No one’s ever really gone. Delilah S. Dawson, the author behind Phasma and Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, has indicated that she has an idea explaining what Captain Phasma did after falling into a fiery abyss in the back half of The Last Jedi.
Yesterday, after the first episode of The Book of Boba Fett finally arrived, Dawson took advantage of the all the talk about a mysterious, armored figure with a limited amount of screentime who was getting their backstory revealed to plug her own book covering a similar subject matter. In the process, she also revealed that, like with Boba Fett after his “death” by Sarlacc, she has an idea for a story about what Phasma would do after falling down a flaming chasm on the collapsing Supremacy Mega Star Destroyer. In Dawson’s eyes, she survives.
…and I have a pitch ready to go if the powers that be want the rest of Phasma's story after she fell through that fiery hole while fighting Finn. We know what her armor is made of, and we know she's ruthless. I want to write what she does next.
— Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) December 30, 2021
Captain Phasma’s demise, and whether it actually stuck, has been a source of debate among fans for a while. Director Rian Johnson even suggested that he thought of Phasma’s apparent death in his movie as something of a continuation of a running gag, akin to the many deaths of Kenny McCormick in South Park rather than a definitive ending for her character, and that same interview indicated that Gwendoline Christie has ideas for what Phasma may be up to after The Last Jedi. Considering her limited screentime between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi (along with a handful of appearances on Resistance), many have hoped that the actress may get another chance to work with the character in a significant capacity – but until then, the Phasma novel’s extensive focus on who its title character is will be the key work that gives the villain a time in the spotlight. (Black Spire also offers a hint that Phasma’s not dead, with characters in-universe skeptical about her supposed fate.)
As demonstrated by the likes of Darth Maul, Emperor Sheev Palpatine, Ben Solo, and Boba Fett, falling down a bottomless chasm isn’t necessarily a death sentence in the realm of Star Wars. Official source books have indicated that, as far as we’re aware, Phasma died at the end of The Last Jedi, but given that those are effectively resources for Star Wars canon as it exists at a moment in time and not necessarily indicative of where things may go after that, they can be revised as new stories are told. It’s also not completely unthinkable to imagine that a character like Phasma would have a future, considering that she survived being unceremoniously thrown into a trash compactor offscreen before Starkiller Base imploded upon itself. Worth noting is that her armor is also made of the same sort of materials used to protect Naboo yachts, like the one seen in The Phantom Menace, from the dangers of space – so barring her eye being exposed, it could be help her out a lot. The Phasma book indicates that she values her own survival above anything else, and has escaped many near-death experiences before. Though Phasma’s defeat serves as a crucial moment in Finn’s overall character arc, it seems as though there may still be a story to tell with her – and possibly between her and the various ex-stormtroopers that were trained under her watch.
Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma and Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire books are available to read where Star Wars books are sold.