Gooood morning Internet! How is everybody?
Today, I want to talk about Finn. Specifically, I want to talk about what he might become at the end of TLJ.
Potential spoiler warning! Join me under the cut at your own peril!
Could Finn Become A Jed In The Last Jedi?
Had you asked me a week ago, I’d have said: probably not. Based on the (admittedly limited) marketing of the film, I would have said that Finn’s strength in the Force wasn’t being touched on in this film, that is primary arc would revolve around kicking Phasma’s ass and deciding whether or not to become a permanent member of the Resistance. Very similar to Han’s arc, in other words, from the OT. This doesn’t mean that I thought Finn wouldn’t become a Jedi at all: it would be a nice way to wrap up his arc in IX, and perfectly logical to boot, given what we’ve seen so far. I just didn’t think it’d happen in TLJ.
However, recent events have made me question this certainty:
- First off, the upcoming DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront II. As someone pointed out on Tumblr, it’s oddly coincidental for Finn to not only be a DLC character even though he’s the male lade of the Sequels, but also to have said DLC come out a mere two days before the official North American release date of TLJ. And I’m like Garak, man: I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen all the time. But I don’t trust coincidences. It’s a stretch to suggest that this is anything but a choice to hide Finn because something about his character in-game is distinctly spoilery. There is one other explanation, but it’s a lot less flattering.
- There’s this Nissan commercial, of all things, that has a young boy playing with a Finn action figure. A Finn action figure that has a blue lightsaber and Finn’s costume from TLJ. Now, again, that may not mean anything. Nissan isn’t affiliated with Lucasfilm and their marketing doesn’t necessarily have to mean anything for the film. But, uh, once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. And we are moving very close to enemy action.
So is it possible that I was *gasp* wrong? Could Finn become a Jedi in TLJ? Contrary to what most of my family likes to think, I can and do admit when I’m wrong. And on this score, I’d very much like to have been wrong.
It’s Too Early In Finn’s Arc For Finn To Become A Jedi
Note that this is descriptive, not prescriptive. I don’t actually know what Finn’s endgame is, unlike with Rey or Luke, so it’s hard to tell what’s too early and what isn’t.
But it does seem to me, based on what we’ve seen so far, that Finn has character development to go through first before he can take up the lightsaber permanently. Specifically, he has to use Phasma as punching bag and commit permanently to the Resistance.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t be teased about his becoming a Jedi. Or that he can’t start down the path at the end of the movie when he meets back up with Rey.
Or, for that matter, that the I’ve either totally misread the marketing/the marketing has lied its ass off and that we get Jedi!Finn way earlier than I expected. This post is all about speculation, folks: we have left the hard world of facts behind and are drifting about in the storm. Make no mistake about that.
It Would Be Consistent With Lucasfilm’s Incredibly Lousy Marketing For This Film
Let’s be clear here: I am not, in any way, shape or form, defending Lucasfilm’s marketing department. They suck. They suck road apples.
But, doing some kind of bait and switch is totally in character for them. It’s what they did for TFA, after all, and it would be kind of poetic if the two characters involved in that little bout of stupidity (Finn being played up as the Jedi, Rey being ignored) had their positions for this bout of stupidity reversed.
I mean, it’d be Vogon style poetry. But it’d be poetic.
It Would Very Much Fit In With What We Saw In TFA
Again, let’s be clear here: everything in Star Wars is Force-sensitive to greater and lesser degrees. That’s not the question with Finn. The question is: is the Force strong with Finn?
And the answer seems to be yes. Finn’s act of empathy towards a fellow stormtrooper and later his refusal to gun down defeated and surrendered villagers (which is a war crime!) indicates a greater connection life than his fellow stormtroopers. And then there’s his improbable aiming skills. Later on, he picks up Anakin’s Lightsaber and goes toe-to-toe with Kylo Ren, successfully wounding him. That’s more than we’ve ever seen a non-Force User do with a lightsaber.
So, yes. I do believe that taking up the lightsaber permanently is part of Finn’s destiny. The only real question is, in my mind, when? When does he become a Jedi?
Making Finn A Jedi Could Get The Fandom To Finally Accept Him As The Male Lead of The Sequels
A film and change too late, mind. But it could work.
I’ll be blunt here: I don’t think the fandom, as a whole, have accepted Finn. Even his fans seem quick to dismiss his accomplishments and skill. To be fair, that’s because they want more from Finn, but it is starting to get on my nerves.
And, to be equally blunt, the Star Wars fandom has a bad case of ‘only Force-Users matter!’ when it comes to characters. Non-Force Users tend to get dismissed or overlooked, and writers in the Star Wars universe have the same problem.
But making Finn a Jedi… wouldn’t exactly alleviate any of those problems. It would kind of reinforce them, in fact.
But, and this is the key part, it would become a lot harder to deny that Finn is the male lead of the Sequels if he takes up the lightsaber and becomes a part of the core of the mythos.