The fact that Galen hasnt forgotten about Jyn for like YEARS *ugly cries*
As a parent myself, that kills me. To lose your child and then just not know where they are, if they are safe, if they are alive? To feel powerless to help or find them, and yet be haunted for a decade and a half about them, wondering what they looked like, who they had grown up to be. To think, “I am not part of her life.”
And Jyn–she didn’t even know if her father was alive, either, but she most certainly thought of him during those years, especially after Saw abandoned her when it was becoming clearer that people were figuring out that she was an Erso related to Galen Erso.
For all of Jyn’s “I prefer to think he’s dead. It’s easier,” there’s so much hidden pain in that statement, because she, too, hasn’t forgotten him, and the father she knew as a child wasn’t a traitor. He was her Papa, the man who loved her, who hugged her, who only wanted to protect her. But why did he never come looking for her? Why didn’t he try? It’s a character flaw in him, but a human one. I bet she wondered that a lot in those fifteen years (and that’s part of why Cassian is so important here in her life–the person who does come back for her, and comes back, and doesn’t leave, in order to protect her).
But we see how much she still loves her father, how much she’s wanted to love him again and to be given a reason. Her face when she sees his holo. Her voice on the platform on Eadu when she screams out, “Father!”
Oh god. *ugly cries with you*