With the death of Carrie Fisher back in December 2016, many fans were surprised to see her iconic role of Princess Leia live on after the events of The Last Jedi. But it now seems her fate may be set before the events of Episode IX in an upcoming Poe Dameron series comic.The Poe Dameron comic book series had followed Poe since before the events of The Force Awakens and how he came to be a part of the Resistance. Now on its 27th issue, the comics have finally caught up to the movies' storyline and are showing what the characters are up to around the events of The Last Jedi.
In one of the most despised moments of The Last Jedi, Leia gets thrown into space after First Order troops attack the command center of the Resistance ship, only to awake moments later and pull herself back on board using the Force.
Leia was left unconscious throughout much of the film after but awoke near the end as the fleet was escaping to the planet Crait to hide out from the First Order. The event of her using the Force wasn't touched upon throughout the remainder of the film, but it seems the state of her health was significantly affected as the comics continue the story and touch upon this more deeply, having to lean on every doorway and wall she walks past.
In the comic, she sits down with Poe to reveal what she sees for the future of the Resistance, along with her own future:
"The truth is, I can't let all of this rest on my shoulders forever. I honestly don't know how long we'll have to, well, resist. The rebellion went on for decades. And, I'm sorry to say, probably sooner than we'd like.... I'll be luminous."
Being a huge Star Wars fan, it's very hard to hear this, but knew it was coming nonetheless. This isn't to say that there won't be any more mentions of Leia in the movies at all going forward but, even with the rumors circulating that Meryl Streep will continue the role of Leia in Episode IX, it's definitely a possibility.
Although it's sad that Leia has to lose her life at all in the story, especially in the pages of a comic book, it is a fitting conclusion and possibly the only option that Lucasfilm has left. But who knows, they may surprise us.