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In The Force Awakens, we encounter Captain Phasma, who looks like the leader of stormtroopers, and there is something that bothers me with her...

When Han, Rey, etc encounter her, they threaten her with death, and it looks like they killed her by throwing her in a garbage compressor.

So here is my question:

Is she actually dead? Did she die in the explosion or killed by the "nice guys"? Did she manage to escape the same way Kylo Ren did?

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    I think it's worth noting that, based on the events of A New Hope, Han probably doesn't intend to kill her in cold blood. He knows that it's possible, though not easy, to escape from a large-scale trash compactor :y – recognizer Dec 24 '15 at 23:38
  • And based on the marketing campaign that heavily featured Phasma before the movie came out, she'll definitely be back in VIII. – Kevin Nov 8 '16 at 15:55
  • @Kevin - Her character was woefully underused, most of her scenes got cut, her toys sold quite well, but I don't think you can rely on "hype" to save her. – Valorum Nov 23 '16 at 22:34
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    @Valorum Oh right I forgot we live in an age where stories are written in a way that makes the most money instead of what the writer has in mind :( – Kevin Nov 24 '16 at 8:00
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    @Thunderforge - When I heard that she was in the next film, I sighed. This is what happens when you make films by committee. – Valorum Mar 24 '17 at 18:16
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Before The Last Jedi

It appears that Captain Phasma has indeed survived.

As this article says,

But according to the L.A. Times, Captain Phasma will also appear in Episode VIII – in other words, whatever happens in this episode, Captain Phasma won’t be killed.

“She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed, without revealing what Captain Phasma will be up to in Episode VIII, which is set to debut in 2017.

The original Los Angeles Times article can be found here:

But you won't see Phasma tapping out after being carelessly knocked into a sarlacc pit like a wobbly toddler. Kennedy has big plans for Phasma and confirmed that the captain will carry on into the next movie. "She's an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word."

Phasma, or the Chrometrooper as fans have dubbed her because of the custom silver armor she wears as a sign of her authority, commands the Stormtroopers of the First Order. But it wasn't talk of villains that intrigued Christie, rather Kennedy's thoughts on the status of female heroes.

"Kathleen Kennedy said to me, 'Have you ever Googled 'female heroines'? I said, 'No,' and she did it for me. If you do it, there are a lot of scantily clad women. Now women should be allowed to dress exactly however they choose, but the idea that you Google female heroines and there isn't a diverse range of examples that come up, I find it a bit depressing."

In an interview, J. J. Abrams revealed nothing about Phasma's role in future films, save that Christie is his "favorite [actor]".

The Last Jedi

With the release of Episode VIII in December 2017, we see Captain Phasma return, albeit briefly (so she's alive!). After Rose and Finn, along with DJ, sneak onto Snoke's flagship,

They are captured by soldiers, and eventually brought before Captain Phasma and her stormtroopers. DJ betrays the Resistance, and Rose and Finn are about to be executed by Phasma, before Vice Admiral Holdo rams the flagship.

In the ensuing chaos, Finn battles Phasma in single combat, and eventually

Finn defeats her. The floor underneath Captain Phasma gives way, and she falls into the fireball beneath.

Any role Phasma may play in Episode IX is currently speculative for those of us not in the know. I can get back to you on whether or not she survives in approximately 2 years.

  • looks like you posted it almost as the same time as rand :) – RiddlerNewComer Dec 24 '15 at 15:42
  • I ninja'd you by less than a minute! – Rand al'Thor Dec 24 '15 at 15:42
  • @randal'thor I know! So close. – HDE 226868 Dec 24 '15 at 15:43
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    And no one's ever dead til we see the body. – Exal Dec 18 '17 at 7:27
  • Phasma is a merchandising jewel for Disney. Think of that however you like – NKCampbell Dec 21 '17 at 20:01
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No, she's not dead; she'll be back.

Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed in an interview that:

But you won't see Phasma tapping out after being carelessly knocked into a sarlacc pit like a wobbly toddler. Kennedy has big plans for Phasma and confirmed that the captain will carry on into the next movie. 'She's an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.

But no more detail than that has been revealed.

From this interview with the actress, Gwendoline Christie:

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said in a recent interview that Captain Phasma is going to play a role as the series continues. Have you gotten any indication of what that role might be, and do you have any ideas yourself of where you’d like to see her go?

I have not had any confirmed indication of that, that I can communicate with you currently. How about that? (laughs)

  • thanks, I see you everywhere no wonder you're capped haha (aka puzzling :) ) I'll accept that answer when I'll be ablo too, and if you have any recommended link to comment me to learn more about her i'll be happy to do so :) – RiddlerNewComer Dec 24 '15 at 15:43
  • @RiddlerNewComer Ah, Puzzling ... that's a long and bitter tale. Do feel free to upvote me over there, btw ;-) Re more about Gwendoline Christie, did you see my latest edit with a link to an interview with her? – Rand al'Thor Dec 24 '15 at 15:46
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This is currently unclear, but signs point to her having survived.

This article from the LA Times keeps being passed around as being confirmation from Kathleen Kennedy that Phasma will appear in Episode 8.

This passage claims that Kennedy confirmed to the newspaper that Phasma would return, but offers no direct quote to support that.

The first female villain in a "Star Wars" movie, played by Gwendoline Christie (who made waves on "Game of Thrones" as Brienne of Tarth), is already setting sights high. Some are comparing Phasma to fan favorite Boba Fett. "Which means she makes a lot of impact but she's not at the forefront of the action all the time," Christie says.

But you won't see Phasma tapping out after being carelessly knocked into a sarlacc pit like a wobbly toddler. Kennedy has big plans for Phasma and confirmed that the captain will carry on into the next movie. "She's an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word."

In the movie

We have literally no idea. No mention of Phasma is made after that scene in either the movie or novelization.

  • Triple-ninja'd! – Rand al'Thor Dec 24 '15 at 15:45
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    That's what I get for fixing the question first. – phantom42 Dec 24 '15 at 15:45
  • I would accept all of you if I could haha, thanks for all the informations, much reactivity :) – RiddlerNewComer Dec 24 '15 at 15:47
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The comic book miniseries Captain Phasma describes what happened to her after the events in The Force Awakens. Prior to that, however, The Force Awakens comic book Part V shows that Han and Finn indeed did throw Phasma into a trash compactor.

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She didn't stay there for long, but was out within a moment.

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Phasma was most concerned about the records of her lowering down the shields of Starkiller Base and she hurried to delete them, only to discover that Lieutenant Sol Rivas had got the files before her. She decided to blame it all on him which led her chasing him on the surface of the planet. On her way Phasma briefly witnessed the lightsaber duel of Kylo Ren and Rey, but did not interfere.

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Rivas escaped to the planet Luprora, but was followed by Phasma and a TIE pilot, TN-3465. Eventually she killed them both in order to cover up her transgression. When done, she returned to the Finalizer and reported General Hux about Rivas' treason.

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Interestingly, Hux mentioned even an exploding planet could not kill Phasma, so who knows, this could be a hint about the future...

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Currently, we don't exactly know what happened to her.

However, we do know that she did made it off Starkiller Base, as she is confirmed to be in Episode VIII.

While they didn’t show her getting off the weaponized planet before it exploded, the confirmation of her Episode VIII involvement tells us she made it off in time and will be back to cause trouble in an expanded capacity.

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