Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi certainly left things off in an interesting place. Luke and Han are both dead, despite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford still both being alive and well in real life, and only General Leia was left living from the original trilogy.
Sadly, Carrie Fisher herself has since passed on, and it made audiences wonder just what the fate of the character would be. How would they go about writing her out of Episode 9? Well, they may have given themselves a bit of an out with the Last Jedi novelization.
According to ComicBookMovie, the novel reveals that while Leia had survived being sucked into space for an extended period of time, it wasn’t without its ramifications. Apparently, the incident left her with solar radiation and hypoxia. This means that should the film open with her already passed away, this will likely have been the culprit.
It’s hard to say just how this could be incorporated into Episode 9 itself. As The Last Jedi left off, it seemed that a time skip was inevitable, and it would have made sense to start of the film with a funeral for Leia as a means to kickstart the new Resistance — which would have needed time to rebuild after the last movie’s events. Would this excuse allow them to do so?
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