Explaining The End Of John Wick 3

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Everyone's favorite dog-loving killing machine is back for his highly anticipated threequel, and now we've been left to piece together the puzzle of another pulse-pounding final act. Here's the ending of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, explained. Parabellum follows the satisfying formula of the previous Wick flicks, so the amped-up events of Act 3 don't come as a total surprise. In Morocco, The Elder, the bigwig in The High Table, a super-serious worldwide council of crime lords, kicks off the film's final act by giving Wick a choice. He can kill Continental NYC manager and Wick ally Winston and live his remaining days as a High Table hitman. Or he can die in the Sahara. After a gruesome act of solidarity, slicing off his ring finger and giving his wedding band to The Elder, Wick heads to the Continental, where a surprising switcheroo awaits him, courtesy of The High Table. Every Wick fan knows that there are two rules in the Wickverse that carry serious consequences if they're broken: not honoring a "marker" which is a blood-bound oath and, most importantly, conducting assassination business on any Continental property around the globe. In Chapter 3's closing act, a mysterious figure known as The Adjudicator voids the latter law, declaring the NYC Continental as "deconsecrated" in order to send heavily armored High Table thugs into the hotel. These super-soldiers are tasked with taking down John Wick, since Wick chose not to take down Winston, despite the whole cutting-off-his-own-ring-finger thing. This armored assault doesn't work, of course, and, after much fancily-choreographed grappling, Wick defeats the High Table goons and The Adjudicator's hired assassin, Zero, and his blade-happy crew. After the dust settles, The Adjudicator agrees to let Winston stay in the safety of the hotel, but lets Winston know that Wick is still very much a thorn in the High Table's side. What Winston does next is a bit ambiguous, but it sure looks like betrayal at first g...