BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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These are descriptions of scenes set to appear early on in Star Wars Episode 7 but should be considered possible spoilers nonetheless.

Details continue to emerge about the early scenes of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens in which tell the story of how Luke's old lightsaber gets into the hands of our new heroes and sets the new Star Wars trilogy in motion.

What we of course do know is that Finn does end up defecting from being a Stormtrooper and ends up on a desert planet and looking mighty concerned. This would be the planet that Rey is on, working at a salvage yard operation based out of that downed AT-AT and finding Luke's lightsaber falling in her lap.

Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.
Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.

From there, as the Empire's forces and more TIE Fighters descend upon them, the Millennium Falcon comes to the rescue, spiriting Rey and Finn away and into the world of the Republic as it is currently being run by Princess Leia.

Concept art of Rey in Star Wars Episode 7.
Concept art of Rey in Star Wars Episode 7.

These are Star Wars Episode 7 rumors and respected plot leaks that haven't really change at all over the past months. But recently the finer points around these events have attempted to become clearer - even if they might muddy the water a bit.

Making Star Wars has continued to try and paint a clearer picture of how Finn ends up on the desert planet in that Stormtrooper outfit and how he ends up with Rey and the lightsaber, and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron is often brought into this picture.

Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron in Star Wars Episode 7
Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron in Star Wars Episode 7

I've always been a little iffy on the idea that Poe Dameron is the owner of the BB-8 ball droid. It just doesn't seem like the kind of droid an X-Wing squadron pilot would have but who knows. The rumor puts Poe Dameron as the one who initially is brought to the attention of Luke's lightsaber only to turn around and find the Empire about to capture him. He tucks the lightsaber away in BB-8 and sends it off.

BB-8, the "ball droid" in Star Wars Episode 7.
BB-8, the "ball droid" in Star Wars Episode 7.

Among the forces that capture Poe are the Stormtroopers that include Finn in their ranks. My other big concern with this rumor is that Kylo Ren is said to be leading the charge in this scene. But from everything that has come out about Star Wars Episode 7 prior to this, I would be more inclined to put Gwendoline Christie's "Chrome Trooper" Inquisitor as being in charge of the Stormtroopers.

Concept art for the "Chrome Trooper" in Star Wars 7
Concept art for the "Chrome Trooper" in Star Wars 7

Once Poe is captured, Finn sees this as his opportunity. He breaks Poe free and together they hijack a TIE Fighter and escape - though not before the Star Destroyer can get a good shot off at them. The TIE fighter takes a hit and they crash land on the desert planet where Rey is.

Star Wars 7 concept art of a crash landing.
Star Wars 7 concept art of a crash landing.

All this sounds pretty good and a lot of it is, as you can see, backed up by concept art. But I'm wondering how that ball droid is able to find its way from one planet to another - or if Finn and Poe supposedly crash land on the same planet that they just left. And why the Empire's troops can't just easily track them down.

Concept art for Star Wars 7 TIE Fighter hanger.
Concept art for Star Wars 7 TIE Fighter hanger.

If Finn and Poe do escape by stealing a TIE Fighter, which does sound likely, I'm wondering if they aren't also able to take out that Star Destroyer all together. There is also a great piece of Star Wars 7 concept art that would back up this idea as well. It would give Poe and Finn more time to escape if they were able to critically wound the ship on their way out.

Star Wars Episode 7 concept art of a downed ship.
Star Wars Episode 7 concept art of a downed ship.

We can't be sure if Poe helps Finn escape from the Stormtroopers, or vice versa, but I do think there's a good chance Finn will do some damage to the Empire on his way out the door. It would certainly add to his credibility as someone who is opposed to the Empire and willing to fight on the side of the Republic - and as someone who can be trusted.

It would also make sense that this would be the event in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) that would get the attention of the Empire and send them chasing after Finn as not just a defector but as a real enemy that needs to be taken care of. What do you think?

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