The trivia I posted earlier in the thread says that this movie deals with pain, but I think it deals more with loneliness. That's what stood out for me. Spoilers ahead... - Bruce has always lived a lonely life, but his is even moreso in this movie now that he's become a recluse. - Alfred is by himself because Bruce is so distant. Even in the end, the quiet peace and hapiness we see is a solitary one with Bruce gone. Even his seeing him again is consistent with Bruce's MO... Being distant. - Selina Kyle lives a lonely life as well, having been on her own and having to get by as a thief to support herself. - John Blake lost his parent just like Bruce did. - Commissioner Gordon's wife left him and took the kids. - Talia had a falling out with her father and became estranged. - Bane was left behind by Talia, though out of necessity. - Bruce and Selina have vacated the lives they knew and seem to only have eachother.