Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson has been getting cryptic on his Instagram by posting a couple of teasing images. One in particular had me scratching my head....
Check out the image below and let me know what you think it could be.
I've seen commentors suggest it might be the bench seat in the Millennium Falcon, and it did post around the same time as this image, implying a connection.
My initial reaction was that this was part of the Falcon's interior. So I went to the movies, specifically The Force Awakens to test my theory, and it didn't seem to hold up. Here is a screen shot of the Falcon's seating area from The Force Awakens:
The item in the image seems to match the general aesthetic of the Millennium Falcon, but the specific details look different. Let's look a little closer:
Hhhmmmmm. I'm was not convinced that Rian's photo is of this section of the Falcon's seating. The cockpit doesn't have seats anything like this. The cockpit seats look like old office chairs.
Then I thought perhaps it's the sickbay area where Luke was in Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back after his fall from Cloud City, but nope. No details there. Then I found an image that seems to have escaped some fans. You see in my search for an answer I kept getting images like this:
Dedicated fans reference the Millennium Falcon's dejarek area and build replicas in their homes like the one above. Which is awesome, but look at the fan built version's bench seat. It's pretty straightforward right? Most of these fan builds are. But look at the image below:
It's a similar shot to the reference shot above, but before Leia has taken a seat next to Luke. Let's zoom in a little:
We can see a little more detail here, which looks a lot like Rian's cryptic Instagram post don't you think?
So it was the Millennium Falcon's seating area all along. I can't tell you how much I wanted this to be a sneaky reveal. Unless this is a hint that Rey sits in this exact area in Episode VIII. Maybe she sits next to older, Jedi Luke to comfort him in Episode VIII, just like Leia did in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope! Maybe Luke is in mourning again! Could this be a hint that Rey is replacing Leia in Star Wars because Leia dies in Episode VIII! OMG THIS IMAGE REVEALS THAT LEIA DIES IN STAR WARS EPISODE VIII!!!!
Or it could just be a photograph of a seat cushion.
Thank you for reading,