Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi: Brilliant or Awful?

Arguably one of the biggest and most anticipated movies of the year, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiered last week — to mixed reaction. While many fans, both new and old, loved the movie, there were also very vocal fans who hated it. This is a relatively common theme with longstanding franchises: Diehard fans feel very strongly about how storylines should play out and what actions characters should take, so much so that when expectations aren’t met, many fans are left feeling disappointed and let down. With the introduction of so many new characters, and surprising turns for the beloved characters of the original trilogy, it only makes sense that The Last Jedi elicited similar responses. Below, our ragtag group of writers weighs in on their thoughts and reactions. How do your opinions match up against ours?

First things first: How do you feel about the movie? Did you love it? Hate it? Why? What was your favorite scene?

Shana: I’m probably the only person on the planet who neither feels like this is the best movie ever nor believes that Episode VIII a crime against all the movies ever. Overall, I’d say that I liked The Last Jedi, but…There was just something off. I think a lot of my discomfort has to do with how Luke Skywalker was portrayed, as well as with his ultimate role in shaping Kylo Ren, but I’m not even sure if that’s completely it.

So, for a quotable response: The Last Jedi is mystifying in its ability to be simultaneously amazing and terrible.

As far as the best part, though, that’s an easy one: The entire sequence with Rey, Kylo, and Snoke. Just…all of it. So much internal struggle, such badassery from both Rey and Kylo (I can’t believe I added Kylo here). Good stuff. Too bad it ultimately didn’t mean much for good ol’ Ben’s development, though.

Runner-up: As much as it was completely out of left field and kind of a wtf, I couldn’t help but have a “YASSSSS” moment when the ghost of Yoda popped up. I mean, I was wearing my Yoda socks and everything when I saw the film, so…yeah.

Lizzie: I understand the sentiment of people who didn’t really love this movie, and I think it has a lot to do with letting go of the idea, or maybe of the hope, that our original characters would have a happy ending. I think I processed that disappointment somewhere between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi because when this movie threw us that Luke curveball, I was…well, mostly fine. The Han/Leia shit in The Force Awakens hurt me more. And that’s why it’s easier for me to say I love this movie.

I love it because it feels like a new Star Wars for a new generation, because it’s diverse, because it grows the characters, because it has the last moments we’ll ever get of Carrie Fisher, and because, in the end, I guess I’ve already mourned the past and am ready to move on with the future.

Since Shana already mentioned what was also my favorite scene, I’m going to say my second favorite was that Luke/Kylo confrontation at the end. Both Hamill and Driver played it to perfection, and there was a lot more than action there — there was a great depth of feeling.

Brittany: I was really pleased with this movie. I think it is one of the more visually stunning Star Wars films, and that is saying something. Both Lizzie and Shana already mentioned it, but I also want to mention that scene with Snoke, Kylo and Rey. I was so blown away by every single moment in that scene. The red cyc catching fire, the intensity, the action, the choreography all made for some brilliant filmmaking.

Sarah: I am not ashamed to say I truly loved this movie. I respect those who didn’t and had issues with how Luke was portrayed; but, like Lizzie, I had given up on seeing the happy ending for my original trilogy favorites after The Force Awakens. I am not a staunch traditionalist when it comes to the Star Wars films. Part of me was expecting or hoping for something different, and The Last Jedi definitely made its own mark — to fantastic results.

For most of the film, I was utterly engrossed. When the end came, I truly didn’t want it to, and I immediately wanted to see the final film (two years why??!!). The humor had me cracking up, and the surprises turned my head more than once; but truly, what made this movie great was the characters. It was everything I didn’t know I wanted to see: not only Leia, Luke, Rey, Finn, and Poe again, but to meet Rose,  who is my spirit animal.

My favorite scene is hard to pick, honestly, but I couldn’t stop feeling absolutely everything when Luke walked in and reunited with Leia. I had been looking forward to that reunion for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

Mer: I’m going to say my thoughts are similar to Shana’s about really liking the movie, but not sitting in either the BEST MOVIE EVER or THAT WAS TERRIBLE camp. I grew up with the original trilogy. I’ve seen every movie, more than once. But I went in with no expectations. I was totally unspoiled. And so I enjoyed it, I was entertained, I was invested. But there were some things that felt just a bit off.

What’s interesting to me is that I have a connection to the original characters, but I also didn’t need their stories to play out or end a certain way. Was I sad when Han died? Well, of course I was. But I was also strangely okay with it. I will say that the Luke story was the part that felt most off to me about The Last Jedi. I actually spoke to Lizzie about it, and it was a bit hard to understand how beaten down and battered he was to the point of acting so seemingly out of character, because we didn’t see it happen. We weren’t privy to the trajectory that led him to this place but for short flashbacks and exposition, and that made it hard to truly understand how the Luke we knew got to be this person.

That said, I did enjoy the film a whole lot. I really did. Hmmm. Best part? I liked when Poe staged a coup. I shouldn’t have, but I just love Poe so much that I did. Otherwise, I cheered when Rose saved Finn, and of course Luke “seeing” Leia was super emotional.

To date, the Star Wars franchise has been focused on the Skywalker family — chronologically from Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side as Darth Vader, then as his own children became key members of the Resistance — and The Last Jedi just put a definitive end to Luke’s part in everything. How are you dealing with Luke Skywalker’s portrayal in this film? Was it at all what you expected…and how about that death?

Shana: Honestly, if we took out all of Luke’s story in The Last Jedi — except for his total brilliance in that last battle with Kylo Ren? I would have a lot easier time answering the question of what I thought about this film. Luke was done dirty in this film, plain and simple. He and Leia were the heroes in the original trilogy — the man took down Darth Vader, for fuck’s sake — and then it turned out that Luke actually tried to kill his own nephew in his sleep because he sensed the Dark Side rising in him.

What in the actual fuck? Luke was the guy who saw the conflict and potential for good in Darth Fucking Vader; don’t tell me he was here to kill a child the second he saw a potential for evil in him.

Look: We could blame a lot of otherwise beloved characters for Anakin’s fall — the prequels certainly did enough of proving that — but, in the end, everyone in that trilogy tried to help him, even as they saw him slipping away because they were the good guys. Luke, on the other hand…just jumped to, “oh, shit. Gotta kill a child in his sleep.” Worse yet, he initially lied to Rey about how that night went…And, oh yeah, he wanted our sympathy for all of it, even after being forced to come clean.

NOPE. Not cool. At all. Never.

But then, of course, Luke came back and saved what little was left of the Resistance. Or, well, he didn’t physically come back…whatever. It was awesome. So awesome. That was the Luke Skywalker I expected to see in The Last Jedi — not the dude who I was stuck seeing for most of the film.

Even Luke’s death is a weird mix of greatness and confusion, though. The way that he went out was, overall, a hero’s exit…But did he deserve it with the destruction of his character before his big moment? I’m not sure. And while we’re at it, the whole billowy cape thing seemed to just be people liking to play with film and get their IMAX 3D fakeness in, all under the guise of paying “tribute” to other deaths. I could’ve done without that, for sure.

If this is truly the Skywalkers’ story, then something big had better happen in that final Star Wars film to make all of this more palatable.

Lizzie: I think whatever Shana’s going through now, I went through when The Force Awakens came out, so now I feel like I’m just watching this from the outside and sort of able to muster some perspective about the whole thing. My favorite, of the original characters, was always Han. Age has made me appreciate Leia much more, but growing up, Han was the one I looked up to. So, in a way, the choices they made with Han’s character in the last movie hit me way harder than what they did with Luke in this one because Luke was always…well, not my favorite.

Besides, he was a Jedi, and I always sorta rolled my eyes — along with Han — at the whole wishy-washy notion of pure good and pure evil that they seemed to be peddling (hey, this movie seems to agree with me in that regard!). So, though the characterization of Luke at the beginning kinda stung, as it wasn’t what I expected or wanted, I can sort of remain philosophical about it and roll with it because Luke turned badass at the end — even if he had to pull an Obi-Wan.

Which brings me to: Was pulling an Obi-Wan really needed? Was it needed FOR Obi-Wan? I’m still iffy on that.

Brittany: Honestly, I just have to gush about Mark Hamill and his performance. I have so much respect for Mark Hamill. He puts everything into his characters at all times, and his focus and dedication are incredible. There was a scene with him and Leia that really felt like they were saying goodbye. This was a real emotional curtain call with these characters, which is something that we did not get with Han’s death.

Sarah: I’ll be honest: I didn’t have any major issues with how Luke was portrayed because I had no expectations on what he should be. I’ve always liked his character, but he never struck the strongest chord with me so I wasn’t deeply hating him in The Last Jedi. Don’t get me wrong: I was annoyed with how he treated Rey and really happy when he got a couple of smacks upside the head, figuratively speaking, from her and Yoda, but I don’t believe his character was ruined entirely.

I think, after everything, I honestly wish I had gotten to see Luke more after he’d reclaimed himself, rather than right at the end after his showdown with Kylo Ren. It felt like everything that the audience was dragged through, from Luke’s stubborn desire to die alone to his belief that the Jedi needed to stop existing, we only had a glimpse of the character he used to be in coming to save everyone from the First Order.

With Luke’s death, I felt hurt more than anything because he was alone. I know Rey and Leia felt his passing, but I still wish he hadn’t been alone on that island. The fading away a la Obi-Wan and Yoda just makes me hope he’ll annoy Rey in spirit form in the final film. Otherwise, really, what is the point of him dying that way?

Mer: I’m mostly echoing Sarah here. Of course I like Luke. Who doesn’t like Luke? But I had no expectations for him. I suppose, on reflection, I would have liked to have seen him spend a bit more time really owning his role as teacher, mentor, and overall powerful Jedi Master. But I also think his storyline paves the way for the new generation, and that’s a necessary vehicle right now.

Whatever one feels about Luke’s portrayal, Mark Hamill is just so wonderful, both as an actor and as a person. I do think the kookiness and quirkiness the man has developed over the years came across a bit in the movie, in a way that made Luke a bit more different from his original self than even the storyline dictated. If that makes any sense.

I don’t believe he’s gone-gone. I think we’ll see him again, perhaps briefly, but in some way.

Ship-wise, Star Wars has given us Han/Leia and nothing more of note. This movie introduces the possibility of a few ships. What did you see, and of the possibilities you saw, which one are you most intrigued by? Is there anything you actively ship?

Shana: Let’s just get this out of the way now: That whole bit with Rey and Kylo — especially the whole, “you are not alone” thing — made me absolutely want to gag. If those two wind up together, Star Wars is canceled. If Reylo happens, I will burn some shit down.

Aside from that, The Last Jedi had some great Finn/Rey references thrown in throughout the story, but by the time they were ready to reunite, there was that weird thing between Finn and Rose? I don’t know (or care) about anyone else, but that just came out of nowhere for me. Are we going to do the love triangle thing going forward? We’d better not.

I thought, after The Force Awakens, that I was going to be ride or die for Finn and Rey.

After whatever I just watched, though? I guess the dudebros just couldn’t handle the white heroine winding up with the black hero, so someone had to do a quick and dirty rewrite — emphasis on dirty because it was so out of left field and the original ship hints were not completely erased. It’s ok, dudebros! We’ll try for something else!

So, I think I’ll just ship Kylo Ren and a death far worse than his grandpappy’s from now on. I’ll probably get let down there, too, though because I never seem to be able to have nice things.

Lizzie: I’m going to both agree and disagree with Shana — shocker. On the part we agree: Reylo. I felt the movie maybe, perhaps, threw it out as a possibility; but I don’t think that’s their endgame ship, and I don’t really like it, despite the chemistry. As of right now, it reads too much as if Rey was a prize Kylo could “win” for his redemption, and his whole line about how he was the only one that cared about her? Just no.

We’ll also agree on the fact that I thought Finn/Rey was coming, though that was more common sense than any sense that they had any particular “wow” chemistry or any actual desire for them to happen. I don’t think the writers went away from it because of the dudebros, so on that we disagree. I don’t think the dudebros like the latinx character any better than the black guy, anyway. I think the writers just had a sense that Finn/Rey wasn’t going to be this epic thing, so they course-corrected. And I’m glad they did.

I really, really enjoyed Finn/Rose, maybe because I enjoyed Rose a lot? She was a breath of fresh air. I will also admit that the idea of Rey/Poe, which I thought was HEAVILY hinted at the end, intrigues me more than I expected it to. So, all in all, I feel better about where this is going, ship-wise, than I felt before The Last Jedi.

Brittany: I agree with Lizzie about Rose. She sort of came out of left field for me, but I really liked her. Also, I pretty much ship Poe Dameron with everyone.

Sarah: First off, I declare that Poe Dameron is shippable with literally anyone he looks at. Personally, though, I have a strong feeling for him and Rey. I know they only had one short conversation, but as their introduction included the famous words, “I know,” combined with him being called “flyboy” by Leia, I’m so excited! I pray for a lot of fanfiction in the next two years.

What I didn’t see coming, but entirely loved to bits and pieces, was Rose and Finn. Rose, first off, became an instant favorite after she stunned Finn and put him on a cart for trying to run away in an escape pod. I didn’t expect her at all, but for as strong of a Finn/Rey shipper as I was after The Force Awakens, I won’t lie, I like Finn/Rose way better. It felt more natural as the film came to a close, as opposed to if they had tried to go with Finn/Rey.

As for Kylo Ren and Rey, I’m with Lizzie and Shana on this one: ABSOLUTELY NOT. I know the chemistry was there, but Kylo Ren was far too manipulative towards her and skating along the edge of cruel regarding her family. Whatever attachment or genuine level of care he may have for Rey, it will never be enough to erase the terrible choices he’s made (killing Han, you bastard) or continuously trying to destroy everything she’s choosing to fight for instead of picking him over everything else as he tried to tempt her into doing.

Mer: Oh the ships. Ships are my jam! I live for ships.

Let’s go. Rose/Finn? I like it. Finn/Poe? I like it. Finn/Rey? I like it. Rey/Poe? LOVE IT.

Kylo Ren? I ship him with a violent death, that emotionally abusive a$$hole.

Kylo Ren is a polarizing character — you either love him or hate him. Which side of the divide do you fall on? Do you think his reasoning for turning to the dark side is sound? Do you feel for him? More importantly, do you think there’s a path for redemption, or is his choice set in stone at this point?

Shana: I can’t stand Kylo Ren, and it’s not remotely in a “villain I love to hate” kind of way. I actually hate him as a character. I feel like the writers are trying to give him the full Anakin Skywalker treatment — six movies worth of development and demise — in just this trilogy, and it does not remotely work. For one thing, he’s just too emo, and his whole “conflict” is a smokescreen. I don’t see “conflict” in Ben like I did in Anakin as he was becoming Darth Vader: I just see a loser who thinks himself a god and does a shitty job of being either one.

Kylo Ren’s one shining moment was turning that lightsaber on Snoke and battling alongside Rey, but then he went back to being the idiot with daddy issues who wanted to take over the world. And, like, Han Solo wasn’t even the person that little Benny boy should’ve been throwing a tantrum against anyway? As we learned in The Last Jedi, Luke was the problem, so…I don’t even know.

Terrible development. It’s almost like he ruins the entire sequel trilogy by sucking all around — almost, yet not quite. There’s no redemption possible here…not unless someone wants to make the writing even sloppier, at least.

Lizzie: I think Kylo Ren is a whiny little man-child who, honestly, despite the Luke thing, had less reasons to turn evil than a lot of people, and who now wants our sympathy for all the evil things he did, like, you know, KILLING HIS FATHER. That being said: Maybe the writing was different, or maybe Driver was just that good at emoting conflict like every second of the movie, because in The Last Jedi, unlike in The Force Awakens, I actually felt for him. I felt his struggle. I wanted him to conquer it.

But hey, he made his choice. Or maybe he hasn’t yet. Maybe he can still get redemption, but I don’t think I want Rey to be the one trying to save him, even if that’s so. Ghost Luke can help him get in touch with his feelings or something.

Sarah: Kylo Ren has got to be biggest temper tantrum villain I’ve ever seen in Star Wars. His reason for turning felt underwhelming in how he justified it to everyone else, most of all to Rey. It may be comical on how easily he can Force throw General Hux into a wall, but his character doesn’t scare me enough or twist my emotions to land on a love or hate place for me. I feel for him — I couldn’t help but have sympathy for what he experienced — but it was never enough to make me fully care about him or to like him in spite of what he did. On the other hand, I couldn’t fully hate him since Adam Driver has a gift to subtly demonstrate the real conflict he was dealing with, especially with Rey in the mix.

I know his story isn’t over, and I am really curious to see how it goes. Either he chooses to redeem himself in the end like his grandfather, or makes an entirely different choice we won’t see coming. He has a choice, but that’s the only certainty the audience knows for Kylo Ren.

Mer: Hate. Firmly hate. Now, to qualify this: Adam Driver was brilliant. The character is a necessary villain. So, my hatred isn’t of the “I can’t stand this character on my screen” type. Not at all. It’s more of a “he’s a convincing and truly hateful villain with no redeeming qualities” type. I see no redemption for this man. None whatsoever.

That line to Rey that some people are applauding? “You’re nobody. But not to me.” That is some serious emotional abuse right there. GROSS. His turn to the Dark Side? Nah. He was thirsty for power. Let him be the villain. Stay the villain. He’s a good villain. I will not buy into attempts to redeem him. If the thought of killing his mother didn’t stop him, he’s beyond a lost cause.

Wild fan theory time! Two questions for you on this one: First off, are we buying the story about Rey being no one, just junk dealers who traded her for booze, or was Kylo Ren talking out of his evil ass? Secondly, who is the boy at the end? Be creative!

Shana: I’m so conflicted here. I’ve always thought, or at least hoped, that Rey would have some kind of connection to the Skywalkers. Maybe she wouldn’t actually be a Skywalker, but she’d be a distant cousin, or the relative of some other secret survivor of Anakin Skywalker’s slaughter of the younglings? I don’t know…just something big.

Then again, wouldn’t it be a nice message to say that you don’t have to have a birthright to greatness in order to achieve it?

I think I have kind of the same answer to the identity of that young boy from the end of The Last Jedi. It just seemed like there should be more to his story. Luke vowed that he wouldn’t be the last Jedi, which we knew already since Rey is kind of a person who exists, and maybe this is a setup for that slave boy to become someone important. Or maybe he was just inspired by seeing real-live Resistance fighters on his planet and, somehow, receiving word of Luke’s fight with Kylo Ren.

I kind of hope for him to be more involved in the future. I mean, he did use the Force to pick up his broom, right? Or did I imagine that…

Lizzie: I loved the reveal about Rey’s parentage, and I hope that’s it — there’s no twist coming out left field — because isn’t it awesome that she’s special because she’s Rey, not because she’s someone’s daughter? Isn’t that a message that resonates in the current climate? I think it is, and I like it. But if I had to give you a crazy theory, I’d go with Obi-Wan Kenobi’s secret daughter because that might mean I get an Ewan cameo, and I’m all for that.

As for the boy, I think he’s just a Force sensitive kid who probably had an awakening of sorts, like Rey did, and I have a feeling this boy, and others like him, might feature prominently in that trilogy Rian Johnson is set to direct, the one we know nothing about. Wouldn’t that be something?

Brittany: I loved the reveal of Rey’s parentage, as well. I liked that her connection with Luke wasn’t something forced by blood, but chosen. I liked that she forged her own path from the beginning.

Sarah: I will admit that, initially, I was disappointed by the reveal regarding Rey’s parentage. I had my expectations that, even if she wasn’t related to the Skywalkers, there would be a bigger reason for her abandonment on Jakku. Even if neither of those are true, I appreciated that Rey is special entirely on her own, and it’s not predicated on anything else — including who she’s related to.

Wild theory-wise, I’d hope that Rey is secretly a Kenobi, even if it makes zero sense. It would be hilarious if she ended up being related to someone random after everyone was convinced there was no family mystery.

The boy at the end made me smile when he Force lifted his broom. I really hope we get to see him in the final film, even if it’s just a glimpse. He was woken up like Rey was, and it wouldn’t surprise me if awakenings like this tie into the next Star Wars trilogy Rian Johnson is helming.

Mer: Okay, so. I wasn’t satisfied with the parentage reveal. Not initially. I’ve had some time and have mostly come to terms with it, and it’s fine, but I was kind of hoping for some sort of more important or surprising connection. I get the why behind it, and like I said, it’s fine, but just not as fun or jaw-dropping as I would have liked. I also don’t love the how of it all. I don’t like that it was revealed to her by Kylo as an attempt to exploit her. She deserves better.

The little boy! Ugh. My husband says that’s their way of showing that the Force exists everywhere and in everyone, so he’s probably nobody, too. But I just hate those easy outs. Be creative, movie! I want him to be Rey’s brother, or even a later love child of Han and Leia who got hidden away because of Kylo’s descent into darkness. I know it makes no sense, but run with it, okay?

I don’t know. If Rey and the little boy are the sort of “parents” of a new generation, I guess I’m okay with that too? I do hope that boy becomes more important, though.

Carrie Fisher’s untimely death ensures that The Last Jedi was our last look at General Leia Organa. Looking back, what do you think about the impact that the character had on a generation of women? Do you feel like this movie is a fitting goodbye? How do you think they’ll write her out?

Shana: I can’t find the words to talk about Leia’s impact because, honestly, I’m not sure it’s something we can explain in any kind of meaningful way. If I start talking about her leadership or her internal strength, it just doesn’t seem like enough; and if I try to talk about how Leia Organa was someone who fought with her mind and her heart, rather than by just blowing things up, I run the risk of making her sound physically weak. I guess just suffice it to say that Princess-slash-General Leia was featured on so many posters during the Women’s March with good reason…And either you just get it, or you don’t.

I think it’s odd that there were so many death teases for Leia in The Last Jedi, really right from her first appearance. It would make sense if someone had gone back and tried to add, say, the weird floating through stars bit after her ship was blown up as a way to write Carrie out. It would suck, but it would still make sense. That does not however, seem to be the case.

As it is, Leia’s resilience and grace under pressure — her ability to see that actions have consequences and that sometimes we have to escape to fight another day — were very well covered in this film. So, at least she didn’t feel empty or wildly inconsistent the way some of the other characters (cough, Luke, cough, cough) did. But I don’t think there was ever going to be a way to give either Leia Organa or Carrie Fisher Herself a fitting goodbye. Quite possibly, such a thing might not even exist. Given the existing material in The Last Jedi, I would have liked for Leia to have gone out with a bang, either by somehow assisting Luke in his big strike or maybe even having literally gone out with a bang by taking the place of Admiral Holdo and going down with the ship while everyone else fled to safety.

Instead, I guess we’ll get some kind of hastily-written explanation of the general’s death in Episode IX’s opening crawl, followed by a funeral scene with a closed casket. I don’t know how else to do write-off the character, even though that particular scenario doesn’t exactly make me happy.

Lizzie: I don’t particularly think anything is a fitting goodbye because I really just want her back, and I’m both glad, in a way, that they preserved the movie the way it was meant and sad that we won’t get a proper goodbye or the ninth movie we wanted. I can’t think of how they’ll write her off, but I kind of hope we get a little more than just a note in the scroll at the beginning — at least a mention of her being with Luke and Han, her family, even if it comes from Force-Ghost Luke.

As for her legacy, I think it all ties back to being a princess who wasn’t a stereotypical princess and who grew up to be, not a queen, but a general. Carrie Fisher was certainly never someone who conformed to stereotype, and Leia wasn’t either. And that’s what made her so easy to love: this idea that we didn’t have to conform to expectations because she didn’t. We could all be like Carrie. And I think, in a way, through good times and bad times, through books and characters, even today, when she’s gone, it’s fair to say that we’d be very lucky to be, even a little bit, like Carrie.

Sarah: There are very few words I could choose in the English language that would adequately express the enormous influence and shockwaves Carrie Fisher as Princess-to-General Leia Organa had on the generations of women who found Star Wars. Truth be told, some words my father told me hit the nail on the head on how Leia struck a chord that went straight to my heart and down my spine anytime she was on screen. His point that Leia, out of everyone in her family, was the only one who chose the Resistance from the get-go, to continuously fight for the good will of the people in the galaxy, and never let self-doubt take her away from what she believed in.

I’m not trying to knock Luke here — believe me, I’m not. However, Leia’s spirit had the fire of a Jedi, and she chose her own path despite her family history with the Force.

Mer: I can’t really talk about Carrie without crying. I cried every time she was on my screen. I miss her so much.

Do I think this was a fitting goodbye? No. But only because her death was so sudden and shocking in real life that I’m not sure ANYTHING will be fitting. I firmly believe that Leia was meant to survive. Of the three original heroes, I really do think she was meant to be the thread that carried through everything. So, in that sense, because a change was dictated by circumstance and tragedy, I’m not sure any exit for her will ever truly be fitting.

As for how they write her out: I have NO idea. It’s not a cop-out. I just can’t imagine how they will exit her in a way that is befitting, respectful and appropriate. And I’m a bit nervous to find out. I know I’ll be a crying mess when it happens, no matter what. Thank you, Carrie, for inspiring a generation of strong, badass, heroic women. A woman’s place is in the Resistance, largely thanks to you.

And I’m crying. (Same, Mer. Same. –Shana)


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