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Dark John Wick Theory Explains What Each Movie Means (And Prepares For Chapter 5)

A dark fan theory potentially explained the true meaning of the John Wick movies and, therefore, set up what could happen in Chapter 5.

A dark theory has potentially explained the meaning of each John Wick movie and also set up what could happen in John Wick: Chapter 5. John Wick: Chapter 3 the ending was exciting, and it was revealed in 2020 that there would be at least two more films, with Chapter 4 set for release in 2023. Although there has been no confirmation that these will be the final two films, the new theory would suggest that they are indeed the final ones, and shed new light on the true meaning of John Wick movies as a whole.

Despite all the jaw-dropping action and the fact that John Wick is a ruthless assassin, the heart of the film revolves around his grief over the death of his wife, Helen, after she passes away from a terminal illness. He struggles to recover from her death, and his grief is compounded when the puppy she gave him just before her death is killed by Iosef Tarasov. by John Wick revolutionary the action sequences take center stage, so it’s sometimes easy to forget that this is also the story of a man mourning the death of the love of his life.

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The theory (via Reddit) states that the fifth film will most likely be the last, due to the fact that each chapter is themed around the stages of grief. The denial was displayed in the first John Wick, his origin story. John was living at home with all of his wife’s belongings intact, clearly refusing to fully accept the fact that she was gone and not coming back. Although Wick acts like it’s nothing, that’s clearly not true, given his overreaction to the puppy’s death. In John Wick: Chapter 2, anger dominates him. John Wick goes on a killing spree and lets his anger overwhelm him as he commits the sin of killing in the Continental’s neutral zone. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum sees the third step: negotiation. John spends much of the film bartering perks—medicine from his doctor, a ticket from the director, help from Berrada. He even crosses a desert just to find the John Wick high table of the universe to negotiate with them his life.



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If this theory is correct, then the themes for the next two films are clear. The fourth stage of grief is depression. This suggests that in John Wick: Chapter 4, audiences can see a darker, sloppier John Wick. The weight of the impossible situation he finds himself in and the fury of being dragged back into the life he tried so hard to leave could very well give way to depression, at least depression on John Wick’s terms. This also sets up the potentially final fifth film. Acceptance is the final step, suggesting that John will finally come to terms with all the choices he’s made and the man he truly is.

This theory makes a lot of sense. All of the stages correlate to what happens in each movie, and if true, it adds a whole new dimension to this franchise. the John Wick martial arts and action movies are jaw-dropping and launched the franchise into the upper echelons of action movies, but they also tell the story of a broken man. Having an overall theme of grief and each film representing a different stage adds to that and gives John a more emotional edge. His actions all stem directly from his depth of emotion. It is a very interesting and unique way of approaching a difficult subject and it would add even more to the brilliance of John Wick.


John Wick raised the bar for martial arts movies with its first three installments and promises to continue that trend with the next two chapters. While it may sometimes lack in-depth character development, this fan theory may have just added a much more complex emotional aspect to the franchise. With each chapter potentially representing a stage of grief, it leads the audience to look at John in a new light. Maybe there was more to the John Wick movies than realized, but John Wick: Chapter 5 will prove or disprove the theory in the end.

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  • John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)Release date: March 24, 2023

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