The General of the Resistance just might make it through to the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi after all. While speaking at a New York Comic-Con event on Saturday, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill revealed that Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa will make it through to the final chapter of the latest trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX.
Fisher’s tragic death in December 2016 sent a shockwave through the Star Wars fandom as dedicated fans mourned her loss and began to ponder what it would mean for General Leia Organa’s future. Fisher had already finished her work on Last Jedi before her death, but Lucasfilm was forced to scrap some of its plans for the as-yet-unnamed Episode IX, as Fisher was meant to be the focal point.
Many Star Wars fans online have assumed that Fisher’s death will be taken into account in The Last Jedi, perhaps even going so far as to add an additional scene in which Leia dies. Hamill seems to have confirmed, though, that Leia will at least make it through Last Jedi.
Speaking at an NYCC event on Saturday night, An Evening with Mark Hamill, the cult-famed Luke actor confirmed that Lucasfilm plans to “close [Fisher’s] story out in 9.”
While Hamill is known as an expansive speaker with a penchant for getting himself into trouble with the powers that be over at Lucasfilm and Disney, Hamill’s relationship with Fisher tends to lend his words about her credence. At the end of his 2-hour event on Saturday, Hamill adopted a somber tone to discuss Fisher’s legacy and his lasting love for her. He asked the gathered crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to give Fisher the “one-finger salute,” prompting everyone to lift their middle fingers and flip off the heavens. And his remarks on her story in Episode IX indicate that the beloved Leia will make it through The Last Jedi.
This can only be a good thing; after losing Fisher in real life, some fans might not be able to take Leia’s onscreen loss less than a year later.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.
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