Unless you’ve been unconscious for the last few days, you’re well aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opened and is in the process of taking over the damn world. J.J. Abrams’ seventh installment of the beloved space opera introduced a ton of new characters, some of which are front and center in the action, and others that are woefully underused or that leave us with a slew of dangling questions that we can’t wait to have answered. We’re roughly 18 months away from Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, but here are the characters we need to see more of when that film hits on May 26, 2017 and as the Star Wars universe continues to expand.

There are, of course, MASSIVE SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens beyond this point. If you haven’t seen the movie already, for the love of God, stop reading and check out one of our many other Star Wars-centric articles. You’ve been warned.

Poe Dameron
Along with Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn, Oscar Isaac’s badass pilot Poe Dameron was billed as one of the biggest additions to the franchise, forming a new Holy Trinity in the vein of Han, Luke, and Leia. During the opening act, he does, in fact, play a sizable role, teaming up with Finn to escape from captivity on board a First Order Star Destroyer. While he’s there he’s great, bringing an awesome new school version of Han Solo’s attitude and swagger. Unfortunately, he disappears for the middle of the movie, leaving you to think he may be dead (none of us really believed that, but the possibility was out there). We have since found out that Abrams originally intended for Poe, whose parents we meet in the Shattered Empire comic, to die, but found a way to keep him around. And we’re glad he did, we just want to see more of him in Episode VIII and beyond.

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