I struggle with this ending, because on one hand I like to think of him being dignified and accepting of his punishment and an almost suicide by cop approach....the to other side, a convenient plot device to throw in some almost soap opera flair. I go with the former though, because it is more important to try to see what the film maker wants then what I want it to be. Also, one can not know what the boat trip started out like...then sitting alone with Al behind you, coming to the realization and just letting the path take you. I shudder at that scene. Heartbreaking. In the grand scheme of things, I think the GF II is the best example of a sequel following another great movie, and enhancing it to the point of ALMOST being equal. While Empire Strikes Back in seen that way by many....I don't put it in the same universe and this comparison.