This article contains mild spoilers for The Fate of the Furious. If you want to remain unsullied, we suggest you don’t read on.
This weekend, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious hit cinemas and made a great impact at the box-office. The eighth film in the franchise, the Fate of the Furious is the first film in the franchise that doesn’t feature Paul Walker’s character since he passed away in 2013. 2015’s Furious 7 featured a great tribute to the character and star, along with the song “See You Again” that was dedicated to Walker.
In Fate of the Furious, a slight nod towards Walker’s character Brian is made. The reference pointed out the legacy the character has had and the relationship Brian had with Vin Diesel’s Dom. In the film, Roman and Hobbs suggest that they should call Brian to help them in their latest mission but Letty shuts them down, saying that Brian should be left to enjoy his life.
In an interview with Collider, writer Chris Morgan discussed the inclusion of the namedrop and what it means in the grander scheme of things.
“It’s so dramatic for the characters that at some point they would definitely turn to each other and say, ‘Oh my God, we gotta tell Brian, we gotta tell Mia. Something is going on with Dom, we don’t know what it is.’ So I think from a practical point of view for the characters you needed to address it. For the audience, and just as a fan as the writer on it, I also wanted to have one moment where we were able to — specifically at the beat at the end of the film — say to the audience, ‘We’re thinking of him too’ in a respectful sort of way.”
In the end, Brian’s legacy continues on even though he’ll no longer be physically present.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game — and the rest of the crew has been exonerated — the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
The Fate of the Furious is currently in theaters.