Understanding that Paul Walker’s death was felt across the Fast and Furious fan-base and still resonates with most of us, he was given one of the most gut-wrenching send offs in film history in the last film. With that said, it could be possible that Walker’s Brian O’Conner could appear in one of the last films of the franchise thanks to the help of his brothers.
His brothers were quoted stating how they felt when “becoming Paul”:
We got to understand more about Paul and what he was all about. We had to share Paul with a lot of people, in a weird way. He was gone a lot, he was filming, so we missed him. Sometimes at the holidays he wasn’t always there, you know? He tried. We’d see him on set, we visited a few times, but to kind of get that closure, and understanding…Paul was really special.
It would be a foolish statement to claim there is anything relating to an overall cash grab here, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. If the brothers of someone who died want to somehow pay homage (again) to their brother I feel they have that right, but the send off he already couldn’t have gone any better and to bring him back to life feels weird to me. His ride into the sunset made us all cry and helped most of us move on as far as being movie fans and to re-open the wounds and force more of him in the film would not be in their best interests.
Maybe a small cameo or phone call is fine, but that will still take us out of the story at hand, and while his brothers in real life clearly resemble him it is sailing on growing waves that you shouldn’t ride on. If they do it, that’s on them, but I don’t feel they need to go further with what they have given us for the character of Brian O’Conner and moving is vital for everyone.