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Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the final appearance for Carrie Fisher, something that makes the film an emotional experience for many fans. However, for Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, who also appears in the movie, it was obviously even more emotional. The actress posted an image from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere of her and her mother over the weekend as Star Wars: The Last Jedi was finally released in theaters.
Billie Lourd doesn't post a caption or a note, just the image by itself on Instagram. To be fair, it's not like the picture requires any explanation. It's near perfect by itself, capturing the mother and daughter in a moment of fun celebrating the debut of the movie the pair were in together. Since Carrie Fisher's death last December we all knew this day was coming. While it is sad to know that we'll never get to see Carrie Fisher in a movie again, this picture is exactly how fans will want to remember her.
It also how most fans probably will remember her. Carrie Fisher's interviews during the promotional tour leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens were some of the highlights of that year. Often accompanied by her dog, Fisher was absolutely hilarious, always saying what she thought without caring what anybody else thought, occasionally while using language that probably made the PR reps at family-friendly Disney cringe. Fisher was always full of life, which made her death all the more heartbreaking.
Of course, the truth is that while we've seen the last film role of Carrie Fisher, the story of the actress's career isn't quite complete. The reality is that in two years when Star Wars: Episode IX is released we'll be thinking and talking about Fisher again, this time because we don't see her. It seems clear that Star Wars: The Last Jedi made no significant changes to its own story due to the fact that Fisher would not appear in the trilogy's final film. Something will have to happen, even if it's just explained in the opening text crawl, that writes General Leia out of the story, at least on screen. Whatever happens, the loss will still be felt by fans, especially considering how great Leia's role was in The Last Jedi. We would all have loved to see her finish out the trilogy.
On the bright side, the fact that Carrie Fisher is so wonderful in Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes saying goodbye a little easier. We'll always have the movie to remember her by, and Billie Lourd will always have the pictures, and the memories.