“Petals of white
Cover fields flowing in grieving tears
And all the hearts once new, old and shattered now”-Heavens Divide, by Donna Burke (From the Peace Walker soundtrack).
When Snake returns, he’s quickly intercepted by the Boss, who intercepts him during the night, destroying his gun and forcing him to procure another from EVA and enemy soldiers. She and Volgin then proceed toward Grozni Grad, Volgin’s fortress, with her sending her Cobras to subdue Snake. However, she secretly was helping him, as she planted a transmitter on him. She also tried to reel in Ocelot and protected EVA, both who, in their own way, supported Snake. She also used a horse as transportation, and adopted a new suit, a “Sneaking suit” all in white.
To prove her loyalty, she was ordered by Volgin to cut out Snake’s eyes when he was captured and tortured. Thankfully, EVA’s timely intervention saved her from having to cut out Snake’s eyes, although he still lost one anyway when Ocelot misfired at EVA, instead hitting him in the right eye. It’s during all this we learn that Volgin has the posession of the Philosopher’s Legacy, a microfilm containing the location of the Philospoher’s massive fortune.
After Snake defeats Volgin and the Shagohod, he has to confront and kill her for her defection, in a field of white pedals. He’s torn over what to do, but she’s adamant that he must accomplish his mission. She also shares her vision of an ideal future: A world without borders-something Snake and her friend, Major Zero, will take to heart-and spawn an ideological conflict at the heart of the Metal Gear saga….
But the Earth itself has no boundaries. No East, No West, No Cold War. And the irony of it is, the United States and the Soviet Union are spending billions on their space programs and the missile race only to arrive at the same conclusion. In the 21st century everyone will be able to see that we are all just inhabitants of a little celestial body called Earth. A world without communism and capitalism… that is the world I wanted to see.
The two face off in a final confrontation.
He’s able to best her in combat. As she lies broken on the ground, she passes him the Philospher’s Legacy, which she took from Volgin.
Returning to the states, mission accomplished but with him feeling hollow, Snake learns the actual truth of the Boss’s defection from EVA-that her mission was to simply pretend to defect to steal the Legacy, but things got complicated when Volgin actually used the missiles she gave him.
The Boss’ defection was a ruse set up by the US government. It was all a big drama staged by Washington so they could get their hands on the Philosopher’s Legacy, and the Boss was the star of the show. They planned it so that they could get the Legacy that Colonel Volgin inherited and destroy the Shagohod at the same time. Only a legendary hero like The Boss could have earned Volgin’s trust. Finding out where the Philosopher’s Legacy was hidden was to be her greatest mission. Everything was going according to plan… but then something happened that no one could have predicted. Colonel Volgin fired an American-made nuclear warhead at Sokolov’s research facility. Khrushchev demanded that the US government provide proof that it wasn’t involved. They couldn’t just abort the operation to steal the Legacy, so the operation itself was greatly expanded and revised. The authorities in Washington knew that in order to prove its innocence they’d have to get rid of The Boss and that one of their own would have to do the job. The public couldn’t be allowed to find out about it, not ever. This, they concluded, would be the best way to keep the whole thing under wraps. The Boss wouldn’t be allowed to come back home alive. And she wouldn’t be allowed to kill herself. Her life would be ended by her most beloved disciple… that was the way the government wanted it. That was the mission she was given. And she had no choice but to carry it out… her death at your hands was a duty she had to fulfill. Out of duty, she turned her back on her own comrades. A lesser woman would have been crushed by such a burden. The taint of disgrace will follow her to her grave. Future generations will revile her: In America, as a despicable traitor with no sense of honor; and in Russia, as a monster who unleashed a nuclear catastrophe. She will go down in official history as a war criminal, and no one will ever understand her… that was her final mission. And like a true soldier, she saw it through the end. But I think she wanted you, of all people to know the truth. She wanted to live on in your memory. Not as a soldier, but as a woman. But… she was forbidden to tell you herself. And that’s why she told me. Snake, history will never know what she did. No one will ever learn the truth. Her story, her debriefing… will endure only in your heart. Everything she did, she did for her country. She sacrificed her life and her honor for her native land. She was a real hero. She was a true patriot….
Snake is then commemorated and promoted at Langely, and given the title of Big Boss by Lyndon B Johnson. But saddened and betrayed, he quickly leaves and heads to Arlington.
He salutes her anonymous, empty grave, tears in his remaining eye, as he does so, laying her Patriot gun on the tomb.
But although her life has ended, her effect on Snake-and on the world-is just beginning.