Luke in Mourning
FINALLY! One of the moments I was really hoping for. In this scene, Luke just found out about Han’s death and he griefs alone in his stone hut. At that same moment, Leia is also mourning. It’s as if both are sharing that moment together. Despite this anticipated moment, Johnson felt like it didn’t fit during the editing process. He said:
We realized just for pacing in that section we had to stick with Rey and Luke, and we wanted just to go straight from him slamming the door of the hut into the day-in-the-life montage, of him going around the island. Taking that bit out suddenly propelled us forward into that segment in a way that just felt much better for the film.
Still, Johnson was sorry to lose it.
I was very sorry to lose it. I think it’s a beautiful performance from Mark Hamill. But I think that we get a similar beat with him, later when he’s in the Falcon with R2.