Another thing I really love about the new era of Star Wars films is that it feels like the folks in charge have decided to focus on Leia as the “connective tissue” between the old films and the new.
I mean, she’s really the one who has been running the Rebellion/Resistance this whole time, right? Luke was always off camping with muppets or talking to his dad, while Han spent his time constantly running away from his past — one road trip with Chewie after another. Leia was the one who actually stuck around and kept fighting the good fight.
Who’s commanding the Resistance? Leia. To whom does Jyn Erso sacrifice her life to deliver the Death Star plans? Leia. Who’s always a step or two ahead of the First Order in TLJ? Leia.
Once again we see the new films rejecting the Jedi/Skywalker drama of the originals and the prequels to focus on the civil war that holds the fate of the galaxy in the balance and the person who’s fighting to keep everyone free: Leia.
This is probably obvious, but it just occurred to me.