If The Matrix 5 ever happened, would Neo and Trinity’s rebooted simulation actually work, or was The Matrix Resurrections slightly too optimistic? Keanu Reeves’ Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity finally jacked back into their most famous franchise with 2021’s The Matrix Resurrections. Set 60 years after Neo’s truce with the Machines, The Matrix Resurrections introduces a world rebuilt by Neil Patrick Harris’ villainous Analyst, but when Neo and Trinity (once again) reject their digital prison, The Analyst’s power is broken. Now both possessing One powers, the story ends with Neo and Trinity promising to remake the Matrix.
Whether or not The Matrix 5 ever happens is anyone’s guess. Senior Warner Bros. figures publicly remain open to the idea, but Lana Wachowski denied The Matrix Resurrections was conceived as the first chapter in a brand new trilogy. The fourth entry also performed badly at the box office and attracted mixed reviews. If The Matrix 5 does eventually come around, however, Neo and Trinity’s efforts to recreate The Analyst’s Matrix could play a major role. Maybe a future sequel charts their journey, or perhaps The Matrix 5‘s plot would explore what comes after. Either way, huge question marks hang over what Neo and Trinity remaking the Matrix would actually look like… not to mention whether such a feat is even possible.
The Matrix Resurrections‘ final scene between Neo, Trinity and The Analyst gives a strong hint as to what our protagonists do next. Everyone’s favorite digi-couple aren’t plotting to end the Matrix – just free the minds enslaved within it. Trinity jokingly suggests painting rainbows in the sky, to which Neo replies, “Just remind people of what a free mind can do.” This line confirms their intention to expose the Matrix’s true nature for everyone plugged-in, letting humans choose between remaining in the realm of ones and zeroes, or returning to reality – that old red or blue pill dilemma revisited. The Analyst exploited “desire and fear” to achieve an unprecedented zero rejection rate, so when Neo says “change a few things,” he probably means altering that framework to restore free will, ensuring bluepills aren’t poked and prodded to produce higher energy output.
Can Neo and Trinity actually achieve these goals? Thanks to The Analyst, yes. The How I Met Your Matrix is powered by Neo and Trinity’s source code – so much so, the Machines (or “Suits” in The Matrix Resurrections) can’t even activate the fail-safe that’ll restore an older Matrix version without them. Neo and Trinity’s importance to the Analyst’s Matrix gives them (presumably both, although we only see Trinity do it) far greater power compared to The One in previous movies. Trinity effortlessly kills then resurrects The Analyst, and the aforementioned “rainbows” comment implies she could change the very color of the sky. By wielding this kind of power, freeing minds from the Matrix should come pretty easily, and no program the Suits send would be powerful enough to stop them. This is the cost of The Analyst’s ambition. The newcomer used Neo and Trinity to create the most profitable simulation yet, but the Machines effectively lose control of their own creation when the duo break free.
The biggest (and perhaps only) obstacle to Neo and Trinity’s RAM renovation is pointed out by The Analyst himself – human nature. The pernicious program believes his Matrix gives “sheeple” what they want, and no matter how much Neo and Trinity “change things,” plugged-in humans will refuse liberation, craving the oppressed control of The Analyst’s world instead. By his logic, Neo and Trinity can never actually win, because no matter how much they reshape and remold the Matrix, they can’t force folk to swallow the red pill.
If The Matrix 5 does ever come to pass, The Analyst’s ominous prediction means humans could be the sequel’s main enemy, as opposed to yet another smart-mouthed computer program who loves the sound of his own voice. If The Matrix Resurrections‘ villain knows humanity’s mind as intimately as he claims, a bluepill faction would rise up in resistance of Neo and Trinity’s Matrix retrofit, desperately attempting to prevent a redpill exodus for fear of losing their digital home forever. Neo and Trinity may be envisioning a land of sunshine and rainbows, but could their revolution spark civil war in The Matrix 5?