The Leader of the Pack: A Speculative Analysis of Poe Dameron

Greetings peoples! I’m sorry I haven’t had any fresh content for you for the last couple I’ve weeks; I’ve been battling a cold.

But I’m (mostly) over it now and back in action! Today I want to talk about one of my favourite characters and definitely one of yours:

Poe Dameron!

Join me under the cut!

The Spark

We left off at the end of The Last Jedi with the Resistance nearly destroyed and abandoned by their allies while The First Order stands triumphant in spite of their moronic bumbling nature.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out where this is going. A big part of the plot, even accounting for the time skip, will be about rebuilding the Resistance. And Poe will be right in the middle of it all.

Let’s break that down a little.

  • Why will rebuilding the Resistance be a big part of the plot, even with the time skip? Logistics, for one thing. It takes time and effort to build a resistance movement, and even a couple of years isn’t enough time. How much of the plot will centre around rebuilding the Resistance will depend on how much they’re able to rebuild in the time skip, naturally.
    • It also helps connect the other characters’ plots, too. If Poe is running around rebuilding alliances, then he can easily join up with Rey looking for Jedi knowledge. Finn, naturally, will tag along with his friends and it helps establish his new responsibilities in the Resistance. So on and so forth.
  • As to why Poe will be in the centre of it all, that too is easy. Poe is the only leader the Resistance has left.

Which brings us to our next topic:

The Death of Leia

Poe is possibly the only character who actively benefits from Leia’s death. Kylo Ren is crippled by the lack of closure; Rey is hampered by the death of the person who was supposed to be her mentor figure in this film (forcing her to fall back on the disappointing relationship with Luke) and neither Finn nor Rose nor Jannah care all that much because they didn’t have an emotional connection to Leia in the first place.

Poe, though, is forced to take up the leadership reigns now that everybody senior to him is dead. And thus, this is his time to shine. Combined with the lessons he learned from the last film, Poe is primed to become the leader the Resistance needs.

This is a short article this time because, let’s face it, there’s not a lot of mystery to Poe’s character arc in The Rise of Skywalker. For all of TLJ’s… flaws (flaws is a good word), it set up the final third of Poe’s arc really well.

Poe is the future of the Resistance, more than Finn or Rey.

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