General Leia’s estrangement from the democratic senate of the New Republic wasn’t fully explained in the theatrical version of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but a deleted scene sheds a little more light about how Leia regards other people’s opinions of her in the senate. Basically, she “doesn’t care.”
On December 27 and 28, several news outlets reported the existence of a “new” deleted scene from The Force Awakens, posted by fan Daniel McFaden on Twitter. However, the deleted scene is not exactly new. It was included in the 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray version of The Force Awakens, which was released on October 31 in the UK and on November 15 in the United States.
In the wake of Carrie Fisher’s devastating and unexpected death, fans can’t help but wonder how the loss will impact the next few Star Wars films. But, with new attention being paid to this charming deleted scene from The Force Awakens, it seems like a good bet that there is probably more unused footage like this from both Episode VII and Episode VIII.
In the canon Star Wars novel Bloodline, Leia’s disagreements with the senate are revealed to be directly connected with her family relationship to Darth Vader. There are rumors that the political landscape of Episode VIII will make a lot more sense than Episode VII did and that motivations and allegiances will be fleshed out.
And if there are even a few more inspired deleted scenes from the late, great Carrie Fisher like this one, then the Resistance against the First Order has all the hope it needs.