Rian Johnson’s Heartfelt ‘The Last Jedi’ Thanks, 1 Year Later

In case you didn’t realize, a friendly reminder that it’s been a year since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters [and the fandom] with all the impact of a speederbike into a tree on Endor.

Filmmaker Rian Johnson at the 44th Annual Saturn Awards
Photo by Editorial credit: Eugene Powers / Shutterstock.com

There are still heated debates about the pros and cons of Episode VIII, raging emotions on both sides of the fandom spectrum positive their opinion is “the only one”.

Director Rian Johnson has been the recipient of most of the ire/praise, and he took to his Twitter account to post a heartfelt thanks one year after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

>This< writer was lucky enough to speak with Johnson face-to-face at The Saturn Awards earlier this year, and told him thank you for his wonderful film. (Obviously, I’m on the side of the loved it argument, minus Kanto Bite and some other things.) He was as gracious as one could hope, and took the time to LISTEN, which he didn’t have to.

So, from the bottom of our Cosmic Conflict programme hearts, thank YOU Rian Johnson; for your art, for your voice, and for your unwavering faith in fans and critics alike.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently streaming on Netflix.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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