At the end of the last episode of Cowboy Bebop, Spike collapses. It's not clear, but it looks as though he may be dead. Is there a way to know whether he is alive or dead (something in the background, comments from the director, a continuation in the story in the manga, etc.)
According to Wikipedia:
However, in an interview, Watanabe stated, “I’ve never officially said that he died. At this point, I can tell you that I’m not sure if he’s alive or dead.”
The link to the source is here. Though it's very hard to look at it, unfortunately.
In this more recent interview to Shinichiro Watanabe by Red Carpet News TV on MCM London Comic Con 2013, around minute 8 he says:
I've never actually said whether he is alive or dead in that final scene. That's up to the person watching to decide. I think that people who watch that and think that Spike is asleep are probably right. Just sleeping.
Although he still leaves the matter up to the viewer's interpretation, he seems to suggest that he is more likely to be alive.
Later on on the interview he also states that Spike is his favourite character, but then again, that does not mean he can't die at the end.
Shinichiro Watanabe has stated:
I've never officially said that he died. At this point, I can tell you that I’m not sure if he’s alive or dead
He decided to leave it open-ended, so, even with the many hypothesis on the internet, I guess the real answer is to ask yourself.
Source is the same as in Rapptz's answer: http://mrsspooky.net/bebop/TheDailyTexan.pdf at the top of page 5.
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I feel it was made pretty clear when the star winked out at the end. Spike died. Based on the quotations posted above, however, it seems the creator is giving you permission to believe that Spike is alive if you want to.
I believe spike has died and he finnaly awoke from his dream. His dream was a place where julia was gonna be with him a life where vicious would die and a place where he would have a life with people outside of the syndicate. Faye represents what Julia would've been to spike with a little more attitude. Jet is sort of a replacement for vicious and ed is like a little kid or little sister to spike. But alas spike had to wake up from his dream and saw his reality which was death. I don't believe that The series was a dream but that the show was metaphor for a dream or growing up. When you're a kid you dream when you wake up you're like the bebop crew living among others like you but still longing to dream. When you try to dream again you're like the Charecters in their respective episodes trying to hang onto a fun ass dream knowing all you should do is end the dream and get out. Jet did it by fixing his problem with Alicia and killing his ex partner. Faye solved it by finding out about her past only for it to lead to a future so she escaped her dream. Sadly spike couldn't awaken which is ironic considering he always seemed to be fun and level headed. And ed is a whole mother ball game since she is what the bebop crew wanted to be. She didn't care about the past since she didn't have one she was going toward the future and left the bebop before The bebop left her. That is my long ass breakdown of cowboy bebop minus vicious Lin shin and Julia'
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