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  • Everyone's favorite dog-loving killing machine is back for his highly anticipated threequel,

  • and now we've been left to piece together the puzzle of another pulse-pounding final

  • act.

  • Here's the ending of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, explained.

  • Parabellum follows the satisfying formula of the previous Wick flicks, so the amped-up

  • events of Act 3 don't come as a total surprise.

  • In Morocco, The Elder, the bigwig in The High Table, a super-serious worldwide council of

  • crime lords, kicks off the film's final act by giving Wick a choice.

  • He can kill Continental NYC manager and Wick ally Winston and live his remaining days as

  • a High Table hitman.

  • Or he can die in the Sahara.

  • After a gruesome act of solidarity, slicing off his ring finger and giving his wedding

  • band to The Elder, Wick heads to the Continental, where a surprising switcheroo awaits him,

  • courtesy of The High Table.

  • Every Wick fan knows that there are two rules in the Wickverse that carry serious consequences

  • if they're broken: not honoring a "marker" which is a blood-bound oath and, most importantly,

  • conducting assassination business on any Continental property around the globe.

  • In Chapter 3's closing act, a mysterious figure known as The Adjudicator voids the latter

  • law, declaring the NYC Continental as "deconsecrated" in order to send heavily armored High Table

  • thugs into the hotel.

  • These super-soldiers are tasked with taking down John Wick, since Wick chose not to take

  • down Winston, despite the whole cutting-off-his-own-ring-finger thing.

  • This armored assault doesn't work, of course, and, after much fancily-choreographed grappling,

  • Wick defeats the High Table goons and The Adjudicator's hired assassin, Zero, and his

  • blade-happy crew.

  • After the dust settles, The Adjudicator agrees to let Winston stay in the safety of the hotel,

  • but lets Winston know that Wick is still very much a thorn in the High Table's side.

  • What Winston does next is a bit ambiguous, but it sure looks like betrayal at first glance:

  • In the swanky rooftop garden of the Continental, last seen in Chapter 2, Winston suddenly shoots

  • Wick several times, causing him to fall to the alley below.

  • Did Winston really intend to kill Wick?

  • It's left unclear, but there's certainly an argument to be made that Winston would have

  • just shot Wick in the head if he truly wanted him dead, instead of shooting him in the bulletproof

  • suit he received from The Elder.

  • Plus there's the Tick Tock Man all-too-conveniently waiting nearby to help escort Wick's body

  • away, not to mention the exchange between Continental concierge Charon and Winston where

  • Charon assures his boss that everything's "in place."

  • Winston's plan, it appears, was to fake Wick's death with the help of The Bowery King and

  • then use Wick to try and take down The High Table.

  • With this in mind, and Wick's fall being somewhat slowed by awnings outside the Continental,

  • a building Winston knows better than anyone, Wick's survival at the end can't just be a

  • case of good fortune.

  • Further evidence of this risky plan comes early, when Wick strategically shoots an underworld

  • doctor in such a manner that it appears as if he was trying to kill him, but he's left

  • alive.

  • If Wick knows how to convincingly fake-kill somebody, Winston probably does as well.

  • Bottom line: If Winston wants to take down The High Table, he knows the only man capable

  • of it is Wick, the unstoppable "boogeyman" every trained killer knows and respects.

  • The real question is whether or not Wick, who genuinely seemed surprised when he was

  • shot by Winston, was in on it.

  • Did Wick fake his reaction?

  • Did Wick and Winston work this all out off-screen, during, say, the "DECONSECRATED" montage featuring

  • the Mad Men-meets-Suicide Girls receptionists?

  • We don't know for sure, but it's a safe bet that Winston chose to save Wick's life by

  • faking his death, at least temporarily.

  • With no evidence of his demise, Wick's in the same place he was at the end of Chapter

  • 2: excommunicated and wanted by every killer-for-hire in the Wickverse.

  • But this time, Wick appears to be done running, and is likely eager to turn the tide against

  • the all-powerful High Table.

  • As Charon puts it to Winston after Wick's rooftop tumble: "Well played, sir."

  • After Winston's supposed betrayal, Wick's fate is unknown to The High Table until The

  • Adjudicator sees that the super assassin's body has gone missing.

  • In a twist that everybody and their pitbull saw coming, it turns out that Wick is alive,

  • having found refuge in The Bowery King's new hideout.

  • The Bowery King, sliced seven times by Zero, a callback to when he hooked Wick up with

  • seven bullets back in Chapter 2, tells Wick he's "pissed off."

  • Wick agrees with that sentiment, setting up what's sure to be another beautifully choreographed

  • and absurdly violent installment in John Wick: Chapter 4.

  • Nothing's official regarding John Wick 4 yet, but director Chad Stahelski told Entertainment

  • Weekly in 2018 that the Wick well hasn't run dry.

  • "If people go see the movie, and it makes money, and they came back to us, Keanu and

  • I have ideas for days."

  • Interestingly enough, Stahelski later told Indiewire that, despite all appearances, the

  • end of John Wick 3 wasn't necessarily intended as a cliffhanger.

  • The trusty Wick formula, according to Stahelski, demands that when the end credits roll, Wick

  • is either left alive and hunted by the deadliest people on the planet, or he's dead as a doornail.

  • "There's no escape for you."

  • The director told Indiewire,

  • "Do you think he's going to ride off into the f---ing sunset?

  • He's killed 300 f--king people and he's just going to [walk away], everything's okay?

  • If you're this f---ing guy, if this guy really exist[ed], how is this guy's day going to

  • end?

  • He's f---ed for the rest of his life.

  • It's just a matter of time."

  • The somewhat ambiguous ending to Chapter 3 will likely get cleared up in Act 1 of John

  • Wick 4.

  • But until then, our artisanal gold coins are on Winston waging a "skirmish," with Wick's

  • help, on the seemingly invincible High Table.

  • "You've got a nasty surprise comin'."

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    黃勝謙 posted on 2019/07/11
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