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Finn and the Character that Could Have Been

‘Do not market a black character as important and then push them aside.’ – John Boyega, GQ Magazine

In a recent interview, John Boyega, who played Finn, expressed his frustration and anger at how his character was treated in the Star Wars sequels. Jared Sylva and Matthew Westfox use that interview as a jumping-off point to discuss all the potential this character had and how it wasn’t fully realized. Could we have had two Jedi? What stories could be told by digging deep into the mindset of a stormtrooper who goes rogue, and how does he inspire others? What happens when a soldier raised by the army from birth has to shoot at his former compatriots, who are also former child soldiers?

Jared Sylva is a life-long Star Wars fan and a professional geek as the Organized Play department manager for Star City Games, who loves sharing the movies and shows he loves with his two young children. You can reach out to Jared on Twitter @JaredSylva.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.