As is tradition for the #PiratesoftheCaribbean movies, the fifth entry into the franchise, #DeadMenTellNoTales, ended with a post-credits scene. But unlike the previous movies that showed a simple gag or a short epilogue after the credits, Dead Men Tell No Tales ended with an explicit implication of a potential sequel.
Despite being advertised as "the final adventure" in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales sets up a sixth Pirates movie. But wouldn't it be better if this Pirates movie were the franchise's final voyage?
Note: This article contains spoilers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Dead Men Tell No Tales first ends with the reunion of the Pirates series' first and original couple, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). With the Trident of Poseidon shattered, Will and many others cursed to the vessel known as the Flying Dutchman were finally free to live as regular humans once again.
However, this happy reunion may not last if a sixth Pirates movie is made. In the post-credits scene, Will and Elizabeth are visited in their sleep by a shadowy figure that fans of the series will recognize. For reasons yet unknown, #DavyJones (Bill Nighy) is back from the ocean depths. He may or may not be Will's hallucination, but the former captain of the Flying Dutchman is apparently back to threaten the original heroes again in a possible sixth Pirates movie.
Ending The Pirate's Life
While some fans may be excited to see one of the Pirates series' most popular characters return to the big screen, Davy Jones's resurrection presents a few problems and hammers in the point why more Pirates movies could do more harm than good for the franchise.
The Trident's destruction is said to have lifted all of the ocean's curses, but for some reason, it left Davy Jones in his cursed state while restoring the humanity of Will and Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Even if the writers find a way to justify Davy Jones's return, this betrays the gravity his death had in At World's End.
At World's End, the grand finale of director Gore Verbinski's Pirates trilogy, tied up as many loose ends and character arcs as possible. One of these arcs was that of Davy Jones, a tragic character whose demise concluded his arc in a fitting way. Whatever impact was achieved with Davy Jones's death and the finality of At World's End may be further undone by a possible Pirates 6, since the two have already been watered down by Dead Men Tell No Tales and On Stranger Tides respectively.
Another series that risked losing what good it did thanks to franchise fatigue was the Star Wars saga. Before Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, the original trilogy's legendary status was almost undone by prequels that had more in common with a soap opera than a space epic. If not for The Force Awakens, the Star Wars legacy may have been forever tarnished by George Lucas's misguided prequels.
If Pirates of the Caribbean movies continue to be made, the once beloved series of pirate movies may become stale and tire fans out instead of exciting them. By reuniting Will and Elizabeth, and leaving Captain #JackSparrow (Johnny Depp) free to sail the seas on his beloved Black Pearl, Dead Men Tell No Tales served as a good enough ending for a story that some feel was concluded years ago.