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Notebook: In remembrance of Paul Walker

By Akshay Seth, Daily B-Side Editor
Published December 6, 2013

The persistent traces of potential are there, but what you remember are the swerving fluctuations in emotion that Walker dampens by the time “Fast 5” and “Fast 6” roll around.

In that change, there’s the unavoidable recognition that, like his character, he’s finally at peace with the life he’s chosen for himself. Each movie is still a race, the exaggerated depiction of a struggle to find some trace of stability in life. But O’Conner’s journey is our own. He’s fighting to make a place for himself in a world beyond the finish line.

And in that last scene of “Fast 6,” sitting around a table of food with the people he calls his closest friends, we get an idea of what that means. He never planned on being a family man. It just happened. He chose the people he let into his world, and in doing so, found the calmness he’d spent an entire lifetime struggling to accept. The joking blue eyes and smirking grin didn’t look out of place anymore. They had endured.

O’Conner, like Walker, found meaning. It doesn’t really matter what it was — skids of burned tire marks stretched across the expressway or a daughter he could finally call his own. Because it was his. His normality.