Harrison Ford’s return to the Star Wars franchise had been short-lived. Han Solo had played a huge role in The Force Awakens and died in the hands of his son, Ben (Kylo Ren). It was a very sad moment, alas this scene was not shown in The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson had felt that there was not enough time to grieve for more for the character:
“[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 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.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi did not waste time jumping into the action. The Resistance evacuated D’Qar when The First Order had arrived and unleashed the revenge for the destruction of Starkiller Base. Johnson believed that there was no room to fit in Han Solo’s funeral. Luke Skywalker did not have long to mourn Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope as well.
However, Johnson had mentioned that for an early scene had General Leia Organa being weighed down by everything that had been happening including Han Solo’s death. Johnson had this to say:
“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 was never something where there was an organic place for it like, ‘Oh it would go here.’ It was always something like, ‘We wanna get this right up on our feet and going from the start.'”
We should note that although Star Wars: The Last Jedi did not show Han Solo’s funeral, the fans will have an opportunity to see the event depicted. It had been announced that The Last Jedi novelization, which will hit the shelves on March 6, will feature this funeral.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is showing in theaters. The trilogy will end when Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019. Solo: A Star Wars Story will release on May 25.