Originally Posted by R Harkness
Just to add: Remember that in Alfred's first telling of his fantasy desire to see Bruce in the cafe, it actually references the fact Alfred IMAGINED seeing Bruce there - then the guy turns around and it's not Bruce. Since he imagined the first one, the second time could be depicting him imagining again.
Yes, of course it wasn't him, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't happen. Just like when I see a guy parking his Lamborghini Aventador, it's not me, but maybe some day... lol
...And again how can he imagine Selina with him? I think that it's obviously shown like a reminder of his fantasy but it can also mean, in a symbolic, cinematic, and to an extent poetic way, that Bruce finally found peace, and freedom, to live his life as a "normal" person - but outside of Gotham, outside of the nightmare that it was for him. Selina is also wearing some colors (blue iirc?), not just black. Their past lives are now behind them, and as Alfred told Bruce, there's nothing left in Gotham for him, and this time it's true. Most importantly, this time Batman, or what he means to Gotham, can truly be someone else. Gotham has a new protector, and Batman's legacy will last forever. It's a symbol that Alfred's wish finally came true, he in fact didn't "bury him". Anyways... It's left open, but it can be true, and I choose to think Bruce is alive dammit!
Batman was a master of tricks and 'disguise', and the only way to set Bruce free was to kill the Batman, the monster he created. After all Batman did kill quite a few people too, he also needed to disappear to "survive", he had to sacrifice the Batman. His will shows us that he thought it through, he planned things cleverly, but he wanted out. And I don't see many people fixing the bat sign other than him (look at Gordon's face and smile when he finds out)... So I still think it's depicted with a certain ambiguity, but in fact it's not. Ah well... what an amazing series of films