John Wick 4 Star Addresses Whether Keanu Reeves’ Assassin Is Really D*ad

Star Natalia Tena, who plays Wick’s adoptive sister, addresses whether Keanu Reeves’ titular assassin really dies at the end of John Wick: Chapter 4.

John Wick: Chapter 4 star Natalia Tena, who plays Wick’s adoptive sister, weighs in on whether Keanu Reeves’ assassin really is dead when the credits start to roll. Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 4 was a big hit critically and commercially, serving as potentially the final adventure for the eponymous hitman. After surviving all manner of falls, gunshot wounds, and car hits across all four films, Wick is seemingly shown succumbing to his wounds at the end of the latest installment.

The John Wick: Chapter 4 ending does leave Wick’s fate at least somewhat ambiguous, however, and Tena now addresses in an interview with whether she thinks her character’s adoptive brother really did bite the bullet. In keeping with previous comments from those involved, Tena does indeed believe Wick is dead. Check out the actor’s full comment below:

“I do. I mean, even if he’s not dead physically, I think he’s dead in the sense of like he’s out, a bit like how it ends. It’s like he is, he’s earned that out. I think it doesn’t really matter. It’s just like that is the end of him for that story. I mean, I have no idea what they’re gonna do with the world, but that’s what I’m imagining.”

John Wick: Chapter 4’s Ending Keeps Return Hopes Alive

Reeves and Stahelski have also fairly definitively stated that they think John Wick is dead, with their entire motivation to return for a fourth film being to explore what it means to die and “die well.” Interestingly, however, producer Erica Lee subsequently told Screen Rant that this death could be more abstract in the sense that John Wick the mythological assassin is dead, but John the man could remain alive somewhere.

John is shown seemingly dying on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris, but the ambiguous John Wick: Chapter 4 ending then cuts to Winston (Ian McShane), with Wick’s dog, and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) standing in front of his grave in New York City. In addition to the fact that John could have potentially just been passing out from blood loss instead of actually dying, the ending scene contains a very brief shot of John’s dog seemingly looking up happily at someone or something out of frame, which could be his owner.

This scene alone keeps hope alive that Reeves’ character didn’t really die, with Winston and the Bowery King potentially having helped fake the character’s death. With John Wick the assassin dead, John the civilian would then be free to go off and live his life, which of course keeps the possibility open for a John Wick: Chapter 5. If John Wick: Chapter 4 is indeed the end of the road for Reeves’ fan-favorite killer, though, it sure is one impressive sendoff.