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The Big Question Fans Have About Jurassic World Dominion

You can feel excitement for "Jurassic World Dominion" build by the day. By now, the trailer's images of velociraptors rampaging through city streets and a T-Rex crashing a drive-in movie have brought us all to a fever pitch. And along with that excitement comes some urgent questions. Will Chris Pratt's raptor-whispering Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing be able to protect their dinosaur and human allies? How, exactly, will human beings and the most fearsome predators in history find a way to, as Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm suggests at the end of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," coexist?

This is on top of the anticipation that already existed thanks to the news that Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill — all alums of the original "Jurassic Park" films — would be reprising their roles. And of course, that anticipation has already been strung out longer than expected after production was halted at the height of the pandemic (via Variety). But now, with all of these questions about to be answered, there is, inevitably, another, far bigger one, which has fans of the franchise very much in limbo.

Fans want to know if Jurassic World Dominion will be the final film

A thread in the r/JurassicPark subreddit, started by u/Gojira6832, asks quite bluntly whether "Jurassic World Dominion" is going to be the final film in the franchise. It's a not-unreasonable question. Bringing back the legacy cast inevitably brings with it a feeling of a climax-to-end-all-climaxes. And the events of "Dominion" bring to the forefront questions that the other films in the franchise have always asked about human beings' propensity to spell our own doom via scientific hubris.

That question is further underlined by Chris Pratt's own words during his recent appearance on "The Today Show." Pratt himself mentioned all of the above as having a feeling of finality. "I really do think it's the end," Pratt said. He also described the film by saying, "You know you go to like a fireworks display, like 4th of July or New Years and there's always the finale, you're like waiting for it and then BOOM you're like oh, this is it! This is the finale!"

Other commenters, like u/Snarfly99 and u/oec_conductor, see it as highly unlikely that "Dominion" is the final word. Of course, it could also be that it is simply the last in this specific iteration and that "Dominion" will be the jumping-off point for the franchise to make the move into other forms of media. "It will be the last movie for a long time," u/Ceez92 suggests, "as I see them jumping into creating a series instead." Technically, there is already a "Jurassic World" series in existence in the form of the animated "Camp Cretaceous," so it's likely that they mean a potential live-action TV series. And while there's been no word one way or the other if that's the case, it would be an exciting pivot for the series to make.