Star Wars: Episode VIII will be bringing back many of the cast members from The Force Awakens to the second installment of the new trilogy. Some of the more obvious cast members include Daisey Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe), Mark Hamill (Luke), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren). But, a few of the more surprising cast member returns are Harrison Ford (Han), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma).
The one character on that list that actually appealed to me was the return of Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. This was a character who we saw a little focus on during The Force Awakens, yet never saw in action. Many had assumed this female badass to be dead after the explosion of the Starkiller Base. Apparently, that is not the case.
I am excited to see Phasma return in the sequel to see more of this character. Not only is her suit cool, but I am sure there is a reason why Phasma was focused on so much. Phasma may actually break the gender barriers in Star Wars the same was that Rey did. What Stormtrooper would not cower at the sound of her commanding voice?
Canonically, Phasma's position is actually a bit higher than Captain. She was actually the same rank as General Hux and Kylo Ren in the "unofficial commanding triumvirate," which was the sect of the First Order dedicated to finding Luke Skywalker's map. She was only referred to as "Captain" because she was in charge of leading the Stormtroopers. In the field, she was a Captain, but she played a much larger role behind the scenes.
But what if all of this build up is for a deeper purpose?
As referenced in The Force Awakens, the Stormtroopers are no longer clones, but regular people trained from birth to serve the First Order. This plan seems flawless, with the exception of seemingly one Stormtrooper - FN-2187, also known as Finn. But, when you really consider it, Finn was not the only Stormtrooper we witnessed betray their ranks. Captain Phasma did too!
Though Phasma is technically not a Stormtrooper, she is supposed to follow the First Order rules just as much as any real Stormtrooper. Presumably, one of these rules would be "Do not tell Resistance members anything, even under torture." Yet, for some strange reason, Finn, Han and Chewbacca managed to get Phasma to bring them to the shield room and shut down the shield for the entire Starkiller Base, opening the opportunity for the Resistance to literally kill them all, simply by putting a gun to her head. There was no torture. She just did it, and closed it with a smart remark after shutting down the shields.
If Captain Phasma would have actually thought it through and followed the rules of the First Order, she would not have shut down the shields. She would have told Finn to blow her brains out, leaving them unable to shut down the shields. Yet something encouraged Phasma to listen to the invaders, even though any other Stormtrooper would not have made everything the First Order had worked on fatally vulnerable to the enemy.
Though Phasma will likely not be punished for this betrayal (as the footage was most likely destroyed in the explosion), there's a good chance that this won't be the last time we see a Stormtrooper breaking ranks. With one Stormtrooper already having joined the Resistance, is it too much to think that others won't too? With the entire First Order being brainwashed by Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, General Hux and the other leaders, eventually the truth will come out that the New Republic is (or was) not the equivalent to Space Satan.
Eventually, more Stormtroopers may convert from the First Order to the Resistance, just probably not FN-2099 (a.k.a. TR-8R). Perhaps Captain Phasma might too. Perhaps she has already emotionally left the First Order by allowing the Starkiller Base to be destroyed and is just serving as a secret double agent, keeping her high position in the Order waiting for another chance to stop their plans. We never saw her reactions to the First Order's actions as she always wore a helmet. Perhaps there were tears on her face after the destruction of the Hosnian system, or at the slaughter on Jakku. We may never know.
This would also explain the casting of Gwendoline Christie into this seemingly faceless role. Why would they bring such a fantastic and rising actor into such a role if they had no plans to truly explore her character or even show her face? Perhaps it is because we will see her face later on when she ditches the silver Stormtrooper outfit for a much more comfortable Resistance uniform.
At some point in the next two films, we may see Captain Phasma leading a band of converted Stormtroopers to join the Resistance. Though I will not say it will undoubtedly happen, it is certainly a strong possibility that I hope to see at some point during this new Star Wars trilogy.