5 Ways Fast & Furious 7 Could Let Brian O'Conner Live

By Sean O'Connell 2014-09-06 16:46:22discussion comments
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Kristy wrote a passionate piece explaining why the producers of the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 need to let Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, die. "It could be a tribute," she wrote, "honoring not only the self-sacrificing character audiences have grown to love but also to the actor/philanthropist Walker was."

Reading the comments under the article, many of you agreed. Brian would never never leave his partner in crime, Dom (played by Vin Diesel). As awkward as the situation might end up being – because of the way Walker passed away in real life -- Fast fans seemed to agree that they needed to see Brian die as some form of closure.

There’s only one problem. Universal, and director James Wan, don’t see it that way. They’ve already announced that they plan to "retire" Walker’s character, though they stopped short on explaining just how, exactly, they are going to use already-shot footage and rewrites to give Brian a proper send off. That’s where we step in. We’ve come up with five options for Walker’s character. Some are serious. Some are tongue-in-cheek. But all would prove worthy of a fitting farewell for this character who has blazed a unique path into pop culture’s collective heart.

1. Brian and his family enter witness protection
Not the sexiest option, but it sort of fits with what we know might happen in Fast 7. When last we saw the boys, they were about to become the target of a very angry Jason Statham, who had eliminated Han (Sung Kang) and was planning vengeance on Dom, Brian and the crew. Maybe Statham’s villain, Ian Shaw, puts such fear into O’Conner’s heart at the start of Fast 7 that the former cop agrees to enter the witness protection program, seeing it as the only option to start over somewhere safe with Mia (Jordana Brewster) and their son?

This article was first published on January 8, 2014 and was last updated on September 6, 2014.
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