Rian Johnson Says Han Solo’s Funeral “Didn’t Have A Place” In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars fans might have wanted to have a proper send off for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: The Last Jedi after the legendary smuggler was gutted through the heart by his own son in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however director Rian Johnson just couldn't find a place for Han's funeral in his film.

Sitting down to speak with Collider during a recent Question and Answer session, Johnson said that while he would have wanted to insert a proper send-off for Han in The Last Jedi, it just didn't fit right in the film.

"[There was no debate of showing Han Solo's funeral], just because pacing-wise it didn't have a place. It's tough in Star Wars because I always think about the mourning that Luke gives to Ben's death, which is all of four-and-a-half seconds before, ‘Come on kid we're not out of this yet' and then boom, you're into ‘Yay, woo-hoo! Don't get cocky!' There's the moment for it, but it's not long. We don't have time for our sorrows, commanders. That's kind of the thing of Star Wars; you don't really linger on grief because you're moving forward."


Though fans might find the answer a bit upsetting, Johnson makes perfect sense. There wasn't any time to squeeze in a sober funeral between scenes where the Resistance is running for its life and scenes where Rey (Daisy Ridley) trains together with Luke (Mark Hamill). Having fans see how Han's death affected the people closest to him became a much better send-off for the smuggler.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.

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