The brand new mini-series The Continental: From the World of John Wick, available to stream on Prime Video in India, has brought the adrenaline-fueled world of assassins to the small screen. For fans of the John Wick franchise, this show is a treasure trove of easter eggs and references that pay homage to the iconic hitman. The directors of The Continental: From the World of John Wick, Albert Hughes and Charlotte Brändström, previously revealed in an interview that there are many easter eggs in the show.
The Continental: From the World of John Wick: 5 easter eggs spotted in the prequel series
Hughes explained, “The fun part was putting the Easter eggs in for the fans and the little ones. If you’re a hardcore fan, you pick up on them all, you know, and like, let’s see if we can get over on the fans here. And let’s say, I put something on a license plate in episode 3. And if you read the license plate, it’s a throwback to film three of the film series.”
We’ll unveil some of the most thrilling and subtle references to the John Wick universe that you might have missed in the latest mini-series!
John Wick‘s coins are the manifestation of favours and trust. They’re more valuable than regular money— which anyone can use—because they indicate you are part of this underground world. It’s why John stored so many under his concrete basement floor instead of actual cash. The gold coins that serve as currency in the assassin underworld are a recurring motif in the John Wick franchise. The Continental‘s first episode expanded the special gold coin’s relevance far beyond what we previously knew about the criminal organization. So when Frankie (Ben Robson), Winston Scott’s estranged brother, steals the gold coin press in The Continental, John Wick fans know that it threatens to collapse the John Wick organization, which has endured for millennia, in an instant.
GUNS, LOTS OF GUNS!:
In the original Matrix film, Neo (Keanu Reeves) famously asks for "Guns. Lots of guns." when organizing a rescue mission for Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). This iconic phrase resurfaces in John Wick: Chapter 3, where John also requests "lots" of firearms to defend against a High Table siege. The line makes another appearance towards the end of the first episode of The Continental after Winston narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. He returns to Frankie's gunrunner associates and states that he requires "Guns. Lots of Guns." for the upcoming confrontation with Cormac.
THE UNBREAKABLE RULES
One of the firmest rules of the Continental in the movies is that no ‘business’ (AKA killing) is allowed to take place on hotel grounds. Adrianne Palicki's Ms Perkins is executed for breaking this rule in the original films, while Wick himself is made ‘excommunicado’ for killing Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) in Chapter 2. This rule was in place in the '70s too, which frustrates Cormac (Mel Gibson) when he orders the death of henchman Mr. Avery (Peter Fancsikai) for his failure to find Frankie and the coin press.
MARIA: UNCLE CHARLIE'S 1969 MUSTANG
Uncle Charlie's (Peter Greene) beloved "Maria," the car he loans to Winston, is a sexy 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Any John Wick fan will immediately recognize it as the very same make and model stolen from Keanu Reeves' titular hitman in the original film. The real mystery is how John got Charlie to part with his pride and joy.
GUN-FU IS BACK
Ask John Wick fans to list the franchise’s biggest selling points, and the term ‘gun-fu’ will eventually pop up. A portmanteau of gun and kung fu, the close-quarters firearms-based combat popularized in the West by 90s action movies. The John Wick films might not be as revered as they are if it weren't for this fighting style that is influenced by martial arts or the lead actor Keanu Reeves. The Continental is very clear-sighted about what the fans want, then, given that the prologue of the very first episode is an action sequence giving us just that. We follow a character, Wick-like in both appearance and mannerisms, who steals something from The Continental’s vault, then fights his way into a stairwell, with bullets flying everywhere. The entire sequence is a tightly choreographed showcase of the gun-fu the series is known for, but with a bit of ’70s flair to mix things up.
As The Continental: From the World of John Wick continues to captivate audiences, these easter eggs provide a nostalgic thrill for fans who enjoy spotting connections with the larger John Wick universe. Keep your eyes peeled for these references in the interconnected world of assassins with the intrigue that both the movies and the series offer. The three-episode mini-series is streaming exclusively on Prime Video in India, with two episodes already out, and the final one will drop on Friday, October 6.
ALSO READ: Mel Gibson on his character in The Continental: From the World of John Wick: “He’s rather a nefarious character who’s like a father figure to Winston and Charon”
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