Warning: This post may contain minor spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Considering just how many times the stars are asked for them, it’s legitimately surprising how many actors and crew members are able to keep Star Wars: Episode VIII spoilers from spilling or slipping past them. Even during his Star Wars Celebration Europe panel, Mark Hamill came very close to being tricked into revealing Rey’s last name in the film, perhaps the most widely-asked questions amongst the fans right now.
Which is why we’re going to let this one slide when it comes to Carrie Fisher, who during her panel at Celebration Europe as well, may have accidentally let it slip about one of the more important moments preceding the events of Episode VIII, something fans have been wondering about ever since Kylo Ren killed Han Solo at the end of Force Awakens.
During the panel, actor Warwick Davis asked Fisher what she knew about the timeline in between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens (via IGN), but it appears as though she might have misheard the question, replying with “Han’s funeral.” Of course, the actress went on to try and course correct though, adding “The old one, oh. Han and I have a very volatile relationship obviously, which leads to space divorce. No, I don’t think we are divorced, we’re just estranged.”
Now, that’s really not that big of a spoiler in terms of giving away the film’s plot or story, as much as it just reveals where some of the characters are at when we catch back up to them again at the beginning of the film, while Luke and Rey continue staring intensely at each other on the island.
Considering how many people were upset that Han didn’t get a funeral at the end of Force Awakens, I imagine that this probably won’t do much to appease them, unless Fisher is implying that we’ll actually get to see Han’s funeral in the film itself, or if it will purely take place in between the two. Nonetheless, it should provide a very emotional leaping off point for Leia and the others at the beginning of the movie. It’ll be interesting to see if Han’s on the receiving end of a funeral pyre like the Jedi in the previous films though, or if all we see is his gravestone.
At this point, who knows? But until then, it looks like we may have a much better idea of where Episode VIII‘s story is going to begin, which I’m honestly more excited to know about than anything else. In terms of the spoilers we’ve seen previously, I’d say this isn’t really that big of a deal.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.
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