I’ve always wondered what they thought in this scene and leading up to it. Because as a viewer, you are led to believe that the war is over, the Empire is destroyed, and the Rebellion has won not a battle – but a war. At least, that’s how I always interpreted it.
I just love thinking about their reactions at this moment. This happy feeling…probably similar to when Harry Potter won a Quidditch match and knew Gryffindor could never be conquered, but then realized it was such a small moment in his life compared to the bigger war against Voldemort.
Our three heroes, and the Rebellion, think they’ve won in this moment. But that’s the thing about Star Wars – you always think the good guys have won and then – woops! Guess not. Here comes Episodes VII, VIII, and IX!