Earlier this month I did these three portraits of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo as both their Empire Strikes Back selves and their New Trilogy selves.\
I’ve been reflecting on the Hero’s Journey a lot lately which obviously has had me thinking about Star Wars. The new trilogy has been filled with characters sacrificing themselves (intentionally or unexpectedly) to keep hope alive in the rebellion and keep a path clear for the new heroes rising within their ranks.
In the series Red v Blue by Rooster Teeth, episodes 11-12-13 play out as a contained trilogy and at the end of the third movie a character who is choosing to sacrifice himself records a message for his friends about it. In it he points out something I just hadn’t considered.
"There are so many stories where some brave hero decides to give their life to save the day and because of their sacrifice the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everyone lives happily ever after. But the hero never get’s to see that ending. They’ll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They’ll never know if they day was really saved. In the end they just have to have faith. Ain’t that a bitch." It’s one of those things I can’t unsee in stories, TV, and movies now.