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Lucasfilm Explains Why [Spoiler] Was Present at the End of ROGUE ONE

There are spoilers ahead for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you still haven’t seen it yet, you should!

In the closing seconds of Rogue One, Carrie Fisher‘s digital likeness was used to create the illusion of a young Princess Leia receiving the Death Star plans immediately before the events of the first Star Wars film. That moment took on an added layer of pathos when Fisher passed away a few weeks later. But fans who have seen Rogue One may have realized that Leia’s presence was alluded to earlier in the film. And now we know why she at the battle of Scariff with the Rebel fleet.

Via io9, the latest episode of The Star Wars Show featured Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, and Matt Martin from Lucasfilm Story Group, as they explained some of the Easter Eggs from Rogue One. In the movie, Bail Organa said that he was going to send Leia to find Obi-Wan Kenobi without mentioning her by name. However, Leia ended up on the Tantive IV blockade runner that was docked with Admiral Raddus’ ship during the Battle of Scarif. According to Hidalgo, “the plan was always that Leia was going to go to Tatooine to pick up Obi-Wan and Raddus was going to escort her… Then the news of Scarif came in, and that was deemed more important … [because] it’s the one warship that they have at this point.”

However, that explanation doesn’t entirely track with what we saw in the film. Consider this: when Mon Mothma and General Draven were informed that the crew of Rogue One had launched an unauthorized attack on Scarif, they were told that Admiral Raddus had already departed for the battle. And yet R2-D2 and C-3PO are clearly seen back on Yavin IV as the rest of the Rebel fleet gets ready to go after them. We know from A New Hope that both of those droids were also on Leia’s ship, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense for them to have been left behind at the Rebel base. We’re sure that there could be an explanation as to how and when the droids got on Leia’s ship that wouldn’t violate what we saw on screen. But we think that it’s definitely a missing piece of the puzzle.

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