Johnny is in the hospital and is in critical condition after he saved the children from the church that was on fire. He had a broken back and third degree burns. He was in severe pain and suffering.
The nurses wouldn't let them in until the doctor let them in. That was when Ponyboy knew something was up Johnny's mother also came to the hospital but Johnny didn't want to see her. Cherry also came but did not want to see her boyfriends murderer.
The Greasers won the rumble and Dally joined them at the last second. Johnny was still in bad shape. Ponyboy visited Johnny. He was still in pain and pale. Johnny told Ponyboy to stay gold and then died.