Two old friends come to a painful impasse, each blaming the other for causing the hurt and extending their deepening estrangement. Everything that happens between them afterwards seems to confirm their view that the other person is a hurtful asshole, probably hurtful beyond redemption.
This pain between them, and the corrosive blame they place on each other, will resolve either into eternal silence, that resolute death during life, or they can learn things they don’t really know how to do regarding friendship: how to make amends, how to forgive, how to heal after an angry, traumatizing conflict.
These lessons must be learned by both of them before there is any hope of fixing their mortally wounded friendship. Silence, whatever comfort one may take in sheltering in it, may not be the best way to learn these difficult arts.