Rian Johnson reveals why Poe didn't go to Canto with Finn in The Last Jedi

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Feb 3, 2018

The honeymoon phase for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is still stronger than Luke Skywalker's connection to the force. Collider recently hosted an IMAX screening with the film's writer and director, Rian Johnson, that followed with a rewarding Q&A that revealed what might have been with everyone's favorite rebellion scum: Poe Dameron.

Johnson told Collider that Poe was one of the most ambitious characters to pick up and run with after being such hit with fans. "Poe is such a clear-cut, simple character in [Episode VII], and he's awesome because he’s Oscar Isaac and he’s the most charismatic man in the universe, and he’s just rad," Johnson gushed. What fans saw in the final cut was not what he originally planned for Poe.

"Honestly, I actually wrote, in the very first draft I wrote of it, Poe went with Finn on the mission to Canto Bight, and the two of them were going to be together on the mission," Johnson confessed. "And it didn’t work at all because those two get along so well and it’d be really boring."

While it's still a point of contention with fans whether Poe's treatment in the movie was good or bad, Johnson's reasoning to not buddy up the characters was logical. "So when I split them apart, I thought “Oh, okay, so Poe can have his own deal—God, what is Poe’s deal?” And then I came up with the thing of, “Okay, he’s a hero, but he has to become a leader. Leia needs him to mature beyond brash heroics into someone who can take on the mantle of leading this Resistance," Johnson said.

Would you have rather Poe and Finn get more action, or are you happy with how Star Wars Episode VIII played out? Tell us how you really feel in the comments bellow.