“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia
“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”
This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.
Regardless of stature or her senatorial position, Leia is no pencil pusher, in fact, it doesn’t pay to jerk her around – just ask Jabba, well, umm … nevermind.
Since the beginning, we see Princess Leia (all 5ft. and 1 inch of her), standup to the Empire and defy those in charge of their leadership – even going as far as to mock Grand Moff Tarkin’s Eriadu accent. Bold and daring, it’s a shame that some of her most gifted attributes derived from one of the most fearsome malefactors the galaxy has ever seen, or is it? After all, Darth Vader was once known for his grand acts of heroism throughout the dark times, but that seems like forever and a-day-ago, almost legendary. Anakin Skywalker, “The Hero With No Fear,” could he have been nothing more than a myth or could it be, that there’s always a bit of truth in legends?
So what happens when the legend dies? Do the dreams end? Or does their greatness live on through others? Possibly, yes, sometimes the smallest of actions is better than the greatest intentions and I believe Leia Organa is a prime example of this. She may have been raised by a Queen and her devoted husband, the Senator of Alderaan, but she was carved from something far greater than a royal bloodline and birth right titles; Leia is an extension of the Force itself. And a powerful extension (ally) it is, but with great power comes great responsibility.
“You’ve always been strong,” Luke says to Leia in Return of the Jedi and while this sentiment is true, it’s almost, in a sense, foreboding of what’s to come. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, who lived out two decades of his life on the sandy terrain of Tatooine, enduring his personal pains of the past, Leia too, endured emotional suffering and by doing so, exemplified an inner strength by carrying the weight of the entire Skywalker family on her shoulders. “We all have crosses to bear.” – Marcus Luttrell
Yes, crosses, and some are heavier than others. Leia may be small, but she is mighty and she is resilient by nature, by genetics. Both, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala were strong-willed people, and I have no doubt that trait trickled down to their children, and for generations to come. Their son may have carried on with his father’s legacy as the “son of suns,” but their daughter must face the galaxy head-on, restore its unity, and finish what her father started – set things right.
“Never had she considered that the turn might begin in a better place, out of the desire to save someone or to avenge a great wrong.” – Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
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