Clem by the door, gun in hand, uncertain of what to do she still moves on. Its the perfect symbol of strength in the face of death.
Now fast foreword after the credits. Heres clem in a beautiful field away from immediate danger and shes seen by two figures. Its not revealed who has spotted her but the hope here is that shes found the two survivors from her group. Pathetic.
The problem is the second ending ties the story up. makes it small, just about the three characters on screen. So once its over it can be forgotten. The Hollywood ending appealing to the base.
The first ending hits us personally. Thats me there watching lee die because we are all in a similar situation: born into a losing battle. We all face an unknown death, the important thing is having courage along the way. That adds meaning to our lives. Its the difference between moving forward and freezing up. the last screen wasn't about Clem losing her caretaker. What we were all thinking was weather Clem would keep moving or freeze up and die. we all wanted her to push and move on. Its more important than her relationship with Lee.
This is just hope and comfort, contrivances that teach and mean nothing to us. throw away the weaksauce clem in field ending. shes stronger than that.