– by Nick Doll

One of the reasons Star Wars: The Force Awakens was great was because it left a lot of character origins to be explored. More like the carefully crafted original trilogy that slowly revealed Luke’s true origins and left the Emperor a near mystery, The Force Awakens was not simply an information dump like the entirety of the prequels. Which, I suppose, was their purpose, but it did made them painfully straight forward. Today, fans are musing about the origins of many characters introduced in The Force Awakens, mainly Snoke and Rey. Traditionally, our curiosity surrounding origins in Star Wars has focused on those strong in the Force, and their lineage, but do other characters in the current trilogy hold secrets in their pasts that are important to the narrative of The Last Jedi and Episode IX?

What about Finn? Is there more to his story than being abducted by the First Order at a young age, stripped of his identity, and trained to be a mindless Stormtrooper? Entertainment Weekly had a discussion with actor John Boyega about whether or not we’ll learn more about Finn’s backstory in The Last Jedi. Said Boyega:

“Yeah, definitely. But it’s not explored in depth in Episode VIII. But he definitely has a past that is troubled. … I don’t know how all that’s going to play out.”

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So, maybe it will play out in depth in Episode IX? Boyega seems to think so, but it is hard to say, when so much information is kept from even the actors these days. Plus, Episode IX is being rewritten at the moment. Boyega did clarify that The Last Jedi will explore the character’s recent history:

“We will learn more about his past and where he came from, and potentially why he made the decision [to escape] that he made. I’m also very curious. The question that needs to be answered is why he decided to leave as a stormtrooper in the first place. We will find out just a little bit more about him.”

It seemed like Finn’s decision to leave the First Order was pretty straightforward after watching his friend die, but as long as we don’t get bogged down in backstory, I’m always down to learn more about Finn! Star Wars: The Last Jedi can’t arrive soon enough!

Do you want to learn more about Finn’s origins? Or are you afraid The Last Jedi and Episode IX will get bogged down in too much backstory? Let us know in the comment section below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits the silver screen on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly