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New Star Wars Theory About Finn Is Rocking The Internet

The latest Star Wars film provided many revelations about the main characters, some of which may even have changed how we see the events of previous films. In The Rise of Skywalker, fans finally learned who Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents were, saw Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) redeemed and embracing his true identity of Ben Solo, and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who was supposed to have been dead for awhile already, finally defeated for good — we hope. We also got an almost-revelation from ex-Stormtrooper-turned Resistance fighter Finn (John Boyega).

Halfway through the film, while disappearing into quicksand, Finn desperately called out to Rey that there was something he needed to tell her. The entire group vanished into the sand before he could actually say what was on his mind, and when they reappeared in a network of tunnels below, he chickened out of actually revealing the secret. Rey asked, and he declined to share, despite having Poe (Oscar Isaac) nag him for the remainder of the film to spill the beans. Fans were left perplexed at the closing credits about what Finn's secret could be.

Fortunately, director J.J. Abrams has come forward with a suggestion about what that secret might be. While many fans thought it might be a confession of his love for Rey, according to Abrams, it's actually that Finn has realized he is Force sensitive. It's something many fans have suspected since the character's introduction, but the confirmation sheds new light on some of the happenings in The Force Awakens (such as Finn's unexpectedly adept use of a lightsaber in the film) and The Last Jedi. Now, one fan has come up with a theory that has some intriguing merit: that Finn has actually been a Force user all along.

Who moved the rocks on Crait?

Twitter user @homkycat posted a clip of Finn running towards Rey at the end of The Last Jedi, with an interesting new perspective on who may have moved those rocks to make way for him. The scene in question occurred after the Resistance was cornered by the First Order in the old Rebel base on Crait. Following the crystal foxes to find a way to escape, they come across a wall of massive rocks they would need to dig through to get away. 

Just in time as usual, Rey arrives on the other side of the blockade and uses her newly acquired Jedi skills to lift all the rocks with the Force to make way for her friends to escape. Finn, upon seeing the friend he had earlier feared dead, rushes towards her to hug her. As he does, the rocks move aside out of his path perfectly. At the time, the audience automatically assumed it was Rey who had moved the rocks, but what if it wasn't?

"Do y'all think finn [sic] moved the rocks aside with the force when he ran towards rey [sic] ??" the Twitterer wrote. Other users chimed in with a mountain of responses, most of them right along the lines of, "This is now canon."

It's an interesting theory, and certainly a plausible one if Finn is indeed Force sensitive. It makes more sense to think that Finn would have moved the rocks, based solely on how they actually move out of the way precisely as he's running towards Rey, rather than all at once outwards. Rey would have had to be extremely accurate with how she moved the rocks from her side to have them move at the exact moments Finn was running between each of them.

How is Finn able to use the Force with no training?

Finn, who unlike Rey hasn't been trained in the Jedi arts or in how to use his Force powers, would not have moved the rocks consciously — but sudden bursts of extreme emotion have been known to trigger unexpected usage of the Force for those who have Force abilities. It's part of the reason why Jedi are trained to control their emotions and their feelings as younglings. 

In Rise of Skywalker alone, we saw an intense example of what sudden bursts of emotion can do to those sensitive to the Force. Rey suddenly and unintentionally produced Force lightning, something she wasn't even aware she could do, while battling with Kylo Ren and simultaneously trying to keep the transport she thought was carrying a kidnapped Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) from speeding away.

It's also worth noting that Finn using the Force to move the rocks likely wasn't the intention of director The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. The revelation that Finn is Force sensitive came from Abrams, director of The Force Awakens and Rise of Skywalker — so while it may change the way fans see his past, it probably wouldn't have figured in to Johnson's characterization of Finn in The Last Jedi.

Nevertheless, the notion that Finn has been subconsciously using the Force at crucial times somehow just fits the plucky and endearing character. Besides, according to Twitter, it's now canon, so there's that.