Papa and the boy make it to the ocean but, while Papa swims out to a derelict ship to see what he can salvage, the boy falls asleep and a thief steals their cart and all their supplies. When Papa returns, they go after the thief and take back their possessions. As they are walking through an abandoned town, the boy notices a beetle. Suddenly, an arrow whizzes past them. They duck behind the cart, but Papa is shot in the leg. He kills the archer with a flare gun and then removes the arrow tip from his calf, but the wound and his persistent cough eventually overcome him, and Papa dies as he and the boy sleep in their blankets on the beach. Now alone, the boy wanders along the shoreline until he sees a man approaching him. As his papa taught him, the boy pulls out his gun and prepares to defend himself, but the man introduces himself as one of the "good guys." The man tells him that he and his family (wife, son, daughter, and dog) have been following the boy for some time because they were worried about him, and he invites the boy to come live with them. In the final scene, the boy says, "Okay."