'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' theory: Possible death of this major character

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A poster of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," directed by Rian Johnson. Star Wars/ Facebook

The cast members of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” have confirmed that the upcoming film is going to be "dark." But what does that mean exactly? Will there be another big death like the one in “Force Awakens”? Director Rian Johnson may have given a clue about the plot of the film and which particular character will be in danger. The following article contains potential spoilers.

In a previous interview with Variety, cast member John Boyega (Finn) teased that the upcoming film is going to be a “different take” from “Force Awakens,” and it will be “darker” and “bigger.” The latter is understandable, because the film is expected to build on the stories of both heroes and villains and explore their past. Add the eventual climatic battle sequence, and the film is set to blow the minds of fans. But how will it be darker?

Cast member Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) echoed the same sentiments in his interview with Rolling Stone. This suggests that the film will not only be an action-packed adventure; it will also have emotional scenes as well.

The emotional scenes may be part of the final battle sequence. In an interview with Empire Magazine, Johnson had revealed that the 1949 film “Twelve O’Clock High” had a big influence on him while selecting the look and feel of an aerial battle scene as well as the dynamic between the pilots.

“Twelve O’Clock High” is a film about a “hard-as-nails” general taking over an Allied bomber unit and whipping the pilots in shape. The pilots are suffering from low morale, and the general’s job is to train them mentally to take on a suicide mission.

How does this relate to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”? Leaks about the film have confirmed that the First Order has built a massive ship called the Super Star Destroyer. This vessel may take the place of the Death Star in the final battle, and the Resistance pilots may be tasked to destroy it. The ideal candidate for this mission is Poe Dameron. Will the pilot lose his life in this mission?

Isaac previously told GQ Magazine that his character was supposed to die in “Force Awakens,” but after seeing his performance, that part of the script was changed. Will Poe finally die in the sequel? The indications don’t look good at the moment.

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