Does Wick Earn His Freedom?

Mar 31, 2023

Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for John Wick: Chapter 4

The John Wick franchise has been one of the few modern sagas that has maintained a consistent level of quality throughout every installment. Considering the level of anticipation that Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski face with each film and the expectations to top their previous stunts, John Wick: Chapter 4 had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the fourth installment in the series managed to top the action in every film prior. At nearly three hours in length, John Wick: Chapter 4 is the biggest sequel yet, but it’s also the most emotional with a great ending that concludes this era of the John Wick franchise.
The ending of John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum featured John being shot off the side of the New York Continental Hotel by Winston Scott (Ian McShane) for the crimes leveled at him by the High Table. However, Winston remains one of John’s closest allies, and knows that he’s been rescued and taken to safety by the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). John Wick: Chapter 4 reveals that John is still looking for redemption, and wants to finally find peace after constantly having to kill people to stay alive.

Unfortunately, the High Table is still determined to see him dead. The powerful High Table leader Marquis Vincent de Gramon (Bill Skarsgård) has placed a bounty on his head, which can only be ended if John replaces him. John Wick: Chapter 4 sees John searching for a way to clear his name by challenging Marquis’ place at the High Table. Here’s everything you need to know about the ending of John Wick: Chapter 4, explained.

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A New Path of Revenge

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John has been hunting down members of the High Table overseas, but he’s told that he can’t clear his name because he’s been excommunicated. This news comes at a time when his home is in danger; Winston receives a visit from Marquis, who destroys the New York Continental, declares the site as excommunicated, and kills Charon (Lance Reddick). Marquis later hires the assassins Mr. Nobody (Shamier Anderson) and Caine (Donnie Yen) to track him down.

John seeks refuge in the Osaka Continental, but Caine and Marquis’ soldiers storm the site and kill its manager Shimazu Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada). While John had been friends with Koji in the past, Koji’s daughter Akira (Rina Sawayama) swears that his debt has not been paid. When he returns to New York, John is told by Winston that he must earn a seat on the High Table by challenging Marquis to a duel on behalf of a crime family.

A Tie To The Past

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John travels to Berlin to request a duel on behalf of the Ruska Roma syndicate. While his adoptive sister Katia (Natalia Tena) still holds a grudge against him, John is able to earn the family’s blessing after killing the German High Table senior member Killa (Scott Adkins). The Berlin encounter also reveals John’s friendship with Caine, who is forced to work for Marquis in order to spare his daughter’s life.

John is able to officially challenge Marquis to a duel with Winston as his second; Marquis claims Caine as his. The battle is set to take place at Sacré-Cœur, where they will separate by thirty places and duel with pistols. In exchange for his involvement, Winston requests that if John emerges victorious, both he and the New York Continental will be reinstated.

John’s arrival in Paris is met with carnage when Marquis raises the price on his head, inspiring the entire city of assassins to start hunting him down. After John receives several wounds before he makes his way to the church, he doesn’t believe that he will be able to make it to the top by sunrise. Failing to meet at the appropriate time would indicate he has conceded the duel. However, Koji appears at the right time and helps John reach his destination in time. He also spares the life of Mr. Nobody, who goes to the church in order to watch the duel.

The Final Duel

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The duel is set at thirty paces with ten pace intervals closing each time the pistols are fired, and neither participant is killed. After several brutal rounds, Koji fires and nearly kills John, who falls to the ground. Before Koji can deliver the killing shot, Marquis takes his place so he can personally execute John. However, Marquis does not realize that John has not yet fired his gun. John kills Marquis and officially wins the duel.

Winston is allowed by the High Table’s Harbinger (Clancy Brown) to be reinstated as the concierge of the rebuilt New York Continental. John is still fatally wounded and collapses on the steps of the church, appearing to be dead. His funeral is later held in New York buried next to his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan). Both Winston and the Bowery King pay their respects, white Koji goes to find his daughter.

Post-Credit Scene and Future

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A post-credit scene reveals that Caine is out to reunite with his daughter, but cuts away after Akira follows them and takes out a knife. Since she’s still out for vengeance and Caine was John’s ally, it’s likely that the two will be pitted against each other. However, it’s unclear when that next encounter will be. While a John Wick: Chapter 5 was greenlit, Stahelski stated that the decision is in the studio’s hands and he and Reeves are still evaluating their options.

Currently, Reeves, Reddick, and McShane are set to reprise their roles in the spinoff film Ballerina. The new entry in the John Wick shared universe takes place between John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and John Wick: Chapter 4, and stars Ana de Armas as the female assassin Rooney. Rooney is out for revenge after her family is killed. Len Wiseman is directing, and the cast also features Anjelica Huston as the ballerina assassin instructor The Director, as well as Gabriel Byrne, Norman Reedus, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Ballerina does not have a confirmed release date.

Additionally, Peacock will air the prequel series The Continental this year. The Continental follows a young Winston (Colin Woodell) during his rise to power in 1970s New York. Ayomide Adegun is set to play a younger Charon, and will also feature Peter Greene, Mel Gibson, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, and Nhung Kate.

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