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5 Ways Deckard Shaw Redeemed Himself (& 5 Why He’s Still A Villain)

The Fast & Furious movies have become definitive action flicks that have defined the careers of its leading stars. All of the entries featuring Jason Statham are considered among his best, with the actor even receiving his own spin-off in Hobbs & Shaw due to the popularity of his character, Deckard Shaw.

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Having started out as the villain in Furious 7, Shaw’s clash against Dominic Toretto and his crew gradually turned into allegiance as he teamed with them to take on Cipher. Following this, many have argued that Shaw has displayed redemptive qualities that absolve him of his sins, although there are still many points that do qualify him to still be considered a villain.

Redeemed: He Only Became Bad For The Sake Of Avenging His Brother

Deckard Shaw enters the Dubai hotel

Had Dom never fought with Owen Shaw, Deckard wouldn’t have had a problem with him. In fact, he hasn’t been shown engaging in villainous activities since then and hasn’t been stated to have been evil prior to that as well.
It was due to the blind vengeance that consumed him that Deckard became a villain, as his love for his younger brother overcame his moralities. Although he did a lot of bad, his heart was ultimately out to seek justice for his sibling and Shaw didn’t go looking to claim lives.

Villain: Making Things Personal With The Protagonists

Hobbs and Shaw have a staredown

Before he was partially reformed in the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off, Shaw villainously went after the family of Dominic Toretto. Apart from taking down Han, Shaw also targeted Letty and Mia as they were close to Dom. However, this was a petty move since they weren’t the ones he had beef with.
Since it was Dom whom Shaw wanted vengeance from, it would have been understandable if he’d only pursued him. Shaw’s move on making things personally instantly made him out to be the villain as he had no moral compunctions with harming Dom’s family.

Redeemed: His Refusal To Join Cipher

Deckard Shaw during the prison breakout

The Fate of the Furious became one of Jason’s Statham’s highest-grossing movies and also brought him the opportunity to turn Shaw away from being a villain. Here, it was revealed that Owen Shaw was hired by Cipher, whose original choice was Deckard.
This meant that Deckard had turned Cipher down as he wasn’t interested in villainy as his brother had been. It also proved that he couldn’t be swayed into becoming a bad guy and had a level of morality in this area. His role in the fight against Cipher in the eighth movie cemented this aspect further.

Villain: He Never Apologized For “Killing” Han

Han and Deckard Shaw from Fast & Furious.

As it turned out in F9, Han was alive the whole time, but this was the doing of Mr. Nobody and not Shaw. The latter had no idea that Han was still alive and had fully intended on killing him as part of his bid for revenge against Dom.
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What’s more, even after Shaw was welcomed by Dom into his group of allies, he didn’t bring up the fact that he killed one of Dom’s best friends. An apology would have gone a long way in confirming that Shaw regretted this act, but he had no time to give where acts of contrition were concerned.

Redeemed: His Loyalty To Hobbs

Hobbs and Shaw walk while holding a hammer and a bat, respectively

Despite all the bickering Hobbs and Shaw engaged in their film, they had each other’s backs through and through. It’s an even bigger deal in Shaw’s case as he was the one who had originally attempted to kill Hobbs in Furious 7.
In the spin-off, however, Shaw proved he had developed a loyalty toward Hobbs and intended to follow through with it. To this end, he stuck by Hobbs throughout the story where his life was on the line, and was willing to die while defending Hobbs’ life.

Villain: He Hypocritically Overlooked His Brother’s Villainy

Deckard Shaw looks at Owen in the hospital

Deckard’s antagonism of Dom came from his belief that the latter had hurt his brother, and therefore, he went all around the globe in an attempt to kill Dom and his crew. However, the truth is that all of this was Owen’s own fault.
Owen was the one who had caused the death of Giselle and clashed against Dom in Fast & Furious 6, all while killing innocents as part of collateral damage. Deckard was well aware of this but chose to overlook his brother’s own villainy and pinned the blame on Dom.

Redeemed: Saving The World

Hobbs and Shaw are held captive

The most major difference between the original Fast & Furious movies and the reboot is how the new entries have global consequences. For example, Hobbs & Shaw had the pair take on Idris Elba’s Brixton Lore in order to prevent a deadly virus from being exposed.
To this end, Shaw went out of his way to fight for the survival of people around the Earth, as the release of this virus would have plunged the world into chaos. Shaw never got any recognition for this, nor did he seek it out, proving he did it for the betterment of the people rather than any personal benefit.

Villain: His Abrasive Attitude

Deckard Shaw steps out of his car

There hasn’t been any change in attitude where Shaw is concerned, which gives the heavy implication that he just hasn’t felt the weight of his actions. In comparison, Dom has become a different person from his criminal ways, looking to do right and stick by a moral code.
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Shaw has remained largely the same, in that he takes pride in doling out pain and fully intends to continue being this way. He was very content in threatening Hobbs in The Fate of the Furious, and had things gone as he wanted, Shaw would have gladly killed Hobbs.

Redeemed: His Act Of Saving Dom’s Son

Dominic Toretto's son wears headphones

There’s no escaping the fact that Dom owes Shaw big time for his act of saving his son’s life. Deckard put his own life on the line to protect the child, who was held by Cipher and her goons. Moreover, Deckard treated the baby with extra care and ensured he never got a scratch on him.
This also showed Shaw’s softer side, as he even took the time to comfort the baby so that he wouldn’t realize they were in the middle of a conflict. By the ending of The Fate of the Furious, Dom was overjoyed to be reunited with his son, all thanks to Shaw’s efforts.

Villain: For All The Innocent People He Killed

Deckard Shaaw behind the wheel of a car in Fate of the Furious

Whatever Shaw might do in the future, and whatever he’s done so far to redeem himself, he can’t do anything to make up for all the lives he’s taken. In fact, the first two scenes he had in the series established him as a killing machine, as he started off with taking Han’s life and then engaged in the hospital massacre.
During Furious 7, Shaw repeatedly engaged Dom and his crew in battles that caused civilian casualties, but he didn’t care who died in his bid for revenge. All in all, he has a lot of blood on his hands and he will always be the villain for the people whose lives he took away.
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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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