Since Furious 7 has broken box office records far and wide after earning a staggering $800 million worldwide, the big question looming over everyone involved in the film has been whether the franchise will, and should, continue without one of its core team members.
While closure is never assured when facing the death of a close friend, it seems like Vin Diesel is finding solace in making sure Paul Walker's wishes come to fruition.
Last night during the MTV Movie Awards, Vin Diesel confirmed in an interview with MTV that another sequel will be in the works to honor the wishes of his best friend:
Well, I was trying to keep it close to the vest throughout the release. Paul [Walker] used to say that eight was guaranteed. And in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you sometimes feel like you have to make sure it comes to pass.
So if fate has it, fate..F8…if fate has it, then you’ll get this when you hear about it. Seven was for Paul, eight is from Paul.
While I do think that Furious 7's sendoff for Paul Walker was a perfect tribute to the late actor and a great way to potentially end the series, I also understand that in the eyes of fans and the cast of the franchise hasn't completely run its course.
It seems like the release of Furious 7 has only exacerbated lingering sentimentality in the film's fanbase. For example, Facebook user Jeffery Raymond Frohlich recently used his crafty photo editing skills to imagine the ghost of Paul Walker standing alongside Vin Diesel.
The temperature of the Internet in the last few weeks and the immense outpouring of admiration and respect for the late actor seems to indicate that we're also struggling to let go of the Fast and Furious movies.
I think it's safe to say that no matter the direction of the upcoming film, Walker will be watching over his family in the making of Fast and Furious 8.