Episode 8 Was Always Going To Be The Darkest One

When you think about the middle instalment of a trilogy, it’s always the dark one. It makes sense because that’s how most stories work – at the beginning everything’s fine, then in the middle there is turmoil and danger, and then at the end there is a new equilibrium. That’s why in the Classic Trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back is the darkest of the films. It ends on a bit of a downer to be honest – The Empire is on top, Luke’s lost his hand – our heroes are at their lowest ebb. So it’s not really surprising that John Boyega has said that Episode 8 will be “a different take: darker, bigger” than The Force Awakens in a recent talk with Variety. Not to say this isn’t exciting news! Many people count The Empire Strikes Back as their number 1 Star Wars film. Things are most fun for us when our heroes are having a bad time.

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What is interesting is that Boyega has basically said that Finn and Rey are not the romance in the sequel trilogy:

I mean, we didn’t establish a romance in seven; we never played it that way. Daisy and I, we’re friends. Finn and Rey – they’re just friends. Finn is a storm trooper, so he doesn’t really know what’s going on. So the romance thing is something that’s going to be interesting in the next instalment. It’s not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.

So which was is it going to go? Twitter seems desperate for Finn and Poe together, or maybe they’ll be a whole new love interest. Or maybe Star Wars will break all the rules and not have a romantic subplot at all! Maybe Episode 9 will be even darker than Episode 8 with the bad guys winning, and the Republic being overthrown once and for all. Who knows!

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