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How Will Fast & Furious End? Our Biggest Theories & Predictions

Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 will wrap up the saga, and while not much is known about the final two Fast and Furious films, the history of the franchise can help answer the question of how will Fast and Furious end. After Toretto promised “one last ride” several times, Fast and Furious star and producer Vin Diesel is making clear that the saga is coming to an end with Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. Although it was once assumed that both films would be shot back to back, Fast & Furious 11 currently does not have a director attached or a release date following Justin Lin’s departure from Fast X.

Considering that Fast and Furious would always find a way of bringing its main characters back for another adventure, even after seemly definitive endings like the one from Fast Five, Fast & Furious 11 will have to feel like an actual finale. Fast and Furious is known for always going bigger, meaning that Fast & Furious 11 has to feature the franchise’s most high-stakes mission yet – something that does not ask for a sequel or any sort of follow-up. Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 will also have to honor the franchise’s history, which can be done through flashbacks and cameos. Here are the biggest and most likely theories for how Fast and Furious will end.

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Fast X And Fast & Furious 11 Revisit The Franchise’s History
Dominic Toretto's car in The Fast and the Furious and Tej in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Similar to how Avengers: Endgame, which wrapped up the MCU’s first decade of films, Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could honor the franchise’s history by revisiting past Fast and Furious movies. Actual time travel may be too far-fetched even for Fast and Furious, but the next two movies could still use flashbacks to recreate some of the franchise’s most important moments. Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could also reveal new scenes that took place between The Fast and the Furious to F9, either to offer more context on a pivotal moment or simply to celebrate the previous movies. Ludacris recently teased potential Tej flashbacks in Fast X (via Instagram).

Cipher Is Finally Defeated
Charlize Theron in character as Cipher in F9 giving a withering look

Following two films in which the Fast and Furious family failed to stop Cipher, either Fast X or Fast & Furious 11 will have to conclude the villain’s story. Apart from redeemed villains like Hobbs and Shaw, Cipher, who is confirmed to appear in Fast X, is the only Fast and Furious villain to have appeared in three films. Previously, Braga had appeared in Fast & Furious (2009) and Fast & Furious 6, albeit in a smaller role. Cipher’s story has already become repetitive, and given that she killed Elena in The Fate of the Furious, a Shaw-style redemption is likely off the table for the villain.

The Rock’s Hobbs Doesn’t Return (But Jason Statham’s Shaw Does)
Shaw and Hobbs in the rain in Hobbs & Shaw

Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs is not returning for Fast X, and while Fast & Furious 11 still doesn’t have an official cast, it’s highly unlikely that The Rock returns to Fast and Furious. Johnson left the main Fast and Furious films after The Fate of the Furious and would later reunite with Jason Statham’s Shaw for the spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw. Statham reportedly did not return for F9 due to scheduling conflicts, meaning that Shaw could still appear either in Fast X or Fast & Furious 11. Helen Mirren, who plays Deckard Shaw’s mother Magdalene Shaw, is returning for Fast X, suggesting that Jason Statham might be part of the finale.

Jakob Toretto Joins The Family (For Good)
Fast and Furious 9 Jakob Toretto John Cena

A last-minute addition to the Fast and Furious family, Jakob Toretto was the villain for most of F9 but was redeemed at the end. John Cena is returning for Fast X, and given all the Fast and Furious retcons that were necessary for Jakob Toretto’s story to fit in the timeline, it makes sense for the character to have a significant role in the final two films. Jakob Toretto’s redemption can be similar to that of Luke Hobbs, who helped Dom Toretto’s family at the end of Fast Five but was technically not on their side yet. Jakob Toretto could now join the family for good, especially if Cipher is defeated.

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Fast & Furious 11 Has Its Own Endgame Final Battle
The Fate of the Furious submarine chase

Starting with Fast Five, each Fast and Furious film has felt bigger and more ambitious than the last installment. That can be perceived by the Fast and Furious action sequences, which have gone from Toretto driving a giant vault in the streets of Rio de Janeiro to Roman and Tej being launched into space. The Fast and Furious family has even saved the world from a nuclear attack, and at this point, no action sequence would be too big for the final two Fast and Furious movies. As such, Fast & Furious 11 will likely have its own “Endgame final battle”, with current and previous characters joining forces to stop a threat.

Brian Appears At The End
Paul Walker as Brian in Furious 7

A Fast and Furious ending would not be complete without Brian O’Conner. Saying goodbye to Fast and Furious without Paul Walker involved will be bittersweet, and it for sure will be an emotional moment. In F9, Mia joined the action while Brian was said to be at home. Previously, Furious 7 digitally recreated Paul Walker’s likeness with the help of his brothers, something that could be done again for Fast & Furious 11. Even if those involved prefer not to digitally recreate Paul Walker’s face, Brian’s presence could still be felt – perhaps with the character appearing from behind or from a long distance. Fast & Furious 11 can also honor Paul Walker through flashbacks.

The Fast & Furious Family Retires
The Team Lines Up With Deckard Shaw in Fate of the Furious

The Fast and Furious family has had plenty of chances to retire. After Fast Five, Dom Toretto’s crew were all millionaires, yet they eventually came together again to assist Luke Hobbs on a secret mission. Fast & Furious 6 then saw the crew getting their pardons, but that was not enough to stop the Fast and Furious family to continue working. Whatever threat Dom Toretto and his family face in Fast X and Fast & Furious 11, it will for sure be their most difficult mission yet. Therefore, after the crew eventually saves the world again from Cipher or Jason Momoa’s villain, the family can finally retire – this time for good.

A New Fast & Furious Generation Is Teased
Dom holds his son Brian in Fate of the Furious

Fast and Furious has always been about family, to the point Toretto’s “family speeches” have even become memes. As such, Fast & Furious 11 will likely end with a celebration of the Toretto family, plus teases of a new generation of Fast and Furious pilots. That is not to say Fast & Furious 11 will set up a new movie or spinoffs, only that it can tease a new generation of Torettos and O’Conners continuing the legacy of the family. Brian and Mia have two kids, and F9 already played with the idea of Brian Marcos continuing the legacy of Dominic Toretto and his best friend.

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Fast & Furious Ends With A Toretto Family Barbecue
Dom and the crew having a a BBQ in the yard in The Fast and the Furious

Perhaps the safest prediction for Fast & Furious 11 is that it ends with a Dominic Toretto family barbecue. The Toretto barbecues have been part of the Fast and Furious franchise since the first movie, and they illustrate how Dom perceives his friends as being part of his family. Given that Fast & Furious 6, The Fate of the Furious, and F9 all ended with Dom’s famous family barbecue, Fast & Furious 11 would not be complete without the Toretto family coming together for a meal. Fast X could end on a cliffhanger while Fast & Furious 11 ends on a happy note with all the characters sharing the screen for the last time.

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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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