Note: This article contains mild spoilers for Transformers: The Last Knight.
When the sprawling universe that is Transformers began, it started as a (somewhat) simple story told through the eyes of #ShiaLaBeouf's Sam Witwicky, an adventurous young man who became embroiled in the world of the Transformers, and became a pivotal part of the franchise.
After three successful movies, however, LaBeouf decided to step away from the world. As a result of that, Sam Witwicky disappeared from the films without an explanation, leaving us with the question: What exactly happened to him?
We might finally know, and all thanks to #TransformersTheLastKnight — but just a little warning, it isn't pretty.
The Witwickys' Impressive Legacy
Before we delve into the nitty-gritty, I need to give you some backstory on what happened in the film, because as it turns out, the Witwickys' have a much more interesting lineage that we could have predicted.
At one point in The Last Knight, #AnthonyHopkins's character, Sir Edmund Burton, reveals to Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) that she's a descendant from Merlin's (yes, the actual wizard) Witwiccan bloodline, which would later be known as Witwicky.
Burton walks Vivian through her extensive family tree, showing pictures of Witwickys throughout the decades. And it's through these pictures that we learn what became of Sam.
Sam Witwicky's Ultimate Fate
The last picture shown from the family tree was of #SamWitwicky — and here's the interesting thing: Burton told Viviane that she's the last descendant of the Witwiccan clan. I'm merely speculating here, but putting two and two together, if Vivian is the last Witwicky that would mean that Sam is ... well, dead.
That poses an important question: If he is indeed dead, when did it happen? Age of Extinction takes place five years after Dark of the Moon. In the former, his trusty car Bumblebee has been riding solo for a while. Taking that into account and pairing it with the fact that the character is never hinted at in the fourth film, Sam most likely met his maker during that five-year gap.
How that happened remains a mystery though, and without further information, we would be delving too much into speculative territory. And because these are sci-fi movies about morphing, talking gigantic robots fighting mostly against mystical or ancient forces, you may be wondering: Could Sam Witwicky return to the franchise? As we've see in the movie industry, anything's possible, but I don't see it as a likely possibility in this case.
The movies have been clearly steering away from the stories explored during Shia LaBeouf's tenure as protagonist, making the saga much more sci-fi oriented and larger than life (you know, even more so than before). Taking that separation into consideration, it's probable that, if Sam were to make his presence felt in the future, it will be through quick but meaningful enough references similar to the one found in The Last Knight.
So as it stands right now, it looks like Sam Witwicky didn't live to fight another day. On a side note, this revelation makes want to know what happened to Megan Fox's Mikaela Barnes and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Carly Spencer, too. Hopefully we get a better explanation as to what happened with them in a future #Transformers installment. Fingers crossed!
Transformers: The Last Knight is currently in theaters.
What do you think about Sam Witwicky's fate in the Transformers franchise? Let me know in the comments!