Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might have been given the important task of giving Leia (Carrie Fisher)a proper send off after her near-death experience in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, however, some fans felt that the film didn’t really do General Organa any justice.
Instead of allowing Leia to fade away gracefully in the film, Abrams adds a few other elements in the movie, revealing that Leia had been training with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and that she herself had begun training as a Jedi together with Luke (Mark Hamill) decades before the sequel trilogy.
The film also seemingly created a plothole when it delayed Leia’s death through the Force.
Sensing the battle between Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on the remains of the Death Star, Leia gives her life to connect with her son for one last time. Rey and Ren both feel Leia’s death through the Force instantly, however, unlike other Jedi, Leia doesn’t become one with the Force until Ben dies as well.
This bewildered fans. Shouldn’t have Leia become one with the Force the moment of her death like with Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Luke?
In The Skywalker Legacy (a feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary offered along with the Blu-Ray copy of Episode), The Rise of Skywalker screenwriter Chris Terrio tries to explain this troubling plothole (via The Cheat Sheet).
“Leia’s Jedi trial happens in Episode IX,” Terrio said. “The end of her path as a Jedi is fulfilled when her son turns back to the light.”
The screenwriter’s answer might not seem like a fulfilling explanation to this Star Wars mystery, but it’s all we have for now until Lucasfilm tries to patch up the plot hole in another comic or book.
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