(Note - the following contains only TWO PLOT SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. One reveals that a certain character survives, and the other how they and another character respond to a certain situation. Both are minor plot twists, but also fairly predictable in the context of the movie, so proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
So, by now you've most likely seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (and if you haven't feel free to go away and watch it now. Don't worry, we'll wait...), and laughed, cried, whooped with joy and shivered with geekery-fueled excitement. In fact, if you're anything like me, there's a pretty solid chance you've done so at least twice this point.
You've also most likely fallen head over heels in love for some - and probably all of - the movie's new characters. From Rey, Finn and BB-8, all the way through to Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata, Captain Phasma and even Kylo Ren, there's a veritable horde of new heroes (and villains) for us to love.
As it turns out, though...
One of 'The Force Awakens's New Characters Was Originally Supposed to Die
Yup, that's right: one of the major new additions to the Star Wars canon - indeed, one of the new 'big three' - was originally set to be killed off during the course of Star Wars Episode VII.
The character in question?
(Note, this is where those aforementioned SPOILERS kick in...)
...wait for it...
...Poe Goddamned Dameron
That's right, Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, a.k.a. the guy who managed to become half of the audience's new favorite roguish pilot duo in just a handful of minutes of screen time, was originally destined to die early on in The Force Awakens.
The story of how it almost came to be - but ultimately didn't - was recently revealed to GQ by Isaac himself, and goes a little something like this:
Isaac says he had been summoned to Paris for what he suspected might be a role in The Force Awakens. Sure enough, earlier that day, he had met with Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Abrams had pitched him the character of Poe Dameron, a badass fighter pilot battling against the remnants of the Empire.
"He’s amazing!" said Abrams.
"Sounds good!" thought Isaac, whose first experience in a movie theater had been seeing The Empire Strikes Back.
"He opens the whole movie!" said Abrams.
"Sounds great!" thought Isaac.
"And then," Abrams went on. "He dies."
"Oh," thought Isaac.
Thankfully, though, things didn't quite work out that way:
"I went back home [to New York], and I thought about it," he says. "Then I wrote him and said, ‘Okay. I’ll do it!’ I figured it would be a cameo: I’ll come in, do my thing, and maybe it’s actually better not to have to sign myself up for three movies." By that time, though, things had changed and Abrams soon wrote back: "Never mind. I’ve figured it out. You’re in the whole movie now."
“I was like, ‘Holy shit! Alright, cool.’”
And thus, a new legend lived on to be awesome another day.
All of which makes perfect sense in the context of the final movie, seeing as...
(and this is where the even more SPOILERY stuff comes in...)
...everyone, including Finn, is led to believe that Poe dies in the duo's escape from the clutches of Kylo Ren. Which, it seems, was originally intended to feature Finn pulling Poe's mangled corpse from the wreckage, completely freaking the crap out of everyone in the audience who had been led to believe that he would be a main character.
Which on the one hand would have been a neat trick, and on the other, would have been THE ABSOLUTE WORST.
So, all in all? This one's definitely going down in the ledger under 'very good news.'
Now let's all watch Star Wars trailers on loop until we can see it in the theater again...
What do you think, though?