Every so often someone comments about the supposed ambiguity of the Blood Money ending, wondering what 47 was doing in China at the end, why he didn’t get back in touch with Diana, and so on. I’ve always thought the intent of the ending was pretty obvious. I’ve said so in quite a few threads but the questions about the ending persist, so I want to make my case more visibly and more eloquently.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: 47 is still working at the end of Blood Money. He’s not spending time in China for rest and relaxation. The location is intentionally reminiscent of “The Lee Hong Assassination” and the dialogue is plainly from the textbook of “47’s about to kill this guy.” So who is he working for? Well, who could he be working for besides the Agency? And why?
When Diana tells a client that she’s lost track of 47, she’s lying. See, the whole theme of Blood Money is notoriety, as both a story device and a gameplay element. The player can increase 47’s notoriety via sloppy missions, causing more trouble for him down the road. Similarly, the entire Alexander Cayne plot revolves around 47 drawing too much attention from various agencies, becoming too famous, until he’s nearly killed along with everyone else in the Agency.
After coming so close to extinction, 47 and Diana have both learned that it’s better to keep a low profile. This is why it’s so important to “kill all witnesses” to 47’s resurrection, including the civilians— the reporter and priest. If 47 were to continue being a living legend, working for the Agency in a similar capacity, it would only be a matter of time before someone else targeted the Agency to get to him.
This also serves as a good way to end the series, at least for a while. The curtain literally closes on 47 in the last image of Blood Money, and it would be six years before we were given another Hitman game. The bittersweet takeaway is that 47 is still out there, having more adventures, but we’re not going to get to know about them because he’s keeping a low profile now.