If This Theory Is True, John Wick 4 Will Be An Extremely Depressing Movie

Spoiler alert: The following article contains spoilers for John Wick: Chapters 1, 2 and 3 – Parabellum.

If you’re like me or Alice’s Alice in Wonderland, you are a curious person who regularly descends into various rabbit holes; in my case, rabbit holes on the internet. The other night I somehow stumbled across an old theory on Reddit by user “coces” that I think needs to be shared and explored.

the Reddit post suggested that the popular John Wick The franchise, starring Keanu Reeves as the title character, will consist of a total of five films and each film will represent one of the five stages of grief. Naturally, I became fascinated and decided to dig deeper to see if this theory could be true.

First of all, in case you are not familiar with the term, the concept of the “five stages of grief” was developed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in the 1960s and originally the concept explained the various feelings that people with terminal illnesses experience when dealing with their impending illness. death. Today, medical professionals agree that most people who deal with grief in general go through the five stages of denial, anger, negotiation, depression and acceptance.

So far, three John Wick films have been released and a fourth is on the way… but a fifth too. Lionsgate announced in 2020 that there would be a fifth John Wick movie – currently titled John Wick: Chapter 5 – and Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer also said the studio hoped to shoot the fourth and fifth John Wick back to back movies.

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Sure, John Wick: Chapter 4 has been repeatedly delayed due to COVID-19 but is finally confirmed to be currently in post-production and set for a March 2023 release date… so Reeves could be secretly filming the fifth installment right now . Ultimately, the confirmation of a Wick jeans 5 – associated with the fact that a sixth John Wick has not been rumored or announced – means there will be officially five John Wick films, which aligns perfectly with the five stages of mourning.

If you’re still not convinced that this brilliant theory will turn out to be true, prepare to be surprised because the first three John Wick the films already seem to represent the first three stages of grief.

The first film begins with John attending the funeral of his wife, Helen; so obviously, John is dealing with grief. But he is also clearly in the first stage of this grief: denial. John continually returns to memories of when Helen was alive; as if she had never died. Then he spends the entire movie distracting himself, rather than dealing with and coming to terms with Helen’s death, with a long and difficult task (hunting down and killing those who were involved in the theft of his car and the murder of her puppy).

The second John Wick The film sees John experiencing blind rage or, you know, the second stage of grief: anger. John is forced to call upon his skills as an assassin and kill, but in doing so he is betrayed. John then becomes so angry that he irrationally kills on the grounds of the Continental hotel – an unbreakable rule of the underworld – which leads to a huge bounty on his own head and the loss of all access to the resources of the underworld.

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Finally, for most of the third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, John negotiates; the third stage of mourning. He constantly has to make deals and negotiate – with old connections and The High Table – to stay alive. Also, the movie name ‘Parabellum’ is derived from the Latin saying ‘si vis pacem, para bellum’ which roughly translates to ‘if you want peace, prepare for war’ and honestly that whole phrase sounds like a negotiation for me.

We will have to wait until March 23 of next year to see if the fourth John Wick film depicts the fourth stage of grief: depression. As there are hardly any details available regarding John Wick: Chapter 4the plot, it could be entirely possible.

And if Wick jeans 4 explores depression, so obviously for that theory to work, the fifth movie – whenever it comes out – would have to explore the final stage of grieving, of acceptance… which, you have to admit, would wrap the franchise up perfectly. Above all, if the fifth and last John Wick The movie ends with John finding peace and coming to terms with Helen’s death, as that would perfectly mirror the first movie which practically starts with a note from Helen telling John “now that I’ve found my peace, find yours” .

Of course, this theory could just be a coincidence or easily disproved if Lionsgate announces a sixth movie – which isn’t entirely out of the question given the film’s popularity and success. John Wick frankness is and the fact that Reeves said QG in 2019, he will happily continue to do John Wick movies for as long as fans want them.

As Marcus wisely tells John in the first movie, “there’s no rhyme or reason to this life” and, hey, maybe there’s no reason or rhyme to this theory… But I’m sure it’s brilliant and will turn out to be true.

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Sharon D. Cole