In part 3, Montag and the group of traveling intellectuals watch from a safe distance as a nuclear bomb is dropped onto the dystopian city. Before the bomb destroys the entire urban landscape, Montag images Mildred's last seconds alive. Montag pictures Mildred inside her hotel room staring intensely into the massive, shimmering parlor walls, where her "family" continues to talk about nonsense while the bomb is hovering an inch above her building. In Montag's imagination, he can see Mildred leaning closer and closer to the bright walls as she tries to fill the void in her soul with the meaningless show. He can also envision Mildred's intense gaze as she anxiously desires to drown in the bright colors of the interactive television.
Just as the first bomb strikes the city, Montag contemplates whether or not the great broadcasting stations shut off for a moment, giving Mildred the brief opportunity to finally stare into her own reflection on the blank television screen for the first time. Montag images Mildred's reaction to seeing her empty, starving face, which would undoubtedly fill her with terror, shock, and fear. He can picture Mildred screaming at the top of her lungs upon seeing her reflection and looking up toward the falling ceiling as the hotel begins to crumble. Before Montag can blink, the atomic bomb strikes the dystopian city and instantly flattens the entire landscape.