One year on, have we really seen the last of Carrie Fisher?

The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Exactly a year after the her death, Carrie Fisher's friends and family have paused to remember her. However fans may be wondering if they really have seen the last of the legendary actress in the role that made her famous.

Daughter Billie Lourd revealed she had marked the anniversary of losing her mother by travelling to Norway to honour Fisher's "otherworldly obsession" with the northern lights. "I love you times infinity," she wrote on Instagram.

Former co-star Mark Hamill also penned a touching tribute on social media, sharing photos of himself and Fisher in happier times.

Meanwhile, Fisher's final small-screen appearance, in the English sitcom Catastrophe, has just aired on the ABC, while her fifth outing as Leia Organa, in The Last Jedi, is now on the big screen.

The film has struck a sombre note with Star Wars fans in light of the fact it almost certainly features the final performance of the actress, who died, aged 60, from a heart attack on December 26, 2016.

Towards the end of the film, there is a heartbreaking scene in which Luke Skywalker clasps Leia's hands and says: "No one's ever really gone."

There is another emotional sequence in which Fisher says she cannot deal with any more tragedy. As though speaking directly to Star Wars fans, Laura Dern's character fires back: "Sure you can."

But is The Last Jedi really the last we will see of Leia? While Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga sees Fisher survive a near-death experience - as well as a few close calls - she is still alive by the end of the film, even though the audience knows in real life this is not the case.

Fisher was due to play an even larger role in the ninth Star Wars film, with many speculating about a showdown with her on-screen son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). This trajectory would have made sense given The Force Awakens could be seen as Han Solo's film while The Last Jedi belongs to Luke Skywalker.

However, that all changed in the wake of Fisher's death.

Director Rian Johnson has said he didn't want to kill off Leia in The Last Jedi because he thought Fisher's performance shouldn't be altered in the wake of her death.

"Given that we have a beautiful, complete performance ... I felt really strongly that we had to let this fly," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Luckily we have a fantastic storyteller in JJ Abrams who is going to figure out a way to bring it home [in the final instalment]. With this movie, I just wanted audiences to have this performance."

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has also said they will not digitally re-create Leia for Episode IX. Nor will Disney draw on archival footage.

This means Leia is likely to die off-screen. After all, it seems improbable that her character would be alive yet fail to make an appearance. After all, she is the very embodiment of the Resistance.

One year on and Fisher's army of fans have numerous questions about the future of General Organa. For now, they're unlikely to get the answers they crave. But they do have Fisher's stunning performance at least.

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