Latest update: March 2017 - See Updates

Welcome to Mass Effect Indoctrination, a site dedicated to detailed analysis of the Mass Effect series with the Indoctrination Theory interpretation of the endings of Mass Effect 3 the main focus.

Since the launch of this site in April 2012 it has become widely considered one of the main sources for analysis of the Mass Effect 3 ending and for the Indoctrination Theory.

For many people the endings of Mass Effect 3 when taken at face value are unsatisfying at best and thematically offensive at worst. However many Mass Effect fans believe that Bioware intended there to be multiple interpretations of the endings that go beyond a simple literal reading. In fact Bioware have said as much.

Some people will say these interpretation are all "head canon", or that we are merely grasping at emergency induction ports in order to make ourselves feel better about how the series ended. Well maybe that's true. But I do know that all this analysis and speculation about the endings of Mass Effect 3 has actually greatly contributed to my and many other fans love of the series rather than detracted from it. And I know the way I view the endings gives me great pleasure. And I would much rather interpret the fiction in a way that makes it better than in a way that almost destroys it.

I have begun working on our massive rewrite of analysis for the Extended Cut endings and DLC. Hopefully I will get around to finishing this at some point in 2015, but it is a lot of work. Be sure to check back every month of so. Although if this is your first visit, there is a LOT to read already. Please let me know if you think I have overlooked anything or made any mistakes.


All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet — it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.

- Joss Whedon


  1. Hi!
    Did you put you effort into this, or decided it's over your head and quit eventually?..

    1. I have not quit, I do however have other commitments and projects. I have already put hundreds of hours into this site and the new material I intend to write is mostly retreading what is already on the site but rewriting with the changes the extended cut taken into consideration. And the new section that covers the Leviathan DLC and EC covers most of it.

      It's a large task and to be honest, since it is mostly just covering the exact same issues but noting where a few details are no longer relevant due to the EC it is not as important as the content that is already on the site. I do believe I will eventually get around to it though.


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