Anthony Breznican
December 16, 2017 AT 11:30 AM EST

The Empire Strikes Back provided obvious inspiration to The Last Jedi, with both serving as second acts in their own Star Wars trilogies.

And in the heart of the new film, a character from that earlier movie makes a surprising reappearance.

At a post-screening Q&A Friday night, writer-director Rian Johnson discussed how and why he brought back this classic figure from the galaxy far, far away.

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