More on The Last Jedi First Order Judicials and Speculation on Finn’s Fate!

Troopers…a staple in the Star Wars galaxy. From the first time we saw them appear blasting through the door of Princess Leia’s CR90 to the stalking black-armor clad Death Troopers in Rogue One, Troopers have been a constant in every film. Varying in style and purpose based on terrain and task, we have seen many varieties of Troopers to this point, and the Judicials will add to that list, and although we expect Finn to have his hands full with a vengeful Phasma, he may have other helmeted foes to deal with in The Last Jedi.

 

 

The First Order, grown from the ashes of the Galactic Empire, seems set on learning from the failures that lead to the demise of the Empire (destroyed super weapon aside). One aspect of their functionality is to maintain obedience and loyalty from their ranks. To employ this through fear and ultimate execution, we now have the First Order Judicials, a new brand of Trooper whose purpose is to dole out the ultimate punishment where they see fit. In a character description provided here on Reddit, we learn that:

 

The First Order can only operate effectively with the absolute loyalty of its followers. Should any soldier be found guilty of treason, it is up to this special branch of Stormtroopers to dispense final justice.

 

That ultimate service of justice will be served with axe-like electric current weapons, shown beautifully in one of the new Black Series figures:

 

 

 

Based on a previous post we posted here, we see from the Disney Elite Series figures that the official title of these Troopers (see bottom left of box) in The Last Jedi can be confirmed to beFirst Order Judicial”. Now it’s possible they may go by other nicknames even in the film itself, remember that Tusken Raiders were often referred to as Sand People, but their official title looks to be “Judicial”.

 

 

 

Here are the Judicials as seen in The Last Jedi behind the scenes footage:

 

 

 

FINN’S FATE?

 

As you can see in the lower right corner of the image above, there is a man brought to his knees in front of the Judicials. This is definitely not John Boyega, but it’s possible that this is his stunt double Adam J. Bernard? (see image below).

 

 Adam J Bernard – John Boyega’s stunt double in The Last Jedi

 

 

In the photo it seems that this man is wearing dark clothes that fit with the First Order uniform that we’ve seen in another shot from the BTS footage:

 

 

 

If this is slated to be Finn, it looks like the First Order probably captured him when he went undercover, found guilty of treason, and sentenced to execution.

 

In the BTS reel we see a shot of Finn in a jail cell and you can see that Rose is there too, on the left of the cameraman.

 

 

 

Finn is wearing his jacket, and Rose appears to still be in Resistance attire, they both look to be in similar attire to this photo which we speculate happens early in the movie:

 

 

Now this is speculation on our part but we are guessing after a lengthy chase, they are captured by Canto Bight Police and thrown in a cell. How they get out remains to be seen, and while we don’t believe this cell scene is directly tied to Finn’s First Order capture and sentencing for execution, it could be a triggering chain of events that leads them to donning First Order disguises and go undercover once they break out of jail.

 

In the long rich history of Troopers in Star Wars, where do you think the Judicials will rank with you? They certainly don’t look like the type that will bump their head on doors. It looks like Finn and newcomer Rose are going to have their hands full in The Last Jedi too, what do you make of all this?

 

 

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34 thoughts on “More on The Last Jedi First Order Judicials and Speculation on Finn’s Fate!

  • August 29, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Electro axe thingy Troopers,luv it.

  • August 29, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    I seriously dig this speculation, it seems like a fun subplot. The concept of First Order Judicials is very neat and the fact that they wield an axe like weapon leads me to believe Finn will engage in a TR-8R like fight.

    • August 30, 2017 at 12:14 am
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      I think you may be right.

      The first Finn figure released in the black series is FInn in imperial disguise. Along with a small blaster he comes with the same style stun baton that TR-8R used against him to great effect in TFA.

      As a result I think we may see Finn going up against these Judicials using the same type of weapon that knocked him on his heels in TFA. And we need to see that as Finn came off like he was not that capable a fighter/soldier in a lot of TFA.

      Also it should be noted that in the “Before the Awakening” junior novel, Finn was shown to be trained to use melee weapons and was in fact one of the best, if not the best, melee fighters in his squad. And that is canon.

  • August 30, 2017 at 1:29 am
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    SO AWESOME

  • August 30, 2017 at 1:36 am
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    I wonder if Phasma freezes Finn in carbonite before hauling him away.

  • August 30, 2017 at 2:05 am
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    im kinda tired of this “sneaking behind enemy lines” in TFA , Rogue One and now TLJ

    • August 30, 2017 at 2:25 am
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      Don’t forget ANH and ROTJ.

      • August 30, 2017 at 3:33 am
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        I guess he means ever since those last movies the new movies have just been doing that too.

      • August 30, 2017 at 9:59 am
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        IIRC, “sneaking behind enemy lines” also happens in TPM (twice!) and AotC.

    • August 30, 2017 at 4:31 am
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      Especially if Finn sneaks into an Imperial base run by Phasma… defying the logic of wearing a disguise in the first place. (Yes, I know we have no idea if Phasma is around, but still… )

    • August 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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      Yeah, in ANH, ROTJ, too! What’s up with that!

      • August 30, 2017 at 7:23 pm
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        and in TPM, AotC, and RotS. Its like every star wars film has something about conflict between two warring factions and there seems to be some need to sneak behind enemy lines even though it must be a terrible idea.

  • August 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    haha TLJ is just ESB.

    Rey go to save Finn and Rose. But maybe Luke help her. 😉

    • August 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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      Heroes going to save their friends is a story arc as old as time. ESB didn’t originate it. Last I checked ESB starts off with our trio of heroes hanging out on an ice planet about to be attacked and then our Jedi hero goes off to find a master and train under them. I thought TFA ended with the master being found and if I remember correctly Rey Finn and Poe have never actually all been together. Not to mention a plethora of other details. It’s easy to make something seem like anything when you’re grasping a what little out of context details available. If you can deduce the entire plot of a film from 3 pictures and some hearsay then the rest of the world must be absolute idiots. You should publish your findings because you could make a living predicting the plot of future movies. Hollywood would hate you, HansOle, the Cinema Soothsayer.

  • August 30, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    Personally hope that Finn and Rose get whacked by one of these guys early on. Add some weight to the story from an early point and give our heroes more of a reason to take action.

    • August 30, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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      Han dying last episode is weight enough.

      • August 31, 2017 at 3:30 am
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        just a bad scene for me….killing these 2 new characters, early in the movie, what a way to start! Jaws dropped in disbelief!

        • August 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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          That would be bad storytelling. Finn has an arc and a role to play.

          • August 31, 2017 at 4:40 pm
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            So did Leia…change the story, make an impact statment…make me happy! LOL

          • August 31, 2017 at 8:08 pm
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            And hers was a tragic thing. Sorry, Star Wars isn’t fanservice!

          • August 31, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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            well, sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t…J.J tried for a little too much of such. Let’s hope we get some…especially in the case of killing these two!!! (at least for me!) lol

          • August 31, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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            Jesus, what is your problem with them? It’s getting weird haha.

          • August 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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            only because your making it weird…just like Finn about as much as Jar Jar…and killing them early would give everyone a good jolt and make the baddies, seem like real baddies…not just generic baddies or wannabe what was before.

          • August 31, 2017 at 10:11 pm
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            haha, you just are really intent on those two dying. Why not Poe?

            I mean, they blew up the Republic and killed Han, but…yeah, sure.

          • September 1, 2017 at 12:19 am
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            now that you mention it….he needs to go too.

          • September 1, 2017 at 1:38 am
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            lol, so all the people of color ;)?

            haha jk

          • September 1, 2017 at 3:53 am
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            oops, didn’t mean it like that….i swear!!!!

          • September 1, 2017 at 3:54 am
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            you’ve come up in discussions after my comment about you working for Disney PR…so….????

          • September 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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            Simply bc I like the direction things are going means I work for Disney PR?

          • September 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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            no, but you haven’t had one negative critique either…and constantly stand up against anyone’s negative opinion of it. Just an observation that a few of us thought interesting. It doesn’t matter to me either way. I say what I think and appreciate different points of view on everything!

            You certainly keep me entertained and balanced on here, so cheers! lol

          • September 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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            That’s not true at all.

            I don’t mind if people dislike it, but the reasons they usually give are senseless to me so I pushback and try to get them to hone in on exactly what their problem with it is.

            I didn’t like, for instance, the first 2/3 of Rogue One. I mean, I like it, but it’s messy and muddled and the movie doesn’t get great until they head for Scarif.
            TFA was great, but I think they should explain Rey’s amazing Force abilities in a later movie and if they don’t, then JJ took shortcuts and that’s an issue.

            If people had better reasons for disliking something, I wouldn’t bother them. But “It’s a remake of ANH” isn’t valid bc it isn’t.

            I like where things are going and I have faith they will do it justice. Other people who don’t know anything about movies and Star Wars think differently.

            I mean, you alleged you knew how much influence Pablo has. That’s an insane thing to say. You have no idea.

            This is the kind of thing I pushback on. If that makes me an agent of Disney, that’s fine. I prefer to see it as “logical, reasonable being.”

          • September 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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            good enough for me! Personally, I like your input and it makes for fun debate at times! btw…I said it was my belief that Pablo has influence, that’s a logical assumption,,,wouldn’t you agree?

            anyways, looking forward to many more of our differing opinions on here! lol, enjoy the long weekend!

          • September 1, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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            I try to keep it fun and light 🙂
            I agree he has influence, yes. How much…that we don’t know.

            Same to you!

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