Well, back on the topic of Daniel and Marty,
Am I the only one who think they are (a metaphor for) Bev and Frank Herbert themselves, having a dialogue about creation - in a typical "creators meeting their creatures" way ?
This chapter never felt like science-fiction to me. Two old persons, a male and a female, pruning roses by a beautiful morning, discussing the future of a group of characters. It feels so much more like a conclusion and an avowal from a great artist : "well, see how many wonderfull stories I could have create/written with these characters? There are two mentats, many gholas, a Thleilax master, a few rogue Bene Gesserits and Duncan Idaho!" But you let them escape, tells Bev-Marty to Frank-Daniel! And now they have escaped the net and they will have a life of their own - in the mind and imagination of thousands and thousands of readers...
Marty-Bev even tells Daniel-Frank that he let them escape because of the possible gholas :
"That Master had a nullentropy tube in his chest. Full of ghola cells, too!"
"I saw it."
"That's why you let them get away!"
Because it opens the door to too many plots, too many possible stories, in an infinite multiverse created by the scattering, the possibilities becomes endless. So Daniel-Frank decided to let them go...
I know it is a very provocative interpretation that I propose here. But I like it because it gives a closure to the series. Because of that chapter, I never expected another Dune novel. I knew it was over, that the author gave me the right to continue the saga, in my imagination, with the characters he created.
Well, now that I shook the dust of this thread, I would really like to hear your input on that interpretation. Please discuss!