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Which character will go solo in Episode VIII?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' started by Nijuni, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Nijuni

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    During the second act of each trilogies, we know one character of the trio leaves the other two to do a quest on his own. In ESB, it's Luke to complete his Jedi training, while in AOTC it's Obi-Wan to investigate on Kamino.

    In your opinion, which one of Rey, Finn or Poe will be solo in Episode VIII?

    In the other trilogies, this fact is somehow linked to the romance plot: the one who leaves enables the other two to get closer. If I had to take a bet, I'd say Poe will be the one leaving in Episode VIII, while Rey and Finn will fall in love. It seems, according to the teasers, that Rey and Finn have more screen time together in TFA, than with Poe; and Poe seems to have his own arc away from the other two, so I assume the story will keep on this way in future movies (plus, it would be original, as he would be the first one on a solo quest not to be a Jedi).

    But I could be totally wrong. Maybe the love story of this trilogy won't be between characters in the trio. Maybe Rey will be the one leaving, and Finn or Poe will have a romance with another female character (I highly doubt they will have a gay romance, though). Or maybe it is Rey who will have a love story with another character while she has left the other two (maybe with Kylo Ren, who knows? It would be something different).

    What do you think?
     
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    I've wondered/hoped a bit about a LGBTQ main character in the films since Disney seems to be deliberately pushing for diversity in things, but yeah probably not (oh well).

    As for your original question, I'd say that my money is on Poe as well. Finn and Rey seem to be our main protagonists so far with lots of interaction between the two of them. As of now, Poe seems to be kinda next to the two of them rather than a main character in his own right (though I admit that this may just be due to the marketing and the film may not bear this out).
     
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    Well if Rey does meet Luke at the end of Episode VII and hands Luke his lightsaber, it'd be foolish of her to just drop it off and say see-yah without mastering the force first...
     
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    Yea everybody's caught up on the solo twins approach. Which of course your not . I like the Kylo Rey romance thing. It WOULD be different to the SW universe. I'm seeing Rey go off into the dark with the big bad wolf/wolves eventually anyway.
     
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    I still think being family related would be the better option
     
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    I think the twin thing is very Star Wars-y, but yeah I like the idea of a romance between Rey and Kylo Ren, because first that would be original, and also I think that would allow a new kind of romance in the saga, different than the other trilogies, with a kind of beauty and the beast (or bad wolf as you said) vibe.

    I won't be disappointed if Rey and Kylo end up twins, because it would be coherent with the saga, even if IMO less original.
     
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    I think it all comes down to whether or not Rey and Kylo are related. If they are, which is admittedly the strongest possibility, then there obviously won't be a romance between them. However if not, I could see one possibly happening if Kylo is meant to have a redemption arc in the trilogy.

    As for who will go solo in VIII, I think the spoilers of TFA indicate that Rey will start off VIII already separated from Finn and Poe. So the real question, to me at least, isn't who will go solo in VIII: It's "how will they all reunite during VIII?"
     
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    If anyone it's gotta be Rey
     
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    I think Rey will have the solo journey, and Finn and Poe will have their own arc together, which is where the supposed "new female lead" comes in (possible romantic interest for Finn?).

    I feel like Poe will either be the series' first LGBT addition or not have a significant romance in the films, although there were early rumors on MSW that Rey was attracted to Poe.

    But who even knows? I wouldn't be against them switching the dynamic up and not splitting the trio up.
     
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    I like your idea, especially Poe being gay. I just hope it won't be another love triangle. It's already been done to death.
     
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    OT character arcs. Luke: rite of passage, mystical discovery, confronting inner darkness. Leia: allowing trust and intimacy to soften her rough exterior. Han: humanizing himself by joining a larger cause/group, and falling in love (love instead of lust).

    ST "Most Likely To..." list. Poe: most likely to need to experience love instead of lust. Finn: most likely to humanize himself by defecting and joining a more noble cause. Rey: most likely to be on a rite of passage/mystical journey, and also most likely to have a rough exterior that needs to be softened with trust and intimacy. Kylo: most likely to confront his inner darkness.

    Conclusion. Poe and Rey: most likely to have the Han and Leia love/hate relationship.... Thus, I think Rey will be more like Anakin than Luke. It doesn't seem like she's starting from scratch skill-wise, so she can be on her mystical journey and have a relationship at the same time. If she isolates, it'll be between 7 and 8. The more screen time that's given to Rey's force training, is less screen time for her romance with Poe, or whoever. My bet is Poe.
     
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    They had that gay moff in the "Lords of the Sith" book, which seemed awkward to me, sort of forced and random. It took me out of the story and seemed too topical. I would be stunned if they went there in a movie.
     
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    That's your reaction to it.
    But to quote a certain stormtrooper: "Get used to it."
     
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    So I have to "get used to" random, irrelevant, and obviously real-world topical comments that take you out of the universe in SW content? Is Aftermath going to have a random, out-of-nowhere throw-away line about universal health care or the flat tax? Maybe that is a normal thing in SW books, I never got into the EU so wouldn't know and maybe why that's why I'm not used to it. I prefer my real-world parallels to be more subtle in fantasy works.

    Perhaps, I should have left my thoughts on the randomness out of it, because that wasn't my point, but rather that while they've done gay characters in the book, I'd be surprised if they went there in a movie.
     
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    Gay people are not a political stance. They're just people.
     
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    Well, as far as we know, you may be right, but I think it would be a bit disappointing if the ST trio had the same development than Luke/Han/Leia.

    In the PT, we have: Anakin - trying to learn of letting go and stop controling everything in his life (ultimately failing, and learning the lesson the hard way). Padmé - allowing herself to think a bit more about her own good (she's a very selfless character). Obi Wan - learning to be a father figure by trying to find balance between the strict way of the Jedi and the more out-of-the-box way of his mentor Qui Gon.

    I know a lot of you dislike the PT, but it proved you can tell different characters stories in Star Wars. If the dynamic between the trio in the ST is the same as in the OT, why don't they just remake the film?

    I suggest another theory about the ST characters development: Finn - beginning as a bit of a coward and finding bravery in his journey, falling in love with Rey, and finding his own way of being a man without being overly masculine. Rey - allowing herself to trust people (with her relationship with Finn), and finding faith in something (the Force). Poe (he's a bit of a mystery to me) - learning that everything is not black and white, and developing a more subtle and nuance view of the galaxy.

    Anyway, to conclude, I still think Poe is the one who will have his journey apart from the other two.
     
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    I foresee a lot of Finn/Rey shipping! The actors themselves have a great dynamic. However, I really don't see that happening the films... and part of me hopes I'm right.

    It's rare you get an even, man-woman friendship in a movie that doesn't somehow revolve around or tease romance (heck, even Luke made out with his twin sister). I'd like to see that with Finn and Rey.

    Poe seems to be set up as a mentor for Finn (convinces him to defect, stands up for him at the Resistance meeting) and potential crush for Rey (as with the OT, barely teased in the first movie but developed in the second).

    But it's really got to be the Skywalker Jedi - i.e. Rey - that goes on a solo adventure. Who knows, maybe she doesn't get romantically involved with either of them?
     
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    THIS. If any of you are watching Killjoys, two of the main characters are best of friends and their relationship is awesome. We don't have to have a romance between the main characters, Rey and Finn could just be this great friend unit, fighting back to back sort of speak and occasionally getting help from the 'best friggin' pilot in the galaxy'.

    Since I think that Rey is a Skywalker (or at least a Skywalker type character), I believe she will have a solo adventure if they are going that way. But, again, they could change things up and I would be fine with that.
     
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    Yeah, I think you're right. It kind of reminds me something Joss Whedon said about the relationship between Hawkeye and Black Widow in the Avengers movies. Everyone was expecting them to be romantically involved, but in his opinion, ther relationship is stronger by making them two best friends constantly saving each other's lives. Even if I'd like some Finn/Rey romance, I think them being close friends would be interesting too.

    Plus, the more I think about it, the more I believe the new female character they're searching for Episode VIII might be a romantic interest for Finn or Poe, leaving Rey without romance plot (following the same path than Luke).
     
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    I definitely feel this will be Rey! Especially in accordance with the rumours we're hearing from the skellig-michael filming. I think Rey will leave the group at the end of EP 7, to go off on her own to "complete her quest" :)
     
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