Months after Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, the only thing people wanted to talk about was the death of a major character.
[Warning: The following includes a spoiler for a movie released two years ago.]
The poetic death of Han Solo, Star Wars’ beloved rogue pilot and smuggler, killed at the hands of his long lost son, Kylo Ren, marked the climactic moment for both the film and franchise at large. It became one of the most memorable scenes in Star Wars history, but despite its importance to fans, the scene won’t get much recognition in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Last Jedi cast told a group of reporters at a press conference on Sunday that Han’s death doesn’t come up as a main talking point because there isn’t any time to mourn him. John Boyega, who plays Finn in the movie, spoke about The Last Jedi being a commentary on war. Time hasn’t passed since The Force Awakens ended, which means war is still imminent and both sides are preparing for battle. When survival is the only thing people can think about, it’s hard to find time to mourn those who have died. Boyega’s response to the question, as reported by Variety, can be read below.
The pressure’s on. There’s no time. I think that’s one thing that’s unique to me, about watching this movie, was the commentary on war. There hasn’t been a Star Wars movie, yet, that has explored war in the way ‘The Last Jedi’ does. It’s very messy. The categorizing of good and evil, it’s all mixed together. In terms of Han, I’m sure we all feel sentimental if someone was to sit Finn down or Rey down. But Rey’s off training, she’s got stuff to do. I got a back injury, I’ve got stuff to do. Can’t think about Han at the moment.
Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, echoed Boyega’s comments, but not everyone feels the same way. Rey actress Daisy Ridley said the death of Han and how that impacts her journey in The Last Jedi is something we’ll see a little more of. Her full quote, as reported by The Independent, can be read below.
I would say that where it leads very much affects me. Rey is a character who has been alone for a very long time. And she's really open to love and friendship, so Finn and BB-8 come along and it's like this amazing adventure. And then Han, without trying to, she seeks something from him because there's an intimacy, and there's a sort of figure or something she never dreamed of for her. Everything is new to her, so she's understanding things in a different way — and lucky for me, because I was trying to get to grips with everything going on, and Rey is trying to get to grips with everything going on.
So for Rey there is some time. Everything is moving forward, but she has some time to ask questions and wonder what it means it is that led someone to do something like that. And also how that directly affects the world around her. And she's worried about being at home. So I'd say she's a bit more affected.
Still, don’t expect to see a funeral or formal mourning process for Han. He’ll have to live on in memories and in the spirit of the Star Wars movies.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on Dec. 15.