Neo is alive and kicking in the digital world of The Matrix Resurrections. Is Trinity the reason he’s there? And what’s their importance as a couple?
Keanu Reeves’ Neo has returned to the digital world in The Matrix Resurrections, but is Trinity his reason, and what makes the franchise’s central couple so very important? When Keanu Reeves was pitched The Matrix Resurrections, his typically gracious response was, “That sounds amazing, but I’m dead.” Fans had more or less the same reaction when Warner Bros. announced Lana Wachowski would be directing The Matrix 4 featuring Reeves’ Neo alongside Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity, both of whom famously perished in the final act of The Matrix Revolutions. note: 2gether Movie Version movie
Trailer footage for The Matrix Resurrections has shown Neo languishing in the simulated realm as Thomas Anderson before fatefully bumping into Trinity, who’s gone from badass to barista. Strangely, the reunited lovers and legendary heroes of Zion only show flickers of vague recognition but, before too long, they’re clad in leather, careering through streets on a motorcycle and fending off Agents like the good old days. note: The Omen movie
How Neo and Trinity return in The Matrix Resurrections isn’t completely known (although trailers offer a few salient clues), and it’s also unclear why they’re both plugged into the Matrix. Based on all the Matrix Resurrections details we have so far, Trinity could be Neo’s reason for hanging around, and romance’s refusal to die could ultimately save the world… but with Trinity taking Neo’s place as savior of mankind.
Based on scenes spread across multiple The Matrix Resurrections trailers, it appears Neo was reassembled by Machines following his grand sacrifice at the climax of the original trilogy. New footage of a shaven-headed Keanu Reeves occupying the real world all but confirms Neo has been brought back to life properly, rather than as a mere digital construct. Seeing Reeves wake up inside his Machine battery pod in The Matrix Resurrections, we can also infer that those pesky man-hating robots reinserted Neo into the Matrix simulation – but therein lies a problem.
As The One, Neo’s consciousness inside the Matrix is a pretty fearsome power. Would his Christ-like avatar – who, lest we forget, developed such a strong connection he learned to perceive code in the real world – really believe the Matrix’s lie all over again? Neo’s awesome powers and awareness might explain why Neil Patrick Harris’ therapist character is plugging The One with blue pills, but could there be a more personal reason Neo is willing to subconsciously accept the Matrix as reality?
The subconscious hope of seeing Trinity again could be that reason. Neo might realize the Matrix represents his only chance of a reunion with Trinity following her disappointing death in The Matrix Revolutions. Though “Thomas Anderson” might not realize it, Neo is pottering about the Matrix looking for a Trinity in a haystack, and several different trailer lines support this theory. The September 2021 promo includes a quote from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Morpheus-like character, who says to Neo, “The only thing that matters to you is still here.” In the second trailer, meanwhile, Trinity herself admits, “Part of me feels I’ve been waiting my whole life for you.” Furthermore, a synopsis has confirmed a chance meeting with Trinity is the trigger for Neo remembering his past. All evidence points toward Neo allowing himself to exist within the Matrix as Thomas Anderson because, on a subconscious level, he knows that’s where Trinity can be found.
Is Neo & Trinity’s Connection Maintaining The New Matrix?
The Matrix Resurrections’ first trailer (Sept. 2021) shows a pair of prominently placed Machine battery pods bathed in red light, both raised high above the other plugged-in human power cells, as if denoting a deeper importance to these specific captives. Neo appears to be occupying the left-hand pod, but the right side remained mysteriously unseen until a second Matrix Resurrections trailer (Dec. 2021) seemingly unveiled Carrie-Anne Moss inside it. This setup implies the Machines brought Neo and Trinity back to life (Trinity’s body was last in Machine City, so that tracks) and plugged them both into the Matrix. Since their pods are positioned apart from the general population, The Matrix’s heroes maybe aren’t a power source like the other humans. Instead, Neo and Trinity could actually be generating the simulation in The Matrix Resurrections.
As revealed by the Architect in the Wachowskis’ original Matrix trilogy, The One is a program designed to bring stability to the Machines’ simulated world. The hero served as an outlet for dissension and prevented humanity rejecting the Matrix, but the fail-safe failed when Neo’s love for Trinity proved stronger than his programming. 20 years later in The Matrix Resurrections, the logical, Machine-like response to Neo’s “failure” would be to turn The One into The Two, making Neo and Trinity both One programs, and tying their fate to the Matrix itself. That way the Matrix collapses and every human plugged in would die if they both exited. The only way Neo and Trinity can be together, therefore, is inside the Matrix. Whereas before, the Machines were thwarted because they underestimated the power of human love, this time they might take advantage of our fleshy emotions by giving Neo the only thing he wants.
This theory neatly explains why Trinity appears to possess her own One-like powers in The Matrix Resurrections, and why she and Neo together wield an even greater power – because they’re now both vessels for The One.
Does Trinity Die (Again) In The Matrix Resurrections?
If the Machines have crafted some kind of catch-22 in The Matrix Resurrections, where Neo and Trinity can only be together inside the simulation, that creates a problem for Zion. Now the war has resumed, humanity desperately needs its old heroes – especially with Morpheus (probably) dead. That could be why Trinity ominously warns, “I saw this in a dream… the dream ended here” in The Matrix Resurrections trailer footage. Trinity’s dream ends before leaving the Matrix because she intends to stay plugged; that way Neo can be freed and help protect Zion from the Machines – once again sacrificing herself so Keanu Reeves can save the world.
In The Matrix Resurrections, however, their roles may be reversed, explaining why Neo says, “She believed in me… it’s my turn to believe in her.” Neo might recognize that inside the Matrix, he’s the more experienced One program, but in Zion, Trinity is the best hope for mankind’s victory due to her leadership skills and natural determination. Fighting the desire to stay reunited, Neo remains behind to keep the simulation going (likely reverting back to his “Thomas Anderson” persona), while Trinity heads off to save the real world, hence the brief trailer image of Carrie-Anne Moss raising her hand inside a Machine battery pod. Like the rest of The Matrix Resurrections, it would be déjà vu with a slight twist.