Authors: Neil Gaiman
73 EXT. KING BEOWULF'S CASTLE - BAILEY - DAWN
KING BEOWULF, staring in horrorâ¦
What. Tell me. What did this?
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A flood of REFUGEES pours into the castle-keep. They are MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN, all in bad shapeâ¦burnt or scorched.
A WOMAN WITH A BABY runs into frame. She has wide, terrified eyes.
WOMAN WITH BABY
It came from the sky in the night, my lord! It burnt our houses and farms!!!
I saw our whole village burn!! Children screaming as they died!!
I saw it, your majesty, vomiting fire and smoke!!!
Damn you all. What was it!
OLD UNFERTH (O.S.)
OLD WIGLAF grabs Beowulf by the shoulder and points toâ¦
burnt and smoldering, being carried though the castle gate by one of his guards. Unferth's charred hand clutching his cross. Almost mad, his eyes are locked on Beowulfâ¦
OLD UNFERTH (CONT'D)
My son. His wife. My grandchildren. All dead. Burned in the night. But not me. Not me.
You say a dragon did this?
You had an agreementâ¦and nothing would harm you. But now you have the golden hornâ¦and the agreement is now endedâ¦and my son is dead.
Who said THIS?!!?
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Sins of the fathers. That's the last thing I heardâ¦the last thing, before my family was burned aliveâ¦the sins of the
Beowulf grabs Unferth and shakes himâ¦
Who!! WHO SAID THIS!!!
Unferth gives him a long crazed look, then saysâ¦
King Beowulf and Old Wiglaf lock eyes. Beowulf's face fills with dreadâ¦
74 INT. KING BEOWULF'S QUARTERS - KING'S ARMORY - DAY
King Beowulf is standing in front of his wall of weapons: His great bow, shield, sword and wolf/bear skin cape.
As he straps on his adorned breast-plate, he gives orders to Old Wiglaf and his THANE OFFICERSâ¦
Take up positions along the northern edge of the great gorge. That's our only hopeâ¦if I fail.
Wiglaf nods. He and his men leave.
Beowulf pulls his sword and shield down from the wall, along with a huge bearded ax, a long leather strap is wrapped around the handle.
Beowulf is suiting upâ¦becoming a warrior again.
The door flies open and Ursula rushes in, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Don't go! I beg you!
Beowulf turns to her and gently holds her face.
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You are free to go. I release you. Find a good man and bear him childrenâ¦bear him a son.
I don't want anyone else. I want you.
I'm not the man you think me to be.
You're a great man, and a hero. This I know to be true.
Then you're as much of a fool as the rest of them.
Ursula bursts into tears and runs from the chamber.
Beowulf turns to see his reflection in a polished sheild. He looks deep into his own tortured eyes. In a half-hearted, pathetic gesture, he lifts his sword and slashes at the air.
An ironic CLAPPING ECHOES in the chamber. It's Queen Wealthow, standing in the open doorway.
Very impressive, dear. But the armor looked better on you when you were younger.
I'm sure it did.
Wealthow approaches the kingâ¦
Why don't you take that poor girl and live out your remaining years in peaceâ¦Let some young hero save us.
And start the whole nightmare all over again?
(he shakes his head)
No, I visited this horror upon my kingdomâ¦I must be the one to finish her.
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Herâ¦? Was she so beautiful, Beowulf? A beauty so costly?
Beowulf nods, thenâ¦
Beautiful, and full of fine promises. I was weak. I am sorryâ¦so sorry.
He looks sadly into Wealthow's eyesâ¦
I have always loved you, my Queen.
And I you.
They smile warmly at each other, thenâ¦
Keep a memory of me, not as a king and hero, but as a manâ¦fallible and flawed.
King Beowulf pulls his cape on with a confident flourish.
75 EXT. THE GREAT CAVE - DAY
Just as it was thrity years ago. King Beowulf and Old Wiglaf, alone, ride up on horses. The horses shy, sensing something. They won't step a foot closer to the mouth of the cave.
This is the place.
This is where we came when you killed Grendel's motherâ¦
You know my Wiglaf, I have no heir. If I'm killed by this demonâ¦you shall be king. I have arranged it with the Heraldsâ¦they have my authorization.
Don't speak of such things, my lord.
Beowulf sighs, a sadness comes over him.
Wiglaf, there is something you must knowâ¦
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Suddenly, with a fury we have never seen, Wiglaf cuts off Beowulf in mid-sentenceâ¦
NAY!!! THERE IS
I MUST KNOW!! You are BEOWULF! Beowulf the mighty! The hero! The slayer and destroyer of demons!!!!
Now let's kill this flying devil where it sleeps, and get on with our bloody lives!!
Wiglaf takes a breath and collects himself. Beowulf stares in stunned silence.
OLD WIGLAF (CONT'D)
Now, do you want me to go in with you?
Beowulf, who is speechless, shakes his head.
OLD WIGLAF (CONT'D)
Good. I'll wait there.
76 INT. THE GREAT CAVE - GRENDEL'S MOTHER'S LAIR
King Beowulf emerges from the water, as he did when he was young. It seems bigger and emptier than before. Everything seems further away. We can hear WATER DRIPPING SLOWLY. He looks to the golden horn he's holding in his hand.
He SHOUTS something, mouths “Come forth. Show yourself!” But NO SOUND COMES OUT. Then, delayed we hearâ¦
Come forth. Show yourself!
Suddenly, he's walking in EXTREME SLOW-MOTION: His feet hit the water and throw up showers of slow dropletsâ¦
He looks down. The reflection in the water is that of Young Beowulf. He drops a rock into the water: It ECHOES and BOOMS. When the ripples have stopped, it's his old face staring up at him from the water.
Now behind him stand a number of DEAD THANESâ¦men we saw killed earlier. They stand there, pale and bloody corpses, some of them missing limbs. They speak in a ghostly SLOW-MOTIONâ¦
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Hail Beowulf, who killed the monster Grendel.
Hail Beowulf, who slew Grendel's mother.
Hail mighty Beowulf, the wisest king, and the mightiest.
Hail Beowulf, who left us for dead.
Hail the Great King Beowulf, liar and m-m-monster, lecher and fâ¦fâ¦fool.
THE THANES TOGETHER
Hail! Hail! Hail! Hail!
King Beowulf stares at them, speechless, as they tell him the things he would rather not think.
He turns to shout at them, but they've vanished.
Now, from above, there's a LOUD FLAPPING SOUNDâ¦an enormous GUST OF WIND hits Beowulf, almost knocking him down. Then, from inside a dark tunnelâ¦A SOFT MALE VOICE ECHOESâ¦
How strange. When I listened at windows and from rooftops to the talk of the mighty King Beowulf, all the talk was of a hero, valiant and wise, courageous and noble. Butâ¦you're nothingâ¦an empty nothing.
I am Beowulf.
A TORCH FLAMES in the tunnel, showing usâ¦a thin, beautiful, GOLDEN YOUNG MAN. Average in size, not at all physically imposing, with curled leather and gold straps all over his naked skin. He looks very much like Young Beowulf.
Beowulf recognizes the likenessâ¦and shudders, he knows whose son this is.
You are shit.
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What are you?
I'm something you left behindâ¦Father!
King Beowulf reacts to this.
Here. Take your damned horn back. Leave my land in peace.
Beowulf throws the horn into the tunnel. It lands at the Golden Man's feet. The Golden Man shakes his head.
It's too late for that.
The Golden Man slowly presses his naked foot on top of the hornâ¦instantly, the horn begins to melt, forming a pool of golden liquid on the stone floorâ¦then, the molten gold MELDS INTO THE GOLDEN-MAN'S FOOT like mercury.
GOLDEN MAN (CONT'D)
How will you hurt
father? With your fingers, your teethâ¦your bare hands?
Where's your mother. Where is she? Show yourself, bitch!
Nobody sees my mother unless she wishesâ¦not even me.
This is madness.
You have a wonderful land, my father. A beautiful home. And women. When I listened at windows, they spoke of your women. Your wise queen. Your pretty bedwarmer. I wonder -- which one do you think I should kill first?
Why? Why are you doing this?
Becauseâ¦I hate you, father.
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As the Golden Man walks toward Beowulfâ¦he begins to GROW LARGER, just like Grendelâ¦
GOLDEN MAN (CONT'D)
You have your kingdom and your treasureâ¦your glory and your women. But where was I in your grand plan?
Before Beowulf opens his mouth to answerâ¦
GOLDEN MAN (CONT'D)
If you engraved my hate on every star in the sky, on every grain of sand on every beach from now until the end of time, you would still not have the smallest inkling just how much I HATE YOU!
The Golden Man starts to TRANSFORMâ¦MORPH INTO A GOLDEN DRAGON!!! As his mouth becomes more reptile-like, his/its lips no longer moveâ¦this last sentence BELCHES from its throatâ¦
WATCH AS I BURN YOUR WORLD!!!
HOT, ORANGE FIRE SPEWS FROM ITS MOUTHâ¦butâ¦
KING BEOWULF dives into the pool, as flames roil the waterâ¦
77 EXT. THE GREAT CAVE ENTRANCE DAY
King Beowulf dives out of the cave! A ball of fire singeing his ass!
EVERYTHING RUMBLES, like an earthquake, and thenâ¦
THE DRAGON ERUPTS out of the earth, scattering rocks.
Now we see THE DRAGON. The knotwork that covered the man becomes the scale-patterns of the creature. It's the size of a whale. With huge, golden scales and teeth the size of a man's forearm. Utterly beautiful, utterly terrifyingâ¦
Wiglaf's jaw drops as he reins his frightened horseâ¦
Odin's swifan balls!!!!
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Beowulf leaps on his horseâ¦
It's headed for Herot!!!
THE DRAGON, SCREECHING AND GROWLING, beats its wings with tremendous forceâ¦AND BEGINS FLYINGâ¦toward a clearing, slowly rising above the treetopsâ¦
78 EXT. FORREST
BEOWULF rides right beneath the dragon's talon. Ducking and bobbing to avoid getting hit by the its barbed tail, he reaches for the dragon's clawâ¦
THE DRAGON climbs above a growth of tall treesâ¦
BEOWULF stands on his horseâ¦pulls the bearded ax from his belt and hooks the dragon's talon with its spiked blade. Beowulf quickly unravels the leather strapping and holds it with all his strength asâ¦
THE DRAGON risesâ¦lifting Beowulf off his horseâ¦the dragon's razor sharp tail gaffs Beowulf's horse in the belly and sends it tumbling into Wiglaf's horseâ¦Wiglaf goes downâ¦
BEOWULF dangles just below the treetopsâ¦swinging and flailing from side to side to avoid hitting the trees. He pulls his sword with his free hand and uses it like a machete to hack away the tree limbsâ¦
OLD WIGLAF jumps back on his horse and gallops toward the castleâ¦
79 EXT. ABOVE FORREST
THE DRAGON ROARS and BELCHES fire as it flies along, incinerating the treesâ¦
BEOWULF looks up and sees the “soft spot” in the dragon's neckâ¦every time the dragon breaths fire, this area of thin membrane GLOWSâ¦
80 EXT. ABOVE CLEARING
THE DRAGON reaches a clearing and Beowulf can see the gorge in the distance, and the great wood bridge spanning it. The dragon SWOOPS DOWN toward the gorge. Beowulf HEARS a commander SHOUTâ¦