ByAngelo Delos Trinos, writer at Creators.co
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2016 has been deemed by many people as one of the worst years they've experienced. This is due in part to the deaths of high-profile artists. The latest celebrity to pass away in this dreaded year is icon Carrie Fisher, best known for portraying Leia Organa in the popular sci-fi saga.

She passed away on December 28, 2016, a few days after she suffered a heart attack.

Leia's Final Appearances

General Organa in 'The Force Awakens'
General Organa in 'The Force Awakens'

Fisher reprised her famous role as Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Now known as General Organa, her worshipfulness leads the Resistance in its fight against the remnants of The Empire that now calls itself the First Order. Her son with long-time lover (Harrison Ford) was also revealed to be Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who has fallen to the Dark Side of the Force for reasons that have not yet been made clear.

The next Star Wars movie, the yet untitled Episode VIII, is expected to continue these character arcs now that Leia's long-lost brother Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammil) has finally been found. For those worried about her character's status in Episode VIII given her untimely passing, fear not.

According to an official spokesperson from Lucasfilm, Fisher had "absolutely wrapped" shooting her scenes for the highly-anticipated sequel.

George Lucas and Carrie Fisher on set in 1977
George Lucas and Carrie Fisher on set in 1977

This should come as no surprise, since Star Wars: Episode VIII wrapped up its principal shooting last July. As of now, it's safe to assume that post-production and the possibility of reshoots similar to those of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are the primary concern for the Star Wars: Episode VIII crew.

This was confirmed in a video from the official Star Wars Twitter account. Check it out below.

Star Wars Without Leia

The original trio
The original trio

Given Fisher's passing, Star Wars: Episode IX will now have the difficult task of killing General Organa in a respectful manner. For some fans, this may bring up memories of Paul Walker's unfortunate death before Furious 7 (2015) finished its shooting. This forced the movie's crew to delay production for a bit so they could think of how to give Walker's character the farewell he deserved. The same can be expected from Episode IX's cast and crew.

Check out Furious 7's tribute to Paul Walker below.

But given how recent her death was, here's hoping that Fisher isn't brought back through the awkward CGI and motion capture technology they used to make Peter Cushing's appearance in possible. Episode VIII will be audiences' chance to bid Leia and Fisher farewell and it would be better if it were done without accidentally dividing the fan base.

Han and Leia
Han and Leia

It's difficult to imagine Star Wars without Princess Leia, but it's even harder to imagine a world without Fisher's presence. Not only did she bring Leia to life on the big screen, but she served as an inspiration to many thanks to her legacy of giving, helping and simply being a joy to be with. Fisher's passing is a sad reality everyone has to face, but it is something that can be overcome.

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Fisher put it best in her autobiography Wishful Drinking:


May The Force be with you, . You will be missed.

Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa

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