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(Warning — the following contains moderate SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as at least one potential one for the forthcoming Episode VIII. As Yoda so sagely advised Taylor Swift that one time: "Say I did not say I did not warn you, do not...")

Now, while Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens may have Force-pushed its way right into all of our hearts with the reckless, charismatic abandon of a teenaged padawan, that doesn't mean we don't still have a few bones to pick with it. One of the most popular?

We Don't Know If A Particular Fan-Favorite Character Actually Managed To Survive The Movie

Specifically — and this is where those aforementioned SPOILERS kick in — we don't know whether this fan-favorite character made it through to the final credits in one piece:

Yup, that's right: if taken at face value, it sure seemed as though Episode VII killed off Captain Phasma, after barely a handful of minutes of screen time. After all, she was unceremoniously dumped into a Trash Compactor by Finn and Han just before the planet they were all on blew up in spectacular fashion. The odds against her surviving that are... well, you know the Star Wars franchise's opinion on telling us the odds.

As it turns out, though:

Captain Phasma Definitely Survived That Trash Compactor (And 'Episode VII')

The reason for such confidence?

Gwendoline Christie — the distinctly awesome Game of Thrones star who played Phasma in Episode VII — has officially confirmed that she, and Captain Phasma, will be returning for Episode VIII.

As she told People magazine at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards:

"I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that's an exclusive, actually..."

Which, assuming Christie does indeed mean Episode VIII and not — the technically next but unlikely to be what she's referring to — Star Wars: Rogue One, means that we'll officially be seeing Captain Phasma return to menace Finn another day.

Which, since we really didn't get to see enough of her in Episode VII, is definitely one of those 'very good things' you hear so much about but see so little of...

What do you think, though?



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