LordPlagueis, thanks for clarifying. If one moved the two Snoke/Hux scenes back to back it would have to imply a timejump since there’s a change of location. It’d also push back the reintroduction of Luke and Rey further.
The ‘Luke mourns Han’ scene was reinserted where the deleted scenes reel has it, and with the footage available I’m not sure how one could go from “Where’s Han” immediately into him crying. Rey is in the room at first, then suddenly not, and Luke processes things rather suddenly. I think as things stand Luke putting up a front and retreating allows him to cry in private about what’s built up, and cutting directly to Leia implies Han is at the center of it for both of them.
I agree that it’s a stronger cut (or radial wipe, but you know what I mean) from Rey’s line about not leaving without him to her following him around the island, though. I wonder if RJ was right to cut the snippet along with the Finn and Poe scene. I at least see why, even if they’re worth including for the sheer value of this edit bring ‘alternative.’ V3 will be a few minutes longer than V2, and neither features the callback to Poe’s line about where Finn belongs. If one can only have both or neither of these scenes, perhaps the original film is a better option.
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