Although he has always been a supporting character, Charon, The Continental’s concierge, managed to grow in the hearts of all John Wick fans throughout the movie franchise, breaking hearts when we learned of his fate. When John Wick: Chapter 4 aired and the world learned about his fate, The Continental: From the World of John Wick was already busy filming and had even handed in some episodes, and no one knew about Charon!
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The Continental: From the World of John Wick is set in the 1970s, before Winston Scott became the proprietor of the New York Chapter of the dangerous underground that connects the world without the rest of us even knowing it. Naturally, the series follows Winston Scott. The cast bringing the show to life so far includes Adam Shapiro as Lemmy, Ayomide Adegun as Charon, Ben Robson as Frankie Scott, Colin Woodel Winston Scott, Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles, Jeremy Bobb as Mayhew, Jessica Allain as Lou, Mel Gibson as Cormac O’Connor, Mishel Prada as KD, Nhung Kate as Yen, and Peter Greene as Young Uncle Charlie.
At the time of filming, both director Albert Huges and the actor portraying Charon, Ayomide Adegun, had yet to learn about the fate of Charon in the John Wick franchise. For those of you who might have skipped the end of the franchise we have so far, The Continental’s concierge Charon (Lance Reddick) meets an unfortunate fate, along with the hotel itself.
The Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård) has set himself as John Wick’s enemy. He goes after Winston Scott (Ian McShane) and The Continental to root him out from the shadows. Knowing that he could do nothing to Winson as a council member and the owner of the hotel in the New York Chapter, the Marquis levelled the hotel and killed Charon instead. Charon had become a close friend of Winston and John Wick.
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At the time that the movie aired and the world learned about the unfortunate fate of Charon, director of two of the three episodes that are available at the moment, Albert Hughes, was still working on the series and revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he had actually already filmed the episodes and both he, and the actor now starring as Charon, Ayomide Adegun, had no idea, and had a profound thought about how it might have affected both of them if they did know.
“I didn’t know until I saw it,” Hughes had shared, “And I went, ‘Wow. Well. This is interesting. The onscreen death of this character definitely adds weight to this young actor [Ayomide Adegun] who’s portraying young Charon.’” It might have changed how he portrayed the character because he had never been on camera before. “So his first moment on camera was during a scene with Mel Gibson, and he had all of this responsibility already.” Although they were both heartbroken about the character, Hughes was happy they only saw Chapter 4 after they were done.
Considering there is a lot of room for him to explore his character before his demise basically 50 years later, it will be interesting to see where the character of Charon goes in The Continental: From the World of John Wick.
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Would it have changed how the actor portrayed the character if he knew what happened to Charon in John Wick 4?