When John successfully kills just about everyone The High Table sends his way, The Adjudicator waves their proverbial white flag and sets a rendezvous with Winston on the roof. Winston’s made his point and gets to keep The Continental, but John’s still in hot water. Winston has a solution for that, and off the roof John goes. Too bad John is Teflon. He’s scooped up by Jason Mantzoukas’ Tick Tock Man, one of the emissaries of Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King. His appearance is also something of a surprise considering the last time audiences saw him, he was being slashed on the orders of The Adjudicator.
Asked about the ending, Stahelski says it would be foolish to expect a “ride away into the sunset” conclusion. (Though, in all fairness, there are horses.) “Keanu and I will sit down and think what’s the most fucked up conundrum plot we can put ourselves in,” he says. There was some resistance to changing John’s relationship with Winston, however.
“All the writers and people we talked to said, ‘Winston can’t turn because everybody loves Winston,'” Stahelski recalls. “No, you’re talking about a good guy story. Our guy’s not a good guy. If you really think about Wick’s journey, he’s trying to save his own ass, he’s trying to do it in the right way trying for a little bit of redemption and absolution. At the same time, it’s navigating a world that doesn’t apply the same morality he’s trying to achieve. That’s kind of fucked. You can’t come full circle. You have to draw this wiggly line.”
Writer Derek Kolstad, however, wouldn’t call Winston a villain just yet. “In this one, you could say Winston reveals himself to be a foe, but I just say in this moment he’s an antagonist,” he says. “Who is he as the franchise flexes his muscle and that character evolves from here on out? What is his end game? I don’t know.” Kolstad says what happens next is still up in the air, should there be another film. “As to where we might go in the fourth one, I don’t think we quite know, and yet at the same time, there are scenes that we can’t wait to see John do and characters we’ve been back pocketing for a while that we’ll introduce then,” he says.
One thing is for certain: John’s pissed, and you don’t want to be in his way when he’s pissed. Long live John Wick.