Keanu Reeves breaks silence on John Wick 4’s jaw-dropping ending

John Wick: Chapter 4 final trailer with Keanu Reeves

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR JOHN WICK CHAPTER 4 AHEAD. After a four-year wait, John Wick: Chapter 4 has finally arrived in cinemas today boasting the best reviews of the franchise to date with 96 per cent positive reviews. And now Keanu Reeves himself has broken his silence on that ending.

John Wick is dead. Or is he? Daniel Craig’s James Bond definitely is but we’re not so convinced for Reeves’ assassin. However, the actor and director Chad Stahelski “sounded pretty firm that the Baby Yaga is deceased” in a new interview.

After defeating Marquis in that Parisian duel, Wick appeared to be dying from his gunshot wounds as he spoke his late wife Helen’s name. A scene later, the Bowery King and Winston are standing over Wick’s grave, but there’s just enough ambiguity over whether the tomb is real or not. Nevertheless, the titular star shares that this was the plan for John Wick Chapter 4 from the beginning.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves said he and Chad needed a “Why?” for making a fourth movie after the incredible response to John Wick Chapter 3. For the star and his director, that “Why?” would be death: the death of John Wick himself.

The actor said: “For him to get his peace, or freedom, in a way…that was the reason to make the movie. It can’t just be, ‘Let’s do another one.’ It was really about death, or a way of dying. We were really inspired by the Hagakure.”

That’s the Japanese code of Samurai ethics, so the way we live well and die well was the theme of movie. In fact, at one point that was the subtitle of the film on set. And Wick’s death scene, whether real or not, turned out to be Reeves’ favourite of the entire shoot.

Reeves said: “If I just looked at from [the perspective of] John — John Wick — maybe him at the end on the stairs. When he says, ‘Helen.’ That, for me, after like eight years of playing the role and after shooting the [massive fight on the other set of stairs], that part that was [a poignant link] to the past.”

John Wick Chapter 4 is out now in cinemas.

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