13 'John Wick' Fan Theories That Might Be Too Good To Be True
John Wick is undoubtedly one of the most awesome figures in the action genre. When the first film was released in 2014, it was met with immediate acclaim. It marked the resurgence in popularity for Keanu Reeves and reminded fans why this beloved action star is to be protected at all times.
Its sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, garnered even more acclaim and box office revenue. It also reunited Reeves with his Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne. The third film in the increasingly popular franchise, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, continued to build on that run of success and solidify the franchise's fan base.
These type of characters have been common for Reeves, paving the way for a number of John Wick fan theories relating to the actor's previous work. Some fans have made some rather interesting connections.
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The Continental's Execution Style Has An Ancient TraditionPhoto: John Wick: Chapter 2 / Lionsgate
When Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki) attempts to close John's contract in the first film, she is unsuccessful, but she does whack another assassin on Continental grounds. Winston terminates her membership, and she is executed by four men who shoot in sync.
Redditor /u/TheAlmightyKrot believes this is because the underground world is a lot more powerful and structured than viewers know. They assume this execution style is most likely traditional and originally done with knives rather than sidearms.
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Each Gold Coin Represents A Successful ExterminationPhoto: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum / Lionsgate
Throughout the franchise, the assassins appear to have their own system for everything, from moral laws to currency. Gold coins are a hot commodity in this underground world, giving assassins credibility and access.
According to Redditor /u/Str8beastin, this is because each coin represents a successful termination or an act of gratitude for any sort of service.
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Jimmy The Cop Is An Associate Of The High Table Or Continental
The same cop (Thomas Sadoski) appears in the first two films, providing a bit of comic relief. Officer Jimmy appears when something drastic happens at John's home.
While many consider his character to be humorous, Redditor /u/frachris87 believes there is more to him than we realize. According to this theory, Jimmy's presence and interest in John's return to work is not so coincidental. Instead, he may be working for the High Table, or at least someone with authority.
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The 'John Wick' Franchise Will Have Five Films Themed Around The Stages Of Grief
The first John Wick film begins with John mourning the loss of his wife. Despite this, her belongings remain in their house. Triggered by this grief - and the grief over the loss of the final gift his beloved wife gave him - John goes on a spree of righteous carnage.
According to Redditor /u/coces, these reactions are examples of the five stages of grief. The theory also predicts there will be a total of five films, each of which will revolve around one of the five stages.
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Winston Is Behind EverythingPhoto: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum / Lionsgate
The Continental Hotel in New York serves as a prime hangout spot for assassins, and it's owned by Winston (Ian McShane). Redditor /u/DeluxeTraffic believes Winston is possibly the mastermind behind the events luring John back into the life.
According to this theory, Winston may want to take out the High Table to prevent them from poaching his assassins. He may also want to take advantage of the High Table's need for assassins, as the council pays them millions to unsuccessfully knock off John Wick.
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Contract Killing Is Legal In The 'John Wick' Universe
Action-packed scenes full of well-choreographed fights are guaranteed in every John Wick film. Most characters across the franchise are either assassins or otherwise indulge in bloodshed.
All those bullets and head shots may desensitize characters to the kind of world they live in. Redditor /u/MasterLawlzReborn believes this is because contract killing is legal in the John Wick universe - which could also explain why that cop is so nonchalant about the goings-on in John's house in the first film.