Rian Johnson Explains Why Han’s Funeral Wasn’t In THE LAST JEDI

When Kylo Ren murdered his own father Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was the saddest moment of that year.

Of course, he had to do it to prove himself to Snoke, but come on!

After The Last Jedi was released, fans were outraged that there wasn’t any closure. Han was mentioned a mere couple times and that just wasn’t good enough for even the casual Star Wars fan.

Now the writer and director Johnson have revealed the reason it wasn’t included was simply a pacing issue.Speaking with Collider, he said: “[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 the 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.”

In terms of there being sad moments in the film Johnson added:

“I think we do it a little more in this movie than typically is done. I really held onto that moment of Leia before they come out of hyperspace, just that moment of feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders.”

It’s already been mentioned that Han’s funeral scene will be mentioned in The Last Jedi novel which is due to be released in March.

What do you guys think of Johnson’s comments? Do you think there could have been other things cut out ( ahem! Canto Bight!) to make room for Han’s funeral scene?

Let us know in the comments below!

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