ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at
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Eleanor Tremeer

Before [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) was released, the marketing carefully positioned Rey and Finn in different roles. Finn was shown fighting with the lightsaber, implying that he was the Saga's next Jedi. Rey's role was played down significantly, concealing the plot reveal that she is "stronger than she knows" when it comes to the Force.

But then the film was released and everything shifted. Finn's role is of huge importance: in many ways he is the most original character, challenging how we view the villains of the Star Wars saga. His resistance is symbolic of the entire story's defiant spirit, and his characterisation has the perfect balance of bravery, sadness, and comedy.

We love Finn. But is there yet more to him that we haven't seen? It's entirely possible that yes, he will train to become a Jedi, thanks to these hints that he's Force Sensitive...

Overcoming His Orders

There's actually a ton of hints in Star Wars Episode 7 that Finn will eventually become a Jedi, but a few stand out to me. Firstly, the fact that he overcame a lifetime of conditioning. Finn was raised with a completely different moral structure to what we're used to: the First Order made certain that their stormtroopers were convinced that their way was the only way.

"What he knew was what he had been taught: the First Order stood against the deprivations of the Republic. The First Order brought law to a lawless galaxy. There was no need or even reason to doubt its truth." - Before The Awakening
Finn training in Before The Awakening
Finn training in Before The Awakening

And yet, Finn always showed a level of compassion towards his teammates that was unusual for a stormtrooper. In training exercises, he would risk the mission to go back for wounded troopers, and this earned him a caution from Captain Phasma.

Obviously, when it came to his first mission, Finn's empathy for others overruled his training, as he found himself unable to slaughter the Jakku villagers as commanded.

"He wandered through the village, feeling himself more a participant in a historical drama than an actual battle. The horrific and all too common red stains on the ground contradicted his denial. This wasn't like his training at all, he told himself numbly. Unlike in simulations, reality bled." - The Force Awakens

But was this just Finn's overwhelming sense of empathy and compassion, or something else? It's important to note that Force Sensitive people tend to have very strong minds, allowing them to resist torture and telepathic probing. We saw this happen with Rey in The Force Awakens...

Rey resists Kylo Ren
Rey resists Kylo Ren

It could well be that Finn's strength in the Force protected him from most of the First Order's brainwashing and behavioural conditioning, allowing his sense of freedom to win out in the end. But this isn't the only hint we have of Finn being Force Sensitive.

Millions Of Voices Crying Out In Terror

And now we come to the clearest indication that Finn is Force Sensitive: he felt a great disturbance in the Force when the Hosnian system was destroyed. Just as the Starkiller Base fires on the Hosian system, killing billions of people, we see a shot of Finn looking up to the sky. He starts as if he's heard something, and so is the first one to witness the destruction. What's interesting is that at this point we hear screams of people on the soundtrack, carried over from the previous shot of the planets exploding.

Finn senses death in the Hosnian system.
Finn senses death in the Hosnian system.

Yet, and here's the crucial part, no-one around Finn is screaming. There's a few more seconds until people realise what's going on, and even then Finn is the most agitated, running back into Maz Kanata's castle.

It's just a theory, but it's entirely possible that those screams we heard on the soundtrack where exactly what Finn was hearing (or rather, sensing). We know that such destruction causes an immense ripple effect in the Force: after all, Obi Wan Kenobi felt the destruction of Alderaan from light years away.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

It seems as though Finn might be Force Sensitive in a slightly different way to Rey: instead of using the Force for combat, Finn unintentionally channels it into his natural compassion and empathy, allowing him to sense when others are in pain.

As I said, there are many other clues that Finn is Force Sensitive, but from a storytelling perspective these hints really stand out for me.

The New Jedi Order

Of course, all of this is still up for debate. It's possible that Lucasfilm haven't decided whether Finn will train to be a Jedi yet. This would be extremely satisfying for the story though, especially considering the slaughter of Luke Skywalker's first students. Establishing a new Jedi Order could be a really interesting thread to follow through Star Wars Episode 8 and 9, with Finn and Rey as the new hopes for the galaxy.

He's already got badass lightsaber skills.
He's already got badass lightsaber skills.

With such a fearsome foe to fight, Luke really needs to train more than one new Jedi, and Finn might be the best candidate for the job.

But even if he isn't a Jedi, Finn's importance cannot be overlooked. Maybe his story will cycle back around to the First Order, as he encourages other Stormtroopers to defect. Or perhaps he'll train as a Resistance soldier. Whichever path Finn will walk, he's a fantastic character who we hope will continue to shine in Star Wars 8.

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