One of the more moving scenes in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ was the touching goodbye between Carrie Fisher‘s General Leia and Laura Dern‘s Vice Admiral Holdo. Now we’ve learned that the two actresses helped write their farewells to one another seen near the end of the movie. Obviously, there are some spoilers ahead if you’ve somehow missed the movie’s release.
The scene in itself was extremely moving as the acting between these amazing women showed exactly how hard it was for two friends to say goodbye to one another. However, fans who have read Claudia Gray’s ‘Leia: Princess of Alderaan,’ which was part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” novels know that their friendship was built over years of working together. This is hinted at throughout the movie with past exploits by the Vice Admiral being mentioned.
As to how their touching goodbye came together? According to director Rian Johnson:
“I rewrote that scene with those two actors. Laura really wanted to find a way to pay tribute to Carrie and what Leia meant to her growing up, and that’s where that moment came from. And the [response to Holdo attempting to say “May the force be with you”], ‘I’ve said it enough, you go ahead’ — that was Carrie’s line.”
I personally love that this was written not just as an exchange between two characters but with one actor showing another just how much she had always meant to her.
Because of this, and the enjoyment of seeing Holdo on the big screen, I’m rooting for the theory that she somehow made it to an escape pod or that the ship’s shields held when she rammed it into the First Order’s fleet.
That being said, I’m also not holding my breath for the chance that we’ll see Dern return to the role, as much as I wish she could.
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