“So much loss,” Leia says at the prospect of losing yet another lifelong friend. “I can’t take any more.”
“Sure you can,” Holdo says, smiling sadly. “You taught me how.”
Carrie is with us. The Last Jedi is a movie I will relish, forever. Every scene with her brought a lump to my throat. I hung on her every word, every movement. As Luke, Rey and Kylo drove the story, it was General Organa who steered the course. Carrie’s alter ego stood strong and sure to lead the resistance. Long live the fight for freedoms.
With the Resistance decimated and key leaders gone, Rey asks, “How do we build a rebellion from this?” Leia responds with calming certainty: “We have everything we need.”
I needed to hear her say these words, words that will echo from all lands to rise up and resist those who would oppress, words of hope.
New heroines have emerged to bring the Star Wars saga forward. Besides Rey, Laura Dern plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a colleague and student of Leia’s. Seeing the many strong, fearless, female characters featured in this episode of the saga, gives hope to girls big and small, that they too can rise up to the challenges before them.
Han’s lucky golden dice, the same ones that hung in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. “No one’s ever really gone,” he [Luke] says as Leia looks down at the dice in her hand—a line meant to fortify Leia for what’s to come, but which also, unintentionally, comforts those still reeling from Fisher’s death.
One thing that, for me, was very apparent, was that of reverence. It had a “tribute feel” whenever Leia was on screen. After reading about what the cast and crew on set felt, it was palpable watching it unfold. Miss you, Carrie.
“It’s bizarre because, you know, obviously we didn’t know that it was gonna be a farewell scene,” he says by phone from Los Angeles the day of Last Jedi’s release. “And it’s odd because I remember when we were shooting the Luke-Leia scene, it felt like church on set. It was usually a jovial set, you know, a really happy, bouncy set. And that day, everyone was just quiet and just watching these two.”
“It was like a hush over the whole set,” he says, “it really did feel like church. I remember there being a weight to the whole thing and we all just felt like, we’re seeing something really special happen. In a way that it never, ever was on the set for us. There was, very weirdly, weight.”
Here is a wonderful tribute video of Carrie. It’s as much for me as anyone, something I can go to whenever I need a “Carrie” pick me up. My holiday “go to movie” will forever be Star Wars. For me, hope lives here.
Tribute to Carrie
George Lucas and his Star Wars vision