Dominic Toretto being played by a different actor than Vin Diesel probably could likely have seen the Fast & Furious series end with Furious 7. The journey of the Fast Saga has taken Vin Diesel’s lead protagonist Dominic Toretto and his family across the world on adventures of bringing their street racing and heist skills up against terrorists and supervillains.
After a truly remarkable if outright absurd run of vehicular heroics, the end of the Fast & Furious franchise is in sight with the planned two-part finale of Fast X and Fast & Furious 11, but an argument can be made that the series missed its best ending.As a producer on the series since 2009’s Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel has significant creative input to the Fast Saga in addition to his on-screen role as Dom. With the Fast & Furious movies achieving their then-biggest hit by far with the 2011 release of Fast Five, Universal Pictures clearly had a vested interest in continuing the franchise with its popularity having truly taken off. However, with that has come the clear pattern of Fast & Furious growing more comic book-like and getting more ridiculous in terms of their stories and action sequences, with an emphasis on Dom’s invincibility that makes the ending of Furious 7 look retroactively passed by as a series finale.
The tragic death of Paul Walker in 2013 as Furious 7 was in production would lead to his character Brian O’Conner being retired from the Fast & Furious series. With Brian starting a family with Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), he and Dom Toretto part ways in Brian’s emotional send-off, still one of the most warmly remembered moments of the Fast Saga. While having Vin Diesel as star and producer has kept the Fast & Furious movies going since Furious 7, the series could have – and arguably should have – been the final bow of the Fast & Furious series as a whole. Fast & Furious Should’ve Ended After Furious 7