The way things are shaping up, the General of the Resistance might survive the incidents of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. During a New York Comic Con event on Saturday, Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker said that Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) would be seen all the way through to the Star Wars: Episode IX.
Fisher’s sudden demise in December last year created strong ripples through the Star Wars fan world and devoted fans went into mourning and wondering about the impact that her death would make on the future of General Leia Organa’s character. It is known that Fisher had finished filming for Last Jedi before her death, still, Lucasfilm had to make some alterations to its plans related to the Episode IX, because Fisher was to play the central role in the film.
A lot of Star Wars fans believed that Fisher’s death would be accommodated in The Last Jedi and there might even be a scene featuring Leia’s death. Now Hamill has apparently confirmed that Leia will survive through The Last Jedi.
During the New York Comic Con event, An Evening With Mark Hamill, the iconic Luke Skywalker stated that Lucasfilm aims to “close [Fisher’s] story out in 9.”
Hamill is renowned as a vague speaker who is prone to repeatedly antagonize the decision makers at Lucasfilm and Disney. It is his relationship with Fisher that adds weight to what he says. Towards the end of the 2-hour event on Saturday, he spoke fondly about Fisher’s legacy and the love that he had for her. He went on to ask the crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom to give the “one-finger salute,” to Fisher. His request prompted all present to lift their middle fingers and tick off the heavens. His remarks about Leia’s story in Episode IX suggest that she will survive beyond The Last Jedi.
This is bound to be good because Fisher is gone in real life and it would be too much to bear for a lot of fans to see Leia die onscreen in less than a year’s time.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will premiere on December 15.