knows she’s baiting him. watching Jake and Neytiri.” Hey may learn nothing -.49. You call beetle larvae. JAKE Your mom likes me. That’s nice. . but they can’t. TSU’TEY (subtitled) These aliens try to look like people. ACROSS THE CIRCLE. a whole lot slower. JAKE Okay. He smiles in response. JAKE Nay-TEE-ree. Mo'at and Eytukan sit together. small. JAKE These rock. MO’AT. EYTUKAN You speak truth.

(she helps him sit up) Is the avatar safe? JAKE (huge grin) Yeah.and Jake meets her eyes. The hunters sleep along SPOKES joining the inner trunk to the tree’s outer shell.a CHALLENGE -. CU TSU’TEY. as Max and NORM hover. CUT TO: GRACE Damn. then closes her eyes. Doc -. JAKE Wha --? Oh. CUT TO: .families nesting in groups on woven hammocks the size of trampolines. curled up like a little girl. GRACE Come on back. LINK ROOM . Neytiri is nearby. Jake blanches. A strange peace spreads through him.NIGHT GRACE is over JAKE in the Link.and you are not going to believe where I am.50. Jake watches the glowing bugs fluttering inside a nightlight. warily eyeing Jake -TSU’TEY (subtitled) I say she will kill him. He looks around. He closes his eyes and -CUT TO: INT. Jake lies awake in a hammock. a pulse of life energy. She heaps some more onto his leaf -. that’s it. kid. takes a handful. JAKE That’s some damn fine teylu.NIGHT The sleeping level -. and starts munching enthusiastically. Reality crashing in. blinking. THIRD LEVEL . INT. SLAPPING him. people rustling in the darkness around him. That’s like grandma’s teylu. you were dug in like a tick. She stares at him for a moment.

MAX That’s awesome. Some of the other scientists clap Jake on the shoulders in congratulation.MORNING JAKE has reported to SELFRIDGE and QUARITCH. JAKE It’s not something you can teach. GRACE -. God help us all. getting serious) For reasons I cannot fathom. See if I QUARITCH That’s how you seize the initiative. COMMISSARY . The other drivers lean forward.MORNING BREAKFAST the next day. QUARITCH Jarhead clan? (he laughs) And that worked? JAKE (grinning) Yeah. can learn to be one of them. SELFRIDGE Look.51.find out what these blue monkeys want. OPS CENTER . INT. Jake. the Omaticaya have chosen you. I wish I had ten more like you. CUT TO: INT. displaying a feral grin. (MORE) . fuming. hanging on Grace’s re-telling of the tale. They want to study me. Sully -. GRACE (to Jake. NORM chomps his bacon.so the kid’s out there one night and he’s got the Queen Bitch herself offering him the spare room and the car keys. Quaritch turns from gazing out at the wall of forest. Unbelievable.

JAKE What if they won’t go? QUARITCH (icy) I’m betting they will. SELFRIDGE (cont'd) We try to give them medicine and education. I wouldn’t care except -Selfridge turns to a large 3D GRAPHIC DISPLAY. SELFRIDGE Their damn village is sitting right over the richest unobtanium deposit for a hundred klicks in any direction.because they need to relocate. pointing.for them -. dozers get there.52. Which sucks -.they like mud. SELFRIDGE Killing the indigenous looks bad. but there’s one thing shareholders hate more than bad press -. JAKE So -. A road runs from Hell’s Gate to a proposed new mine miles away. Roads! But no -. Jake is shaken by the enormity of this new responsibility. Find me a carrot to get them to move. she does. JAKE (taking that in) Does Augustine know about this? SELFRIDGE Yeah. I’m on it.and that’s a bad quarterly statement.who talks them into moving? QUARITCH (turning) Guess. CUT TO: JAKE That’s when the . or it’s going to have to be all stick. QUARITCH You got three months. and she’s on the next ship back if she tries to cock-block me on it.

but she’s the spiritual leader. one at a time -. Like . She and her sister Silwanin. GRACE He’s the clan leader -(indicating Mo’at) -. The Great Mother. Jesus. So who’s this Eywa? NORM Who’s Eywa? Oh. Just amazing girls. flanked by GRACE and NORM. The goddess made up of all living things. INT. You’d know that if you had any training whatsoever. As Jake settles into the soft embrace of the link. He hauls himself from wheelchair to Link. JAKE Tsu’tey. Grace inputs commands at the control station. BIO LAB .MORNING JAKE pumps his chair across the lab.a kind of flash card drill. only their deity. INT. JAKE Got it. GRACE Neytiri was my best student. JAKE Who’s got a date with the chief’s daughter? GRACE Knock it off. it’s like kindergarten around here. LINK ROOM The dialogue is continuous as they enter.images of clan members she has shot over the years -. Grace holds STEREO STILL PICTURES in front of him. (next photo) Mo’at. (next photo) Eytukan.53. a shaman. JAKE I didn’t meet the sister.

Jake turns to see NEYTIRI cantering toward him on a DIREHORSE. Neytiri holds its nose-ring while Jake clumsily mounts. Grace lowers the bio-sensor array over Jake’s chest. COMMONS . blinking awake. --children chase each other and climb like monkeys. -. HOMETREE/ THIRD LEVEL . GRINNING. GRACE (quietly) No. she’s dead. then go back to work. down through gaps in the towering vault. His grin drops. Jake bends one of its ANTENNAE down to the tip of his queue. (turning to him) Okay. an old sway-backed MARE. --two men clean the fish they’ve caught.staring -.54.a young mother pounds seeds into meal. MAX Link is ready. She closes the clamshell and we -INT.DAY JAKE nervously grips the surcingle of the mare.DAY JAKE walks among the villagers. -. EXT. up as he passes. while nursing an infant. One bold LITTLE GIRL runs up to Jake.young girls sit together. like a gothic cathedral overhead. GRACE Don’t do anything unusually stupid. staring up at -HOMETREE.village life starts early. He hesitantly touches them together and -They look Sunlight streams CUT TO: .then shrieks with laughter as she runs back to her playmates. who go about their daily tasks. She leads a second horse.DAY CU JAKE’S AVATAR. INT. let’s go -. RIVER NEAR HOMETREE . stops -. weaving and SINGING.

and is promptly THROWN OFF. as Tsu’tey stops his horse next to him.the tendrils INTERWEAVE. ON JAKE. Jake flops around. Again. For now. seemingly landing harder each time. NEYTIRI SERIES OF JUMP CUTS -. TSU’TEY and another young hunter come out of the forest leading TWO DIREHORSES. The magnificent animals drink from the edge of the pool. looking down with disdain. nodding. NEYTIRI This is shahaylu -.inside. TIGHT SHOT -. JAKE The horse LAUNCHES into a GALLOP. Spray blasts up from their hooves. face down in the mud of the riverbank. Which is when he sees -TSU’TEY and another HUNTER thundering across the shallow river on their direhorses.the bond. Tsu’tey watches Jake’s riding lesson with disdain. He lands painfully in the mud. as Neytiri leads the horse back to him. brushing mud off knees and ass. He painfully rises to hands and knees. her breath. Jake closes his eyes. Neytiri touches her fingertips to the neural interface. TSU’TEY You should go away. covered in mud. The horse’s eyes also go wide and it HONKS nervously. Feel her strong legs. One with the horse. He gets up. Jake stands. say where to go. Forward. Feel her heartbeat. NEYTIRI You may tell her what to do -(she touches her head) -. with no idea how to sit the animal.55. .Jake falls off the horse in various ways. Jake’s PUPILS DILATE and his mouth drops open.

ANGLE ON MAX. COLONEL QUARITCH. Then a core structure. BIO LAB . and an inner ring. JAKE Roger that.56. A rock She sighs in agreement. TSU’TEY (subtitled) This alien will learn nothing. Tsu’tey turns to Neytiri. SELFRIDGE and few ENGINEERS and OFFICERS. (she looks pointedly at Jake) We’re going up into the mountains. Sees more.DAY JAKE. GRACE and NORM are packing science gear and supplies. then a secondary ring here. QUARITCH I’m going to need accurate scans of all these columns. that’s how they move up and down. Frowning. who is leading the old mare back. JAKE You’ve got outer columns. CUT TO: INT. OPS CENTER . he backs away. GRACE I’m not about to let Quaritch and Selfridge micro-manage this thing. He’s been watching Jake talking rapidly to Quaritch. it’s like a spiral. NEYTIRI gestures to Jake’s horse. Again. at the stairwell. Tsu’tey and the other hunter wheel their horses around and THUNDER OFF into the woods. but can’t hear him.NIGHT Grouped around a table are JAKE. (MORE) NEYTIRI CUT TO: . down the stairs. Jake is talking them through plans he’s made of Hometree’s inner structure. JAKE (to Neytiri) I knew this guy could speak English.

NORM The Hallelujah Mountains? GRACE That’s right. GRACE (cont'd) There’s a mobile link up at Site 26 that we can work out of. put CUT TO: She points to the stick between her knees. many of the displays are fritzing out. In the SEALED COCKPIT. On the dash. NORM Yesssss! (off Jake’s look) The legendary Floating Mountains of Pandora? Heard of them? EXT. and the aircraft reacts. THE SAMSON is dwarfed by enormous ARCHES OF ROCK.DAY A SAMSON THUNDERS over the rainforest. Grace and Norm’s UNCONSCIOUS AVATARS ride in the open back compartment. . Look at my instruments. RAINFOREST . Norm hesitantly reaches over and rests his hand on hers.reacting to tiny inputs from the hot lady-pilot.AERIAL . Norm is up front. Jake and Grace are behind them. sitting left seat so Trudy can talk him through the flight controls. TRUDY Feel how small the moves are? You barely have to think it. climbing into the mistshrouded mountains. We’re TRUDY Yeah we are. GRACE See these magnetic formations. your hand on the cyclic -Here. getting close. ON NORM -. in the jump-seats. TRUDY It only takes tiny inputs.57.

) Yeah. ON JAKE. THE SAMSON LANDS.enormous islands of rock are hovering a half mile above the ground. We’re in the flux vortex. They move toward the Shack. They are overgrown with rainforest. AHEAD. Trudy turns. TRUDY You should see your face. An archipelago among the clouds. My. CUT TO: CUT TO: . JAKE (V. WIDE AERIAL -. The shacks are AIRLIFT MODULES the size of buses. EXT. wearing MASKS.the Samson is tiny as it approaches the floating islands of rock. The humans hop out. Waterfalls stream down the sides and dissolve into spray at the bottom. Jake leans forward between the seatbacks for a good look out the front canopy. so what does hold them up? Grace explained it to me -. God. taking in the spectacular panorama.TWO SHACKS and a few clusters of instruments perched on a promontory near the Hallelujah Mountains. revealing -THE HALLELUJAH MOUNTAINS.O. JAKE’S POV -.58. NORM Oh. grinning at Jake. a cloud bank parts. It is both awe-inspiring and Right in front of them.DAY A remote RESEARCH STATION -. GRACE Yup. Just not me. or something. they cast great shadows over the forested slopes below. At least somebody understands it. SITE 26 . beating the grass with its rotor-wash.some kind of maglev effect because unobtanium is a superconductor. disturbing. and straggly beards of vines hang down beneath them. staring in amazement.

There are 4 bunks. and -.through a short connecting corridor -. She turns on the lights and equipment. I speak the language fluently. Norm. He stalks off. . SHACK . his frustration boiling over.DAY NORM and TRUDY assist JAKE with his chair as they cycle in through the AIRLOCK. He glowers at Jake. (he points at Jake) He falls off the frickin’ turnip truck and all of a sudden he’s cultural ambassador!? GRACE It’s not our choice.Grace posing at the school with various grinning children. NORM I trained three years for this mission.THREE LINK UNITS in the second module. Jake stops to look at STEREO STILL PICTURES which are taped and tacked up around her workstation. Norm. GRACE is already inside. GRACE He can’t go far. a younger Neytiri and an older girl who looks much like her. As Grace powers up the Link equipment. JAKE Hey. INT. I need you to operate Jake’s link. Norm glares at Jake as he passes. a clutter of science gear. There is one of her with two lanky girls.59. CLOSE ON PICTURES -. it’s the least glitchy. starting the GENNY. NORM Yeah. take number two. GRACE Jake. well I didn’t come out here to wash the dishes while you’re on some interspecies booty call. You got a problem? Norm turns to Grace.

It shivers and stretches its wings as the neural connection is made. She murmurs to it and strokes its NECK. Holy shit. DARK SHAPES clinging to it stir with a leathery RUSTLING SOUND. A huge MOUNTAIN BANSHEE. She points to Jake’s link. like enormous umbrellas above the rainforest. which it SNATCHES and gulps down.a WEB made of thick woven fiber. She climbs smoothly onto the animal’s back. 80 meters to the ground. this thing is taller than a Na’vi with a 10 meter wingspan. Jake tries to keep up with Neytiri as she leaps up the core trunk like a lemur. and some of the others in the shadows nearby answer.BANSHEE EYRIE LOOKING DOWN the central shaft of Hometree./EXT. Neytiri flip-catches her queue and gently connects it to the Banshee’s ANTENNA. She leads him OUTSIDE. He climbs the last section. Neytiri makes a series of TRILLS and CLICKS. JAKE CUT TO: NEYTIRI Do not look in her eye. A leathery FWHOOP. HOMETREE . It lets out a signature SHRIEK. Once shahaylu is made. Villagers are ant-like. arriving out of breath beside her. onto -A large branch. ikran will fly with only one Hunter in the whole life. Neytiri feeds it a large scrap of meat. NEYTIRI strides out across the branch toward some kind of STRUCTURE -. GRACE Let’s get you in. like the crack of sails. emerging into a shaft of sunlight.60. INT. Much larger than the forest banshees. One of the shapes MOVES toward them. . as it alights on the branch right in front of her. Through gaps in the foliage Jake can see other Great Trees scattered across the landscape. NEYTIRI Ikran is not horse.

CUT TO: INT.you must choose your own ikran. banks hard. looks up from her MICROSCOPE.61. ON NEYTIRI -. Heeyaaahh! NEYTIRI Jake ducks as the great wings EXPLODE OPEN and the banshee DROPS off the branch.Jake has just switched on the camera. yeah. JAKE Do I have to do this? I need some rack. It swoops down across the forest canopy. And he must choose you. Neytiri directs the banshee into a close SWOOPING FLYBY.now. behind him. the rainforest rolling beneath her. when it’s fresh. SHACK . NEYTIRI To become taronyu -. Completing the bank.flying in perfect fusion with her winged mount. When? JAKE NEYTIRI When you are ready. GRACE. Repetition. lets out a CRY and beats its wings in a power climb. and Jake instinctively ducks. THIS THROWS US INTO A TEACHING MONTAGE: JAKE AND NEYTIRI kneel together inside Hometree. Neytiri touches her lips with her fingertips. (to camera) The days are starting to blur together. . GRACE No -. JAKE Yeah. The BANSHEE shivers with anticipation.NIGHT/EXT STEREO VIDEO-LOG IMAGE -. He looks tired. but I figure it’s like field-stripping a weapon. The language is a bitch.Hunter -. scowling.




She touches her nose, her ears, her eyes in quick sequence. JAKE Ontu, mikyun, nari. NEYTIRI stands next to him, correcting his position as he draws a longbow. BARKING commands, she SMACKS him on the shoulder, then the elbow, repositioning him roughly. JAKE (V.O.) Neytiri thinks I’m some kind of retard. HUMAN JAKE emerges from the LINK to see -TRUDY and NORM caught IN THE ACT on Norm’s bunk. Norm blushes and Trudy waves, pulling the blanket over their heads. JAKE (V.O.) Norm’s attitude has improved lately. NORM works with JAKE at the small table in the SHACK kitchen. Thank you? Ireiyo. Norm comically exaggerates the pronunciation. NORM Irrrreiyo. Irrrreiyo. the R, r-r-r-oll it. You’ve gotta roll JAKE NORM

Norm makes Jake repeat the word, getting more frustrated. JAKE (V.O.) It’s good he’s back on board, but he thinks I’m a retard too. TRACKING WITH JAKE’S FEET as he runs over rocks, leaping onto a thick root, running on across the rough bark. JAKE (V.O.) My feet are getting tougher. farther every day. I can run


Neytiri leads him along a massive root, and soon they are running 30 meters above the ground. He sprints with her through the trees, trying to keep up. She CLIMBS and LEAPS with the ease of a spider monkey. JAKE (V.O.) I have to trust my body to know what to do. With Neytiri it’s learn fast or die. Neytiri LEAPS off into space, falling, falling until -She catches an enormous palm leaf and, gripping it, allows its DROOP to slow her fall. She lets go, plummeting, and catches another. JAKE FOLLOWS in a leap of faith. THE CAMERA PLUNGES with him, from leaf to leaf, down and down in a dizzying kinetic rush. He drops down from the last leaf, landing next to her on a game trail. He is exhilarated to still be alive. Neytiri is surprised -- that he followed. That he lived.

TIGHT ON HUMAN JAKE, in the shack. Thinking as he looks at the pictures of Grace with the laughing kids at the school. IN THE COMMONS -- AVATAR NORM formally greets MO’AT. The Matriarch looks on as GRACE kneels to hug children she knows. Grace’s eyes sparkle as she chats with them in Na’vi. JAKE (V.O.) I sweet-talked Mo'at into giving Norm and Grace a hall pass. Now Grace even makes me coffee before link every morning. Grace looks up to see Neytiri approaching. It is an awkward moment between them. Grace makes the formal gesture of greeting. GRACE (Na’vi, subtitled) I See you, Neytiri Mo’at’ite. NEYTIRI I See you, Doctor Grace Augustine. ANOTHER DAY -- NEYTIRI kneels on a game trail, pointing out the tracks in the mud to Jake. She touches the edges of the plants around her, and sniffs the air.


JAKE (V.O.) I’m learning to read the trails, the tracks at the water-hole, the tiniest scents and sounds. JAKE AND NEYTIRI watch through a screen of leaves as -A HERD of huge, armored STURMBEEST walks through the shallows of a lake. In the middle of the herd, the babies are sheltered from predators among their parents' legs. One of the BULLS trumpets, and a flock of TETRAPTERONS takes flight, an explosion of purple wings. Jake stares at the strange and wild alien tableau. ANOTHER PLACE -- NEYTIRI STANDS utterly still, except for her ears, which move with a life of their own. Her eyes are closed. She speaks very softly to Jake -NEYTIRI When you hear nothing, you will hear everything. When you see nothing, you will See everything. JAKE (V.O.) Sometimes I have no idea what she’s talking about. Jake and Neytiri creep quietly, stalking a large male HEXAPEDE -- a six legged deer-like creature. Jake expertly nocks an arrow and draws his bow as Neytiri watches. He takes a bead on the hexapede -- tracks it for a beat with the drawn bow, then RELAXES his arm. Zen archery. JAKE (V.O.) It’s been a month and I’m still not allowed to make a kill. She says the forest hasn’t given permission. OMIITED NEYTIRI and JAKE crawl through the undergrowth. and he parts some leaves to see -She points

A MOTHER VIPERWOLF bringing meat to her cubs, which frisk around her legs. She licks their faces. JAKE (V.O.) There’s a lot of crap like that. She’s always going on about the flow of energy-the spirits of the animals and what not --


VIDEO-LOG IMAGE -- HUMAN JAKE talks into the lens. changing -- un-shaven, cheeks hollow. Pale. JAKE (smirking) I just hope this treehugger shit isn’t on the final.


Visible behind him, Grace is hunched over her samples. GRACE (without looking up) This isn’t just about eye-hand coordination out there. You need to listen to what she says. Try to see the forest through their eyes. JAKE Excuse me -- this is my video-log here, okay? NEYTIRI AND JAKE move through the NIGHT FOREST, surrounded by galaxies of shimmering bioluminescence. They move gracefully, soundlessly -- two forest spirits. CU JAKE -- the pupils of his cat eyes dilated. The night forest floods his brain with its million bio-sources. NIGHT SHOT, from overhead -- Jake and Neytiri bow-fishing from a dugout canoe over huge glowing ANEMONES at the bottom of a pool. A large fish swims silhouetted against the pastel glow. Jake drills it. He holds up the fish, triumphantly. ZAP!

ANOTHER DAY -- Neytiri stands close behind Jake, adjusting his position as he draws his bow. Only now her hands are GENTLE as they move on his arms, his shoulders. Aware of her touch, Jake’s focus is broken. and she pulls away quickly. Their eyes meet,

NIGHT -- they enter a CLEARING filled with chest-high ferns. Neytiri signals him to move slowly. They approach a creature on one of the ferns. An ugly, stick-like LIZARD-THING perched on a frond. As he approaches -SNAP! A long spine whips in a circle, unfurling a bioluminescent membrane -- a disk a meter across, opening like a Chinese fan. It FLIES OFF, a living Frisbee. THE FAN LIZARD FLOATS across the clearing.

Bites into it without enthusiasm. but with feeling. He doesn’t know where he is. Here -Norm CUT TO: She hands him a microwaved burrito. GRACE You’re still losing weight. in Na’vi. where that meal came from. NEYTIRI A clean kill. JAKE PULLS the arrow from the twitching body of a hexapede. until they are all flying. Like out there is the true world. He dispatches it with his knife. blinking at the light. We ate it. He speaks haltingly. your body stays behind to become part of the People. Jake looks exhausted. she is unguarded and joyful. thin. she hops around like a little girl. and thank you.NIGHT Lying in the link. JAKE (V. An EXPLOSION OF COLOR as dozens of FAN LIZARDS take flight.O. SHACK . Your spirit goes with Eywa. NEYTIRI watches with approval. And for the first time.66. Grinning widely. You are ready. A beat -. JAKE I made a kill today. He weakly pushes open the lid. helps Grace get him to his chair. TIGHT ON AVATAR JAKE silently drawing his bow. Neytiri plunges among the ferns with a SHARP CRY.) Everything is backwards now. and in here is the dream.the arrow flies. totally herself with him. I know . He looks at the now alien food. INT. pale. JAKE (Na’vi) I See you Brother. his eyes focused in intense concentration. INSIDE THE LINK -.Jake’s eyes open in the darkness.

I learned the hard way. GRACE Yeah -.67. JAKE Get rid of this shit. You need to take care of this body. GRACE walks past Jake. Her eyes track across the Finally -- . I’m serious -. pictures of the laughing children. Grace. as your boss and someone who might even consider being a friend someday. JAKE GRACE Jake. Jake takes the cigarette out of her mouth and stubs it out. This is what I’ve been working for. GRACE Other body. then you can lecture me. You’re burning too hard. Jake scans the pictures tacked up around Grace’s workstation. Or die trying. Tomorrow we leave for Iknimaya. GRACE And this is your check up from the neck up. starts making herself coffee. Marine.you’re gonna go ride a banshee. JAKE Not now. to take some down time. (she turns away) Trust me. GRACE I’m telling you. Yeah yeah.you look like crap. You’re getting in way too deep. JAKE That’s right. JAKE What did happen at the school? GRACE looks up from making coffee.

I guess they thought I could protect them. JAKE GRACE Jake realizes that Grace is on the verge of tears and desperately trying to hide it. GRACE A scientist stays objective -. (mildly) I got most of the kids out. GRACE Neytiri’s sister -. GRACE sips her coffee. while getting MILK out of the refrigerator. Right in front of Neytiri. GRACE It’s a job. . GRACE sits down at the table. Then shot the others. She was angry about the clear-cutting. grimaces at the taste.68. Mother. before they shot me. But I poured ten years of my life into that school.her hand is SHAKING. Jesus.Sylwanin -. all painted up -they’d set a bulldozer on fire -. MACRO as she pours the milk -.but don’t get attached. (turning to him) That kind of pain reaches back through the link.stopped coming to school. looks intently at Jake. Learn what you can -. Yeah. GRACE’S voice stays oddly CALM as he tells this terrible story. GRACE One day. GRACE They killed Sylwanin in the doorway. GRACE The troopers pursued them to the schoolhouse.we can not be ruled by emotion. she and a couple of other young hunters came running in. They called me sa’atenuk.

69.like the mythical beanstalk. Thick vine-like trees have trapped large FLOATING BOULDERS of UNOBTANIUM in their gnarled grip. who’s riding well enough to keep up. UP-SLOPE AHEAD is an astounding formation.DAY TSU’TEY leads three direhorse riders up the trail -. A huge rockfall is set loose. JAKE We doin’ this? Jake leaps to catch up as Tsu’tey and the hunters swarm up the base of the beanstalk. It’s the test every young hunter has to pass. going up into the clouds. Jake looks around at -One of the FLOATING MOUNTAINS grinding against the flank of a nearby mesa. A hundred meters above them more boulders are WOVEN into the twisted vine-trunks. filling half the sky.) Iknimaya translates roughly as stairway to heaven. Jake. The horses’ hooves CLOP right next to a sheer drop into a misty canyon.two TEENAGE HUNTERS and JAKE. JAKE (V. GRACE looks at him with real PAIN in her eyes. He turns to Tsu’tey. This is some sort of freak natural occurrence -. stop what’s coming. JAKE looks up at the beanstalk going into the clouds. MOUNTAIN TRAIL . CUT TO: And we can’t CUT TO: . The mountain is drifting toward them. who is checking the young hunters’ gear. EXT. and the ground SHAKES.O. The Hunters dismount. There is a THUNDERING ROAR. like an artillery barrage. GRACE It’s not our world. TSU’TEY signals a stop.

BEANSTALK . They climb toward the floating islands above.70. A SHRIEK and the THWAP THWAP of leathery wings -.a view from Olympus.NEYTIRI’S BANSHEE swoops in to perch at the edge of the grotto. HUNDREDS of banshees huddle on rock outcroppings as far as the eye can see. . EXT. EXT. covers its eyes with a woven HOOD. Spray from one of the waterfalls hits them. his feet dangling over nothingness. A chunk breaks off a boulder as he climbs over it -. like a falconer.DAY 200 METERS up the BEANSTALK. Above them. JAKE looks down -. They reach the upper branches of the beanstalk. docile.the massive trunk dwindles to the size of a licorice stick. Waterfalls dissolve into nothingness below. or perch on ledges. She dismounts and.DAY TINY FIGURES cross a causeway of vines connecting a small island of unobtanium to the main mass of Mons Veritatis. flashing in shafts of sunlight. WIDE SHOT looking down a rock face bigger than Half Dome -the sheer side of Mons Veritatis. Some of the HANGING VINES are brushing over the upper branches of the beanstalk with a crackling hiss. GROTTO/BANSHEE ROOKERY . Tsu’tey leads them through the cave until they emerge onto a CLIFF FACE. as -She joins Jake and the hunter party. They cling to the walls with the fore-claws on their wings.it floats upward. One by one the hunters grab onto vines as they pass. MONS VERITATIS . the hunters nimbly climb along the vine-trunks. And Jake sees -The BANSHEE ROOKERY. It waits. Banshees circle next to the cliffs. Jake looks down the sheer cliff at the world far below -.DAY A waterfall THUNDERS down into the void like a faucet of the gods. Jake shrugs and leaps to a passing vine. EXT. the craggy underbelly of MONS Veritatis looms. They clamber over one of the unobtanium BOULDERS which is lifting this incredible tree.

You will have one chance. The weighted thong whips twice around its long jaws. Jake looks directly into its eyes -. NEYTIRI (whispering) Now you choose your ikran. in a threat display. They eye him as he approaches. Jake feels a rush of emotion. A LARGE MALE spreads enormous wings. The challenged banshee HISSES and leaps at him. jaws wide as-Jake times the lunge. JAKE How will I know if he chooses me? NEYTIRI He will try to kill you. Jake WHAPS the bolo across its snout.and strides toward it. Jake unrolls a weighted leather strap. tying them shut. showing rows of fangs. Others flap their wings and yawn.inside. This you must feel -. SHRIEKS. A MUFFLED SCREAM and it SLASHES at his stomach with razor talons but -- . The two teenage Hunters are scared but trying to act tough. Tsu’tey scowls when Neytiri leads Jake out onto the ledge.71. a challenge in his eyes. Tsu’tey smirks at Jake. TSU’TEY Jakesully will go first. Neytiri takes his hand and squeezes it. swinging the bolo. Several SHRIEK and take flight. like I showed. but she breaks away like it didn’t happen. If he also chooses you. Out of sight of Tsu’tey. SNAPPING SHUT. He is on his own. JAKE Let’s dance. feinting and then slipping aside as the banshee’s jaws miss him. JAKE Outstanding. like a one-ended BOLO. on the ledge with -The BANSHEES. move quick. and glares straight at him.

They flop to the ground and he scrambles on top.the pupil like a deep black well. but -Jake scrambles up and leaps straight at it. warily. and -JAKE Heeeyyyaaaah! THWAP! THWAP! The banshee is off like a shot. are locked together. literally eye to eye. He slides on the rock and almost goes over the edge as -NEYTIRI gasps. You cannot wait. and he SWARMS IT -. a hank of the beast’s main. over the talons and tackling the banshee around the neck. Neytiri runs to him. way pissed off now. pinning it and -Grabs its whipping antenna. almost knocking him out and -IT WRITHES. JAKE That’s right! You’re mine. ECU BANSHEE -. Tsu’tey laughs and yells mockingly. The bolo is coming loose as the creature shakes its head. Jake grabs its whip-like antenna and brings it toward his queue but -The bony head SLAMS sideways. Jake relaxes his grip and slowly. locks it under his arm. flinging him to the ground. It topples on its side.72. slides his leg over the creature’s back. Claws rake his leg but he gets his arms around its head and CLAMPS DOWN HARD.clocks him right in the face. and BAM! -. NEYTIRI First flight seals the bond. Jake SCREAMS as they PLUMMET off the cliff -.the banshee WAILS and -He grips They . They FUSE together and -The banshee stops struggling. Jake is already leaping. It lies there panting. and jams the end of his queue into it. feeling its power.arms around its thrashing head. Jake sits astride the creature.


They fall together, spiralling out of control, and he is almost tossed lose. The thing is SQUAWKING and SHRIEKING so much he can't think. JAKE Shut the hell up!! It does. Level out! JAKE Fly straight!

It levels out. Jake cocks his head, only thinking “bank left” and the animal complies. He settles the banshee into an easy loping beat of its huge wings, while he catches his breath. NEYTIRI’S BANSHEE falls into formation with him. “follow me” and DIVES. She signals

Jake guides his banshee clumsily after her. Neytiri’s banshee moves with precise movements of its wingtips, while Jake’s wobbles and dips, almost falling out of the sky. THE CAMERA SWOOPS after them as Neytiri leads an arcing DIVE around the flank of Mons Veritatis. The scenery is stunning. They pass waterfalls and swoop between hanging vines. Neytiri leads Jake in a sharp bank, skimming close to the cliffs. They punch through streamers of cloud and emerge into sunlight. Jake is getting the hang of it. He jinks left, then right, then dives, tucking himself tight against the animal’s back. He’s reckless, fearless. Half in control and LOVING IT. Neytiri dives next to him as he lets out a long WHOOP of joy. CUT TO: INT./EXT. GROTTO/MONS VERITATIS - DAY FLIGHT MONTAGE: NEYTIRI squats with Jake, using her hands to explain flight principles like one fighter pilot to another. LOOKING DOWN a sheer cliff. SWOOOSH! Jake and Neytiri dive their mounts STRAIGHT DOWN PAST CAMERA, pulling out and soaring into a series of aerobatic turns. JAKE (V.O.) I may not be much of a horse guy. was born to do this. But I


THEY FLY in close formation with TSU’TEY and the young HUNTERS, 5 banshees flashing through scarves of mist. ANOTHER DAY. Jake dives, playing hide and seek with Neytiri among the clouds. They are wild and free in a wild world. She grins and banks hard, diving -- catch me if you can. He DIVES after her. IN THE GROTTO, by firelight, JAKE’S BANSHEE snaps at a piece of meat which he playfully pulls back. He’s teaching it to take the food more slowly. He strokes its long head. TSU’TEY is nearby with the young hunters. frustrated hostility. He eyes Jake with

ANOTHER DAY -- Jake and Neytiri fly abreast, soaring easily. She points and Jake sees -A BIZARRE GEOLOGICAL FORMATION. Arches of magnetic rock form rainbows of stone above a deep CALDERA. In the center of the caldera is a single, enormous WILLOW TREE, gnarled and ancient. This, we will be told, is THE WELL OF SOULS. CUT TO: EXT. RIDGE JAKE flies with Neytiri along a forested ridge. She is teaching him to hunt from his banshee. They carry their bows at the ready, scanning below them for prey. A HUGE SHADOW covers him and Neytiri SHOUTS a warning. looks up to see -Jake

A LEONOPTERYX in a delta-dive, whistling straight at him. Like a banshee, only several times larger, it is the king predator of the air: the GREAT LEONOPTERYX. Striped scarlet, yellow and black, with a midnight blue crested head -- it is both gorgeous and terrifying. The hunter has become the prey. JAKE snap-rolls and dives toward the forest canopy. He plummets into the gloom as -K-CRASH -- the leonopteryx tears through foliage, following him down, both diving like missiles and -JAKE yanks into a hair-pin bank, right through a gap between two huge branches -Forcing the leonopteryx to brake with a loud FWOOSH of wings. It banks away with a frustrated SHRIEK. Two flaps of its mighty wings and it is gone, back above the canopy.


CLOSE ON THE LEONOPTERYX, as its fanged mouth opens in a bloodcurdling SCREECH which echoes among the mountains. The lord of its domain. ON JAKE, shaken. Neytiri flies up, her expression the Na’vi equivalent of Oh my God. A beat -- they both crack up. CUT TO: INT. SHACK - NIGHT Jake ponders images Grace has called up at her workstation-science graphics of the Leonopteryx. Trudy and Norm are crowded around as well. GRACE The Great Leonopteryx is the apex aerial predator. Not only rare, but the sightings tend not to get reported. Trudy makes a clicking motion with her thumb. TRUDY There usually isn’t time to key the mike. JAKE The People call it Toruk. NORM (translating) Last Shadow. JAKE Last one you ever see. TRUDY I saw one take out a gunship once -WHAM! Total frickin’ yard sale. Ate the crew like peanuts. TIME CUT -- Grace is scanning through images and Jake stops her on one -- a 3D aerial shot of the strange arched formation. That’s it. JAKE

GRACE Vitraya Ramunong -- The Well of Souls. It’s their most sacred place. She moves the virtual camera, and we seem to fly around the Well of Souls, catching only a glimpse of the interior.

Torn by what he is doing. As TRUDY watches. then hesitates. TRUDY If you don’t give him something. NEYTIRI Toruk Macto was mighty -. which we now recognize as that of a GREAT LEONOPTERYX. NEYTIRI My grandfather’s grandfather was Toruk Macto -. Jake pulls the chip.Jake looks through the pressure window at HUMAN GRACE and NORM outside. because that’s what the Na’vi do when they’re telling you something important.Rider of Last Shadow. he’s gonna shut us down. HOMETREE .NIGHT JAKE STARES up at the TOTEM SKULL. JAKE That’s a long time. TRUDY They’re coming back. Hey. Neytiri takes his hand. Wearing masks. GRACE Something big is going on in there. I’d die to get samples. Toruk chose him. He hands her the chip and she slips it into a pocket of her flight-suit just as Grace and Norm enter from the airlock. TIME CUT -. NEYTIRI watches as he reaches up to touch the tall indigo crest. JAKE CUT TO: INT. they are taking readings from some time-series experiments Grace has set up. It has only happened five times since the time of the First Songs. All Na’vi people know this story. guys.he brought the clans together in a time of great sorrow. biologically.76. JAKE works fast to download Grace’s images of the Well of Souls onto a memory chip. but outsiders are strictly forbidden. .

NEYTIRI swoops in next to Jake. his banshee screaming. Jake braces himself -. Tsu’tey SALUTES in grudging admiration. surrounded by young hunters. JAKE. People gnawing on massive sturmbeest ribs. He draws and fires his bow. A bowl of some kava-like intoxicant is passed around. NEYTIRI and other FLYING HUNTERS swoop low above a HERD OF STURMBEEST -. INT. The leaping fire-light plays across the eye sockets of the TORUK SKULL.DAY CUT TO: JAKE. RIVER BED . hearty drink as some of the young hunters hoot and clap hands in a fast rhythm. in the plexus between the armored shoulders and -THE BEAST crashes to the ground.a rapids of thundering muscle. and CUT TO: . acts out the leonopteryx attack with his hands. Skids to a stop in a cloud of dust. A HUNTER appears in FG. TSU’TEY squats next to Jake. A challenge or an olive branch? Jake takes a long. Jake looks up. the usual scowl on his face. TRACKING WITH the herd. The sight is breathtaking. then -EXT. COMMONS/HOMETREE . flipping twice from momentum. around which the HUNT FESTIVAL is in full swing. He hurls a 3 meter spear and one of the sturmbeest CRASHES down. The arrow strikes true. NEYTIRI dances in a flowing costume as the BANSHEE SPIRIT. astride a direhorse at full gallop. arms raised and grinning wolfishly. PUSH IN SLOWLY on the skull totem. offering it to him. banking around Jake’s kill.77. Wild dancing. NORM is dancing seductively with his own tail.and Tsu’tey holds up the KAVA BOWL. Dust rises from this living river like steam from a python's back. It seems to watch Jake. JAKE ROLLS IN like a fighter jet. bringing it to life.NIGHT The central space is lit by a BONFIRE. CU TSU’TEY.

Tsu’tey looks a little blearily at Jake. Sorry. Finally. who lives within her. Tsu’tey drinks. Jake takes Grace’s hand and pulls her up. She takes Jake by the hand and pulls him up -NEYTIRI You must dance! It is the way. LATER -. dancing from the inside. protesting. his face darkening -the moment of connection to Jake lost to anger. (he looks at Jake) I did not think a sky person could be brave.hide inside machines -fight from far away. Jake offers the bowl back to Tsu’tey. landing on a pile of empty bowls near the fire.AN EMPTY BOWL drops. Jake and Neytiri flow amongst the dancers. Before Jake can answer.enough drink -. GRACE Watch that stuff. TSU’TEY Your warriors -. The hunters WHOOP and CHEER as Jake joins the circle of dancers. JAKE Tsu’tey looks deep into the fire. NEYTIRI’S lithe shape runs through the circle of silhouetted dancers toward them. . WIDER ON JAKE and TSU’TEY. JAKE lets the DRUMS and CHANTING flow through him. next week. but they are looking only at each other. He lets himself go. GRACE is rocking out. We see the young girl. TSU’TEY I thought -. he GRINS.78. sitting amid the rowdy hunters. grinning. so repressed. channeling the primal energy. TSU’TEY watches as she leads him away. It’ll knock you into They lock eyes.you would not be so ugly.

Mo'at and EYTUKAN follow their look. A couple of the young girls watching from outside the circle are giggling and talking about them. seeing the obvious connection. They know that all energy is only borrowed-MACRO SHOT of a purple flower. a seed of the Great Tree. places a WOODSPRITE. on the body.O. Mo'at recites a prayer as Neytiri. LOOKING DOWN into a hole dug among tree roots. beaded with raindrops.) They see a network of energy that flows through all living things. RAINFOREST . The body of an old Omaticaya WOMAN lies curled there like an unborn baby in the womb of the earth. totems and beads. dancing with abandon to the primal beat.O.and one day you have to give it back. ON JAKE. JAKE (V.79. the sunlight shafting down like light in a cathedral. Her path is with Tsu’tey. A spectacular panorama of a vast. joining flowers. acting as acolyte. MO’AT (subtitled) We cannot let this seed grow. sipping nectar which is sweet and thick as honey. An incredibly sensuous image. The purple flower is gently placed on her body. JAKE (V. JAKE (V.) It’s hard to put in words the deep connection the People have to the forest. hand picks the flower.O. Earth is poured over the LENS and we CUT TO -A blue . primeval land.DAY WIDE VISTA -. UP ANGLE TRACKING among the trees. Jake watches as Neytiri gently bends a large pitcher-like flower toward her. CUT TO: EXT. eyes locked with Neytiri.mist blowing through the treetops as the morning sun burns it away.) -. HIGH IN THE BRANCHES of a tree.

pack. COMPOUND . TEES UP while GRACE and JAKE approach from the direction of the Ops Center. the forest is a dark wall beyond the fence. He looks pale and haggard. He pushes the lid off. SELFRIDGE See. late at night. with a scraggly beard.DAY Under a sky of thunderheads. . How’s it going out there? Our blue friends all packed up yet? Selfridge swings his DRIVER with good form.you want to hear it or not? Go ahead.O. I keep hooking it. letting in light.we need more time. EXT. SELFRIDGE GRACE Jake is making incredible progress. SELFRIDGE The low gravity and the high air density cancel out so -JAKE You called us back to report -. JAKE SITS in front of the video log camera. But -. DARK as a coffin. JAKE (to the lens) I can barely remember my old life. It’s the damn CUT TO: THE BALL drops into the mud just past a marker which reads 220. years worth in just a few months. and lies there. It is many log entries later. wearing an exopack. SELFRIDGE.80. A TROOPER walks over to retrieve it. SELFRIDGE Good of you to stop by. He looks like a junkie watching a test pattern. JAKE (V.) Hard to believe it’s only been three months. I’m not sure who I am anymore. He has lost a lot of weight. JAKE WAKING UP in the Link.

Which it will.81. QUARITCH You’re not gettin’ lost in the woods. Quaritch pulls up a chair. Jake eyes flare with alarm. They’ve lived there since before human history began. Jake feels hollow inside. Dr. are you son? Jake can’t meet his eyes. GRACE Parker. I’m starting to doubt your resolve. Like this “Well of Souls” place -I’ve got them by the balls with that. He leaves them standing there to get drenched. He studies Jake’s pale. No. under a harsh overhead light. INT. . SELFRIDGE This thing is inevitable. ARMOR BAY A break table. JAKE I can do this. it’s their ancestral home. It starts to rain. You can spare them a few more weeks. You’re out of time. and sits astride it facing Jake. it’s time to terminate this mission. Selfridge calmly pulls an umbrella from his golf bag and snaps it open. sunken face. SELFRIDGE Not what I was hoping to hear. you’ve given me plenty of usable intel. The scraggly beard. when it turns into a shit-fight. QUARITCH Your last report was two weeks ago. What does it matter when it happens? I’m sorry. From what I see. Augustine. CUT TO: QUARITCH Look. turns it around. knowing what he’s done.

I can’t allow this. SHACK KITCHEN .the Dream Hunt. It’s the final stage of becoming a man. There’s one more test -. twisted by the magnetic fields.NIGHT Jake is gulping black coffee like a tequila shot. HALLELUJAH MOUNTAINS . They’ll trust what I say. (MORE) . (puts his hand on Jake’s shoulder) It’s time to come in.. You can help me or get out of the way. EXT. You’re just CUT TO: JAKE It’s the last door -. and I can negotiate the terms of their relocation. INT.NIGHT Strange horizontal LIGHTNING branches through the floating mountains. GRACE Jake. like I promised. Jake ponders this. Corporal.I’m going through it. Isn’t this what he was doing all this for? JAKE I’ve gotta finish this thing. Then I’m one of them. The venom takes you to the edge of death..82. looking pretty STRUNG OUT. QUARITCH So you’ll get your legs back. not strong enough. Jake pushes past her toward the corridor -GRACE (grabbing him) Will you listen to me? Sometimes the Na’vi themselves die in these vision quests. GRACE is smoking furiously. The sky is black and heavy with clouds... It’s hard for him to even form these words -JAKE . QUARITCH Then you need to get it done.

What? NORM . She puts her hands on his shoulders.we have no idea what that’ll do in an avatar brain. GRACE Our life out there takes millions of dollars of machinery to sustain. Jake stops. NORM Calibrating. hauling his useless legs inside.you are still in here. you can never be one of them! Norm looks up. Norm is initializing the Link. Thirty seconds. He seems suddenly very JAKE You know why I’m here? Because Quaritch sent me. levering himself into the Link. Jake pulls himself from his wheelchair. During this. GRACE No matter what you prove out there-. JAKE I have to go all the way -. GRACE (softening) You can never truly be with her. down the corridor.83. You visit -. GRACE (cont'd) And the psychoactive alkaloid in the worm.become one of them-GRACE (furiously) Goddammit. Jake breaks free and wheels away. startled at the VEHEMENCE in GRACE’ voice. A sheet of LIGHTNING flashes across the sky outside. Jake. pinioned by the truth. GRACE follows JAKE as he crosses to the Link.and you leave. (shaking him) Right here. lost.

84. And if it turned out to be force. he didn’t care. Jake? JAKE I’m not that guy any more. I taught it to them.that’s if they don’t cut my heart out and show it to me. JAKE They don’t even have a word for “lie” -they had to learn it from us. By deceit or by force.to embed with the Omaticaya. Norm is in shock. I’ve gotta go. he yanks me out -. Grace nods. Lost and alone. then how best to do it. GRACE And what about now. the clan throws me out -. JAKE That’s right -. Grace sees he is on the verge of tears. And if I tell her the truth. GRACE I know. She’s been on his journey every step of the way. But Grace is eerily calm. They’re waiting. JAKE But if I tell Quaritch the truth. . Grace stops him as he tries to close the lid. Jake looks hopelessly at the two of them. between worlds. To find out how to screw them out of their home. In his own perfect NORM They won’t understand what you’ve done. JAKE (pleading) Grace. GRACE I know. NORM Link is ready. Hell.I never see her again.

but is barred by a hunter. Jake walks slowly into the center of a tight circle of seated elders and hunters. TIME CUT -.NIGHT JAKE SITS. INT. washes the smoke over himself with his palms. MO'AT (subtitled) Oh wise worm.MO’AT’S FINGERS unwrap a piece of wood riddled with holes. GRACE (to Norm) Prep my link. JAKE (smiling wanly) It’s okay. Jake. eyes closed. An ELDER is slowly rapping a large WATER DRUM. She catches the end of a glowing purple WORM. Mo’at says an alien mind probably can’t survive the Dream Hunt anyway. I’m going in. you will know. Jake barely sees her as he goes down the spiral.85. It feels like closing a coffin. squatting. Their eyes meet with emotion neither can conceal any longer. MACRO . seemingly in the womb of the earth. GRACE Jake. She tries to follow. CHANTING in a low monotone.MO’AT purifies him with smoke from burning herbs. CUT TO: . GRACE stands with the crowd at the ramp to HOMETREE’S LOWEST LEVEL. COMMONS/HOMETREE . somewhere out in the night. You can’t carry this burden much longer. eater of the Sacred Tree -bless this worthy Hunter with a true vision.the Dream Hunt. Grace closes the lid. and draws it out of the wood. BELOW. NEYTIRI When your Spirit Animal comes. She watches his psionic patterns aligning to his avatar. as Neytiri and another young hunter paint his face and body in preparation for uniltaron -. TIME CUT.

the ground and -INSTANTLY the circle of Na’vi recedes. THUNDEROUS.WE RUSH into his face. He contorts. the unmistakable X silhouette of a diving LEONOPTERYX. His eyes OPEN. The whole image is bathed in spectral radiance. He does. EYTUKAN removes a writhing black ARACHNOID. Neytiri watches intently. leaving Jake alone in the circle. joining in the low chant.pupils DILATED black. lighting his mouth before he closes it. and SOUND as well -.AN EARTHEN JAR is opened.fingers stretching into tendrils. PUKING in the dirt. crying out in agony as the venom contracts his muscles but -IN HIS VISION Jake stands serene on a FLOATING MOUNTAIN CLIFF.they seem to TRANSFORM. It twists on itself.Jake is on his hands and knees. the Pandoran equivalent of a scorpion. MACRO -. She indicates he should chew. legs becoming roots which spread outward across the ground. his whole body. leaving vast ground in between. JAKE’S POV -. SPACE is utterly distorted. ECU JAKE -. Mo'at and Eytukan step back. Jake looks down -JAKE’S POV -. replaced by a ring of glowing trees. becoming threatening.his body and hands transforming -. as if to a distant horizon. CAMERA SCREAMS down on him as the shadow grows larger -. The insect drives its stinger into Jake’s skin and -Jake grimaces. He looks around at the faces -. which seem miles high. MO’AT places the worm on Jake’s out-stretched TONGUE.86. SLOW DOLLY IN on Jake.his hands recede. The LAST SHADOW.echoing. He places it against the back of Jake’s neck and presses. into the blackness of his pupil which FILLS THE UNIVERSE and -- . A GREAT BLACK SHADOW covers him. Jake looks down at the palms of his hands. He looks around and -The onlookers are gone. a thousand glowing dendrites which connect to the roots of the trees and -CUT TO REALITY -.

Realizes HE is casting it. MO'AT (to Jake) Something has come. staring blindly while -INSIDE.87. seeming to peer into his troubled soul. and Eytukan motions for Jake to stand. AVATAR JAKE looks down at the shadow. It lets out an almighty SHRIEK which seems to echo to eternity and -SLAM CUT to Jake. and we RUSH IN to his PUPIL and -PULL BACK from the eye of a GREAT LEONOPTERYX. IN POV he FLIES over the landscape of Pandora ---but the forest is BLASTED. GASPING -. Neytiri’s face is flooded with relief. his back arched as his muscles seize. Tsu’tey and the elders.back in his body. subtitled) It will take time for the meaning to be clear. (to the others. How can he tell them what he has seen? Mo’at puts her splayed fingers against his face.clouds scream around the mountain tops. weakly. He foams and thrashes. elders look at Jake expectantly. Fires flicker among trees that are BURNED black and lifeless in a smoky twilight. flying lordly and terrible over the land. MO'AT It is finished. He feels the wind of time blowing through him as -REAL JAKE claws the ground. He weakly rolls up to one elbow and looks around the room. moaning. rippling over the devastated ground. REAL JAKE writhes in the dirt. on his back. He gets up. EYTUKAN (subtitled) Did your Spirit Animal come? Jake looks from Eytukan to Mo'at. mist boils through the forest. his eyes rolled back in his head. while inside -TIME ITSELF HAS ACCELERATED -. The faces of the clan . She steps back. A great WINGED SHADOW is cast below.

Their trunks are as gnarled as bonsai. You All the members of the clan press forward. waiting to hear what has happened. Amazed. The entire clan is gathered. GRACE watches. They seem to float in a cosmic dance above a luminous garden of waving shapes. Relieved. as they float weightlessly. Jake looks up at the Leonopteryx Skull Totem. a bed of moss glows faintly. as if between worlds. Tiny purple fish swirl around them. NEYTIRI DIVES from a rock. Their hands come together. Long faintly glowing tendrils hang straight down in pastel curtains. back. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. POLYPHEMUS RISES behind the trees. they run together into a stand of WILLOWS. DISSOLVE TO: EXT.NIGHT JAKE and NEYTIRI run silhouetted in the night. slicing into a mirror of water. her eyes brimming. It is an exquisitely beautiful spot. Jake follows her and -UNDERWATER. until he is connected to everyone.88. The willows stir. they swim over glowing ANEMONES. EYTUKAN (subtitled) You are now a son of the Omaticaya. . Eytukan places both hands on Jake’s chest and holds them there. fingers twining. which seems to stare down at him. Behind them waterfalls cascade down in the silvery light. chest -hands upon hands. RAINFOREST . responding to their presence. letting the TENDRILS caress her. are part of the People. crowding around and putting their hands on Jake’s shoulders. OUTSIDE THE ENCLOSURE -. Underfoot. It REACTS to their footsteps with expanding rings of light. WILLOW GLADE Laughing.Eytukan emerges with Jake and the others. She holds up her hands. Proud.

JAKE It’s like -. moving gently over each other. NEYTIRI There is Beyral -. Jake puts out his hands and the tendrils play over his fingers. NEYTIRI We have many fine women. NEYTIRI We call this utraya mokri -. (she looks away) And you may choose a woman. The Amazon warrior trying so hard to sound casual. They stand. A few WOODSPRITES circle around them. his forearms.a sound you feel. Jake . Her eyes are intense. NEYTIRI This is a place for prayers to be heard. JAKE I’ve already chosen. his palms. You may make your own bow from the wood of Hometree.the Tree of Voices. We hear the WHISPERING of ancient Na’vi VOICES. NEYTIRI You are Omaticaya now. He feels drawn into them. His eyes go wide.she is a good hunter -Jake puts his fingers on her lips to stop her. And sometimes answered. some alighting on their shoulders and arms. who live within Eywa. Ninat is the best singer -JAKE I don’t want Ninat. She takes his hands and their fingers intertwine. But she pulls back a little. suppresses a smile. The voices of our ancestors.89. almost luminous. But this woman must also choose me. very close together now.

honest. They explore each other. She raises up. eyes sparkling. placing her fingertips to his chest -NEYTIRI This body is real. (she touches his forehead) This spirit is real. I hated all Sky People. The ultimate intimacy. and the night is alive with pulsing energy as we DISSOLVE TO -LATER. Neytiri takes the end of her queue and raises it. JAKE rocks with the direct contact between his nervous system and hers. facing each other on the faintly glowing moss. THE WILLOWS sway. She rubs her cheek against his. Jake does the same. She pulls him down until they are kneeling. But you have also taught me. NEYTIRI Kissing is very good. . NEYTIRI When I was first your teacher. He puts his face close to hers. But we have something better. The tendrils at the ends move with a life of their own. NEYTIRI She already has. you know my real body is far away. infinitely deep. Then she pulls back. He JAKE Neytiri. He kisses her on the mouth. and ripples of light spread out around them. with trembling anticipation. straining to be joined.90. sleeping. Spent. She is collapsed across his chest. strokes her face tenderly. (whispering) Spirit is all that matters. They come together into a kiss and sink down on the bed of moss.The tendrils INTERTWINE with gentle undulations. MACRO SHOT -. without wind. Her eyes are luminous.

He just lies there. Neytiri awakens with a start. Jake considers this. In another world. thinking. against his chest. CRACKLING of forest being crushed under enormous treads gets louder. sheltering him as he sleeps. We are mated for life. NEYTIRI I am with you now. shouting at him in Na’vi to wake up. WILLOW GLADE . EXT. We are? JAKE NEYTIRI Yes.DAWN DAWN BREAKS in the sacred glade. It is our way. But then -THE ROAR OF ENGINES.91. we are? We are. Shafts of orange morning light. She lays her head down. She shakes Jake. The SPLINTERING. SHACK . Jake and Neytiri asleep in each others' arms. In his coffin. listening to his heartbeat. I forgot to tell? He rouses up. NEYTIRI CUT TO: . JAKE Really. and her arms enfold him. making her look at him. SHE WATCHES in growing horror as the BLADE of a bulldozer becomes a dark wall behind the sheltering ring of willows. Maxfield Parrish painting. Jake. JAKE It’s cool. He lays his head down. (innocently) Oh.NIGHT Jake’s eyes open in the darkness. INT. I’m there.

DAWN Neytiri SCREAMS as -The willows begin to fall before the blade. NEYTIRI Jake! Wake up! Where ever you are. EXT.92.DAWN Jake adjusts himself in the link chair. He hands Grace the empty plate.eat this. screaming. SHACK . as -INT. Jake pushes her hands away and pulls the lid down. plowing the earth before it. WILLOW GLADE . GRACE And when was the last time you took a shower? Jesus. chases him with coffee and microwaved eggs.DAWN HUMAN JAKE is in a hurry to get back to the link. JAKE RUNS into the path of the bulldozer. GRACE. to be ground under the treads. Jake! INT. still groggy. GRACE (grinning) She’s not going anywhere. frantically trying to wake him. WILLOW GLADE AVATAR JAKE wakes up to see -NEYTIRI dragging him. Marine. GRACE Here -. . She slams the lid shut before he can enter and sticks the plate under his nose. waving his arms. splintering the trees. EXT. come back to me now. She is screaming at him. AVATAR JAKE is directly in the path. but he is too heavy. She tries to lift him. He leaps up as -- THE DOZER pushes inexorably into the glade. He sighs heavily and starts wolfing the eggs. I’d hate to have to force-feed a cripple. SHACK .

93. He’ll move. OPS CENTER . running to the side. in his Omaticaya loincloth and ceremonial body paint. TIGHT ON THROTTLES as the operator pushes them forward. INT. OPERATOR Hey. . WIDER as the TRACTOR OPERATOR sees him and pulls back on the remote throttles.Jake.DAY CLOSE ON MONITOR -. OPS CENTER CLOSE ON MONITOR -. These people have to learn that we don’t stop.as Jake’s demonic face is replaced by noise. ON THE SCREEN -. is unrecognizable. This attracts the attention of Selfridge. OPERATOR He pulls back on the throttles. ON THE SCREEN Jake stumbles back. SUPERVISOR (to Selfridge) What do we do? SELFRIDGE Roll on. tripping. Hey! JAKE Heeeey! Stop! Stop! He positions himself where the camera-eyes of the robotic juggernaut will see him.reappears. I got one of the natives blockin’ my blade here. WILLOW GLADE JAKE grabs a rock and LEAPS onto the dozer. He yells to his SUPERVISOR. Jake beats the rock furiously against it. He climbs SMASH! The rock crashes into the lens of the camera. I’m blind. who comes over to the workstation. EXT. pounding it to junk. disappears below the blade for a second -. quickly to the CAMERA MAST.Jake shouts but there’s no sound feed. INT.

crushing the forest before them. until Jake’s face is clear. AVATAR GRACE watches with growing alarm.DAY A RAIDING PARTY of hunters. blasting anything that moves. A trooper sees Jake on the dozer.the image expands.94. But the ROAR of engines continues because -MORE DOZERS and TRACTORS advance nearby. POWERSUITS and TROOPERS stride through the ravaged forest. Terrified animals flee before the onslaught. unfathomable wrongness of it. EXT. CU NEYTIRI. leaving only mud and wood splinters in their path. He grabs Neytiri and they run into concealing foliage. From behind a screen of leaves. right -. ON MONITOR -. OPS CENTER MINUTES LATER. the operator is playing back the CAMERA’S FEED for Quaritch and the others. they watch as -THE DOZERS advance. frozen in an animal snarl. raise weapons overhead. COMMONS/HOMETREE . INT. Trees are slashed down by the PLASMA CUTTERS. obliterating the sacred site. QUARITCH Freeze it. He turns and strides toward the door. He rips off a BURST and -Rounds CLANG into metal as Jake dives off the machine. WILLOW GLADE THE JUGGERNAUT grinds to a stop. their bodies painted. CUT TO: . shouting to his WATCH COMMANDER as he passes. stunned by the nightmarish. She sobs as the willows die. SELFRIDGE Son of a bitch! PUSH IN ON QUARITCH as his jaw clenches in cold fury.there. QUARITCH Get me a pilot! INT.

MO'AT Is this true? NEYTIRI (subtitled) We are mated before Eywa. TSU’TEY You mated with this woman?! Oh shit. face full of hate. raising a war cry among the hunters. GRACE (subtitled) Please -. It is so unexpected. . He reaches out for Neytiri. clutching his hand. It’s gonna be hard. his face a mask of fury. listen. He takes her arm. stopping her. I just need you to -He sees TSU’TEY striding toward them.95. that Jake topples on his ass.this will only make it worse -TSU’TEY You do not speak here! JAKE and NEYTIRI cross the commons toward them. JAKE (to Neytiri. Tsu’tey turns to Mo'at and Eytukan. You! TSU’TEY Tsu’tey walks right up and SLAMS Jake in the chest with both hands. low) Okay. his face anguished. EYTUKAN (subtitled) Tsu’tey will lead the war party! Tsu’tey steps forward. Jake stands. Jake feels all eyes turn toward him. There’s something I have to tell you. GRACE She goes to him. It is done.

NEYTIRI I have chosen. Tsu’tey glares at Jake while sheathing his knife. TSU’TEY I challenge you. Neytiri looks at her mother -. Tsu’tey reels back. his pain shifting to rage. you can never be Tsahik. GRACE Jake. and elbows Tsu’tey HARD in the face.96. TSU’TEY (subtitled) Neytiri was promised to me! Everything is changing. EYTUKAN (subtitled) Stop! This is not a proper challenge. Everything is being destroyed! Tsu’tey points at Jake. MO'AT Neytiri! If you choose this path. He starts forward on a second attack but -Eytukan grabs his arm and spins him around. JAKE CUT TO: . Your life will be wasted. don’t -I accept. Tsu’tey draws his knife and -Yeeeeeaaa! TSU’TEY LUNGES AT JAKE. nose bleeding. TSU’TEY (subtitled) These aliens kill everything they touch.he sidesteps. blocking the knife. like poison. who’s ready this time -.sees the grief in her eyes.

INT. She glances at him. then toggles the aircom. TRUDY Loveshack this is Samson One Six inbound hot to your pos. GRACE What the hell are you doing? JAKE It’s the only way to get him to goddamn listen.97. SHACK Norm punches buttons on the comms console. cutting her off.DAY QUARITCH rides left seat as Trudy pilots through the mountains. SAMSON ./EXT. HOMETREE . Tsu’tey sweeps Jake off his feet with a roundhouse hit to the ankles. solid staff. The staves CLACK off each other as the two combatants LEAP. INT. The entire clan crowds around them in a circle. Each holds a long.DAY TSU’TEY AND JAKE square off. but -Jake ROLLS out of it and catches Tsu’tey in the belly with the blunt end. it’s procedure. DUCK and STRIKE furiously. INT. QUARITCH Did I tell you to announce us? TRUDY Sorry sir. Trudy? He looks helplessly at Jake and Grace’s link units -. I have Colonel Quaritch with me and -But Quaritch SLAMS the switch. NORM Samson One Six? (no answer) Crap.no way to warn them. . TSU’TEY LEAPS at Jake with a sharp cry and Jake parries with his staff.

dazed. INT. stumbling as -Jake lands a SOLID HIT. you can’t interrupt a link in progress. completely inert. sharp blows.DAY JAKE SLAMS OPEN the Link. The staves whistle through the air. and Tsu’tey staggers back.DAY TRUDY’S SAMSON lands. amped from the fight. SHACK THE INNER DOOR bangs open and QUARITCH stomps toward Grace’s Link controls. QUARITCH and a posse of troopers jump down and rush the Shack. SHACK . Quaritch PUNCHES HIM HARD. COMMONS TSU’TEY wades in with a series of short. SITE 26 . NORM Hey. Jake swings with equal fury. dropping him to his knees. furious -JAKE Are you out of your goddamn mind?! QUARITCH You crossed a line.98. COMMONS AVATAR GRACE’S eyes roll back and she keels over. The troopers yank him out and ZIP-TIE his wrists. Grace’s unit goes dead and -INT. and CLACK together like gunshots. Jake flops back. hang on. Jake presses hard. just as -INT.wait! Quaritch shoves him aside and SMACKS his fist down on the POWER switch. it’s dangerous -. Tsu’tey pokes him with his staff. JAKE parries as Tsu’tey swings but then -Jake's eyes go blank just as -. Jake sprawls. NEYTIRI . then raises it and lets out a piercing VICTORY CRY.K-RACK! Tsu’tey puts one alongside his head. INT. EXT. Both fighting from the heart. barely catches her before she hits the ground.

He pushes through the crowd and walks away. comes up to see -Neytiri crouched like a lioness over Jake. there may still be time to -QUARITCH Shut your fucking hole! Grace is momentarily stunned by Quaritch’s fury. CUT TO: INT. COMMONS TSU’TEY draws his KNIFE. rubbing their wrists where the zip-ties bit in. GRACE and NORM stand nearby. GRACE Parker. rolls. INT.99. TSU’TEY (subtitled) This is a demon in a false body. and bends down.showing JAKE’S AVATAR FACE on the dozer camera. . as he pounds a rock into the lens. The shot FREEZES on Jake’s ANIMAL SNARL. not backing down an inch. Tsu’tey sprawls.DUSK TIGHT ON MONITOR -. SELFRIDGE and QUARITCH watch with disdain. OPS CENTER .HUMAN JAKE sits. Jake meets his gaze with a defiant glare. calling for his hunters. her ears flattened. grabbing Jake by the hair. QUARITCH You let me down. WIDER -. But she meets it with her own intensity. He puts his knife to Jake’s throat but -NEYTIRI BLIND-SIDES him at full tilt. She SNARLS with primal fury. listen. her KNIFE and teeth bared. It should not live. bruised and bleeding. watching himself on the monitor. You got a little local pussy and completely forgot what team you play for. Tsu’tey stands panting. son.

. A rush of conflicting emotions -. GRACE (to Selfridge) This is bad. SELFRIDGE (frustrated) Which is what exactly? Grace’s nerve fails. GRACE I’m not talking about pagan voodoo here -I’m talking about something real and measurable in the biology of the forest. Jake nods to Grace to continue. Ranger Rick? You gonna shoot me? (to Selfridge) You need to muzzle your dog! SELFRIDGE Can we just take this down a couple notches. to do something. steeling herself. GRACE (to Jake) I can’t do this. Start by listening to her. How am I supposed to reduce years of work to a sound bite for the illiterate? JAKE Just tell him what you know in your heart.the need to act. SELFRIDGE You know what? You throw a stick in the air around here it falls on some sacred fern.100. She turns to Parker. GRACE Or what. JAKE (to Quaritch) You say you want to keep your people alive. Parker. Those trees were sacred to the Omaticaya in a way you can’t imagine. colliding with her scientific rigor. please.

For what? Lite beer and shopping channel? There’s nothing we have that they want. QUARITCH We understand them just fine. Each tree has ten to the fourth connections to the trees around it. I’m just now starting to even frame the questions. and there are ten to the twelfth trees on Pandora -SELFRIDGE That’s a lot I’m guessing.I don’t have the answers yet. Like the synapses between neurons. GRACE That’s more connections than the human brain. GRACE Alright. you need to understand them. What we think we know -is that there’s some kind of electrochemical communication between the roots of the trees. We’re the monsters from space. SELFRIDGE What the hell have you people been smoking out there? They’re just. The wealth of this world isn’t in the ground -.at sites like the one you destroyed.they can upload and download data -memories -. If you want to share this world with them. . JAKE (RECORDED) They’re not going to give up their home -they’re not gonna make a deal.101.a global network. Parker. We’re a horror to them. The Na’vi know that.it’s all around us. You get it? It’s a network -. Goddamn. Thanks to Jake shares a look of alarm with Grace as Quaritch selects a NEW CLIP on the main monitor -TIGHT ON MONITOR -. rambling in a late-night monologue. look -. and they’re fighting to defend it. And the Na’vi can access it -. looking haggard and borderline deranged. Trees.VIDEO-LOG IMAGE of Jake. GRACE You need to wake up. Jake here.

like rational people. (to Jake. Silhouettes of direhorse riders cross in SLOW MOTION. I’d cherish that. Dead troopers bristling with arrows.MORNING MONITOR SCREEN IMAGE -. And the equipment is totalled. JAKE watches with a growing dread as his words condemn the people he has grown to love. Quaritch and Selfridge look on grimly. GRACE Parker.102. GRACE AND NORM. QUARITCH The rest of the squad? WAINFLEET Six bodies -. INT. Christ.WAINFLEET pans a camera across the smoldering hulks of BURNED DOZERS. JAKE (RECORDED) They’re never going to leave Hometree. The toppled remains of a charred ampsuit. effective now. ON JAKE. SELFRIDGE Well. but unfortunately you’re out of here on the next shuttle.it gets real simple. I’m getting all emotional. SELFRIDGE . Set the ampsuit on fire. QUARITCH Since a deal can’t be made -. speechless. OPS CENTER . I’m shutting down the Avatar Program. SLOW DISSOLVE TO: I A WALL OF FIRE. we have to talk.that’s all of ‘em. icily) So thanks. WAINFLEET They hit with banshees first. might just give you a big wet kiss. spears and bows held high. Driver’s toast. Quaritch FREEZES the recording. All of you.

CUT TO: INT. JAKE. NORM stare bleakly at each other. QUARITCH I can do it with minimal casualties to the indigenous.DAY Selfridge is stares soberly as Quaritch outlines the plan. SELFRIDGE’S OFFICE . GRACE. JAKE TRUDY We’re spooling up now! I gotta go. breathless. TRUDY Sec-ops is rolling the gunships. This is exactly the incident we needed. you make them your enemy. don’t go limp on me now. NORM I can’t believe that. More or less. She’s wearing full flight gear and carrying her helmet. GRACE They bulldozed a sacred site on purpose.103. It’ll be humane. TRUDY RUNS into the lab. under the watchful eye of armed SEC-OPS TROOPERS. They’re . to trigger a response. let’s pull the trigger. BIO LAB MAX and the lab staff are glumly packing files and equipment. QUARITCH Hey. Then you’re justified in taking it. gonna hit Hometree! When? Now. They’re fabricating this war to get what they want. INT. Selfridge sighs and rubs his face. SELFRIDGE Alright. JAKE Yup. When people are sitting on shit you want. That’s how it’s done. We’ll clear them out with gas first.

Jake lowers the upper clamshell. CUT TO: INT. Let me try to talk them out.DAY SELFRIDGE surveys the airfield. Jake looks around. Grace following.I don’t know about you but I see a lot of trees. Norm starts the sequence. My God. there are children in there. wait. loading ordnance. They trust me. He turns as JAKE and GRACE charge toward him. SELFRIDGE You’ve got one hour. ON SELFRIDGE. INT. considering this. INT. you get them to evacuate. GRACE For God’s sake. He steels himself. GRACE Jake pumps furiously toward the door. Stop! These are people you’re about to -SELFRIDGE They’re fly-bitten savages who live in a tree! Look around -. LINK ROOM SELFRIDGE and an escort of armed TROOPERS accompany Jake and Grace to the links. and speaks in clear Na’vi -CUT TO: .104. They can move. with Eytukan and Mo'at presiding. feeling the gaze of the People upon him. as NORM and MAX prep the system. The two enter their units. where crews swarm over the gunships. GRACE Parker. COMMONS -DAY The entire clan is gathered. Babies! JAKE Look Selfridge. One hour. you don’t want this kind of blood on your hands. OPS CENTER . Unless you want your girlfriend in there when the axe comes down.

to everyone. Jakesully. EYTUKAN (subtitled) Speak. A murmur of fear and anger goes through the crowd. She is shaking with the enormity of it. her voice cracking with rage and pain -NEYTIRI I trusted you. So one day I could bring this message. and you would believe it. I have something to say. with the Omaticaya People -(he looks at her) -. how could I tell you? Neytiri can barely breathe. The Sky People are coming to destroy Hometree. Jake? You knew this would happen? He is unable to meet her eyes. or you will die. JAKE (subtitled) A great evil is upon us. Yes. MO'AT Are you certain of this? JAKE They sent me here to learn your ways. They will be here soon. NEYTIRI What are you saying. And by then. Then everything changed. I fell in love-with the forest.with you. Jake! . JAKE (subtitled) Eytukan. JAKE (anguished) At first it was just orders. JAKE (subtitled) You have to leave.105.

HOMETREE JAKE and GRACE are lashed to posts at the front entrance to Hometree. I’d say diplomacy has failed. EXT. next to the pilot of the Dragon. and their arms bound. Quaritch. The People look up as -THE DRAGON and its escort of GUNSHIPS arrive over the trees.DAY SCORPION GUNSHIPS darken the sky as they come over the tops of the trees. RAINFOREST . the others gathered nearby -- . CUT TO: EXT. JAKE YELLS to Neytiri. TSU’TEY and another HUNTER hold knives to the throats of the two avatars. QUARITCH I think they mean to cut their throats if we don’t back off. I only wanted to -NEYTIRI You will never be one of the People! NEVER! TSU’TEY yells to his HUNTERS -TSUTEY (subtitled) Bind them. surveys the world below like Napoleon astride his horse. who doesn’t resist. Make sure you get a nice close-up of that. The DOWN-BLAST from their rotors creates a maelstrom of flying leaves and debris. At the head of the formation is one much larger ship. IN THE DRAGON COCKPIT Quaritch watches a targeting screen -a telescopic image of Jake and Grace tied to posts. Others seize Grace. Please. I can tack it onto the after-action report. glaring defiantly at the gunships. JAKE Neytiri. QUARITCH Well. They grab Jake. a monster 150 feet long -. Both are driven to their knees.106.the GENERAL DYNAMICS C-21 DRAGON GUNSHIP. Tsu’tey.

let’s get this done. QUARITCH On the Dragon’s stub-wings the 40mm ROCKET LAUNCHERS open up with a BARRAGE of leaping fire which FLASHES down and -K-WHOOM!K-WHOOM!K-WHOOM! -. the Omaticaya run. QUARITCH Alright. Quaritch laughs as arrows CLINK against the armored windows. I’m begging you! EYTUKAN scowls at Jake. Give me forty millimeter gas rounds. Piercing SCREAMS in the boiling gas.107. eyes streaming. They begin to cough and gag. Everyone is yelling.the inside of Hometree ERUPTS with multiple EXPLOSIONS of TEARGAS. JAKE You have to get out of Hometree! Run to the forest! Please. EYTUKAN (yelling/subtitled) Everybody outside! Go to the Forest. GUNNER CS forties. KA-WHOOM! An INCENDIARY ROUND explodes inside the Commons. JAKE. FLAMES ROAR through the base of Hometree. stumble. Fire. right in the front door. struggles with his bindings. Roger. then GRABS TSU’TEY and yells -EYTUKAN (subtitled) Take the ikran! Attack from above! Tsu’tey grabs some hunters and runs up the roots of Hometree. AMID CLOUDS of teargas. . IN THE COCKPIT Quaritch grows impatient. Eytukan and the remaining HUNTERS bravely fire at the gunships with their longbows. The villagers pour out of Hometree. collapse. IN THE DRAGON’S COCKPIT. THE GAS rolls across the confused villagers. Going hot.

which are filled with horror. MO’AT appears in front of Jake. MO’AT You are one of us. coughing and dragging wounded with them. Flames roar up the inside like a chimney.O. Screw it. Jake looks down. IN THE COCKPIT.) Copy.108. High up in the trunk. Out of the smoke. but also something else. he grabs her and they RUN. the Hometree reflecting in his glasses. switching missiles. Around them the Omaticaya flee in horror and confusion. TRUDY She takes her finger OFF the fire-control and pulls her aircraft out of formation.she hears the other pilots acknowledging Quaritch’s order. TSU’TEY and his hunters leap rapidly from spoke to spoke. He meets her eyes. JAKE We’ve gotta move! columns. INSIDE HOMETREE it is a burning smoky HELL. to see his bonds falling away. switch missiles. running along roots and branches. Help us! Jake takes the knife and cuts Grace free. Okay. Quaritch watches as the Omaticaya stream away from the Great Tree. climbing barely ahead of the fireball. IN TRUDY’S SAMSON -. PILOTS (V. STRAGGLERS scramble outside. He’s gonna blow the As Grace realizes what he means. Give me H-E’s at the base of the west columns. PUSHING IN ON QUARITCH. surprised. a KNIFE and -She raises SLASHES DOWNWARD. Call it faith. QUARITCH That’s how you scatter the roaches. . OUTSIDE the fire is driven by the rotor-wash toward JAKE and GRACE who are still bound tightly to the posts.

INCENDIARIES launch from the gunships. MISSILES stream down from the DRAGON and the other gunships and -The base of Hometree VANISHES in a chain of HIGH-EXPLOSIVE BLASTS. raising a great cloud of dust and pulverized debris. AT THE BANSHEE EYRIE. crushing the lesser trees in its path. JAKE SEARCHES for Neytiri amid swirling smoke and sparks. It CRASHES DOWN through the forest canopy. He recognizes her as she kneels over him. and -The Omaticaya watch in horror as -HOMETREE GROANS and starts to MOVE. NEYTIRI stumbles through the burning wreckage at the edge of the INFERNO. . Neytiri! JAKE Neytiri! GRACE is gathering crying CHILDREN. A large shard of wood is driven through him like a spear. QUARITCH Nice work people. IN THE DRAGON cockpit. Alright. MOVES. HOMETREE hits the ground like the end of the world. let’s light it up. In a cacophony of cracking. The massive PILLARS fragment into matchsticks. THE GUNSHIPS fan the flames through the trees like a firestorm. They swoop among the branches as the tree. FALLING PONDEROUSLY. She sees -EYTUKAN. EXPLODING into gouts of FIRE in the debris of Hometree. The Omaticaya retreat as a WALL OF FIRE advances. TSU’TEY and the other hunters spur their mounts into flight. Quaritch surveys the destruction.109. splintering roots. the mighty tree TOPPLES with agonizing slowness. QUARITCH Bring it down. the one fixed thing in their lives. and herding them away from the fire-storm.

Slumped over. He watches as -NETYIRI kneels.. Eyes vacant.O. Protect the People. JAKE I’m sorry -She shoves him away and stands. Jake flops to the ground. screaming at him as tears stream down her face. Jake. JAKE (V. leading a group of Omaticaya. JAKE reels out of the smoke. . INT. her face crumpling in grief. clutching her stomach.Jake staggers lost and alone through the burning forest. Kneels next to her. Keening like an animal. SELFRIDGE Pull the plug. Elsewhere in the smoky Hell. RAINFOREST The strings are cut. you always have to wake up. The crying kids pull at her. SLOW MOTION -. Utterly shattered.) I was a warrior who dreamed he could bring peace.110. comes upon the scene. grieving. She collapses over him. EYTUKAN (subtitled) Daughter -..take my bow. Grace slumps unconscious. limp. Sooner or later though. In his last living moment he places his bow in her hands. Go away! Never come back! Jake stumbles back as she slumps down by her father’s body. LINK ROOM SELFRIDGE watches a video feed of the destruction on one of the monitors. Max and NORM stare in shock. Sparks and smoke swirl around him. Mo’at. NEYTIRI Get away from me. A TROOPER crosses to the console and grabs the handle of the MASTER BREAKER -EXT.

Let me -- The guard bends to look into the hot cart and THE MUZZLE of Trudy’s pistol presses behind his ear. LINK ROOM BLACKNESS. too emotionally drained to move. RAINFOREST . and Norm are in a common holding cell. staring in silence. DISSOLVE TO: INT. LOCK-UP . She hesitates. Two hunters pull Grace’s avatar on a travois.111.DUSK ON A HILLSIDE -. the lone TROOPER looks up as -TRUDY approaches along the corridor. leaving Grace’s avatar helpless in the path of the flames. AT THE DESK OUTSIDE.NIGHT Jake. then -MO’AT (subtitled) Bring her.a grieving Neytiri stands with Mo'at and the Omaticaya refugees. INT. Too wired to sleep. Grace. They watch as the flames burn like a funeral pyre below. They sit. TRUDY Personally I think steak’s too good for these traitors. zip-tie his wrists as we -CUT TO: EXT. GRACE They never wanted us to succeed. . GUARD They get steak? see that -That’s bullshit. She grabs the kids and pulls them away. pushing a stainless steel trolley. Then the top clamshell of Jake’s unit is yanked upward. and troopers grab him. A great pall of smoke darkens the landscape.

The door is rolling open when -ANOTHER TROOPER rounds the corner. He goes down and stays down. Jake wheels out. Jake faces his motley group. They reach an AIRLOCK and start donning EXOPACKS. as the others jog. grabbing the sidearm from the fallen trooper as Trudy binds his wrists. chambering a round. (shoving him down) All the way down. INT. Swipes the card. JAKE CUT TO: . MAX That was unexpectedly satisfying. JAKE (to Max and Trudy) Thanks. Trudy plants a kiss on Norm as he runs out of the cell. UTILIDOR In the utility corridor under the base. Come on. but Max CLOCKS him heartily with a coffee urn. She WHISTLES and MAX trots around the corner. Meanwhile the first TROOPER is getting up. NORM Baby. GRACE Time for a Trudy grins and taps his fist. Trudy binds the guard with one of his own zip-ties as Max grabs his KEY CARD and runs to the cell. pendejo. JAKE So what do you say? revolution? I’m free. you rock.112. Jake pumps the chair furiously. Trudy takes him down with a sharp BLOW to the windpipe and a THAI KNEE to the ribs. TRUDY Oops.

face down. She throws his chair in. Trudy nods.113. Norm is helping Trudy race through the preflight checks as the turbines spool up. Jake grips his hand tightly. TROOPER I need you to shut down and step out of the vehicle! Now! JAKE rolls up behind him. aiming his pistol. GRACE Do what he goddamn says! He does. Norm jumps down and grabs the trooper’s rifle and side-arm. JAKE Go! Go! Go! . while Grace helps Jake from chair to the back bay of the chopper. covering him. The trooper turns. She grabs Norm and enters the airlock. JAKE (to Trudy) Get your ship fired up. Max nods. JAKE Take it nice and easy. An armored TROOPER approaches. JAKE On the ground. The trooper hesitates. JAKE Stay here. aiming his AR at them. turns to Max. I need somebody on the inside I can trust.NIGHT IN THE SAMSON. A LIGHT hits them. CUT TO: Jake EXT. troop. Hands behind your head. AIRFIELD . and jumps in herself. sees the gun.

OPS CENTER/AIRFIELD . Bullets WHACK into the ship as she climbs-out over the tree-line. CUT TO: .NIGHT HOLDING HIS BREATH Quaritch yanks the hatch open and strides onto the outer landing. using the bottom to shield them. crap. INT. The lift cable goes taut and -The shack LIFTS OFF THE GROUND. Inside people scramble for MASKS. baby! GRACE Aaahh. She is looking down at a BLOODY HAND. He gives a thumbs up signal. with an AR slung over his shoulder.NIGHT NORM’S AVATAR. sees what’s happening down at the airfield. She clutches her abdomen. The shack sways as Trudy banks across forested slopes and heads deeper into the HALLELUJAH MOUNTAINS.NIGHT QUARITCH. straining to lift the module on a long-line sling. stands on the roof of the LINK MODULE. THE SAMSON lifts off in a blast of rotor-wash just as -QUARITCH OPENS FIRE and -ROUNDS rake the ship. Strides toward the EMERGENCY DOOR. undogs it. Trudy’s Samson beats the grass of the mountain meadow. GRACE This is gonna ruin my whole day. Jake’s fist pumps the air exultantly. He looks over at Grace and freezes. EXT. JAKE Oh yeah. Grace. JAKE Hang on. Trudy banks hard. wide-eyed. He slams his palm down on an ALARM BUTTON. watching a monitor. SHACK / SITE 26 .114. Looks at Jake. Not again. He draws his PISTOL. He EXT. OPS CENTER . covering the spreading stain.

I know it. lit by Polyphemus. JAKE It’s strongest at the Well of Souls. GRACE Forget it.NIGHT Outside the windows. hugging her bloodsoaked abdomen. JAKE Good. ‘cause that’s where we’re going. it doesn’t matter. Jake is yanking stuff out of the Samson’s trauma bag. WELL OF SOULS . by the light of Polyphemus.AERIAL . right? Yeah. No! JAKE The People can help you.115. clouds and cliffs pass by. She is pale and shocky. at least they won’t be able to track us up here. Grace. Trudy is flying on visual only. Jake grabs her shoulders. the SAMSON passes. while Grace lies curled across two back seats.DAWN Dawn light paints the massive ARCHES of magnetic rock above the Well of Souls. . JAKE I’m gonna get you some help. Her instruments are showing gibberish. CUT TO: EXT. SAMSON CABIN . INT. TRUDY TRUDY He gives Grace an ampule of morphine for the pain. TRUDY Well. Not this deep in the vortex. Copy. Tiny as an insect.

the MOTHER TREE. it grows in the center of the rock.116. AT THE BOTTOM. The heart of the forest. Mo'at stands on the dais. SHACK -. As Trudy helps him in. It bumps to the ground.forming a braided mat resembling the surface of a brain. guide us. Ancient and gnarled. . where they merge with the roots of the willows ringing the Well -. He’s not going to let you get near that place. in her open link. WELL OF SOULS . Shafts of dawn light reach to the bottom of the grotto.DAY Grace lies. in a natural amphitheater.DAWN The WELL OF SOULS is a deep caldera 100 meters across. EXT. JAKE (V. Norm rapidly preps the system.O. Norm. the Omaticaya refugees are clustered around a central rock outcropping which forms a kind of dais and altar. CUT TO: EXT. MO’AT (subtitled) Wise ancestors who live within Eywa. leading them in a CHANT. lighting a single willow -. JAKE I’ve gotta try. It is ringed with enormous WILLOWS whose roots seem to pour down the sheer rock walls like candle wax. FOREST CLEARING .) The Well of Souls.DAWN The shack descends from the sky like a gift from the gods. Its ROOTS spread down to the grotto floor. Give us a sign.” Jake feels Grace’s cold forehead. I knew the People would go there. then crosses to his own link. NORM (low) Tsu’tey is Olo’eyctan now. comatose. CUT TO: INT. Trudy gives Jake a look that says “not much time.

O. He stumbles through the dark wasteland. Jake looks up as -- HIS BANSHEE -. sparks and ash swirling around him.O. The forest is silent. I was gonna have to change the rules. . Toruk is the baddest cat in the sky. JAKE stares. Small fires still flicker across a landscape in Hell.HIS EYES OPEN. Time to fly. A SCREECH. The forest beyond is utterly DEVASTATED. JAKE (V. He steps to it. and strokes its head. Ash blows on the wind. The animals have fled.DAY CUT TO: CU JAKE’S AVATAR -. It scans for prey below. The trees burned and fallen. DISSOLVE -.JAKE reaches the top of a rise. Jake pulls the clamshell down and we -EXT. then right. its magnificent indigo-crested head cocking left. made real. Nothing attacks him. OMIITED EXT. So why would he ever look up? FROM ABOVE -. JAKE Come on.O. MOUNTAINS . boy. JAKE (V.) The way I had it figured. shrouded in smoke that the sun can’t penetrate.) Outcast.DAY THE GREAT LEONOPTERYX glides effortlessly along the ridge where Jake and Neytiri first encountered him. To ever face them again.117. He sits up.flaps down to a landing in front of him. It is his vision. Betrayer. JAKE (V. RUINS OF HOMETREE .) Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move. It nudges his chest like a horse. Alien.bonded for life -.THE SMALL SHADOW of Jake’s banshee falls across the back of the mighty Toruk.

CLOSE ON NEYTIRI. backlit by the sun. Neytiri raises her arms. and her eyes go wide as -A TERRIBLE CRY echoes.) But that was just a theory.. A SHADOW CROSSES HER FACE. NEYTIRI (breathing the words) Toruk Macto. SHADOW covers the crowd as -She AN ENORMOUS TORUK comes out of the sun. NEYTIRI. JAKE DIVES and WE RUSH DOWN toward the great beast and our own shadow then -CUT TO: EXT.new hope dawning in their eyes. WELL OF SOULS .O.LATE AFTERNOON The Omaticaya people lift their voices in a SONG filled with tragic loss and yearning for deliverance. Its crimson and black wings. the words REPEATED -CROWD Toruk Macto. The People CRY OUT in alarm and scatter as the dreaded beast alights in their midst. turning all eyes skyward.118. beating its huge wings to slow its descent. Toruk Macto. And that’s when they see -JAKE. TSU’TEY and MO’AT watch in stunned amazement as the legendary Rider of Last Shadow walks toward them. JAKE (V... plugged-in to its antenna. riding high on its shoulders. WHISPERS flow among them. They stare in awe as Jake dismounts and strokes the magnificent animal’s flank. It folds its wings and stands calmly amid the paralyzed Na’vi. singing. Toruk lowers its body.. seem to glow from within. looks up. . NEYTIRI (shouting) Toruk Macto! ON THE FACES of the Omaticaya -.

Neytiri’s eyes brim with tears. and the emotion between them is powerful and pure. son of Ateyo. Jake takes Neytiri’s hand and climbs the steps of the dais. I stand before you. He turns to Tsu’tey. (then just for Tsu’tey) You are Olo’eyctan. Jake walks through the crowd to the dais. JAKE JAKE turns to the MATRIARCH. lightly in his arms like a child.for my people. Ireiyo. TIME CUT -. He looks into her enormous eyes. NEYTIRI JAKE (a hoarse whisper) I See you. I’m not any more. Jakesully.AVATAR JAKE carries Grace’s HUMAN BODY. Jake walks through the crowd. who stares at him with fear and incomprehension. who carries GRACE’S AVATAR. NEYTIRI I was afraid Jake -. . Great Mother. I can’t do this without you. and you are the best warrior. Jake plays to the rapt crowd as he says -JAKE (subtitled) Tsu’tey of the Rongloa. straight to Neytiri at the foot of the dais. I See you. Finally -TSU’TEY I will fly with you.119. Tsu’tey struggles with his emotions. ready to serve the People. MO’AT steps back in awe as he approaches. JAKE Grace is dying. followed by NORM. I beg the help of the MO'AT Bring her.

GRACE I -. they’re gonna fix you up. But you gave them your heart. realizing the enormity of what she’s saying. Jake kneels next to Grace. yes. Mo'at directs them to lay both bodies among the roots on the altar-rock.and return. Jake. Jake feels his throat close with emotion. She grips his hand. Grace is barely conscious. JAKE Look where we are. MO’AT (quietly) The Great Mother may choose to save all that she is -Mo’at’s hand indicates Grace’s AVATAR -MO’AT -. She must pass through the Eye of Eywa -. Grace’s eyes blaze with intensity though her voice is faint. Mo’at touches Jake’s shoulder and he steps back.always held back. GRACE (with a wan smile) I need to take some samples. JAKE Is that possible? MO’AT Possible.120. She looks up wonderingly at the Mother Tree. JAKE Hang on.in this body. . taking her tiny human hand in his avatar hand. Grace. But Jakesully-she is very weak. Her eyes flutter open. CU JAKE. I’m proud of you.

She exhales a last shuddering breath -. as if seeing something so beautiful it can never be explained.fine. JAKE TURNS hopefully toward her AVATAR -. . still holding her hand. hear me? I will. Her eyes are rolled back. The grotto is dark except for the spectral GLOW of the willows. NEYTIRI and the other acolytes dance hypnotically. Help them. hypnotically. BLOOD seeps through the silken white root-cilia growing across her abdomen. It sleeps -.VACANT. Grace! JAKE He sees the roots falling away from her human body. GRACE GASPS and her eyes SNAP OPEN. JAKE. You JAKE TIME CUT -. ON HER HAND -. All the Omaticaya sway and chant to the rhythm of the drums. The CHANT continues. on her knees beneath the Mother Tree. as pain shoots through her. MO’AT. hairlike THREADS have emerged from the roots and are gently spreading over Grace’s HUMAN skin.121.but the roots are falling away from it as well.she’s real -Grace SHUDDERS. Her expression is AMAZED.GRIPPING Jake’s convulsively. as she tries to anchor herself to this world for a few more seconds -GRACE I’m with her Jake -(an amazed whisper) -. MACRO SHOT -. showing only WHITE. GRACE You do whatever it takes. GRACE’S AVATAR is gently connected by the same questing ROOTCILIA-. Drowning WHITE in shocking CRIMSON. watches her body being fused to the root-floor by a thousand connections.and goes STILL.they entwine with the QUEUE and spread over the body. writhes her arms in the trance state.MO’AT stands in a kind of trance amongst the tendrils of the Mother Tree.

NEYTIRI comes to him and he sees the despair and hope conflicting on her face --. MO’AT Her wounds were too great. MO’AT stops the chant. and they face the clan together.122. the pain of Grace’s death in the passion and fury of his voice. mounting quickly. NEYTIRI removes Grace’s mask and gently closes her eyes. TURNS to face TSU’TEY and the JAKE With your permission. She is with Eywa now. and no one can stop them. barely holding it together. JAKE The Sky People have sent a message that they can take whatever they want. Tell them Toruk Macto calls to them. tell the other clans to come.POLYPHEMUS. their shouts echoing across the forest. CROWD. and the entire CLAN responds. LONG LENS -. CUT TO: . there was not enough time. She crosses to Jake and kneels with him. I will Speak now. Groups of riders peel off in different directions. But we will send them a message. JAKE SPEAKS. vaults onto its back and pulls her up behind him.and he raises his head. Jake stands slowly. He THE HUNTERS run to their banshees. Tsu’tey TRANSLATES beside him. Fly now with me brothers and sisters! Fly! And we will show the Sky People that this is our land! TSU’TEY finishes with a bloodcurdling war-cry. the banshees take off after it. JAKE takes Neytiri’s hand and runs to the leonopteryx. as fast as the wind can carry you. the banshees rise like a swarm of bats. Jake’s leonopteryx rises on mighty wings into the night sky. Across its face. Ride out. touching his shoulder. You would honor me by translating. Tsu’tey gestures assent. With a thunder of wings.

When Toruk Macto called them. CUT TO: EXT.SLOW MOTION as riders vault onto their armored direhorses. JAKE (V. JAKE RETURNS. watches his army gathering. There’s an aboriginal horde out there massing for an attack. COMMISSARY . . CLAN GATHERING . QUARITCH People. A portable 3D GRAPHICS PROJECTOR has been set up. Around them HUNDREDS OF BANSHEES are landing. a sea of eyes in flickering fire-light. EXT. We don’t hear the words. Jake speaks as she translates. VARIOUS ANGLES -. CUT TO: INT. BANSHEE RIDERS circle and swoop. WELL OF SOULS . you are fighting for survival. To the horse clans of the plain. to the ikran people of the mountains.NIGHT JAKE and NEYTIRI stand before the gathered members of ANOTHER CLAN. they came. DIREHORSE RIDERS are arriving along many trails. First slide.DAY It’s standing room only as all base personnel are crowded into the dining hall. A gathering of FROM ABOVE we can see hundreds of Na’vi streaming down into the Well of Souls and many hundreds more camped in the forest above it.123.O.DAWN With a WHOOSH and the crack of mighty wings. standing next to the Leonopteryx. spurring their mounts to leap skyward. Jake and Neytiri alight from his legendary mount. darkening the sky above the grotto.) We rode out to the four winds.a classic pre-mission briefing. TRACK ACROSS the faces of the clan. QUARITCH stands in front of the display image -. JAKE. and the lights are down. Banshee riders raise spears and bows. eagles.

We will fight terror with terror. QUARITCH Next slide. The display shows an overhead image of the Well of Souls. BLASTING TECHS are setting radio-detonated primer charges into two-ton stacks of EXPLOSIVE COMPOUND. we will blast a crater in their racial memory so deep they won’t come within a thousand klicks of this place. looks like Woodstock in the jungle. staring around him in growing dismay as he walks through the full-scale mobilization. SELFRIDGE Listen to me! I am not authorizing you to turn the mine-workers local into a freakin’ militia! . We can’t wait. The miners lock and load like the redblooded redneck NRA supporters they are. Then they’ll be overrunning our perimeter here. SELFRIDGE This thing is completely out of control! Quaritch ignores him. INT. This mountain stronghold is supposedly protected by their deity. TRACKING ACROSS the grim faces of the miners and troopers. who is barking orders amid a hive of activity around the ampsuits. ARMOR BAY . turning away to focus on ordnance loading. He approaches Quaritch. QUARITCH These orbital images show the hostiles’ numbers have gone from a couple of hundred to over two thousand in one day.124. and more are pouring in. Fear transforming to hatred in their eyes. The stacks are band-strapped together on pallets. When we destroy it. TRACKING WITH SELFRIDGE. By next week it could be twenty thousand. Our only security lies in preemptive attack.DAY It CUT TO: TROOPERS issue automatic weapons and magazines to a long line of mine workers.

125. . SELFRIDGE You think you can pull this palace coup shit on me?! I can have your ass with one call -Quaritch grabs him and PINS him against the side of an ampsuit. That puts all on-world assets under my command. He pushes through them and they escort him toward the door. talking to MAX. Several troopers converge on Selfridge. QUARITCH I declared threat condition red. They’re rigging the shuttles as bombers. MAX I don’t know how secure this channel is. It’s for some kind of shock and awe campaign. QUARITCH You’re a long way from Earth. NORM and TRUDY are gathered around the comms monitor. TRUDY Frickin’ daisycutters. SHACK . Talk fast. Selfridge is paralyzed. Physical force -. They’ve made up these big pallets of mine explosives.DAY HUMAN JAKE. CUT TO: INT. JAKE MAX It’s crazy here. Jake. QUARITCH (to his men) Get him out of here. It’s full mobilization.against him? Quaritch releases him and walks away. SELFRIDGE You touch me you’re so fired.

He’s rolling and there’s no stopping him. TRUDY You need to get some rack. Because I gave it to him on a plate. to their ancestors -.it’s over. Jake looks like he’s about to collapse. NORM We’re screwed. NORM If he takes out the Well of Souls -. JAKE Then I guess we better stop him. hands shaking. Max signs off. Jake takes that in. NORM JAKE (to Max) Can you talk to Selfridge? Maybe we can cut some kinda deal before this thing goes all the way. Thanks. MAX No. deeply shadowed. When? JAKE MAX Oh six hundred tomorrow.126. TRUDY You know he’s gonna commit those bombers straight to the Well of Souls. He’s gaunt. eyes JAKE . Holy shit. JAKE That’s right. TRUDY We both did. It’s their main line to Eywa.it’ll destroy them. Quaritch has taken over.

chewing them up.127.DUSK TRACKING through the warrior camp above the Well of Souls. like kids.. Bathe in the smoke of cleansing herbs -.like a hunt totem. TIME CUT -.Jake. TRUDY (low) You know our chances suck. Jake splats red dye at the centers of the circles symbolizing the rotors. The Na’vi paint and pierce themselves. The Na’vi absorb the lesson eagerly. Hunters paint the wings of their banshees like war ponies. JAKE What’s your point? . Ooh-rah. JAKE Gonna have to settle for coffee. talking about what they’ve learned. EXT. A dark primeval energy. BATTLE CAMP .RITUAL PURIFICATION. He grabs a packet of freeze-dried crystals and pours them directly into his mouth. HUGE DRUMS are beaten. They are psyching themselves up for battle. Neytiri a group of banshee riders squat around an animal skin on which he has drawn the silhouette of a Scorpion gunship -. But there was only one thing I was ever really good at. DIREHORSES are painted and ornamented with totemic streamers. JAKE (V. He sees TRUDY approaching and breaks off. Dance.O. Neytiri stays with the hunters. Hundreds of hunters from many clans prepare their weapons..) I was a warrior who dreamed he could bring peace. JAKE (Na’vi/subtitled) Strike here and here. JAKE CUT TO: TRUDY Going up against gunships with bows and arrows. Yeah.

EXT.NIGHT The cook-fires of the battle camp FLICKER like a constellation around the edge of the Well of Souls as -JAKE slips down into the darkened.she can show you the world we come from. The willow-like tendrils SWAY toward him. He moves to the MOTHER TREE -. He squats at the base of the tree. listening. ancient. There’s no green there. MAJESTIC.128. TRUDY (nodding) Right. He looks up into the tree. Unless we stop them. JAKE If Grace is there with you -.gnarled. moving around aimlessly. JAKE I’ve never done this in my life. moving in a breeze that isn’t there. But if you’re there -. They killed their Mother. silence. They’re gonna come like a rain that never ends -Neytiri approaches silently behind him. empty amphitheater. The roots spread in all directions. (MORE) . and they’re gonna do the same thing here. The hanging tendrils undulate softly. looking down.look in her memories -. She taps his fist and walks away toward her SAMSON.until they’ve covered the world. FROM UP IN THE TREE. It’s easy to imagine a presence. JAKE -. Jake steps forward. JAKE And I’m probably just talking to a tree right now. WELL OF SOULS . like the center of the world.I need to give you a heads up. WOODSPRITES float in CUT TO: JAKE More Sky People are gonna come.

bodies pressed together. She protects only the balance of life. tight and abstract on gunships as they rise in a swarm amid boiling turbine exhaust and blasting rotor wash. The DRAGON leads the formation. you chose me for somethin’. RAINFOREST/ AERIAL . TROOPERS run up shuttle ramps. Deadly armored beetles. the last moment of peace. CUT TO: TIGHT ON a turbine as it starts to turn. the two enormous VALKYRIE shuttles. TIGHT ON BLUE HANDS sharpening wooden arrows. PILOTS close gunship canopies. They lean in.TILTROTORS fill the sky. and last. EXT. LONG LENS STACK. Holding each other -. packed with troops and ampsuits. .in this.DAWN WIDE SHOT -.129. foreheads touching. bows. And I’ll stand and fight. Stringing TROOPERS DROP into ampsuit cockpits. Its RISING WHINE carries over -A SERIES OF RHYTHMIC CUTS: MAGAZINES are slammed into automatic weapons. Quaritch surveys his armada as they skim over the tree tops. intertwining her long fingers with his. MISSILES are attached to gunship stub-wings. THEY SWEEP toward the Hallelujah mountains in a thundering wave. you know I will. JAKE (cont'd) Look. INSIDE THE DRAGON. But I could use a little help here. flanked by SCORPIONS. Jake senses Neytiri and turns. Cinching direhorse harnesses. JAKE It was worth a try. NEYTIRI Our Great Mother does not take sides. AMMO BELTS are fed into rotary cannons. Behind that is a wave of SAMSONS. She comes to him.

bracing themselves as -They grip THREE HUNDRED NA’VI HORSEMEN charge through the forest at a full gallop. EXT. while the gunships hover protectively. Then they feel it -. spooked. A chilling SOUND echoes through the forest -. led by a single GREAT LEONOPTERYX.DAWN SQUADRONS OF BANSHEES darken the sky in waves. He sees movement on the FLIR display -ghostly THERMAL SIGNATURES. Two hundred meters. QUARITCH Fire for effect.the GROUND ITSELF SHAKING.the ululating WAR CRIES of untold Na’vi. The Samsons flair and touch down. They land. THE VALKYRIES blast the ground with their powerful lift jets. scans his cockpit screens. advancing in a cordon. MOUNTAINS/ AERIAL . THE NA’VI CHARGE thunders toward the human line. ON THE THERMAL IMAGERS target-cursors track the ghost riders. look around. They can’t tell where the sound is coming from. The hunters . The entire line of troopers opens fire. their hooves POUNDING the earth. WAINFLEET Contact. MOUNTAINS . TRACERS riddle the jungle. It is an awesome sight. and they march forward. flanked by Neytiri and Tsu’tey on their banshees. The ramps drop. walking point in his hydraulic suit. blasting foliage into confetti. EXT. leading the army into the forest.DAWN THE DRAGON DESCENDS on final approach to a large clearing -the LZ. their weapons. disgorging troops. weapons leveled.130. Their massive feet smash down. raise their bows as -THE AMPSUITS raise their GAU-90’s. carrying an assault rifle. Jake sits astride his mount. The troopers. UP ANGLE as AMPSUITS descend from the Dragon on cables. LYLE WAINFLEET. Troopers pour out. NORM SPELLMAN rides with the Na’vi hunters.

rout. tracking the THERMAL TARGETS. masks -. Horses rear and collapse. LYLE signals and the line advances. legs. At a full gallop they hit an ampsuit. NORM sprints frantically through the woods. shouting into his HANDSET -Jake! NORM Jake! We’re falling back! It is a total SURVIVING NA’VI flee the horrific onslaught. NORM FIRES his AR on full auto. Quaritch catches glimpses of the figures streaming through the forest below. He hits hard. It SLAMS through an ampsuit’s canopy but -THE MERCILESS FIRE continues. Riders are flung off. As the troopers advance into bow range.131. Riders pivot their mounts to flee and -THE THERMAL SCREENS show the remaining ghost riders scattering. TWO CHARGING DIREHORSES have a heavy log slung between them like a battering ram. flipping over. OVERHEAD. IN THE DRAGON. running along the branches. firing sporadically at moving targets. The withering fire continues. the NA’VI open fire and -TROOPERS SPROUT ARROWS in throat. scrambling for cover as -A WARRIOR HURLS his spear a moment before his horse is cut down. and the ranks are decimated as -RIDERS LAUNCH their arrows at a full gallop. Victory is short lived as the two riders are cut down. TRACERS rip through the foliage and -NA’VI FALL while others retreat as bark and wood is blasted off the limbs beneath their feet. He is flung off as the creature cartwheels.the targets Jake taught them. A few hit their marks among the troopers. NORM’S HORSE is hit by tracer fire. FLIPPING IT onto its back with a blown-out canopy. . but -THE FIRING LINE aims upward. NA’VI HUNTERS stream through the trees. CHARGING DIREHORSES crash down.

QUARITCH Blue team. THE PALLET falls into the jungle below and -BA-WHOOOOOM! -. Troopers roll the first pallet down the ramp. diving out of the morning glare like birds of prey. The downblast of the VALKYRIE’S lift jets shreds the forest. SCREAMING a war cry as he leads the charge and -SCORES OF BANSHEES SLAM into the gunships and Samsons like falcons hitting fat turkeys. Quaritch glances up to see -A squadron of WINGED SHAPES. with me. HUNTERS LOOK UP as a dark shape hovers overhead. Red team. A white concussion wave flashes out across the ground for hundreds of meters in all directions. Circular SHOCK WAVES flash outward through the jungle -STROBOSCOPIC GLIMPSES of terrified horses rearing. firing flamethrowers. FLOATING MOUNTAINS . stay with the ground units.an enormous high-explosive blast rips a huge hole in the forest. The jungle EXPLODES with HE bursts. AR’s and GAU90’s. The air battle is joined. CLOSE ON JAKE.132. . a row of DAISYCUTTERS are lined up. Na’vi leaping. EXT. Fire at will. IN THE CARGO BAY the troopers WHOOP and high-five. QUARITCH Blue team. rushing straight down. Led by the Dragon. INSIDE THE SHUTTLE’S cargo bay. AT GROUND LEVEL it is an apocalypse. as the jungle rocks with the concussive onslaught. Yeah baby! TROOPERS Get some! GROUND TROOPS ADVANCE. Running Na’vi are blasted out of existence by fire and shock waves. We’re punching for the main target.AERIAL Quaritch’s fleet flies into the shadow of the Mountain of Truth. the gunships FIRE streamers of 40mm ROCKETS ahead of them. switch forties.

It coils around the gunship. zig-zagging through the dangling vines but -- . IN THE CENTER the Dragon is pouring out hellacious fire -tracer rounds from multiple turrets and missiles from the stub-wing pods. FIRING cannons and rockets. SCORPIONS fall out of formation to pursue individual banshee riders.133. WIDE SHOT as thirty ships and hundreds of banshees wheel and dive. JAKE tucks and dives along the cliff. A SCORPION gunship dives after a banshee. like the Battle of Britain. feeling the rounds splitting the air around him and -The Scorpions bank after the furiously jinking banshees as they head for cover among the floating mountains. The occasional trail of smoke and fire marks the demise of a tilt-rotor. DOOR GUNNERS in a SAMSON are shooting down banshees like Messerschmidts from a B-17 as -WE FOLLOW TSU’TEY’S BANSHEE in a full delta dive. slashing furiously as they spin together. It fires an air-toair missile and the banshee vanishes in an EXPLOSION. or dive down into the trees. JAKE BANKS as the cliff face next to him explodes with cannon rounds. SHOOTING ARROWS with deadly accuracy. Jake releases the gunship and it careens into a CLIFF. SCREAMING down on him is another Scorpion.it knocks a Scorpion tumbling.then plummets into the trees. NEYTIRI BANKS hard as TRACERS flash past her. right on her ass as -A Scorpion is SHE ROLLS inverted and dives under the edge of Mons Veritatis. There is a satisfying FIREBALL. JAKE can barely hang onto the gyrating creature. The pilot of the Scorpion sees nothing but jaws slamming into his canopy. then rolls out. JAKE’S GREAT LEONOPTERYX flairs into its signature crimson X shape just before -K-WHAM!! -. tearing off one rotor -. He swoops in from its blind spot and -THE GUNNERS SWIVEL too late as Tsu’tey flashes past them. falling out of the sky. Banshees are hit by guns and missiles.

Jake kicks the gunship loose and it falls like a brick. He looks up at the last second. The pilot slumps over and the craft tumbles out of control. THE BANSHEE dives under a huge tree limb. She holds the cyclic stick between her knees while she RAKES the other ship with BURSTS from an AR in her lap. They slalom among the trunks at high speed. breaking its back on a rocky promontory and EXPLODING. FLYING WITH A SAMSON as a SECOND SAMSON falls in beside it. The gunners hang half out the doors. They run this slot rolled up on their sides and -THE SCORPION GUNNER locks up Neytiri for a missile shot but -A SHADOW crosses his canopy. an enemy Samson right behind her. It launches an air-to-air missile. Out of the sun comes a crimson demon. pummeling her with the shock wave. TRUDY You’re not the only ones with guns. THE HUNTERS drop a net of woven vines behind Neytiri and -- . catching a glimpse of blue-skinned figures. It rips through the vines. THE GUNSHIP follows her through a narrow slit between Mons Veritatis and a smaller floating island. and the pilot follows. diving. and the PILOT is wearing a breathing mask. you pricks. NEYTIRI jinks hard. This one has its pilot door off. and tracers FLASH toward us as -SHE JINKS the banshee around a thundering waterfall but -HER PURSUER explodes right through the curtain of water. firing. The door gunners wave at -TRUDY. NEYTIRI JINKS her banshee hard. shrieking over the roar of the turbines. following her down into the trees. The missile hits a rock outcropping. her expression grim behind her mask.134. The pilot is a hotdog. The leonopteryx lashes at it with claws and teeth as they fall together out of control. Bark and leaves explode around Neytiri as she zig-zags through the jungle. THE GUNSHIP stays on her. and -K-WHAMMM!! The leonopteryx SLAMS the gunship. under the canopy. driving it downward in a dive.

Target is in sight. this is Dragon. stunned. IN THE DRAGON Quaritch looks ahead. Jake rolls in after them but -A GUNSHIP drops in behind him and he is forced to evade as -TSU’TEY LEADS the attack on the first shuttle. the troopers ready their deadly loads. FLIPPING IT backwards. It folds up like a broken kite. Tsu’tey falls in beside Jake. The GAU-90s rip the forest to shreds. The SAMSON hits it hard. IN THE CARGO BAY of Valkyrie One. no matter what it takes.135. firing their cannons and flamethrowers. He signals. (into his headset) Valkyrie One. seeing the WELL OF SOULS. crashing down through branches and -SHE SLAMS into the ground. gathering other hunters. He taps the pilot and points -QUARITCH There it is. catching at leaves and vines. the forest rushing up and -A BLINDING BLIZZARD of green as he tears downward. TSU’TEY nods. NEARBY. who talks to him by AIRCOM HEADSET. Hunters jink and weave through WITHERING FIRE from the escort ships. It crashes upside down to the forest floor. His mount crumples. JAKE We have to stop the shuttles. The net fouls the ship. who fall in with him as he dives. picking off banshees who get past the escort. CIRCLING ABOVE. . badly injured. KABOOM!! NEYTIRI’S BANSHEE is hit by GROUND-FIRE. plummeting with a dying scream and -WE SPIRAL DOWN with him. ampsuits and troopers advance across the forest floor. GUNNERS with jerry-rigged gun mounts ride the broad backs of the shuttles. TSU’TEY is RAKED by a burst from the dorsal gunners. TROOPER Target in sight. He SLAMS to the ground.

136. WAINFLEET I hear this is worse than death for you. WAINFLEET cuts Tsu’tey's queue off near the base. huddled. lifting him painfully. Norm painfully tries to load another magazine. A slow building thunderous ROAR and -AN AMPSUIT comes FLYING out of the trees. grimacing. is HIT.staggers amid burning wreckage. and readies herself for a last kamikaze shot when -THE TROOPER on the far right of the firing line sees something on his screens. Norm. panting in fear and pain as -AN AMPSUIT stomps up. bruised -.crazed. AMPSUIT footsteps approach and she crouches behind a tree. as an ampsuit looms over him. He sits.Tsu’tey's only connection to the world-consciousness which is his life. SHACK The top of Norm’s LINK bangs open. He collapses. shivering -. RAINFOREST TSU’TEY lies gasping. It’s Aims its cannon point blank. TSU’TEY SCREAMS in agony. Grinning. B-BLAM! The troopers become aware of the GROUND SHAKING. He reels out. He looks up.something’s coming! all lit up out there. mortally injured. NEYTIRI -. firing as he retreats. collapsing onto the floor. Lyle holds up the queue -. his nervous system exploding on overload.bleeding. TROOPER Right flank -. his avatar body mortally wounded as -HYDRAULIC FEET approach. INT. and the SHAKING BUILDS -- . EXT. clutching himself as if he can still feel the pain of death. chief. cartwheeling past them. passing the bodies of direhorses and Na'vi hunters. LYLE WAINFLEET reaches down and grabs Tsu’tey by his queue. Troopers are seconds from seeing her as -NEYTIRI knocks an arrow to HER FATHER’S BOW.

JAKE BANKS. JAKE WHOO-HOOOO! A GUNNER fires from the door of a Samson. Troopers are crushed or asphyxiated. hitting each other as much as their attackers. The viperwolves flash past her. The survivors break and run as more viperwolves bound out of the shadows. ON JAKE -.and the thanator lowers itself. . ripping into them. The troopers FIRE wildly as they go down.the stampede drives over them like a wave. ignoring her.? The wild banshees wheel among the ships. FOREST The troopers pivot to face -A WALL OF CHARGING HAMMERHEADS CRASHING out of the foliage in a shower of broken branches as -THE TROOPERS open fire but -. A glistening black demon. NEARBY the foot-soldiers see LIVING SHADOWS flow out of the gloom as -VIPERWOLVES race among them with flashing jaws.137. until its head is just above the ground. There is a CRASH and the head of a BANSHEE lunges in the open door. It holds that position -. jerking him out. Other banshees tear at the pilot’s windshield. EYWA is in the fight. JAKE What the hell -. EXT.slowly getting it. Tree-trunk feet shatter the ampsuit cockpits. NEYTIRI watches in awe as the ground troops scatter in disarray. She senses something and turns slowly to see -A THANATOR emerging from the smoke behind her.waiting. They literally darken the sky. WELL OF SOULS Mo'at opens her eyes in sudden realization as -EXT. watching as HUNDREDS of rider-less WILD BANSHEES converge on Quaritch’s ships. She stands paralyzed before its stygian gaze--.

Panicked yelling fills the comm freq. WAINFLEET and another AMPSUIT are charging together through the smoky gloom. CORRIDOR Max runs down the hall. WAINFLEET A and C squads -.WAINFLEET raises his cannon but-WHAM!! It’s on him. He WHIRLS at a sound in time to see -A THANATOR LEAPING straight at him -. INT. yelling into an AIRCOM HANDSET -He’s . Wainfleet whirls to see his squad-mate missing. falling back. The thanator rears back. tackling it OUT OF FRAME. Shooting at shadows. Neytiri’s demon mount rears up and its triumphant ROAR echoes through the forest. The troopers are disorganized. and it’s a toss up which one looks more pissed off. Blood inside the cockpit. right outside his canopy-On its back is NEYTIRI. FOREST A smoky hell. He’s face to face with its nightmare jaws. slamming him to the ground. Trembling.138. muscles rippling as it poises to strike and -K-KRAAACKK! Slams its teeth right through his canopy. EXT. want -(screaming on the comm) Who’s screaming God damn it?! I TROOPER (ON RADIO) We gotta get outta here! Whoever’s in charge.ripped open. He moves through a screen of foliage to reveal -The AMPSUIT -. Wainfleet’s SCREAM is brief. Driver gone. Fires burn all around. she approaches the waiting demon.rally at my pos. leading the other scientists. The cannon goes flying. call for extraction! WAINFLEET Shutup you crybabies! SOMETHING slams into the other ‘suit.

Science geeks barricade the door as AVATAR-DRIVERS scramble into their link units. wearing breathing gear and carrying an AR. falling out of the ship. rolls off his mount and lands. INT. SHACK HUMAN NORM emerges from the airlock. He hurls them down the intakes of the VTOL turbofans as -HIS LEONOPTERYX BANKS in a tight arc back toward him and -- . pulling the clamshells down. which is already besieged by winged creatures. JAKE’S LEONOPTERYX plummets at the shuttle from behind. Jake we are in motion. toward the battle. HUNTERS are shot. He stumbles. this is Max. Rogue One. MAX Rogue One. flairs to reduce speed. yanking the pins out with his teeth. diving at the lead shuttle.139. He swoops down. as others fly in. tumbling on the shuttle’s broad back as -GUNNERS try to swing their guns toward him but he RAKES them with his AR. (to the scientists) Get in there. Na’vi hunters hurl themselves off their mounts in waves. overwhelming the troopers. Barricade the door! INT. They shoot arrows and spears from the end of the ramp. LINK ROOM Tell The door is hurled open and the SCIENTISTS charge in. CORRIDOR Max checks the door is secure from his side then runs down a connecting corridor. EXT. MOUNTAINS/ AERIAL JAKE SIGNALS and a formation of hunters rolls in. dazed. still running forward and -JAKE PULLS two grenades from his battle harness. and troopers fall back deeper into the fuselage. The panicked CREW CHIEF slams a switch and the ramp begins to close. CUT TO: EXT. THE CARGO RAMP is the scene of a pitched battle. a second before he is cut down by a spear.

until -It IT’S CLIPPING the tree tops when it gets enough translational lift to fly and -THE PILOT PULLS back on the stick. THE SHUTTLE CLIMBS out of control. PILOT Valkyrie Two is breaking off. at full acceleration. which riddle the fuselage with shrapnel and -JAKE LEAPS INTO SPACE. gaining altitude as fire BLASTS out of the bottom of the shuttle. PILOT Mains to a hundred percent! airspeed! Get me The pilot and copilot slam the throttle levers forward and -The FUSION ENGINES BLAZE. thrusting the shuttle forward. with most of the remaining gunships following. landing on the back of his mount and reconnecting. a surviving Na’vi hunter runs forward and -THOONK! ARROWHEADS sprout from the pilots’ necks and chests. you better cover our ass. And if any of ya’ll want to get off this piece of shit planet. lifting the nose. and hundreds of tons of flaming debris drop back into the forest. They flap away. It SLAMS into the underside of MONS Veritatis. It EXPLODES. ‘cause we’re the only way back to orbit. still falls. GUNSHIP PILOT Roger that. ON THE FLIGHT DECK. shattering the turbines. the pilot feels the ship dropping. QUARITCH Get back here you worthless pukes! . FROM THE DRAGON COCKPIT Quaritch watches the shuttle bank away. its remaining lift fans screaming.140. PILOT We’re good! BEHIND HIM. HE SPRINTS ON as the grenades EXPLODE. ON THE FLIGHT DECK of the other SHUTTLE. the pilots watch the wreckage falling.

Quaritch’s jaw clenches. all ground units are falling back to the LZ. scrambling to board SAMSONS as they touch down. DRAGON COCKPIT Quaritch sets the target cursor on the MOTHER TREE and what we recognize is the ghostly figure of Mo'at. OPS CENTER/CORRIDOR Techs and troopers crowd around consoles. DRAGON COCKPIT The pilot listens to comms from Hell’s Gate. CUT TO: . QUARITCH Stay on target. Arm all pods. INT. PILOT Sir. QUARITCH Switch missiles. QUARITCH What do you think? He is over the edge-. EXT. the Na’vi mothers clutch their children to them. We see AKWEY’S BOY among them. WELL OF SOULS Mo'at LOOKS UP as the DRAGON appears over the trees like the shadow of Death. RAINFOREST Regular troopers and volunteers FLEE through the jungle. Around her. Only death. INT. INT.141.no logic in his brain now. SELFRIDGE (in growing alarm) What the hell is going on out there? EXT. listening to all the yelling and confusion as they try to plot the disintegrating battle. PILOT Are we breaking off? Quaritch draws his pistol.




QUARITCH Let’s see what these blue bastards do when I bitch-slap their goddess. EXT. MOUNTAINS/ AERIAL JAKE’S LEONOPTERYX drops toward the Dragon like a Mig 29. pulls out, skimming over the ship. Uncoupling, he rolls backward off his mount and -He

JAKE HITS, skidding, on the hull of the Dragon. He rolls to his feet, already running as -QUARITCH sees the leonopteryx WHOOSH overhead and flap away with no rider. He snap-looks aft to see -JAKE SPRINTING along the spine of the ship, yanking two grenades from his battle-harness, pulling the pins with his teeth, then -QUARITCH’s hand shoots out and SLAMS the pilot’s CYCLIC STICK hard over. THE DRAGON lurches sideways, rolling sharply with a ROAR of protesting rotors and -JAKE IS FLUNG off his feet. The grenades miss the TURBINE INTAKES. One bounces off the ship. The other lodges against a cowling and -JAKE SLIDES OFF the ship, falling as -- K-BLAM! The grenade blows a two meter hole in the hull -WHOOOSHH! Pandoran air swirls inside. QUARITCH (to the pilot) Put your mask on. Quaritch leaps out of his seat, heading aft as -JAKE GRABS the edge of a weapons pod, his feet dangling over open space. HOLDING HIS BREATH, Quaritch blows a RESCUE HATCH and leans outside. Jake sees him aim his massive PISTOL. K-WHAM! K-WHAM! Rounds clang next to Jake’s head. He LETS GO, plummeting into the trees -Jake plunges through jungle canopy. He catches a HUGE LEAF, as Neytiri taught him -- it bends down, breaking his fall --


HE LETS GO, dropping again only to catch ANOTHER LEAF, and then another, and -WE RUSH DOWN with him through this green blur. the ground in a feral crouch. Unhurt. Jake drops to

JAKE (into his headset) Quaritch is gonna take out the Well of Souls! He’s got a clear shot. Hit him, anybody that can! Do it now! IN HER SAMSON Trudy Chacon is all business. On it. TRUDY

SHE BANKS hard, pulling g’s, coming around on the Dragon. She pours on the coal and the Samson leaps forward, straight at the WARSHIP. QUARITCH, DRILLS a stream of tracers at her, tearing through her canopy, ripping chunks off her fuselage. IN THE JUNGLE BELOW, Norm watches her kamikaze run -No! NORM

TRUDY (clipped, pilot-like) Norm, I love you. TRUDY DIVES, raking through treetops and then, at the last instant, YANKS BACK on the stick and -THE SAMSON leaps straight up and -- K-KRASH!! SHEARS OFF THE COCKPIT of the Dragon as -QUARITCH THROWS HIMSELF aft along the aisle and -TRUDY’S SAMSON disintegrates, the wreckage burning as it tumbles into the jungle. MILES QUARITCH grips the bulkhead as he stares out the open front of the fuselage. Wind howls through wreckage where the pilot used to be. The forest rushes up to meet him and -THE DRAGON CRASHES through splintering trees, IMPACTING in a lake with a WHITE BLAST of water.


EXT. RAINFOREST - DAY Norm takes a few steps and drops to his knees. grief. INT. OPS CENTER/ HELL’S GATE ON THE PLOTTING DISPLAY as Quaritch’s TRANSPONDER ICON disappears. TROOPER Dragon is down. It’s off the board. SELFRIDGE What do you mean, off the board?! Selfridge is stunned. them all look up. Suddenly the ROAR of an ENGINE makes Imploded by

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW, MAX sits in the cab of an enormous SLASHCUTTER. Max flips Selfridge the bird and pushes a lever forward -Oh shit. SELFRIDGE

Selfridge DIVES as -K-RASHHHHH! The SPINNING TEETH of the SLASH-CUTTER tear through the window in a blast of glass and lethal air. Alarms go off. The technicians dive for cover in a blizzard of glass and shredded debris. The slash-cutter head pulls back, and AVATARS SCRAMBLE through the gaping hole into the Ops Center -The TROOPERS look up to see blue giants aiming weapons down at them. The battle is over in seconds. The avatars are holding the Ops Center. Selfridge lies there gasping, in his emergency mask. shock. How could this be happening? EXT. LAKE THE DRAGON lies half submerged. Out of the water FG, a shape rises -- a AMPSUIT. Inside -- MILES QUARITCH, his face bloody, his eyes burning. He slogs out of the water, covered with mud, then strides into the forest. In CUT TO:

He INSIDE THE SHACK Jake is oblivious under the link. snatching up the broken CANNON as -- . THE TITANS twist and struggle. QUARITCH levels his GAU-90 at the shack. ramming the knife up under the thanator’s chest armor. She is trapped.145.) It’s all over Quaritch -Quaritch turns. QUARITCH SURGES forward. as it draws the ‘suit’s KNIFE and -QUARITCH TWISTS violently. tearing it loose from the ‘suit’s hand but -Quaritch SLAMS the thanator back against a tree-trunk. QUARITCH Nothing’s over while I’m breathing. JAKE Kinda hoped you’d say that. Quaritch looks down at Neytiri. The ‘suit rises slowly. FIRING the cannon. He grapples with the THANATOR as its razor claws SCREECH over his metal armor. His finger goes to the firing button-WHAM!! A six-legged BLACK DEMON tackles him. QUARITCH UNLEASHES a long burst from the cannon. almost crushing Neytiri. The thanator slumps. She glares back at him. QUARITCH STABS DOWN AGAIN. JAKE (O. knife glinting in the morning sun. It misses Neytiri by inches. QUARITCH’S AMPSUIT THUDS relentlessly through the jungle. Through a window we see Quaritch's AMPSUIT step into the clearing. seeing Jake DROPPING from a tree limb. JAKE closes fast. panting. Quaritch pivots as he falls. pinning Neytiri's legs under its great bulk. stabbing. CLOSE ON one hydraulic hand.the SHACK. which SHRIEKS but -NEYTIRI wills it to SMASH the cannon hard against a rock. Rounds tear into the creature.S. The creature ROARS and Quaritch flips on top of it. sees something through the foliage ahead -. scared but defiant.

knocking the ampsuit sideways and -- . blocking it with the cannon. Jake rolls just before -THUDDD! -. The massive cylinder cartwheels toward the shack and -FROM INSIDE we see it CRASH against pressure window. Quaritch SLASHES DOWN with the knife and Jake parries.he puts his hydraulic fist right through the window.until it is WHITE with cracks. Quaritch can see again.twice -. Bends to pick up his KNIFE. QUARITCH catches him with the other arm.in a furious attack -. he sees nothing but the sun on the shattered glass.knocking the knife flying. coming up to meet the next slash and -SMASHES the knife hand with the cannon once -. inexplicably.then again -. we see him charge straight toward us and -CRASH! -. LEAPING forward to smash the canopy again -. FROM INSIDE the shack.the massive foot stomps down where he just was. INSIDE THE COCKPIT. Jake’s link sits just inside. He CLOSES faster than the suit can move and -K-CRACK! -. but Jake ducks. panting. glowers at Jake. Jake ducks. Walks away. trying to get her legs free from underneath three tons of thanator.again -. He is reaching inside for the Link when -JAKE HITS in a flying tackle with every ounce of force he has. Quaritch manages to GRAB the cannon barrel but -INSIDE THE COCKPIT.the canopy BLOWS OFF. crazing it with a web of cracks as QUARITCH SLICES air with the huge knife. hurling him away. NEARBY NEYTIRI struggles furiously. He scrambles up as Quaritch CHARGES and -JAKE DUCKS another round-house. He dons his breathing mask.146. he TURNS. HE HURLS the cannon blindly. QUARITCH. Quaritch yanks a yellow handle and -P-FOOM! -.SLAMS the end of the cannon into the canopy. crazing it but not penetrating. QUARITCH How does it feel to betray your own race? Then. flying through the air.

She GRABS the mask and flashes to Jake’s side -.a FURY released. NEYTIRI runs up. Then draws and releases smoothly. another arrow nocked. SHACK HUMAN JAKE EXPLODES out of the Link. TH-WHAP! The machine TOPPLES off Jake and lies still. INSIDE THE LINK Jake is holding his breath as the toxic Pandoran air swirls in. QUARITCH STARES at the two arrows in his chest. GAS ALARMS SHRIEK. until Jake is pinned against a rock. SMASHING his face into the edge of the cockpit but -QUARITCH flings him off with a sweep of his arm. JAKE REACHES around the suit. He scrambles toward it. He touches the feathers of the ancient weapon. to stay connected as -THE KNIFE reaches his throat as -THWAP! AN ARROW APPEARS in Quaritch’s chest. landing in the debris like a cat.puts the mask over his face and -- .147. JAKE sees her. she NOCKS another arrow.across the room. then goes limp. He looks up.with an ironic laugh -. his eyes rolling back. yanks him forward HARD. and Jake slams to the ground. bow drawn. he claws toward an emergency breathing mask -. the knife flashing down and -JAKE just manages to catch it in both hands. the blade now inches from his throat. NEYTIRI VAULTS through the shattered window. With his last strength. slamming to the floor where he gags for breath.he dies. THE AMPSUIT charges. then -. NEYTIRI shoves with one free leg. and -INT. NEYTIRI STANDS -. A classic archer figure. INSIDE THE LINK Jake is straining to stay conscious. but the force of the attack drives him to his knees as -QUARITCH pushes the knife down inexorably. desperately trying to pull her other leg out. she lowers her father’s bow. Seeing Quaritch. on the edge of unconsciousness. grabbing Quaritch’s shoulder and.

TSU’TEY Are the people safe? JAKE They’re safe. TSU’TEY It is decided. Tsu’tey weakly clutches his severed queue. Through a haze of . Set my spirit free. I can not lead the People. he recognizes Jake. I’m not officer material. Jake kneels and Tsu’tey opens his eyes. JAKE I See you. TSU’TEY (Na’vi) I See you.seeing his human body for the first time. JAKE No. TSU’TEY I am already dead. Jake touches her face. separate. Jakesully. He looks up at Neytiri. TSU’TEY I can never ride again.or hear the voice of Eywa. Mo’at has bound his wounds. Jakesully. Now do the duty of Olo’eyctan. studying him as she holds him -. You will lead them. CUT TO: EXT. JAKE drags in breath after breath.148. JAKE I’m not killing you. RAINFOREST . it is clear he cannot be saved. his pale human hand against the blue of her skin. but by her expression. pain. or bond with my woman -. There eyes meet across the glass of the mask -together. Worldless.DAY MO’AT tends to the mortally wounded TSU’TEY as AVATAR JAKE arrives with Neytiri. Tsu’tey te Rongloa Ateyitan.

we know that he has ended Tsu’tey’s pain. He disappears into the ship.149. but thick with emotion. we were brothers -. HELL’S GATE -DAY Na’vi ride direhorses among the abandoned machines of Hell’s Gate. PARKER SELFRIDGE shuffles up the ramp. Max. And it is good. Banshees roost on the roofs of the modules. CUT TO: . blocking the sun. like POW’s. JAKE and NEYTIRI stand together. Jake draws his knife. Go now to the Mother Spirit. and the GATES are open to the forest.the eyes of a lost soul -.O.and he was my last shadow. TSU’TEY’S POV -. TSU’TEY -. and stingbats flutter about. and his Na’vi words carry over as we -DISSOLVE TO: EXT. unimpeded. TSU’TEY’S HAND clasps with Jake’s in a fierce grip.Jake leans forward. I will be remembered -Tsu’tey’s voice is weak. The SENTRY GUNS are silent.) A few chose to stay.meet JAKE’S. JAKE (Na’vi) Forgive me. my Brother. The evicted humans are sullen and angry.I fought with Toruk Macto. Fewer were chosen. No. Jake’s eyes well with tears as he continues reciting the prayer for the dead. JAKE TSU’TEY It is the way. and a few of the avatars hold AR’s as the personnel of Hell’s Gate file up the cargo ramp of the remaining shuttle. watching the departure of the Sky People. HIS SHADOW falls across Tsu’tey. JAKE (V. Norm. His eyes -. By his movement.

There’s a funeral tonight.Jake sits in a chair. like the breath of the world.) This is my last videolog. The ISV’s antimatter engines BLAZE to life and it accelerates out of orbit. and so will the hearts of the People. EXT.O. JAKE (V. RAINFOREST .DAY The sun’s rays shaft down through the layers of canopy. and I don’t want to be late. moving in across the concentric rings of people. primeval world.NIGHT THE WILLOWS glow softly. What remains IN FRAME is a virgin. pale. JAKE (V. CUT TO: EXT. The entire Omaticaya clan is gathered. He looks around the high tech room. But I won’t miss this place. MOVING toward the center.a ghostly WEB connecting all of Pandora. Spanning the black continents is a vast reticulated lace-work of BIOLUMINESCENCE -. LINK ROOM VIDEO IMAGE -. EXT. is bow-fishing in the shallows. to hover above -NEYTIRI. INT.) I better wrap this up. JAKE (V. talking straight TO CAMERA.) The forest will heal. over the figure of Mo'at. It was someone very close to me. WIDE SHOT. JAKE The science guys will keep the lights on. all plugged-in and softly chanting. seated in a prayer circle around the Mother Tree. New life keeps the energy flowing. Children jump and squeal with laughter in the river. kneeling beside two FIGURES on the dais -- . He is thin.150. NEYTIRI.O. here.O. WELL OF SOULS . SPACE ISV VENTURE STAR hangs suspended against the dark side of PANDORA. obviously pregnant.

She gently closes his dead eyes with her fingertips. covered in translucent silken shrouds of ROOT-CILIA. Hold a beat. CUT TO BLACK . then -They open. TIGHTENING slowly to-ECU JAKE’S EYES.151. Human Jake is wearing an exomask. Both figures are still. hands folded. Then bends and kisses him. MOVE INTO CU on AVATAR JAKE as Neytiri’s hand comes into frame. JAKE and his AVATAR lie head to head. stroking his cheek. CAMERA CLOSES IN as Neytiri removes the mask from Jake's human face.

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