this should answer 99.99% of all the questions you have! my views: Smith = Lucifer Neo = Savior (each religion has their own) Little background on my opinion: Lucifer was maintainer of earth, but eventually became corrupt and started to cause torment and anguish. when god found out he cast lucifer to human and live on earth, but still have his same powers. this pissed lucifer off and he started to becme a huge pain in the ass causing more corruption. this was on the 6th day (6000th year depending on what religious cycle, all are in a 7 unit cycle). this is when god (or your savior depending on religion) comes in and saves man from torment and anguish. 6th zion (current one) = when smith gets out of control, neo (the savior) is sent to save man kind. at the end of the movie you see neo become sacrificed, (u also see him as an angel with wings when its in source form, the cables create wings) thus a savior (jesus dies for humans) and an angel (remember lucifer was an angel for god), and smith "took control" of neo at the end. so u see both parties. Now for why Smith dies. Remember how the arch trys to balance the equation and the oracle unbalances it. Neo was a remainder, Smith (the oracles unbalance) was the opposite of neo. The equation is as follows. essence of Smith = essence of Neo. you have a postivie side and a negative side. (call neo positive, smith for negative). When smith took over neo, he killed himself by terminating the equation. Smith = Neo Smith - neo = 0 (remember what u do 2 one side u do to the other). neo realized this and let it happen. just like a saviorcomes and save man from torrment and anguis. so the matrix is distroyed. the 7th matrix (the sabbith, 7th day) will be peacefull for a while, then the cycle starts over again. every beginning has an end. thats what i believe, say differnt, i dont care, but i feel i have the most conclusive answer oh and the part about the source. the source is everything and anything. its all connected. like in eastern religions (and people who are 42+2 geanome) we are all connected. this brings together the source. however, neo can see the source (as can the oracle and arch i assume). they are one of the few. neo has reached a state by going though the door where he realizes love only matters. he has no more material wants in life, thus entering nirvana, a state of awareness and acceptence. (budha reached this).