Warning: MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Don't read any further if you have not seen the latest Star Wars movie yet!
It's no secret that Carrie Fisher's passing prevented her from getting to see a final cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The tragic loss adds to the weight of her scenes, but it also raises questions about the character's role in the Star Wars franchise as a whole. As it turns out, her passing forced director Rian Johnson to have a serious discussion about how to move forward with his Star Wars film, and the impact his decisions would have on Star Wars: Episode IX. Johnson recently sat down with CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg to explain that he didn't want to get rid of her best scenes to force a conclusion into place, explaining:
There are certainly a few moments in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that could've been retrofitted to serve as finales for Leia Organa's character arc. Between her "death" on the bridge of the ship and Amilyn Holdo's moment of sacrifice, there are scenes in the film that could've provided an appropriate finale for the beloved character. However, Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy decided that they didn't want to remove Leia's best scenes from later in the film, so they instead opted to proceed according to the original plan and keep Leia alive going into Episode IX.
Beyond the fact that it would compromise the rest of the film to make up an artificial ending for Leia, Rian Johnson also continued in his conversation with CinemaBlend and explained that it merely made perfect thematic sense to give her a final hopeful speech to lead into Episode VIII's credits. Johnson continued:
You can catch Carrie Fisher's final performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is now in theaters. Make sure to pick up some tickets for the long-awaited Star Wars sequel and check out our review of the film to see what we here at CinemaBlend have to say about it!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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