Welcome to Ending Explained for Fast X, the tenth installment of the long-running Fast & Furious franchise! It’s been 22 years since the original movie was released, and if someone told you back then this franchise would still exist to this day, you’d probably tell them they’re the most optimistic (or pessimistic, whichever way you like it) person in the world.
There was no threat or villain that Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his family weren’t able to defeat in the last nine installments of this franchise. They fought cops, tanks, planes, submarines, cyberterrorists, mercenaries, and militaries, and they always pulled it off. But with the arrival of Jason Momoa and his brand-new villain Dante Reyes, it looks like that’s about to change.
The following paragraphs contain spoilers for Fast X, so keep reading at your own risk!
The war between Vin Diesel’s Dom and Jason Momoa’s Dante is on!
When you have a Fast & Furious movie that doesn’t finish with the barbecue scene in Toretto’s backyard at 1327 in Los Angeles, you immediately know you got something different, even for this franchise. We’ll return to the very last scene later, but now let’s talk about everything that led to it.
When you’re entering a Fast & Furious movie, you already know what you’ll get; a ton of family talks and a ton of unrealistic but impressive action sequences that still defy the laws of gravity and physics. But honestly, the action sequences in this movie aren’t as over-the-top as they were in the ninth installment, in which the family finally went to space.
The movie begins with a flashback sequence from 2011’s Fast Five, which also provides us with some memories of times when Paul Walker was a part of these movies. However, the main purpose of this scene was to introduce Jason Momoa’s villain Dante and explain his connection with Hernan Reyes, the main villain of Fast Five, who the family ultimately defeated after stealing his $100-million-dollar vault.
Dante is driven by revenge, but as his father taught him, he doesn’t want to kill Dom; he wants to make him suffer. While the family is having a good day at 1327, we learn that a part of the team (Roman, Tej, Han, and Ramsey) is set to go to Rome for another mission, while Letty and Dom stay home with Little B, Dom’s son. Under cover of night, Charlize Theron’s Cipher arrives at Dom’s doorstep wounded, and she tells Dom and Letty about Dante, who turned her own mercenaries against her.
The government agents, including Scott Eastwood’s Little Nobody, arrive at the house to arrest Cipher, but they also say they do not have any missions in Rome. Realizing that the other half of the family is walking into a trap, Dom and Letty follow them to Rome. The family encounters Dante in Rome, who controls a giant sphere bomb. Although Dom manages to contain the blast radius by dropping the bomb into the river, the damage isn’t avoided. In all the fuss, Letty is arrested, and Dom is separated from his team.
Dom seeks the help of Tess, the daughter of Mr. Nobody, who warns Dom about Aimes, a new head of the Agency who wants to bring Dom in for what happened in Rome. Dom decides to fly to Rio de Janeiro to face Dante and asks Tess to get Letty out of prison however she can. In Rio de Janeiro, Dom challenges Dante to a race, but Dante doesn’t plan to play by the rules. After blowing up a car that Daniela Melchior’s Isabela drove, Dom lets Dante win and takes the wounded Isabela to safe. At the same time, with a plan to free Letty, Tess orchestrates a fake fight in her cell to get her transported to a secret location.
In Rio de Janeiro, Dom finds Dante’s secret hideout at the abandoned police station from Fast Five. After a phone call with Dante, Dom is arrested by Aimes and the Agency. While transporting Dom over the same bridge where Dante’s father was killed, the convoy is attacked by Dante, who holds Isabel hostage, and his men. Tess arrives to help, and Aimes finally believes Dom wasn’t responsible for the explosion in Rome. Even though it seems they have Dante pinned down, Dante manages to escape, but not before he steals the God’s Eye device from Tess, who was shot during the shootout.
Isabel takes Tess to a hospital, and Dom and Aimes agree to find Dante, who threatens to use God’s Eye to find Dom’s son. With so many subplots, we almost forgot that John Cena’s Jakob Toretto was looking after Dom’s son while all of this was happening, and the rest of the team met with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw in London. Realizing that Dante is targeting not only their team but everyone who ever helped them, Deckard realizes his mother is in danger, so he takes all the weapons he can and leaves. His subplot will probably continue in Fast 11.
Dante and his men find Jakob and Little B in Portugal. Jakob and Little B run away in Jakob’s cannon car, and Dante’s men follow them. Dom and Aimes arrive at the scene in an airplane. Dom drops from a plane with his car and lands on a highway where the chase scene is happening. Dante manages to take Little B from Jakob’s car, and wanting to clear the way for Dom to follow Dante, Jakob sacrifices his life by crashing into the vehicles of Dante’s men. Dom manages to get Little B back from Dante, but they eventually find themselves at a dam where Dante has them pinned down with two remote-controlled trucks.
Dante admits to Dom that he has him right where he wants them. Although another plane with the rest of the team arrives at the scene, it is shot down by Aimes, who is revealed to be Dante’s spy. The plane with Roman, Tej, Han, and Ramsey falls down into the forest, and their fate remains unknown. Realizing there’s no way by the road, Dom jumps from the dam with his car and son. Although they get out of the river unwounded, Dante has one more ace in his sleeves; he blows up the entire dam! The last scene shows us Dom and his son not knowing how to get out, and the scene then cuts to the closing credits, leaving the movie on a cliffhanger.
We almost forgot to say that Letty was transported to a secret black site prison in Antarctica, where she once again meets with Cipher. Despite hating each other, Letty and Cipher are forced to work together to escape, and once they’re finally out, they encounter a submarine from which they are met by Gal Gadot’s Gisele (who presumably died in Fast & Furious 6).
The movie ends on several cliffhangers, so now we wait for Fast 11!
Fast X ended on several cliffhangers. Of course, the major cliffhanger is the one where Dom and his son are below the dam, which Dante just blew up, and they don’t know how to survive this one. Other cliffhangers include not knowing what happened after a plane crash and did Roman, Tej, Han, and Ramsey survived, and there’s also one more with Gisele meeting Letty and Cipher in Antarctica. Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw also left to save his mother from Dante’s mercenaries, but it’s unknown where that will lead him. Isabela took Tess to a hospital in Rio, and we don’t know if we’re going to see them again in the next sequel.
It was always known that this would be the first movie of the expected conclusion of the franchise, while we can’t be sure at this moment if it’s going to be a two-part or a three-part conclusion. Diesel spoke something about three parts, but we’re not sure if he’s joking or he was just overly optimistic. That remains to be seen. But what’s for sure, unlike all the previous Fast & Furious moves, this one can’t stand on its own, and we’re going to need to wait for (at least) the eleventh installment to tie up all loose ends.
Fast X featured a large ensemble cast, although the focus was always kept on Dom and his war against Dante. Considering how the movie ended, we expect most of the cast, including Jason Momoa, will be back. One of the cast members we aren’t expecting to see in Fast 11 is John Cena, although it wouldn’t be the first time this franchise resurrected someone from the dead. Although, when we look at all the excuses this franchise made up to bring up dead characters, it would be really hard to figure one out for Cena’s character considering the way he died.
Gal Gadot’s cameo in the movie has already most likely set her to return in the eleventh installment, and we already know we can expect the return of Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs. We also wouldn’t be surprised if we’d see Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody again since this movie didn’t specify whether he’s alive and where he is.
As you can see, there are plenty of questions and few answers. Fast X has definitely set up a good stage for another movie, and whoever gets out of a theater after seeing this one will certainly be, if not excited, at least interested to see how this whole thing will play out. Fast 11 currently has no official release date, although Vin Diesel announced we can expect the family’s return in 2025. We’ll need to wait for the next installment even longer than we waited for Endgame after that Infinity War ending.
Fast X is hitting theaters worldwide this Friday!