One last ride with Franklin, Michael, and Trevor.
By the tail end of GTA 5, Franklin will be forced to choose between Trevor or Michael as the FIB, and Devin Weston orders him to kill one or the other.
The thing is, Franklin does not even have to listen to the FIB or Devin Weston; he can just join forces with Michael and Trevor and put down all their enemies once and for all.
The Third Way is the cannon ending for GTA 5, where you play Franklin, Michael, and Trevor work together for the last time in a single mission.
In this guide, we have outlined everything you need to know about The Third Way and how you can get a Gold Medal for completing the mission in GTA 5.
The Third Way Synopsis
Thirdly, Franklin does not choose to kill either Trevor or Michael. Instead, Franklin calls Lester when Devin Weston leaves to ask for help. Lester tells Franklin to calm down and come to Lester’s house to talk.
Despite being the man with all the know-how, Lester initially has zero ideas for Franklin and suggests he kill Michael and then kill Trevor, leaving Franklin in disbelief.
Lester then explains that he only told Franklin to kill them because he doesn’t know what to do either.
When Lester finally calms down and starts to think more rationally, he comes up with a suggestion – bait Devin Weston and Steve Haines into thinking that Franklin, Michael, and Trevor are melting the gold they acquired from the last heist to the foundry so they can take down the FIB and Merryweather at the same time.
Lester tells Franklin to head to the foundry while he contacts Michael and Trevor. Franklin leaves Lester’s house and heads to Lamar’s place to pick him up. Lamar gladly offers his help and is thrilled when he finds out he can finally return to Devin Weston.
Franklin and Lamar arrive at the foundry with Michael and Trevor waiting inside. Franklin instructs Lamar to give Franklin a heads-up when he spots Merryweather or the FIB arriving at the foundry.
In the foundry, Franklin spots Michael and Trevor pointing their guns at each other. The pair is still unhappy about working with one another, but Franklin manages to convince them to drop their weapons and work together for once so they can deal with the FIB and Merryweather.
After Franklin gets Michael and Trevor to agree to a truce, Frankin receives a call from Lamar that Merryweather and FIB are in the area.
Franklin, Michael, and Trevor work together to eliminate all the FIB and Merryweather agents entering the area, which didn’t require too much effort as the FIB and Merryweather ended up shooting at each other anyway.
After successfully clearing the foundry of FIB and Merryweather agents, Franklin, Michael, and Trevor agree to take down their enemies so they can get on with their lives without looking over their shoulders.
Franklin takes down Wei Cheng, Michael deals with Stretch, and Trevor silences Steve Haines. All three protagonists complete their assignments with flying colors, leaving just one enemy to deal with – Devin Weston.
Trevor gets the honor of breaching Devin Weston’s home and kidnapping him, which he does easily despite Devin Weston’s heavy security detail.
Trevor throws Weston in the trunk of his car and takes him to the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness, where Trevor waits for Franklin and Trevor to arrive.
Michael arrives first but is quickly followed by Franklin. The trio briefly talks to Devin Weston to send their goodbyes before finally pushing Devin Weston’s car (with Devin still in the trunk) off the cliff.
With Devin Weston and all their enemies gone, Franklin, Michael, and Trevor split up, and the end credits roll.
The Third Way Gold Medal Objectives
- Time: Complete within 21:30.
- Headshots: Kill 20 enemies with a headshot.
- Accuracy: Finish with a shooting accuracy of at least 70%.
- Stick, Tick… Boom!: Kill Cheng with a Sticky Bomb.
- Lead Lobotomy: Kill Steve Haines with a headshot.
- Stretched Out: Kill Stretch with a melee attack.
All Gold Medal objectives for this mission can be completed through multiple replays. You can return another time and replay the mission to get the rest of the Gold Medal objectives.
The Third Way Mission Guide
Pick up Lamar at Strawberry, then head to the foundry.
Enter the foundry to meet up with Michael and Trevor.
Keep playing as Franklin, and take out the four agents with headshots. You need to score 20 headshots to complete the Gold Medal Objective.
Switch to Trevor or Michael as necessary.
Head outside to help Lamar. Make sure to kill the agents with a headshot. You can easily get 4-6 headshots at this part of the mission.
Switch back to Michael to help Trevor.
After helping Trevor, Michael and Trevor will head outside to help Franklin and Lamar.
You can stay near Franklin and Lamar’s spot for this part of the mission. Just focus on getting headshots and landing bullets, as you need to complete the mission with 70% accuracy.
The trio will regroup and discuss their next course of action.
You can complete the individual assignments in any order. We chose to go with Stretch first.
Look for a bald guy with a white shirt on. Switch to a melee weapon of your choice and take him out.
After dealing with Stretch, escape the area to complete the task.
Next up is Trevor. Head to Steve Haines’ location marked red on the map.
Keep an eye out for the Ferris wheel car with the cameraman onboard. Wait until you get a clear shot of Steve Haines to kill him. Ensure you take him out with a headshot to complete the Gold Medal Objective.
Escape the cops to complete the assignment.
Franklin’s assignment is much trickier as you need to use a sticky bomb to kill Wei Cheng to get a Gold Medal.
Use Franklin’s special ability to slow down time and improve accuracy.
Wei Cheng’s car is the sedan in the middle of the convoy. Blow up his car or the first car to kill Wei Cheng.
Head to Devin Weston’s house. Climb over the fence to get inside.
Get on top of the bush wall toward the right side of the garage and climb up the roof.
From here, you can easily spot and shoot Devin Weston’s guards.
With all the guards dealt with, head to the pool area and walk toward the large chest.
Trevor will knock Devin Weston out and drive him to the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness.
The trio will meet up for the last time to deal with Devin Weston.
Push the car over the cliff to complete the mission.
Flawed, Awful, Uncomfortable, and Poorly Matched
With all their enemies out of the picture, all three GTA 5 protagonists can retire and continue their normal lives in Los Santos. With the millions they scored in their last outing with Lester, the trio should be able to live a full and worry-free life.
The Third Way features one of the longest lists of Gold Medal Objectives of any mission in GTA 5, which makes a ton of sense, as this mission is the real farewell parade for Franklin, Michael, and Trevor.
Getting all Gold Medal objectives in a single run can be tricky, as there are many things to consider in the mission, such as the 21:30 minutes to complete the mission. Other challenging objectives include the headshot and accuracy requirement.
Other than those mentioned above, the rest of the Gold Medal objectives should be doable in a single run. Just follow the detailed guide we have for you above to check off as many objectives as possible in your first run.