ME3 begins with Shepard staring longingly at a picture of the Illusive Man. Throughout the game Shepard desperately tries to redeem the Illusive Man, forgiving him of his myriad of sins. The game ends with Shepard carrying a naked prone Illusive Man from the remains of a building. Illusive Man squints as Shepard bares him into the light, "Shep?" he whispers.
"It's okay, I gotcha," he replies confidently.
"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions."
- Thomas Jefferson