After his wife's death, John receives a small puppy named Daisy in order to cope and provide the company to not grieve alone. At the end of the movie, after finishing his final act of retribution, John takes with him a stronger built pitbull puppy, and heads home.

Was this an intentional act of symbolism; with his first dog a representation of his fragile state after Helen's death, and the last dog a representation of a stronger, more willful John Wick?

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    I dunno, it can be interpreted as you wish..The movie has just left open the idea to get decoded to viewer him/her self. this could get closed as opinion based.
    – Vishwa
    Jul 16, 2018 at 6:12
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    How is it opinion based if I'm asking if it really is intentional?
    – user64662
    Jul 16, 2018 at 17:40
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    As I've said earlier, we have no official way to get to know that (far as I've come up with). So everything we can provide on this will be either heresay or speculated. Those answers may considered as opinion based. That's why I said it
    – Vishwa
    Jul 17, 2018 at 4:42
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    @Vishwa This question is not opinion based at all. We have questions like this all of the time and they can be answered by sources from filmmakers. This is not an example of an opinion based question. Jul 18, 2018 at 17:36

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There's no canon answer I've ever heard or read.

Also, don't forget that Wick was a hard-core hitman and killer from a very early age, so saying he was a "puppy" or "fragile" in the beginning doesn't hold a lot of merit, although it could be said his wife dying brought out the coldness that was always inside.

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    I think your missing it; Wick was fragile due to the loss of his wife and the killing of his dog (the only thing he has left to remind him of her) and stealing his car is what brings him back to his old life.
    – user25738
    Jul 16, 2018 at 16:42
  • Basically he just lost everything that linked him to the life with his wife, which he had a huge attachment in deep inside. I think that's what made Wick go on thet revenge journey...
    – Vishwa
    Jul 17, 2018 at 3:32

If you pay close attention to the first movie, the pitbull that John chose was the only dog in the shelter that had the red stamp on his clipboard to be put down. He was saving that puppy from death. The symbolism is simple after that.

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