i know a lot of us (especially finn fans, myself included) are feeling very disappointed and angry right now, but i just wanted to share some thoughts on the vanity fair stuff
- I don’t trust what Vanity Fair says. Seriously, if it’s not from Rian or one of the actor’s direct quotes, i am very skeptical about it. So I think their summaries of what Rian said have the potential to be misguided at best, and potentially just flat out wrong. Literally just yesterday they published the sentence “Leia and Han’s romance didn’t last.” Which is not canon. At all. So they’ve shown that they make mistakes and misinterpretations of things, and also it’s their prerogative as a pop culture publication to word things as click-baity and dramatic as possible in order to generate interest. (Also even though I love “Reylo found dead in Miami,” the only actual quote about the romance thing from Rian himself is that there’s “no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia, burning, unrequited love. In our story, that’s not a centerpiece.” The only person who brings up Reylo or Finnpoe is the author of the article, who is simply editorializing and likely just mentioning what they think are popular ships in order to get big fan reactions to the story. I’ve always believed Reylo is impossible and was never going to happen, but i don’t think this point makes Finnrey or Finnpoe any less likely at all.
- I think there’s a plan. While I was immediately terrified yesterday with Rian’s comments, and i’m still very worried, I honestly just cannot believe that there was not a full plan for this trilogy going into it. It just doesn’t make sense or sound likely whatsoever. Even the trilogies, for all their faults, were very planned out by George Lucas from the start. I think anything Rian said in relation to them just handing it off to him without a real plan of where the story was going is mostly hyperbolic either for misdirection, comedic effect, or just to toy with fans.
- Finn can still be force-sensitive. Nowhere in the article does it say that Finn definitively is not force-sensitive. Even in the article they phrase is as “A revelation about Finn’s potential Force sensitivity” To me, this honestly sounds optimistic. Even if it doesn’t happen yet in TLJ, I still think there’s a very good chance he’ll get to use the force and a lightsaber again in Episode IX.
- I’m tentatively optimistic about Finn. Maybe this doesn’t mean anything at all and I’m just looking for something to be hopeful about, but to me, it actually feels like a good thing that Finn was mentioned as much as he was, even if the things revealed were disappointing. His name and things regarding his character and plot are mentioned in the tagline and first paragraph of the article. More than other characters, he seems to be one that they talked about a lot in article and must have discussed in depth in their interview with Rian. Like, there doesn’t seem to be too much about anything to do with Rey or Poe’s arcs in TLJ in the article, but Finn is mentioned a number of times. To me, at least, this seems to show that both Rian and Vanity Fair are very aware of the popularity of Finn and value his importance to the plot, and that things like him being force-sensitive are theories that are important to a lot of fans. Even though I don’t like a lot of the news in the article, i would be MUCH more worried and very angry if it didn’t mention him at all. I think at least seeing questions about him being mentioned and addressed means that whatever they have planned for him in TLJ, it’s a big and fulfilling role.
Anyway, feel free to disagree with me on any of this because i know a lot of us are upset right now, but these were just some thoughts i came to after reading the article a few times.