What it means to be a Fast&Furious series without Paul Walker?

It's been a long day without you Paul Walker.....

He was one of the many reasons this street racing movie franchise had such a huge fan base.

Following the sad passing of co-lead star Paul Walker, his character Brian O'Conner was written out of the story at the end of 7. It's assumed that Brian will not be coming back, though there's always a chance that he will be referenced as if he is still there in the background.

With his blond hair and ice-blue eyes, his character, the undercover LAPD detective Brian O’Conner, was introduced as an audience surrogate – a familiar face for white, middle-class teenagers intrigued by the ethnically rich and threateningly urban street racing culture.

With the fifth and sixth films, Fast & Furious became the most high-octane and unapologetically entertaining franchise to rule our screens. And with that new star power, Walker started to take a few more risks and make slightly more challenging films with performances suggesting that we had not seen all he could do.

While the script was altered and the production delayed to make all of the right changes to Furious 7, Brian's retirement is the end of an era, and you can see it in the team's eyes at the end of Furious 7.

Universal has two more films built into the Furious 7 cast's contracts. The harsh reality of the matter is that whether we like it or not, Universal is going to want to exercise that option – particularly with the stupid amount of money this franchise has generated for the recently rebounding studio.

It's unclear how Walker's death will affect the future of the Fast & Furiousfranchise.

Only time will tell....