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J. J. Abrams Confirms What Finn Wanted to Tell Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Dec 21, 2019.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, there's a minor plot thread involving Finn trying to tell Rey something, but never getting the chance to. J. J. Abrams has confirmed what that thing is, and it's a detail certain to delight fans of the character.







    Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow this point.



    Shortly after release, a fan who talked to John Boyega got an interesting response to him about this unresolved plot thread: the conversation that he wants to have with Rey, but never does on-camera. In the Instagram conversation, Boyega didn't give a direct answer, but quoted a line from the final trailer, strongly hinting at Finn's connection to the Force. Check out a screengrab of the conversation below:



    [embed]https://twitter.com/shitstheticc/status/1208117209823875072[/embed]





    So that's certainly interesting. But what was subtext in Boyega's response about a scene in The Rise of Skywalker has now become outright text, since J. J. Abrams has come out and said that yes, Finn has a connection to the Force, and he's just beginning to realize it. He said this in a conversation about the film after a recent screening, taking questions from the audience:



    [embed]https://twitter.com/ar1aster/status/1208293387310264320[/embed]





    Throughout The Force Awakens, there were hints that Finn had some kind of connection to the Force, such as Kylo Ren instantly recognizing him, Rey repeating his 'I can do this...' while on the Millennium Falcon, and Finn hearing the screams of the victims of the destruction of Hosnian Prime. There's even a 'Force' sound effect that's used in some scenes in the film, which appears early on when Finn's dying friend in the Stormtrooper corps marks his bloodied hand on his helmet, and our hero has a crisis of conscience. The Last Jedi chose not to follow through on these hints in favor of focusing Finn's story on his relationship with the Resistance, but it also never explicitly disproved that he had a connection to the Force, either. And now we know for real: Finn has the potential to become one of the first of the new Jedi.



    It seems as though there were several subplots cut from the film when the final edit was made (since the film was originally expected to be around 2 hours and 35 minutes, and the theatrical cut was 2 hours and 21 minutes), and this was clearly one of them. Ultimately, this trilogy is the story of Rey's journey as a Jedi, and there's still room for Finn to become a Jedi in future Star Wars media, which seems likely to happen sooner rather than later. After the initial marketing tease that made it look like he was going to be a Jedi in The Force Awakens, now it seems like we'll see it happen at some point down the line.



    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.





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    On 2nd viewing it is clear that Finn is Force sensitive. Multiple times he senses things or says I have a feeling, I feel her, etc.
     
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    Had to keep a few options open just in case Daisy says no to X, XI, XII twelve years from now.
     
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    He was gonna tell her she doesn't have to get those power converters. He got them.:p

    But I really thought it was about the force or he was gonna tell her he loved her. Wasn't usre. But I knew he was more force sensitive in this movie
     
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    Does that mean Jannah and her squad that broke the First Order mind conditioning also have a stronger than average connection to the Force?
     
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    I always just assumed that everyone has a connection to the force and that Finn, although not inherently as powerful as Rey etc, feels the connection because he believes in it. We see that the Force awakens in him as it does with Rey - particularly after Solo tells them “it’s all real”.

    JJ always wanted the Force to be accessible to everyone and Finn was the means of showing that. Rey of course was always very powerful with the Force and JJ likely had an idea from the beginning of a Force dynasty background for her.

    Throughout TROS we see that Finn definitely taps into the force but I think anyone could do it, to different levels, if they believed in it.
     
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    I imagine there are different degrees of Force abilities, sort of like we all have different athletic abilities. You can practice and become more proficient at certain things, but there is also something to be said for innate abilities.

    I don't see Finn becoming a Jedi master, but he has some sort of Force sensitivity. I suppose Maz does as well. Maybe Jannah has a little too.
     
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    Whoa! That's really awesome!! And it does make it more clear why Kylo paused and looked at him after the slaughter on ... that planet....y'know the very first one.... I'm terrible with names.
     
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    That is really awesome. I was disappointed by how the chose to use Finn in TFA (and Poe, for that matter) but I think their characters grew in leaps over the past two movies to become really favorable characters to me. I really like how it went with the two of them, even being co-generals at the end. Whatever people think about the casino scenes in TLJ, those scenes were crucial for Finn's character development. To think that Finn could become a Jedi is really a nice touch to this closing episode and I feel Finn's character has been done right.
     
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    Good to see an explanation, seems similar to Maz and what was hinted for her.

    I.e. Is connected/sensitive to the Force without being a full force user like a Jedi.
     
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    It would be really nice if they could do an extended edition of the movie at some point. I have a sneaky feeling they might do.

    On Finn specifically, I don’t mind too much that it’s left hanging a bit... it does seem to imply he has something like a connection to the Force, something I like to call...

    Finn-tuition! :D:p
     
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    I can't believe I'm saying this, after reading this thread I wish JJ had directed the entire sequel trilogy, and for the record I like TLJ.
     
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    That's a finntastic post, Porco.
     
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    That was my interpretation, as well. In the conversation he has with Jana on the Falcon, it seems like they have a connection beyond just both being former FO Troopers. They both are sensing something within themselves that they don't fully understand but in seeing the unexpected or incredible happen around them, what may have felt fleeting may begin to feel more tangible.

    When the Force Awakens, it awakens in every living being. It simply differs by who subconsciously or consciously open we are to its call.
     
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    This is not a subtle detail so why it would surprise people or need confirmation from JJ is really confusing.
     
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    Some of the fandom gulf is just a difference in how information is processed.

    Some need all the dots connected in concrete fashion or it is shoddy film making while some are fine with some extrapolation within the Galaxy far, far away structure as they interpret it, while still others thrive off ambiguity to the point that a lack of it is in and of itself problematic all in different weights of each sort and everyone touches each point view but in drastically different amounts.
     
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    Then there are others that are just staunchly against the idea of Finn being force-sensitive for various reasons. Some of which have to do with bias of some sort.
     
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    Of course and the "He-Man Women Hating Club" too but I'm more focused on the majority of decent folks with honest and good faith differences in seeing the same things.
     
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    I think there are two different questions that are getting conflated here. I don't doubt the assertion that Finn was experiencing some kind of Force-sensitivity - but that doesn't prove that that is what he was going to tell Rey.

    It would be great if JJ confirmed that that was indeed what Finn was going to say, but the claim that he confirmed it seems to be based on hearsay, which is a bit shaky for me.
     
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