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What Was Cut from Rey’s Vision in The Force Awakens?

by Conner Flynn
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I always thought the part of The Force Awakens with Rey’s vision could have been handled much better on film. To me, it just didn’t flow well. Fans have been wondering the true meaning of the images which flash before her eyes when she touches Luke’s lightsaber. Episodes VIII and IX may give us answers, but it also turns out there was originally more to the sequence than what we saw in the final cut. During an interview at University of California Television, The Force Awakens’ editor Maryann Brandon talked about what was cut from sequence:

“She went into this room and then it became the room in Cloud City, which you can still kind of see because we still kept that idea, but then she used to walk down the hall and she saw Darth Vader and Luke fighting. And she saw Darth Vader cut Luke’s hand off. Then she turned around and saw Snoke, or some version of Snoke, vague version of him and a little boy. So all those images we had, they just didn’t have a logic that satisfied anyone enough.”

Frankly, it sounds perfectly logical to me and much more satisfying that what we got in the final cut. Why would they not go with this? Anyway, now you know. You can view the full interview below:

To refresh your memory, you might want to check out The Mos Eisley Cantina’s explanation of what actually ended up on screen:

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