The films of the “Star Wars” saga, and in particular the films of the entire franchise, are centered around one of the most tragic and most interesting families to ever exist in their universe- the Force sensitive Skywalker family. Based on this, and based on what is already known about what happened to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his twin sister, Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), many cannot help but wonder why Leia never became a Jedi like her brother did. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for the “Star Wars” film franchise, and MARVEL comics’ “Princess Leia” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens-Shattered Empire.”
Recently, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams provided the fans of the franchise a very interesting and unexpected answer to that question. In the entire saga of the Skywalker family, many have long wondered why Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) never became a Jedi Knight like her twin brother did, and why she opted to become the leader of the Resistance, as she is also Force sensitive.
This trait was recently seen in MARVEL comics’ “Princess Leia” and in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens-Shattered Empire,” when she is on Naboo, her mother’s home planet.
According to Comic Book.com, the second issue of “Princess Leia” showed fans and readers that Leia had a “Force vision” of her mother, when she passed by a stained glass window of Queen Padme Amidala, after Leia made a pit-stop to Naboo while trying to located Alderanians who hadn’t been on the planet when it exploded.
In the scene, she saw the queen’s face turn to look to her, but as she only saw it for a second, Leia quickly dismissed it.
The second instance that proved that she was Force sensitive was in the third issue of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens-Shattered Empire,” while she was in a hangar in Naboo, after the events of “Return of the Jedi.”
In the scene, she stated that she was suddenly feeling cold, a sign that someone on the Dark Side had been there, and she got a vision of Darth Maul’s face.
Maul is known for being the Sith Lord that ended Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn’s (Liam Neeson) in “The Phantom Menace,” and was later killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), only to be resurrected during the “Clone Wars” series.
However, despite this fact, Leia never became a Jedi, or trained to become one.
According to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director, J.J. Abrams, this was a topic that he had discussed with George Lucas himself and Carrie Fisher.
In the end, Abrams informed IGN, when they asked him that question during a recent interview with him, that Leia never became a Jedi because she simply opted not to.
Abrams then went on to say that Leia never discounted the fact that she is Force sensitive, as it will always be with her, but she knew that she would serve the galaxy better by becoming the leader that she currently is.
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