|The new Rebellion gathers.|
Barely escaped from Crait, what's left of the Resistance regroups inside the main deck of the Millennium Falcon. Though Rey, more powerful in the Force than ever, is unsure of their next steps against the controlling First Order, a wise Leia Organa knows that, thanks to Luke Skywalker, her brother, the fire of Rebellion has been restarted.
|Hope now exists beyond Luke's broken lightsaber. Art by Brian Rood.|
Writer/director Rian Johnson ends The Last Jedi on a strong and confident note, passing the storytelling finale torch back to J.J. Abrams, of which EPISODE IX starts shooting this month (July 2018). Though she passed on the mantle of leadership to others onscreen with VIII, here's hoping that the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa is worked into the film somehow, somewhere, via some alternate unused footage and outtake dialogue by J.J. Abrams and despite prior made comments from Lucasfilm two years ago.