Originally Posted by Just_Human
Found this somewhere on the web
4. Cafe scene with Alfred: obviously, recalls the conversation between Alfred and Bruce earlier in the film about Bruce leaving Gotham and not coming back because he's found happiness. What I found especially interesting is that the music playing throughout the whole ending is the same music as in the ending of TDK. In TDK, the drums came in right after Gordon said 'so we'll hunt him'. In TDKR, the drums come in just as Alfred realises that it's Bruce. My interpretation is that it's a deliberate contrast: in TDK the point was to emphasise how alienated Bruce had become; in TDKR the point is to emphasise how Bruce has moved on with his life.
All Rises's ending is kind a mirror of TDK's ending. Like Batman says in TDK, in their last scenes in Rises, the same characters had their faith rewarded, manly Alfred and Gordon. Lucius is more because he tries to do everything right at the end of TDK and when he didn't wanted to "gave" the reactor to Bane in TDKR. The only think he thought he failed was the autopilot and wasn't the case.