Han’s Death Will Have an Impact in ‘The Last Jedi’
[This article may contain spoilers for the Last Jedi, read carefully or avoid it completely]
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Now, is the turn for Kylo Ren (or Ben Solo if you prefer).
Kylo Ren was humiliated, by none other than a scavenger girl new to the Force but more powerful than him. He thought killing is father will be the thing that not only would erase any light possibility, but would also position him as someone who truly belonged to the Darkness.
Rian Johnson, writer-director for The Last Jedi, revealed, in a way, what we will see happening in Kylo’s head.
“He’s definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”
To him, Kylo represents what everyone goes through adolescence… In a more dark way.
“Kylo represents kind of the rebellious anger that you feel during that period. Honestly, sometimes it’s a healthy desire to push away from the place that you know, from the things that you came from. But he obviously does it in an extreme that’s not healthy at all.”
The fact that Kylo killed Han, his own father, only made things personal for Rey, who saw Han as the father-figure she had been looking for most of her life, and according to Daisy Ridley, she’s not only angry, she just doesn’t get it.
“She just doesn’t understand Kylo. When all she wanted was parents, why would a person who has parents do that? It’s so beyond comprehension, it’s ridiculous. So, she has grief for the loss and then there’s anger. To be honest, she couldn’t understand doing something like that – let alone to your parents.”
But she’s not the only one suffering from having lost Han. Chewbacca, his best friend, is mourning, in a way is not easy to express.
(In this film, Chewbacca will be played by Joona Suotamo, who is taking over the role from Peter Mayhew, the original actor)
For Johnson both Rey and Chewie will be helpful in getting through the mourning of the other.
“Chewie’s doing all right. It’s tough. It was obviously a big loss for him, but, you know, he’s Chewie. He’s resilient. He’s got broad Wookiee shoulders, and he also has a new mission. He’s got Rey, and she’s someone that Han, to a certain extent, handed the keys to. So, I think that that helps.”
Han’s death was not easy to see, his character is going to be missed, and according to Ridley, he’s going to be present through the film… just in a figurative way.
“I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.”
What do you think about this news? How do you think Han’s death is going to affect the story? Let us know in the comments below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to arrive in theaters this December 13, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.