Bad news Finn fans – according to John Boyega, his character’s story arc in the upcoming The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX won’t see him picking up a lightsaber and training to become a Jedi.
One of many ambiguous plot points established in The Force Awakens, Finn’s mysterious connection to Anakin Skywalker’s old lightsaber feels like a standard JJ Abrams Mystery Box, in that apparently, it doesn’t seem to lead to any kind of satisfying conclusion.
In The Force Awakens, Maz Kanata insists that Finn should fight his Stormtrooper buddies with a lightsaber rather than a blaster, and it’s implied that his laser sword wielding is going to pay off at some point in the future.
Besides, Finn holds his own against Kylo Ren, the killer of Jedi. Sure, some people think Kylo is just toying with Finn, but when you’re teasing someone, you don’t generally let them stab you in the shoulder.
With Rey looking suspiciously like she might dabble with the Dark Side in The Force Awakens, fans have been hoping to see the pay-off from Finn’s initial lightsaber experiences. Perhaps, the theory goes, Rey will become seduced by Snoke’s arguments, and will embrace the darkness – at which point it will be up to Finn to try and bring her back a la Luke and Vader in Return of the Jedi.
Now, though, it’s looking more like the whole Finn lightsaber plot point from The Force Awakens really is typical Abrams, in that it’s a mystery that was set up for the sake of a bait-and-switch so that Rey’s reveal as a Force user could be more unexpected.
According to John Boyega, while Finn does swing around an energy baton in a fight against Captain Phasma in The Last Jedi, his path won’t lead him to training as a Jedi.
“Would I like to be a Jedi? I think it would be more interesting if they had more than one person be a Jedi – but I think that that is the one of the unspoken laws of Star Wars. They only have one who has to go away and train. … I hope it takes an interesting turn; not in terms of being a Jedi, but there are loads more stronger characters in the Star Wars universe that can go up against Jedi and they don’t necessarily have to be a Jedi. I would like to explore that more; the whole Boba Fett vibe. I would like to explore that for Finn, but who knows?”
Well that’s disappointing.
Of all the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens, Finn is the one who connects everything together. His friendships with Rey and Poe Dameron move the plot forward, and he’s the character that’s willing to risk life and limb to save people he cares about when they’re in trouble, thereby moving the plot forward.
Naturally, then, it would make sense for Finn to be the heroic savior who brings Rey back from the Dark Side when she makes some bad choices, showing her love and support as he patiently helps her to work through her challenges.
But, nope, turns out Finn won’t be doing any of that stuff – he’s more of a Han Solo type, busy with his own personal story arc of character growth while much bigger things play out all around him.
Unless, of course, John Boyega is deliberately misleading us.
Perhaps Finn doesn’t train as a Jedi, but he does reach out to try and save Rey when she stumbles. He doesn’t need Jedi training to be a good person, nor is it a requirement to make him care about his friend.
It’d be really interesting to see a climax in Episode IX that mirrors the moment in The Force Awakens with Han and Kylo on the bridge. Rey is trying to come to terms with her bad choices, as Finn approaches, quietly, slowly, and very well aware of how this went down last time someone tried to reason with a fledgling Dark Side user.
Okay, so maybe this is bordering on the line of fan-fiction, but it would be a beautiful direction to take the franchise.
In practice, Finn probably isn’t destined to be a Jedi, or to face off against Rey in an attempt to save her soul.
Rey probably won’t turn evil in The Last Jedi, and Finn won’t be needed to rescue her from herself.
It’s a shame. It’d be really fun to see the Star Wars saga take a darker twist, and it’d be great to see Finn save the galaxy by being loving and kind.
Oh well. Whatever we actually get in The Last Jedi will probably be cool too.