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There’s a moment, during a critical battle sequence in The Last Jedi where the bridge of the command ship is blasted apart. And Princess Leia is physically sucked out into space.
Is this how it ends? She couldn’t be gone like that. That wasn’t supposed to happen. But, then, her hand moved.
The moment was short-lived, because General Leia has a war to win and inherited Force powers at her disposal. The dramatic shoulders of her formidable cape almost look like angel wings as Leia summons the Force and propels herself to the relative safety of her ship, before spending much of the film in a coma.
The sequence is made all the more compelling by the fact that joining Poe and Finn in the mad race to bring Leia back is Resistance fighter Lieutenant Connix, played by Fisher’s real-life daughter Billie Lourd. That character’s increased screen time in the film serves as a constant reminder of the real-world impact of Fisher’s death.
Since the 60-year-old actress' death, director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy decided to leave Fisher’s role in The Last Jedi untouched. “We were a little ways into postproduction when she passed away, and so we had it mostly put together,” Johnson said. “We didn’t really end up changing it. And that includes adding lines back in that we had cut out or anything like that.”