WARNING: This article contains huge spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Proceed at your own risk.
One of the many great new Star Wars characters that got introduced in the The Force Awakens was Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron. Previously, the actor described Poe as “the best freaking pilot in the galaxy”, a statement that we could confirm for ourselves over this past weekend.
However, Isaac in an interview with GQ, recounts Poe’s original fate in the film.
“He opens the whole movie!” said Abrams. “Sounds great!” thought Isaac. “And then,” Abrams went on. “He dies.” “Oh,” thought Isaac.
Had that been the case, Harrison Ford‘s Han Solo might not have been the only major death in the film.
Isaac, who’s first theater-going experience was The Empire Strikes Back (not bad for a first experience in a movie theater), was thrilled about the idea of having a role in a ‘Star Wars’ film, but at the same time, he was also reluctant. The actor didn’t want Poe to be a character, much like Isaac’s character in The Bourne Legacy, that’d just be in the movie to set up the plot, and then bite the bullet.
The director planned for Poe to be a character that “could live on in all corners of the Star Wars universe—novels and comic books and video games and so on.”
Isaac was still hesitant, but he reluctantly agreed, only for Abrams to change his mind about the character’s fate on the cinematic side of things.
“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.”
While the idea of seeing Poe bite the dust in The Force Awakens would’ve certainly been an emotional moment (we, like John Boyega‘s Finn, think for a while he’s dead after the TIE fighter he steals from the First Order crash lands on Jakku), it’s a relief to know that we’ll get to see more of the suave, insanely cool Dameron in future episodes.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now.