‘Star Wars’: The Most Emotional Detail in ‘The Last Jedi’ Was Also the Most Confusing

Like Knives Out showed, Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed both Knives Out and The Last Jedi, has a knack for intricate storytelling. Johnson had a lot to say with The Last Jedi, and while many Star Wars fans disagree with what he’s done, other fans love all the details he’s put into the movie.

For example, while many Star Wars fans criticized Luke’s story in the movie, many Star Wars fans loved how Johnson handled Rey and Kylo’s relationship.

That said, while Johnson added many smart details to his story, not all of them landed with fans and audiences. Here’s a look at how an emotional detail in The Last Jedi was also very confusing for many fans. 

A recap of Han Solo’s dice

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Like Star Wars fans on Reddit said, Han Solo’s dice have actually been around since the original trilogy, though they weren’t really a big deal back then. They were simply hanging around in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, and they were, practically speaking, a decoration. That started changing when Disney started making Star Wars movies.

In Solo, his dice have more backstory and they also have more sentimental value. First he gave them to Qi’ra, and when she gave it back to him, he then used it to win the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian.

As a result of that, he kept the dice on the Millennium Falcon as a good luck charm. In The Last Jedi however, his dice now had more emotional value, too. 

What Han Solo’s dice meant in ‘The Last Jedi’

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Near the end of the movie, Kylo Ren has the Resistance trapped on Crait, and he’s coming in for the kill. However, out of nowhere, Luke appears and talks to his sister, Leia. He then hands her Han’s dice, and then he goes out and fights Kylo Ren.

As it turns out though, Luke wasn’t actually there, and he was using the force to project himself across the galaxy in order to buy time for the Resistance to escape. 

After this defeat, Kylo Ren examines the Resistance base on Crait, and he finds Han’s dice on the floor. After picking them up, they disappear, revealing the fact that Luke had projected them from across the galaxy as well. 

Star Wars fans interpreted this scene in a lot of ways. One of the more popular interpretations from Star Wars fans was about how the dice, when they disappeared from Kylo Ren’s hand, showed how disconnected he had become with his family.

The dice were symbolic of the relationship between Luke, Leia, and Han, but after disappearing in Kylo Ren’s hand, it became clear to him as well as to audiences that he’s no longer part of that relationship.

Han Solo’s dice were confusing though in ‘The Last Jedi’

While this was an emotional scene that showed off the internal conflict that was happening in Kylo Ren’s head, it was also a confusing scene for many fans at the time.

The movie focused on the dice a lot, but since Han’s dice weren’t really a big part of the original trilogy, very few fans even knew why the movie was focusing on those dice. 

As one fan on Reddit said, “The fact that there was such a strong emphasis on something that at the time was at BEST a piece of trivia knowledge was just a strange move.”

However, fans aren’t blaming Johnson for this entirely. Another fan on Reddit pointed out that Han’s dice were actually supposed to be brought up in The Force Awakens, but for some reason, that scene was cut from the movie. 

Regardless, after fans started doing some research about the dice, many started seeing why they were an important emotional detail in the movie.