Carrie died at home in Los Angeles on December 27, 2016 having suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of 60, just finishing filming her part in the movie.
The production team faced a hard challenge in the wake of Fisher's passing, as they had to decide whether to edit the film to wrap up Leia's story in some way or to preserve her final performance as it was intended. Leia may have spent half the movie in a coma, but using her Force powers, outrunning the First Order, and continuing to be a marvelous military strategist, Fisher once again proves why the former princess is such a feminist icon. However, while many had expected the movie to feature Leia's tragic passing or possible exit storyline, the credits rolled with a very much alive Leia aboard the Falcon and leading her rebellion. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.' And she said: "'What do you mean?' Well, next thing you know we're making out like teenagers!" he said. I can't take any more", to which Holdo replies: "Sure you can.
Dern herself invented that line, according to Johnson, in tribute to her admiration for Fisher. It was heart-wrenching. The idea that somebody would have to deal with that kind of a loss back to back, moment to moment - I mean we'd just had this awful loss and then here you are just a handful of hours later standing in a different hospital in a different room.
But the pair then both say, "May the Force be with you, always" in unison. Director Rian Johnson confirmed this was intentional.
And you don't even have to be a dog person to get a little teary about it, some users even confessed that they were 'literally crying'. And the real heart of that scene came from Laura. They're also not opposed to a CGI Leia.