Officer K is a Nexus-9 Replicant model (though this is not explicitly stated in Blade Runner 2049). K is tasked by the LAPD with "retiring" outdated Nexus-8 Replicant models, which were rushed into production in 2020 by the Tyrell Corporation upon the death of its founder, Dr. Eldon Tyrell, in 2019. A number of the remaining Nexus-8 models have formed the Replicant Freedom Movement, which K and the LAPD seek to terminate as well.
On June 30th, 2049, following his "retirement" of rogue replicant Sapper Morton earlier in the day, K's superior in the LAPD, Lieutenant Joshi, tasks him with terminating the child of the female replicant whose remains were unearthed from beneath Sapper's Tree.
K is portrayed by Ryan Gosling.
June 30th, 2049 Edit
Officer K's task involving the search and "retirement" of illegal Nexus-8 Replicant models leads him to rural California, well beyond the city limits of Los Angeles, where rogue replicant Sapper Morton lives as a reclusive protein farmer. Following some brief questioning of Sapper by K, the two engage in violent hand to hand combat inside the small farm house. After a vicious struggle, K manages to fend off Sapper and recover his gun. At gunpoint, Sapper reveals that K is a replicant and that he has "Never seen a miracle". K fires twice shortly after, ultimately "retiring" Sapper. While sitting in his spinner, K's droid provides a reading of the ground beneath Sapper's Tree, revealing a large crate buried underground.
Back in Los Angeles, K enters the LAPD Headquarters were he is given an immediate "Voight-Kampff" type examination, his baseline test. Unlike older V-K testing, the new system is rather crude and impersonal. Excerpts from Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire are heavily utilized in the examination.
Later that night, K returns to his apartment in Los Angeles where he is accompanied by his girlfriend, the Wallace Corporation designed and produced "Joi". K gifts Joi an "emanator" (also of Wallace design) as an "anniversary present". The emanator allows Joi to be portable or in K's words, allowing her to "Go anywhere in the world" unrestrained by the need of home projector.
Shortly after, K is recalled to the LAPD headquarters by his superior, Lieutenant Joshi. In the forensics lab of the LAPD, K, Joshi, Blade Runner Nandes and lab technician Coco examine the skeletal remains obtained from inside the crate, which was recovered from underneath Sapper's Tree.It is revealed that the skeletal remains, carefully placed within the crate, which was re-purposed as an ossuary, belong to a women tracing 30 years back. Further examination of the remains revealed a narrow birth canal and a fractured ilium, which in addition to cuts in the iliac crest lead to the conclusion that the cause of death was an emergency C-section. K's intuition led him to examine the remains closer, where a serial number is discovered inscripted on the bone.
At Joshi's office, K is informed by the lieutenant about the gravity of the situation, and the necessity to maintain the discovery in secret. The knowledge of a female replicant capable of procreating, something thought to be inconceivable, could spark a violent war between humans and replicants on Earth, as well as in the Off-world colonies. K is then tasked by Joshi with eliminating "the child". K considers this for a moment, as he "Never retired something that was born before", since "to be born is to have a soul", but then proceeds as ordered. Before he leaves, K is told that he has been getting along fine without a soul by Joshi.
July 1st, 2049Edit
K's search for the child leads him to the Wallace Corporation Earth Headquarters, where he requests information on the dead female replicant's serial number, providing a sample of DNA from a lock of hair found inside the ossuary. Inside Wallace's archives, K is informed by an employee that the serial number is belongs to a pre-pohibition, standard issue, "unremarkable" replicant made by the Tyrell Corporation.
Moments later, Luv introduces herself to K before leading him to memory data-bank containing decade-old memories. A small audio memory fragment of former LAPD Officer Rick Deckard's Voight-Kampff testing of the unknown female replicant is played.
Later that day, K visits former LAPD Officer Gaff at his retirement home. K questions Gaff about Rick Deckard, asking of his whereabouts, to which Gaff responds he has no knowledge of. Gaff mentions Deckard is "nyugdijas", retired.
While dinning in Los Angeles that night, K is approached by a prostitute named Mariette under the orders of an unknown woman. Despite her best attempts, Mariette is unable to retrieve any substancial information from K, who denies her sexual advances.
July 2nd , 2049Edit
K returns to Sapper's protein farm to continue his investigation, where within Sapper's piano, K finds a cigarette tin containing an old baby sock and the photograph of a woman holding a baby in her arms. In the old photograph, Sapper's tree is visible. Before living, K discovers the date "6.10.21" inscripted at the base of Sapper's Tree. K is deeply disturbed by this discovery. He the proceeds to set Sapper's farmhouse afire.
Following the murder of Coco at the LAPD Headquarters, Lieutenant Joshi visits K at his apartment. Joshi is greatly distressed since the remains of the replicant woman have been stolen, increasing the posibility of a leak to the general public and reminds K of the importance of finding the child and eliminating it. Moments later K and Joshi have a conversation in which K recounts an intimate memory of him as a child. In the memory, K reveals, he is living in an orphanage where a group of children chase after him in order to get a wooden horse toy from him by force. K, determined to stop this from happening, hides the toy inside an abandoned furnace. He is then beaten by the children. K tell Joshi that he considers such recounting as insignificant since memories such as the one recounted are implanted into replicants such as himself and thus hold no real meaning.
July 3rd , 2049Edit
The following day K continues his investigation at the LAPD Headquarters. He is unable to obtain information of children born on "6.10.21", as it was prior to the massive loss of records caused by the Blackout in 2022. As a result, K is obligated to carry out the DNA analysis personally. Whilst doing this, Joi joins him in the DNA analisis room. The two have a private conversation in which Joi produces the wooden toy horse which was referred to by K in his childhood memory. Joi reveals, however, that the date "6.10.21" was also inscripted at the base of the toy horse. The appearence of the same date on both the horse and Sapper's tree opens the posibility of K being connected to the investigation itself. K calls this a "dangerous coincidence" while Joi tries to convince K that he may be "woman born". K establishes the dangers that such truth may have. As a born replicant, he could face persecution and unwanted examinations. The DNA analisis ultimately reveals the birth of two children, a boy and girl. This is particularly strange since two individuals can not have identical DNA. The records reveal that the girl died at a young age due to a genetic disorder (Galateos Syndrome), while the boy was processed at the Morril Cole Orphanage in San Diego.
Personality and TraitsEdit
A Nexus-9 replicant model, Officer K is inherently obedient and devoted in his duty as a member of law enforcement in Los Angeles. He is predisposed to be truthful and loyal to his superiors.
He's good natured and even-tempered and though he prefers keeping to himself and speaking only when needed to, he is in no way antisocial or introverted.
Despite his cool and collected demeanor, K can and will demonstrate that he is an experienced, hardened police officer capable of turning aggressive and contentious.
He thoroughly enjoys listening to vocal jazz & standards, big band jazz and the like.
K is also a habitual drinker and enjoys sipping on some bourbon upon returning from a hard day's work. He is by no means a heavy drinker.
The events of Blade Runner 2049 push K to the limits, both emotionally and physically, yet ultimately he chooses to act selflessly and courageously as he rescues former LAPD officer and Blade Runner Rick Deckard from the Wallace Corporation.