Finn and Captain Phasma's fight ends differently in Last Jedi deleted scene
The Star Wars franchise sure loves cutting people's hands off, doesn't it?
Leading up to the Blu-ray launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm's weekly YouTube series The Star Wars Show unveiled a deleted scene from the film — one that features a very different ending to the sabers-a-blazing showdown between Finn (John Boyega) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
The scene, which is included in the home release of The Last Jedi, shows Phasma, her Stormtrooper helmet half-burnt and revealing one of her eyes, pulling herself up to face Finn and spewing a string of nasty insults at him. "Disobedient! Disrespectful! Traitor!" Phasma snaps.
But the former Stormtrooper has the guts to fire back and roast his ex-commander. "You call for order. You beat us down. But when your shiny neck was threatened, you squealed like a whoop hog," Finn tells her. "When I put a gun to your head, you shut down Starkiller shields. Now what would your troops do if they found out? Or your masters?"
When Phasma asks Finn who would ever "believe a story like that," there's a moment of tense silence before Phasma pulls out her weapon and Finn, his big guns. Swiping at the silver-suited captain, Finn slices Phasma's hand off, proving that he's true "Rebel scum."
Check it out in the video above, starting at around the 1:37 mark.
This alternate take on the epic scene still carries Finn's declaration that he's joined the good guys that's featured in the theatrical, but it's perhaps more satisfying in terms of what it reveals to us about each character. Phasma will go to great lengths to guard herself and her reputation, and when she's faced with death or dishonor, she'll always choose the former — though it's always her underlings that suffer the mortal fate, not her. In her desperate attempts to conceal her secrets, Phasma is forced to become the traitor she accuses Finn of being.
Contrarily, Finn is now more than ever motivated by his own moral code, consistently striving to do what he believes is right, to live (and die) by the cause he believes is worth fighting for. And hey, who doesn't also love a good appendage-chopping moment every once in a few Star Wars movies?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on Blu-ray on March 27.