In his biggest (and lengthiest) film to date, John Wick is returning for a new life-or-death conflict. But if you persevere through John Wick: Chapter 4’s nearly 170 minutes, at least you’ll receive a tiny bonus at the conclusion.
There is a scene at the end of the credits of the most recent film in the series about the assassin who just wants to put down his guns and enjoy his life in peace. Michael Finch and Shay Hatten, the co-writers of the episode, recently spoke with Polygon about the short but philosophically significant scene. Also, it’s fairly cool. Either method is sufficient justification for continuing. But in case you can’t or just want a brief explanation, here’s what occurs in the post-credits scene of John Wick: Chapter 4.
[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for all of John Wick: Chapter 4, both before and after the credits.]
With John’s burial, John Wick: Chapter 4 comes to a somber conclusion. (No, it’s unclear whether he’s actually passed away.) The film has other surprises up its bag, though. After the titles, we see Caine (Donnie Yen) leaving with a bouquet of flowers to see his daughter. Akira (Rina Sawayama), who is getting ready to exact revenge on Caine for killing her father Shimazu (Hiroyuki Sanada) earlier in the film, approaches him as he passes through a throng while drawing a blade from its sheath.
Her desire for vengeance, according to Finch and Hatten, is the scene’s main focus.
The vertical reach of the Table was one of the motifs of this piece, according to Finch. In the John Wick films, the shadowy organization known as The High Table controls killers. She attacks with all of her might as a result of what happens at the Osaka Continental. She doesn’t realize it, but we’re attempting to show her that once you enter the Table, there is no way to leave. As soon as Caine said, “I’ll be waiting for you,” she was sealed inside. She is a member of the Table, so he is aware that she will attend. […] She’s all in and she’s going to seek vengeance on Caine. In many respects, her story is similar to John Wick’s.
This cycle of vengeance and violence is critical to the themes of the John Wick series, Hatten said.
It demonstrates the cruel and circular nature of this universe, Hatten said, in that it is impossible to escape once you are inside. “I believe that’s why we identify so strongly with John. No matter how many people he murders, you realize that he had no other option. He stumbled into this existence, and right now all he wants is to leave and pay tribute to his late wife. However, it’s a really difficult task to complete.
All of this contributes to the series’ themes of retribution and the notion that the High Table rules over even the most illustrious assassins who work under it, but it also serves as an exciting conclusion to the movie’s plot or perhaps a hint at what the series’ future may hold.