Luke In Mourning
We see Luke Skywalker, who has closed himself off from the Force, realizing Solo has been killed, but in one of The Last Jedi deleted scenes we witness the aftermath.
Luke goes to his stone hut alone and sits quietly, eyes welling with tears over the old friend he will never see again.
As he grieves, the film cuts to Leia Organa in a similar pose, far away. She is sitting beside a window on the Resistance starship Raddus, and the cut is meant to suggest she and her brother are sharing a moment of grief.
“It’s both of them having the connection, and that also then led you to think that Leia was thinking about Han’s death,” Johnson says. “It was a really lovely moment.”
It also allowed the film to shift focus back to the Resistance ship, but during the editing process Johnson decided it would be better to stay on the island.
“We realized just for pacing in that section we had to stick with Rey and Luke, and we wanted just to go straight from him slamming the door of the hut into the day-in-the-life montage, of him going around the island. Taking that bit out suddenly propelled us forward into that segment in a way that just felt much better for the film.”
The cost: deleting an emotional beat that would have connected not just with Leia, but with longtime Star Wars fans everywhere, still grieving the loss of the smuggler they’ve known all their lives.
“I was very sorry to lose it. I think it’s a beautiful performance from Mark Hamill,” Johnson says. “But I think that we get a similar beat with him, later when he’s in the Falcon with R2.”
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