Warning: main spoilers forward for Star Wars: The Final Jedi! Learn forward at your individual danger!
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has formally debuted in theaters, and the movie has already made an unlimited impression on the field workplace and with critics. Past that, it additionally raises quite a few questions about how J.J. Abrams will transfer the franchise ahead in Episode IX and cap off Luke Skywalker’s arc in an emotional manner. Nevertheless, the truth that Leia survives the movie — even after Carrie Fisher’s death earlier this 12 months — creates a major dialogue of what Lucasfilm will do along with her character. On that observe, we predict The Final Jedi missed an amazing alternative to ship Leia off on a high-note by giving her Amilyn Holdo’s heroic demise.
Let’s get ourselves up-to-speed. As these of you who’ve seen Star Wars: The Final Jedi already know, the third act break comes when Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo orders her remaining forces (together with Poe Dameron and Leia Organa) to evacuate to Crait, after which turns the final Resistance cruiser in the direction of the pursuing First Order ships. Going full kamikaze, she makes a bounce to lightspeed and fairly actually blows a gap proper by the center of the First Order fleet. Then transfer not solely slows down Basic Hux’s forces and permits our heroes to make it to Crait, nevertheless it additionally ends in probably the most heroic and visually spectacular moments within the historical past of the whole Star Wars franchise.
That is why the second was really excellent for Basic Leia’s final stand. In the identical manner that Han Solo’s death by the hands of Kylo Ren as a non-public, intimate demise that reveals Han’s willingness to present himself up for somebody he loves in The Force Awakens, so too would Leia’s determination to leap to lightspeed epitomize her standing because the Star Wars franchise’s beloved navy chief and image of authority within the Insurrection/Resistance.
Couple that with the truth that Leia Organa’s first look within the Star Wars universe was onboard a ship fleeing The Empire after popping out of lightspeed in A New Hope, and it may’ve supplied an ideal bookend for her arc. We would not even have to see Leia really go into the bridge of the ship; just a few reshoots to have Amilyn Holdo with Poe on the fleeing lifeboats, whereas the large Resistance cruiser jumps to lightspeed and saves the day — with Leia’s absence implying her determination to slink away and make the final word sacrifice.
The second would’ve additionally labored as a result of it may’ve allowed the Star Wars franchise to retire Leia whereas additionally handing off her particular position to an enchanting new character. Amilyn Holdo’s arc works in Star Wars: The Final Jedi as a result of we slowly however absolutely find out how reliable and succesful she is, nevertheless it’s onerous to shake the sensation that the character may’ve been given extra to do in future Star Wars motion pictures — notably contemplating her great chemistry with Poe Dameron. Now we are going to by no means know.
After all, we naturally acknowledge the truth that no person concerned in Star Wars: The Final Jedi may’ve anticipated the passing of Carrie Fisher. Her demise got here out of nowhere for followers, and it is completely doable that there was no technique to give her a correct sendoff in The Final Jedi that will effectively cap off her arc. Having mentioned that, if Episode VIII had used this efficient technique to retire Leia, it may’ve gone down as essentially the most iconic, epic, and all-around badass demise within the historical past of the whole Star Wars universe.