Does John Wick Die in John Wick: Chapter 4? End Scene Explained

John Wick: Chapter 4 is finally here and it’s as spectacular as ever!

The movie has already racked up great reviews within just days of being released and does a fantastic job of following in the footsteps of its predecessors.

The action sequences continue to raise the bar higher and higher, which isn’t surprising since they are essentially the heart and soul of the movie. JW 4 was definitely worth the two-year wait.  

SPOILERS AHEAD! This page contains spoilers from John Wick: Chapter 4.

The John Wick franchise is known for its many twists and turns so I’m sure you have a lot of questions. But the biggest one on everyone’s minds this time is: Does John Wick die in Chapter 4?

John Wick dies tragically at the end of the fourth movie after the duel between him and Caine ends. He bleeds out due to the gunshot wounds he incurred from the fight, drawing his last breath. 

1. What is John Wick: Chapter 4 about?

In Chapter 4, John Wick prepares to take his revenge on the High Table and he starts by killing the Elder in Morocco.

In retaliation to the Elder’s death, the Marquis Vincent de Gramont, a senior member of the High Table, relieves Winston of his managerial duties at the New York Continental, has the Continental destroyed, and also shoots Charon, the concierge, dead.

The Marquis then hires Caine, a blind and retired High Table Assassin, and also an old friend of John’s, to kill him.

John takes refuge at the Osaka Continental, run by his friend Shimazu Koji. However, the Marquis’ assassins are able to locate him and this leads to an intense fight between the hotel’s staff and the assassins.

John manages to escape, but Koji dies at the hands of Caine and Koji’s daughter, Akira, who also joins the fight, is left wounded. We are also introduced to Mr. Nobody, who is a tracker following John to win the bounty placed on John’s head.

Does John Wick Die in John Wick: Chapter 4? End Scene Explained
Marquis Vincent de Gramont

John then returns to New York to meet Winston. Winston suggests that John challenge the Marquis to a duel, the old-fashioned way, so that by winning, he can be free of his obligation to the High Table.

As per the rules, John needs to be part of a crime family to request a duel. So he decides to pay a visit to his previous family, the Ruska Roma, in Berlin. In exchange for receiving a new family crest, John’s adoptive sister Katia asks him to kill Killa, a High Table senior who murdered her father.  

After another long fight, John successfully completes the task and gets the crest. He challenges the Marquis to a duel, after which they decide on the terms for it. The Marquis also nominates Caine to fight in his place.

The Marquis comes up with a plan to stop John from showing up to the duel by placing a new bounty of $40 million on his head. John then encounters several assassins trying to kill him, but with help from Caine and Mr. Nobody, he manages to kill them all and reach the place of the duel, the SacréCœur, on time.

2. How does John Wick die in the end?

In the first two rounds of the duel, both John and Caine fire shots at each other which wound them both. However, in the third round, Caine fires his shot first and this causes John to fall to the ground.

The Marquis takes the gun from Caine’s hand and points it at John in an attempt to finish him off. Before he can realise that John still has one more shot left, John shoots him in the head and kills him once and for all.

Does John Wick Die in John Wick: Chapter 4? End Scene Explained
John Wick in Chapter 4

The Harbinger then declares John free of his debt to the High Table. Caine is relieved of his duty to kill John and the High Table agrees to reinstate Winston as the manager of the Continental.

By the time the duel is officially over, John’s gunshot wounds have become worse. He succumbs to them and dies peacefully on the steps of the SacréCœur. His final word before dying is “Helen”, his wife’s name.

The Bowery King and Winston have a funeral for John at the end. John is seen buried next to Helen with the words “A Loving Husband” on his gravestone.

3. Who else dies in John Wick: Chapter 4?

Besides the dozens of unknown assassins that John kills throughout the movie, a few main characters die as well.

Does John Wick Die in John Wick: Chapter 4? End Scene Explained
John Wick fighting an Assassin

Here is a list of the other deaths in John Wick 4:

  • The Elder – shot in the head by John Wick.
  • Charon – shot by the Marquis Vincent de Gramont, as Winston’s punishment for not killing John.
  • Shimazu Koji – shot and stabbed while battling Caine.
  • Killa – pushed off the balcony of his own night club by John.
  • Chidi, the Marquis’ right-hand man – shot by Mr. Nobody
  • Marquis Vincent de Gramont – shot in the head by John Wick.

4. About John Wick : Chapter 4

John Wick 4 is an American neo-noir action thriller film and the fourth installment in the John Wick franchise. The franchise is created by Derek Kolstad and stars Keanu Reeves in the role of a retired legendary hitman John Wick.

John Wick must avoid run-ins with The High Table and survive long enough to complete his mission, along with the help of The Bowery King, who was left for dead by The High Table and now is helping John Wick take them down.

John Wick 4 released on March 24, 2023.

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