Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a whopping two-and-a-half hours runtime, making it the longest Star Wars film by a good fifteen minutes. After all that space opera epicness, do you have to stick around through the lengthy production names for one final post-credits scene?
The Last Jedi is a lot of things. It’s the eighth chronological entry in the Skywalker Saga (ninth live-action Star Wars film thanks to Rogue One and tenth theatrical release due to The Clone Wars), which means it’s not just following up The Force Awakens but building on the entirety of George Lucas’ original six films. And, looking forward, it’s leading towards J.J. Abrams Episode IX, as well as director Rian Johnson’s recently commissioned standalone trilogy (not to mention Solo, which is out in just over five months). With all that weight both past and future, it’s easy to imagine Lucasfilm sneaking something in.
But, like Yoda told Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VIII keeps its mind on the now: Star Wars: The Last Jedi does not have a post-credits scene. Of course, like all previous films, we get an extra ten minutes or so of John Williams’ incomparable score, which melds the main theme, classic motifs and new tracks to create a wonderful Last Jedi suite that fans should definitely stick around for, but you’re not getting any extra footage. That said, it does have something pretty awesome for fans.
There Is A Dedication To Carrie Fisher
Following Carrie Fisher’s tragic death at the end of 2016, there’s been much discussion had about her future in the franchise. In the end, it was decided The Last Jedi – which had finished filming before she died – would be unaltered and Episode IX would be restructured to pivot away from Leia. In the real world, she got an incredibly touching tribute at Star Wars Celebration 2017, where John Williams conducted a surprise piece and daughter Billie Lourd delivered a touching eulogy.
It comes full circle with The Last Jedi, which is obviously Fisher’s final film in the saga and is dedicated to the actress. At the end of the first set of credits but before the main scroll, a cyan title card comes up saying “In Loving Memory of our Princess: Carrie Fisher“, one that is sure to get many a round-of-applause on opening weekend. In addition, Johnson dedicated the premiere to Fisher, honoring the star who couldn’t be there.
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