– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Things look to get more complex in the next Star Wars film. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens seemed very black-and-white, Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks to add in more dynamic and shades of gray to the equation. Additionally, we’ll get to see more nuanced aspects of the characters.

One such character is Poe Dameron. Poe is a prized fighter pilot for the Resistance, but as we know, he’s being groomed by General Leia to take on a leadership role in the future.

“Poe is grappling with how to become a leader and not just a hero pilot, which means keeping those emotions in check, to keep his fervor in check and think things through a bit more.”

Enter Laura Dern’s character, Vice Admiral Holdo. She’s also been groomed by Leia, but she has a very different approach to things than Poe, and needs to work to gain the trust of those in the Resistance.

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Regarding this, Laura Dern told EW.

“She doesn’t particularly look like your typical military leader, and so I think there’s a bit of distrust for Poe. He’s not sure what to make of her, and then the way she speaks, the things she says.”

Actor Oscar Isaac also discussed Holdo and Poe’s relationship, saying:

“It’s definitely appropriate that they’ve paired us because a lot of the friction and conflict comes between Poe and that relationship with Admiral Holdo, who is this person that’s been — at least temporarily — put in charge of the Resistance.”

As far as her personality, she’s very confident and headstrong. Coming from his background, Poe is more hungry and reactionary, whereas Holdo is more of a strategist who understands the need to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Isaac continued:

“Even if something seems like it’s not the most heroic thing to do in the moment, thinking about the bigger picture is sometimes more important. That’s something he’s trying to wrap his mind around, but at the same time, with the Resistance being in such a precarious situation, he wants to do the right thing, and doesn’t want to just wait and let things happen. He doesn’t necessarily agree with the way Holdo sees the role of the Resistance in this particular moment.”

This sounds like an interesting dynamic, and we certainly hope they take advantage of it in the film. While all these character details and motivations are great, I do worry they’ll get buried in favor of the more action-heavy stuff, but with director Rian Johnson at the helm, we may have some time to delve into these power conflicts.

What do you think? Let us know down below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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  • secretAGENTman

    Poe will clash with grape hair?


    That’s nice… I mean boring.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      But after they get marooned on a deserted planet together they will learn to work together…and then bang.

      • secretAGENTman

        Adversity leading to mutual respect.
        Nice. 👍🏻

  • Victor Roa

    the least known character, I actually know more about Snoke than her, but she’s been killing it in Twin Peaks so yeah

  • capitandelespacio
  • Kindofabigdeal

    I was really hoping Poe would bang Rey. Then Finn can get all jealous. Then a mission comes up and Poe makes sure Finn can’t go with him. Poe gets shot down and goes missing. Finn tries to comfort Rey and they hook up. But then Poe returns alive and well. Poe and Finn have a fight at a cantina. The next morning the First Order attacks and someone says I think Galactic Civil War 2 just started.
    Rey shares that shes pregnant with Poe which is why she stays with Finn.
    Poe and Finn agree to go on a bombing mission to the First Order HQ. They are successful but get show down. While fighting troopers Finn is shot and injured. Holding a bloody Finn in his arms he tells him that he can’t die, he’s going to be a dady. Finn says no, you are.
    Poe says that will never work, he then slips off into the outer rim where he spends the rest of his days as a spice smuggler.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.