“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has now been out for over a week and has grossed over $700 million worldwide.
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But Wednesday marks the first anniversary of Carrie Fisher‘s untimely death last December at the age of 60. Fans didn’t know what to expect heading to see Fisher’s last appearance as Leia in “The Last Jedi,” but they were treated to something very unique indeed.
Fisher’s Gen. Leia did not meet her demise as expected in the film to match her real-life passing, but fans did see her use the Force physically for the first time.
Aside from attempting to communicate with her brother, Luke (As we’ve seen in previous films and see again here), Leia, the only daughter of former Jedi and Sith Lord Darth Vader, was blown from her ship early on in the film to what looked to be her death on screen.
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A New Hope – 1977
The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
The Return of the Jedi – 1983
The Force Awakens – 2015
The Last Jedi – 2017 pic.twitter.com/cHPJrgGEw6
— amelia (@Hey_Its_Amelia) December 19, 2017
As the former princess floated lifeless in space, Leia looked as though she would meet her end, frozen in the vacuum of the galaxy where she has spent her life traveling and fighting for justice. But that’s not what happened.
Instead, Fisher reaches out her arm and uses the Force to pull herself back to the ship. Leia would later recover from her injuries and live to fight another day.
“because the princess is not a victim, she’s very strong, and it’s good because there aren’t a lot of strong women in film right now” – carrie fisher (1978) pic.twitter.com/guHeC7Lc2l
— our princess carrie (@lRONMARVEL) December 19, 2017
Fan reactions online were split as well. Some were pleasantly surprised to see the powerful Skywalker ancestor finally show her abilities in this way, while others…