The Continental:
From the World of John Wick
Based onJohn Wick
by Derek Kolstad
Developed by
Directed by
Opening theme“Hard Times” by Baby Huey & the Babysitters
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Executive producers
  • Iain Smith
  • Mark Taylor
Production locationHungary
  • Pål Ulvik Rokseth
  • Peter Deming
  • Ron Rosen
  • Steven Lang
Running time79–97 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 22 (2023-09-22) –
October 6, 2023 (2023-10-06)
John Wick

The Continental: From the World of John Wick (or simply The Continental ) is an American neo noir crime-action drama television miniseries developed by Greg Coolidge, Kirk Ward and Shawn Simmons that serves as a spin-off and a prequel in the John Wick franchise. Coolidge and Ward served as showrunners for the series and wrote the scripts alongside Simmons and Ken Kristensen. Albert Hughes directed the first and third episodes, and Charlotte Brändström directed the second. The show stars Mel Gibson and Colin Woodell.

The series premiered on September 22, 2023 on Peacock in the United States, and on Amazon Prime Video internationally.


The Continental: From the World of John Wick tells the background story of how Winston Scott, in an alternate history 1970s, came to his position as proprietor of the New York branch of "The Continental" chain of hotels, safe havens for legal assassins on the grounds of which no business may ever take place.





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Brothers in Arms"Albert HughesGreg Coolidge & Kirk Ward and Shawn SimmonsSeptember 22, 2023 (2023-09-22)
In the 1970s, during a New Year's Eve party at the Continental Hotel in New York, Frankie Scott steals a press used by the High Table to mint gold coins. The Continental's manager, Cormac O'Connor, raised Frankie and his now-estranged brother Winston from childhood as criminals. Pressured by the High Table, he kidnaps Winston from London - where he left to pursue other opportunities - to New York for questioning about Frankie's whereabouts. Winston claims to know nothing, but Cormac has him followed. Winston's old colleague Charlie connects him to siblings Lou and Miles, gun-runners and owners of a karate dojo. Miles, Frankie's old Vietnam War comrade, provides a lead to Alphabet City, where Winston finds Frankie and his wife Yen hiding in an abandoned cinema, where they are attacked by Cormac's assassins. The trio returns to Charlie, but one of Charlie's associates has betrayed them to Cormac. They are pursued to a building roof where Frankie has positioned a helicopter. With Yen and the pilot wounded, Frankie sacrifices himself and is shot dead by mute twin assassins Hansel and Gretel. The pair return to Cormac, but without the coin press. Winston, intent on revenge, takes Yen to the dojo and asks them to supply him with weapons.
2"Loyalty to the Master"Charlotte BrändströmTeleplay by : Shawn Simmons and Greg Coolidge & Kirk Ward & Ken Kristensen
Story by : Greg Coolidge & Kirk Ward & Shawn Simmons
September 29, 2023 (2023-09-29)
Vowing revenge on O'Connor for the death of Frankie, Winston formulated a plan to take down O'Connor by taking over the hotel. Yen is horrified to find that Frankie has already been cremated when she recovers consciousness and attacks Winston but eventually relents. Winston assembles a team with Miles, Lou and Lemmy, while recruiting Gene Jenkins (a sniper who's friend with Lou and Mile's dad) and Ronnie. While still holding a grudge against Winston, Yen reluctantly joins the team to seek revenge for her husband and provide them a drawing of the hotel's layout. Winston attempts to recruit Mazie and her army, competitors of Cormac's, but was sent off. The High Table's Adjudicator visited the hotel and gave O'Connor a 3 day deadline to retrieve the coin press. Lou has a run in with the new Chinese Mafia boss, wanting to keep her father's dojo sacred to his memory and free of local gangland influence. Meanwhile, Charon writes a letter to his father on the hotel rooftop, whom O'Connor intends to bring to the States from Nigeria where Charon feels is safer. Thomas, the hotel cellist tells Charon that he will be quitting his job to study in a music conservatory in Ireland. He asks Charon to join him but Charon refuses saying he's loyal to O'Connor. Winston's team approaches Charon to attempt to recruit him, while O'Connor murders Thomas. Charon returns to the hotel and was shocked to see Thomas' corpse, when O'Connor tells Charon that he intends to have Charon's father work in the hotel as the replacement when he arrives from Nigeria. He reveals that the reason why he murdered Thomas is because he was being disloyal by trying to take Charon away from him. Charon tells O'Connor that Winston Scott has assembled a team to kill him.
3"Theatre of Pain"Albert HughesGreg Coolidge & Kirk Ward & Ken KristensenOctober 6, 2023 (2023-10-06)
Winston forms an alliance with Mazie, and offers her an abandoned bank in return for some of her people for help in seizing the hotel. The Twins kidnap Winston and knock out Lou and KD who had come in search of him. Charon switches his allegiance and helps Winston escape from Cormac. The rest of the team enter the bank, with KD following behind. It is revealed that KD is the only survivor in the family that Frankie and Winston had burned on Cormac's orders and she is out to get revenge on them. After Winston apologizes to her and gives her medicine, she decides to let Winston go. Cormac goes to the secret 13th floor which has a control room. Lou realizes that her father built the dojo by killing the former tenants of the property and she bombs it and joins the team in the hotel. The team are able to kill most of Cormac's people in the hotel, with Lou killing the male twin and Yen the female twin. Cormac initiates the Defensionum protocol to destroy the hotel. He is caught by Winston and KD and KD kills him. Winston is able to override the Defensionum protocol and save the hotel. In the final scene, the Adjudicator comes and congratulates Winston on taking over the hotel. Winston tells her that he found the coin press in the old car in which he and Frankie used to live as children and it is safely now behind Mazie's bank's vault. He kills the Adjudicator in front of the hotel, and says that it is not the hotel but it is the people inside it who count.



While planning the story for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in January 2017, Derek Kolstad and Chad Stahelski were also conceiving ideas for a prequel story, suggesting that a prequel would be best told in the form of a television series.[4] In June 2017, the series was confirmed to be in full development, and the story would be called The Continental, focusing on the hotel that acts as a safe haven for assassins in the John Wick universe.[5] Lionsgate gave the project an official green-light in January 2018 and planned for the series to air on its Starz network. Initial reports indicated Chris Collins would serve as showrunner.[6][5]

Stahelski initially planned to direct the first episode of the series and stated that it would serve as an origin story for several of the characters in John Wick.[7] In April 2021, Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television, said the team wanted to make sure that the series would add to the world-building of the John Wick universe without inhibiting any plans for future films. After hearing multiple pitches from different creative teams, Lionsgate settled on the approach presented by Greg Coolidge, Kirk Ward, and Shawn Simmons; and the format of the show was re-worked into an event series of three 90-minute episodes following a young Winston in the 1970s.[8] The series was originally intended to comprise ten episodes; however, later the decision was changed in favour of the three episodes.[9] Coolidge and Ward were named the new showrunners with additional executive producing help from Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese;[10] and Albert Hughes and Charlotte Brändström were hired to direct.[11][12]


In October 2021, the cast members were announced, starting with Mel Gibson,[10] and followed by the rest of the lead cast including Colin Woodell as young Winston Scott from the main John Wick films.[1] Additional casting announcements in November 2021 revealed that Peter Greene and Ayomide Adegun would portray younger versions of Uncle Charlie and Charon, respectively, and Jeremy Bobb was cast as a new character named Mayhew.[2] In February 2022, roles were announced for Katie McGrath as the Adjudicator, Ray McKinnon, Adam Shapiro as Lemmy, as well as Mark Musashi and Marina Mazepa as Hansel and Gretel.[3]


Principal photography began in November 2021 in Budapest, Hungary.[13][14]


In April 2023, the series working title of The Continental was finalized as The Continental: From the World of John Wick.[15]


Raffertie was revealed to be composing the score for the series in April 2023.[16] A soundtrack album for the series was digitally released by Lakeshore Records on September 22, with a vinyl edition set to be released on October 20.[17]

The Continental: From the World of John Wick (Original Soundtrack)[17]
1."Persona Non Grata"1:49
4."Hansel & Gretel"1:13
10."Taking His House"3:22
11."Time For You to Feel Uncomfortable"1:53
12."My Apologies"0:46
13."Total Silence"4:13
14."High Risk High Reward"3:53
15."Loyalty to the Master"11:19
16."No Fidgeting"1:43
17."Disembark the Vehicle"1:01
18."Phone Booth"1:46
19."Fun Fumes"1:28
20."Rhodes Hotel"3:50
21."Phase One"5:34
23."Between Me and Him"1:20
24."Feel What They Felt"3:40
25."We All Go Now"1:45
26."Competitive Advantage"1:23
28."Structural Deformation"8:07
Total length:87:30


On August 15, 2022, Starz sold the series to Peacock.[18] In March 2023, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chair Joe Drake stated that the series was expected to be released in late 2023, also saying that the episodes were "nearly finished".[19] In July 2023, it was announced that the series would premiere on September 22, 2023, on Peacock in the United States,[20] and on Prime Video internationally.[21]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Continental: From the World of John Wick has an approval rating of 63% based on 77 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8 out of 10. The website's general consensus reads, "The Continental: From the World of John Wick offers some stylish action, although it'll be most satisfying for hardcore fans invested in further franchise world-building."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the show a score of 53 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23]

Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter found it to be a decent show, apart from the casting of Mel Gibson. Han felt that the rest of the cast had good chemistry, and intriguing backstory was introduced for some characters. She felt the format of the show had upsides and downsides, claiming that it was a bit too long for a film, yet too short to be a satisfying series. Likewise, the surrounding city felt constrained by its TV budget, and the intricate fight scenes were better than average for television, yet still fell short of the film levels.[24]


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