Each entry of the new Star Wars trilogy has taken a major character from us. It seems clear that Star Wars: Episode IX will continue that trend with a major death that is going to hit the fans where it hurts, and Kevin Smith has an interesting theory. With all three of the original trilogy cast essentially gone, the director believes that the final film in the new trilogy might not kill off a person, but rather a thing. He wonder's if we might see the destruction of the Millennium Falcon. According to Smith...
I think it's the Falcon.That would really rip all of our hearts out. And, at the same time, legacy cast is gone, maybe they don't necessarily --- if it's a big enough story beat, I bet you that's what goes.
The idea that Star Wars: Episode IX could destroy the Millennium Falcon was met by a chorus of boos from the assembled crowd during the Fatman on Batman podcast recording where the Clerks director put forth the idea. It's clear that they were not fans of the idea. Although, that simply shows that Smith is right and that the moment really would rip the hearts out of fans, so the premise seems sound.
It's certainly an interesting idea, and one that you can't discount entirely. While, at this point, we have literally no idea what they're going to do with the final episode of the trilogy, the idea that more of the original trilogy will fall away to make room for the new is certainly likely. Of course, with General Leia already gone in the new film due to the unfortunate loss of Carrie Fisher, maybe J.J Abrams won't feel a need to take anything else away from the fans. Fisher's departure wasn't dealt with in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which means it will need to be handled one way or another in Episode IX.
The Millennium Falcon has been through a lot over the course of eight films, and it was never the brightest and shiniest ship in the galaxy. If done right, a sacrifice of the Falcon could be a beautiful moment for fans while also being heartbreaking.
At the same time, while the deaths of characters serve a purpose within the story being told, it's also being done because we know that these actors aren't going to making Star Wars movies forever. Their stories need to end sooner rather than later. The Millennium Falcon doesn't need to be retired, and if and when the decision is made to continue the story being told in this trilogy, Lucasfilm may want to be sure that as many options are available as possible, so destroying the Falcon might not be the best move for potential future movies.
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