With three more Fast and Furious films set to debut before the end of the saga, the franchise might have plans to bring Brian back, but they shouldn’t.
With three more Fast and Furious films that should debut before the end of the Fast Saga, the franchise may have plans to bring Brian O’Conner back, but they shouldn’t. Paul Walker played a character from a film series launched in 2001 Fast and Furious. After starring alongside Vin Diesel in the first part, Walker returned for the first sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious. The actor then appeared in four additional sequels before his untimely death in 2013. Due to the tragic event, the character of Brian was withdrawn from Fast and Furious franchise tracking Furious 7, and it would be best for the series to continue with that decision.
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When Brian first appeared in T.he Fast and furious, was a secret police officer who deliberately infiltrated the street racing scene in Los Angeles for a special mission. During his investigation, he fell with Dominic Toret (Diesel) and a group of criminals. In time, Brian abandoned his law enforcement career, aligning himself with the House in his robberies around the globe. The two became more and more like brothers, which has been the case since Brian started a family with Home Sister Mia (Jordan Brewster).
When Walker passed away before filming was over Furious 7, director James Wan restored Brian’s bow. Although the original actor provided a lot of useful footage, Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, jumped in to help polish Brian’s presence by combining the necessary CGI. After Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) was captured and terrorist Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) was killed, Dom, Brian and crew were able to live a peaceful life. On a tropical beach, the group watched recently retired Brian play with his young son. He then jumped behind the wheel of the car to face Dom once more before heading in different directions. The moment served as the perfect farewell for Walker and his longtime character. Its return in large capacity could do more harm than good.
Brian’s return in a swift and violent manner would harm his betrayal
With the completion of the original Fast and Furious a film series now in sight, Universal Studios may be tempted to bring Brian back fully to perfect the concept of the final game. There is no doubt that Brian is still a key figure in the franchise, even with his absence. That is to say, returning from the character would diminish his original farewell. Along with Mija’s planned presence in F9, there are already discussions about Brian’s whereabouts. The same questions are likely to arise in the last two Fast and Furious in installments.
Although the Walker family shared their approval by allowing their brother’s resemblance to be used for future installments, it would be a controversial aspect if the studio went that route. Instead of portraying Brian in a dubious way, it would be best to continue his legacy in other ways. It is more important to keep the character retired and with a happy focus on your growing family. Still, the series could choose to present Walker’s time in Fast and Furious franchise through flashbacks or unused archive footage in a respected but limited capacity. Even if it’s a tribute to the final films of the final film, a final farewell from the original cast wouldn’t be a bad idea.
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