This Deleted Scene Reveals Captain Phasma's Fate In Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Let's recap some of the scenes that were included in the final cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Luke Skywalker milks Space Cow, Finn and Rose lead a space horse revolution, there are Porgs, and then there was whatever Benicio Del Toro's character was doing. Unfortunately, leaving those scenes in the movie meant cutting far more important moments, like Luke and Leia grieving the dead Han Solo and this climactic showdown between Finn and the underutilized Captain Phasma.
Even before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans were stoked about a chrome-armoured and caped Storm Trooper leader named Captain Phasma played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie. Unfortunately, her role in Episode VII was minor—her screen time accounts for less than two minutes, and she's simply thrown in a garbage chute after being forced at gunpoint to lower the Starkiller Base shields. That's it!
With her fate still uncertain (garbage chute does not equal death, as we know), fans were hoping that she'd be redeemed in The Last Jedi. But, again, she only had a brief appearance in the film, showing up for a quick fight with Finn before the floor collapses and she falls into flames.
A newly released deleted scene picks up right after Finn bashes Phasma in the face revealing Gwendoline Christie's eye. But in this new scene, the two continue to fight, until Finn and Phasma are surrounded by Storm Trooper guards. With the guards listening, Finn reveals that Phasma was the one who lowered the shields of the Starkiller Base. When it looks like the Storm Troopers are going to turn on Phasma, she kills her own guards—but while she's doing that Finn charges her and cuts off her hand (classic Star Wars!). She gets one last hit in and knocks him to the ground, where he has a "rebel scum" one-liner and blasts her off the platform.
Not only is it a far more satisfying scene, but it does a good job of delving into her character a little bit—she'll do anything for self preservation, even if it means sacrificing others or the First Order.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Rian Johnson said the scene was cut because of pacing. “We needed a more condensed version of that scene,” he explained, “where essentially it’s the same outcome.” Okay, it is slightly more condensed, and the movie was already very long, but why not cut the whole random aside on the casino planet or the milking of the Space Cow?
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.