Trinity's death was one of cinema's worst, but The Matrix 4 can finally fix that mistake. 1999's The Matrix was a groundbreaking piece of filmmaking from the Wachowskis, catapulting Keanu Reeves into the stratosphere and making everyone question whether the world around them was all merely an illusion. A pair of sequels followed in the form of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both of which paled in comparison to the original, with fans lambasting the shift in emphasis, increasingly convoluted plot and and treatment of long-serving characters. Nevertheless, interest in The Matrix as a franchise has persevered over the years, and rumors of a fourth film have rarely faded entirely.
After many years of false-starts, The Matrix 4 was finally confirmed earlier this week and, in an even more surprising twist, the project will feature Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. In addition, original director, Lana Wachowski, will be behind the camera once more. The Matrix 4 is expected to begin production in 2020 and is a far cry from the reported reboot starring Michael B. Jordan. While the news was received positively by fans, however, The Matrix 4 faces a key problem in explaining how both Neo and Trinity return from the dead.
After featuring throughout the original trilogy, Trinity meets her demise towards the end of The Matrix Revolutions in one of the most derided moments of an already uninspired film. Neo seeks to meet with the leader of the Machines but has been rendered blind and must rely on Trinity to pilot him through the treacherous enemy terrain. Although she achieves her mission, Trinity is killed when the duo's ship is attacked and conveniently crash lands in more or less the right spot.
This is a particularly loathsome character death for such a major player in the Matrix series. Audiences were fully invested in Trinity's story and had followed her through a number of high-risk escapades over the course of three films. Dying in such a sudden, and relatively innocuous, way was a complete disservice to the character. Furthermore, it's blatantly obvious that Trinity's death is nothing more than a narrative ploy to move her aside so Neo can head into his final battle alone. If that wasn't bad enough, the poles impaling Trinity's torso look like cheap hosepipe from the local DIY store.
There are understandable reservations about a fourth Matrix movie, but the decision to bring Carrie-Anne Moss back to the franchise is a wise one, as it provides an opportunity to wipe clean the memory of Trinity's fumbled death scene. Nothing has been revealed with regards to how Neo and Trinity will be brought back into The Matrix's fictional universe, but with the technology and philosophical magic at play, it would be perfectly believable to have both characters revived completely.
Resurrecting Trinity would undermine her death in The Matrix Revolutions and allow the series to carry on as if the whole debacle never happened. Lana Wachowski would then be able to formulate an ending befitting of Trinity's character, whether that moment comes at the end of The Matrix 4, or in a potential future movie. Audiences could also finally find resolution in Trinity's relationship with Neo and, if she does have to die again at some point, Trinity's passing could now be afforded meaning and impact, rather than just moving the character aside because her purpose has been fulfilled.
The Matrix is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.