John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019) Ending Explained – Does Winston betray John?

John Wick 3: Parabellum Plot Analysis

After killing a High Table crime lord, Santino, John Wick is on the run as gangs everywhere are hell-bent on slaying him. In order to save his life, John seeks help from a crime syndicate he was once a part of.

The matters take an even deadlier turn for Wick when the High Table begins targeting those from the underworld who have always had his back.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

What happens after Wick’s Communicado status is activated?

Before leaving the Continental, John Wick sends his dog to safety with help from receptionist, Charon. John then makes his way to the New York Public Library to obtain the special underground-exclusive medallion and rosary.

John has to fight through tons of assassins from various gangs to reach Ruska Roma Mafia boss, the Director – for help. Presenting the rosary, John asks the Director to help him reach Casablanca.

What’s the response of the high table?

The High Table Adjudicator meets with New York Continental’s manager, Winston and Bowery King informing them that they have seven days to resign from their roles for aiding John.

In addition, the Adjudicator tasks Zero, a trained assassin from Japan, with punishing the Director for her role in sending John to Casablanca.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

What does John do in Casablanca?

Reaching Casablanca, John meets with the manager of the Moroccan Continental, Sofia. He gives her his marker medallion – demanding that she send him in the direction of the Elder, the only individual not bound by the High Table.

Sofia takes John to Berranda who tells him that the only way to meet the Elder is to walk down the desert until complete exhaustion.

After a couple of days, John finally gets to meet the Elder after he collapses in the desert. When John states his situation, the Elder agrees to forgive him under two conditions – kill Winston and live under the rules of the High Table for good.

Consequently, John severs his ring finger and gives his wedding ring to the Elder as an expression of loyalty.

Meanwhile, the Adjudicator along with Zero and his henchmen confront Bowery King. As a penance for his aid of seven bullets to John, Bowery King is slashed seven times with a wakizashi.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

What happens in the New York Continental?

Back in New York, John is attacked by Zero. Their fight leads them to the Continental where chaos ensues. When Winston refuses to abdicate and John refuses to kill him, the Adjudicator is forced to revoke the neutral ground status of the hotel. Within moments, Zero and the High Table enforcers launch a devastating attack on John and Winston.

Winston provides John with weapons and support of his staff. John kills most of the High Table enforcers before going after Zero. After sharing a few knocks, John beats Zero.

Winston, after reaching a no-harm treaty with the Adjudicator, unexpectedly shoots John off the roof of the Continental. John, who was presumed dead, is secretly taken to King Bower’s underground bunker. The two have nothing in mind but revenge against the High Table.

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