We all remember the emotional end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Having Han, Chewie, Leia and co back into our lives after so many years was a glorious moment. Yet, this moment was bitter-sweet. Just minutes later, in the final scenes of The Force Awakens, Han is murdered by his son, Kylo Ren. After a short-lived adventure, with new characters Rey and Finn finding themselves in awe of the two legendary pilots, the powerful scenes of Han’s death captured the ending of the film perfectly.
Or did it? At the Star Wars Celebration, Mark Hamill was asked about whether he expected something different for The Force Awakens‘ closing scenes. Although Hamill plays Jedi, Luke Skywalker, his answer to the Rotten Tomatoes interviewer makes us think that he should be in charge of directing Episode IX, too. Cue Mark Hamill:
Hamill’s version of TFA‘s ending points out a huge missed opportunity. Only Chewie, Rey and Finn witness Han’s death at the hands of Ben Solo. As he says, by having Leia and Luke rush to Han’s aid they are:
“…in the same position that Rey and Finn and Chewie are. Too late to save him, but witness it. And I say, ’cause we carry so much emotional resonance into the next film. For us, his wife, his best friend to witness. Instead of two characters that have known him well, twenty minutes…?”
With both Luke and Leia watching their friend die but being helpless to save him, that sense of loss and pain would have thundered into The Last Jedi. In the case of the fans, although Chewie, Rey and Finn were too far away to help Han, seeing Luke and Leia rushing to help could have created a false sense of hope and an even bigger shock when Kylo killed him.
We think Mark Hamill should have a director’s chair.
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