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It's hard to believe that Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out almost eight months ago, but here we are. And ever since J.J. Abrams' triumphant film hit the silver screen, fans have been dissecting and obsessing over each and every frame that was put into the latest episode of the space opera. Perhaps one of the most debated scenes was Rey's vision, which was chock full of easter eggs, mysterious imagery, and even the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now it appears that the vision was originally going to include yet another awesome easter egg that fans would have probably loved.
Maryann Brandon, one of the editors for The Force Awakens, recently did a speaking appearance at the University of California Television. According to Star Wars Underworld, during her talk she mentioned that Rey's vision originally included a bunch of main characters: Luke, Darth Vader, and Snoke.
She went into this room and then it became the room in Cloud City, which you can still kind of see because we still kept that idea, but then she used to walk down the hall and she saw Darth Vader and Luke fighting. And she saw Darth Vader cut Luke's hand off. Then she turned around and saw Snoke, or some version of Snoke, vague version of him and a little boy. So all those images we had, they just didn't have a logic that satisfied anyone enough.
Woah. This is a pretty big change, and it definitely would have caused a few nerdgasms when The Force Awakens originally opened. But would it have functioned the way they wanted?
While we didn't see Darth Vader and Luke in their infamous Empire Strikes Back lightsaber duel, their presence was still felt in the vision. The whole shebang actually opened with Rey being transported onto the Cloud City. While not over the top obvious, the hallway that Rey was suddenly in was actually one where Luke and Vader battled. And in those few moments we also heard Vader's infamous breathing as well as that crazy scream that Luke did when he realized Vader was his father. This call to earlier films might have been just enough Vader and Luke, especially considering we only got to see latter in the last few moments of the film.
Rey's vision was one of the more visually fascinating moments from The Force Awakens. Part of what made it such an awesome journey was how seamlessly each scene melted into each other. In regards to the Cloud City moment, Rey suddenly saw the walls around her crumbling, and she leapt from that moment into seeing Luke's shrouded figure touching R2-D2. If the first scene was expanded upon to include Vader and Luke, it might not have been as seamless and stunning. Audience members might have preferred to stay in the Empire Strikes Back battle, rather than moving on to the various other visions that Rey has.
What do you think? Should Rey's vision have included Luke and Vader, or was it fine just the way it was? Sound off in the comments below.