Although The Last Jedi has earned a triumphant "A" grade on CinemaScore, there were more than a few fans who were disappointed by Rian Johnson's Star Wars sequel for a number of reasons. Some, for instance, weren't satisfied with the answers for the mysteries set forth by The Force Awakens, while others took issue with subplots that they say had no impact on the overall story.
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Then there were those who took umbrage with the fact that Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma didn't have an expanded role here, only to end up falling to her (presumably) fiery doom when Laura Dern's Vice Admiral Holdo splits the First Order ship in half. But don't count out Phasma just yet, says Johnson. After all, if her death wasn't actually shown onscreen, is she actually gone?
In a post-screening Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, the writer-director quipped that “Phasma is the Kenny from South Park of this series.” Adding to the proverbial fire into which Phasma disappears, Luke Skywalker's Mark Hamill added, “I think she’s got to survive. She falls through the flames and lands on a big pile of rubbish.”
Christie also wants the character to return, according to costume designer Michael Kaplan. "Gwendoline has it all figured out how she wants to come back," he said.
Phasma, with her shiny Stormtrooper suit and billowing cape, was one of the coolest characters to be introduced by the new trilogy, so we expected a lot more from her. The limited Marvel comic series based on her by Kelly Thompson and Marco Checchetto explained how she got out of the trash compactor that Finn and Han left her in near the end of The Force Awakens. Let's hope (something every fan of Star Wars is familiar with) that something similar happens in the run-up to Episode IX.