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Fast & Furious writers discuss original ending to Furious 7

April 13th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

Paul Walker’s untimely death in 2013 led to a shift in the direction the franchise, with Brian O’Conner retiring with his family. In a scene many fans (tearfully) praised, director James Wan used a mix of stand-ins, CGI and unused footage to create a fitting send-off for the character.

Now, writer Chris Morgan has shed a little light on how the scene was originally planned. In a recent interview with Collider, Morgan explained that the scene was going to end in a similar, if slightly different, way:

Well, the original ending, if I remember correctly, was our guys end up solving the problem and then kind of becoming — again, going more outlaw, it was sort of a happier ending that kind of ends with the insinuation that they were gonna go off onto this heist or this job. But the core issue for Brian, Paul’s character, was this kind of ‘Who am I?’ sort of question. He’s a guy who used to be a cop and in the thick of the action and a racer, and all this stuff, and now he has an amazing wife, a kid and another one on the way. Then he starts to look at his life and it’s not a midlife crisis but to say — we said it in the movie, ‘I miss the bullets, I miss the action’ and the point of the adventure was to show by the end of it that the thing that’s truly important to him is his family and being there. It wouldn’t mean that he has to stop those adventures or those things, but the context is just a little bit different, he has a different understanding of who he is at his core and what’s most important in life.

So, essentially it would’ve ended in a similar fashion, with Brian acknowledging what the most important things in his life were now, but also leaving the door open for the traditional ‘one last job’. If that had been the case, it’s possible that the eighth film might have played out very differently. What do you think? Would this have made a better payoff for the character? Let us know.

Fate of the Furious is in cinemas now.


Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...