Find Out Which ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character Was Originally Supposed to Die in the Film

By December 21, 2015

(WARNING: This post will contain spoilers for the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!)

As those who have seen it will know, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens contains more than its fair share of surprises and twists. Whether it be the reveal that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia, or the eventual death of Han at the hands of his son, the film managed to combine surprising twists with an emotional weight that few other blockbuster films nowadays are able to accomplish.

However, for a movie that is mostly driven by its highly-entertaining and interesting characters (both old and new), it looks like The Force Awakens almost gave a short life to one of its most prominent new characters.

While recently speaking with GQ for the film, Oscar Isaac revealed that his Resistance fighter pilot, Poe Dameron, originally met an early end in the first act of the film, after he managed to escape the First Order with Finn (John Boyega). Much like the sequence of events in the theatrical cut, Poe’s original story was supposed to end during that TIE Fighter crash, as he was unable to escape from the downed spacecraft, and met his unfortunate end in the sinking sands of Jakku.

It goes without saying though that the theatrical cut does not follow that direction. In fact, Poe makes a heroic return to the film later on, providing a much-needed rescue to the Millennium Falcon crew in the ruins of Maz Kanata’s watering hole, and also plays an integral part in the eventual destruction of Starkiller Base. Isaac explained in the interview though, that he initially agreed to do the movie knowing that Poe was going to die in the first act, and it was only after agreeing that J.J. Abrams revealed that he and his team had performed a rewrite of the script, bringing Poe back throughout the rest of the film.

As someone who found Poe’s character to be one of the biggest highlights of the film too, I was happy to see him brought back in the latter half, even if the explanation of his return might be too thin for some skeptical audience members. In my opinion, having Poe involved in the final act of the film, not only added a weight to the battle of Starkiller Base (other than the incredible lightsaber fight), but also helped to solidify Poe’s reputation as the Resistance’s best pilot. I can’t wait to see where he goes next.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is currently in theatres now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Mark Dobson

    Poe was a huge highlight for me. The screen time he got really stood out. He is a poster boy for the resistance and a really heroic figure. He should have his face on recruitment posters across the galaxy 🙂

  • hmsmike

    I agree… I really liked Poe, it really was a throwback to the old Han Solo days! Looking forward to seeing more of him in the next chapter!!