Earlier today, the world lost Carrie Fisher. It was a tragic loss and one that just about everyone is feeling, especially Star Wars fans. The actress had suffered a heart attack last week but was said to be in stable condition, which is why the news of her death at age 60 is incredibly shocking.
The last time audiences saw Fisher on the big screen was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where she reprised her role as Princess Leia Organa. She was also set to appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII as well and according to TMZ, that’s still the case, as Fisher had finished filming all of her scenes before her untimely death.
So while we know that we’ll see her in the next chapter of the saga, what we’re unsure of is how Carrie passing away will impact the franchise moving forward. That’s because we don’t know how her arc ends in Episode VIII. It’s very possible that the character dies or is written out of the story by the end of the film and thus, wouldn’t be needed for Episode IX.
If, however, she’s still around by the end of Rian Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi outing and the studio planned to continue her arc in the next entry, then there’s obviously going to need to be some re-writes to accommodate for what’s happened. It’s still too early to say for sure how Carrie Fisher’s tragic death will impact the franchise as a whole in the years to come, but fans can rest assured knowing that she’ll definitely still be in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
While we wait for more news to surface on how Disney plans to move forward without her, check out some of the Twitter reactions to her death below and be sure to leave a comment letting us know your favorite memory of the iconic actress.
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 27, 2016
No damsel in distress! RIP Carrie Fisher pic.twitter.com/4jY3hw5EgJ
— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) December 27, 2016
I'm sitting in stunned silence learning of the death of #CarrieFisher. In what has been a particularly sad year this may be the hardest. RIP
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 27, 2016
Farewell Carrie Fisher, the writer, actress, icon and wit. So very sad.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher didn't make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. Seeing her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 27, 2016
If I heard Carrie Fisher was going to make an appearance I wanted to see it. U know ur special when Meryl Streep plays YOU in a movie. RIP.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 27, 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher. Cannot believe that you're 'gone'. Funny funny and then some. ??XXX pic.twitter.com/DV6GQC1lcx
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) December 27, 2016
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) December 27, 2016
Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 27, 2016
She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016
It's been overstated, but it's been a difficult, heavy year.
Learning Carrie Fisher has passed breaks my heart as it does so many others.
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) December 27, 2016
Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.
— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016
Accursed 2016. Woe. https://t.co/p0tAP4ItFv
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 27, 2016