No one is mourning Han Solo in “The Last Jedi,” and this isn’t awkward or anything
Turns out, killing off a Star Wars character is just a dime a dozen nowadays — kill off one, kill off them all, same difference. Been there, done that. This is why it should come as no surprise that no one is really missing Han Solo when Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up.
Before you start yelling about the fact that *THE* most iconic character in the Star Wars universe (in the non-Jedi category) is long gone, and no one is batting an eye: there’s a reason. In case you’ve forgotten, there’s this little thing called “war” going on in the galaxy, and everyone — from Finn, to Poe, and Rey, and even Leia — is a little preoccupied at the moment.
During the Last Jedi press conference in Los Angeles on Sunday, the cast was asked how Han’s death will affect them in the upcoming movie. The answer? It doesn’t.
"We're just keeping it moving, to be honest with you," John Boyega, who plays Finn "Big Deal" Last Name Unknown explained to the crowd. "The pressure's on [with The First Order]. There's no time. I think that's one thing unique to me about watching this movie was the commentary on war. There hasn't been a Star Wars movie yet that has explored war in the way The Last Jedi does. It's very messy; the categorizing of 'good' and 'evil' is all mixed together."
"In terms of Han, I'm sure we all feel sentimental — if someone were to sit Finn down, sit Rey down [and talk to them about the loss]," Boyega continued. "But Rey's off training, she's got stuff to do. I've got a back injury, I've got stuff to do. I can't think about Han at the moment."
It’s not even like we can call Boyega’s words harsh, because they’re simply true. Oscar Isaac, who plays hotshot Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, jumped in to back Boyega up.
“It’s a dire situation, it’s critical to the Resistance, which is on its last legs,” He told the crowd. “We’re trying to survive. The First Order is right on top of us. It is like war — you just gotta keep moving to try to survive. So I think you feel the momentum of everything that happens in The Force Awakens just pushing and getting to a critical mass in this film.”
There’ll be plenty of time to mourn Han after the war has been won — that is, if the Resistance wins. Let’s not even think about what happens if they don’t.