Breck goin' on about SaloForum.
This successful warlord will destroy us all!
Where's the rest!?
No, the ending is very good; artistic and austere. It is like the famously abrupt ending to No Country for Old Men. In that film, the sheriff relates to his wife a dream, where his father, now dead, passes in the night carrying fire in a horn. The sheriff has just retired from his work; he knows in his innermost soul that his life is over, and there is only the wait to join his father on the other side of death. Just so, Breck, now "retired" from Salo, recalls his father-figure (the "patriarchal figure like Macrobius" [Gk. macros , big + bios , life]) as he waits for the sleep of the grave, while calling on others to embrace the same by advising them to seek "banishment" from the "forum" (from the Latin, meaning "place outdoors", and symbolizing life itself).
This begs the question - is Breck really just a member of the Coen's stock troop, and if so will I eventually be played by John Goodman?