**Major Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Below**
General Leia Organa was once the leader of the Rebellion, following in the footsteps of her adopted father Bail Organa. She would help lead the Rebel Alliance to victory with the help of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and C-3PO.
While we don’t know much about her time in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, we do know she started a paramilitary organization known as the Resistance to combat the growing power of the First Order in the galaxy. She operated outside of the New Republic’s official channel.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Leia Organa would continue to lead the Resistance against the First Order. However, her orders would be undermined by the headstrong Commander Poe Dameron. She would also begin to get discouraged by the war as she saw more and more of her friends die.
Eventually Leia Organa would die as well. She would be killed by First Order pilots who attacked the bridge of her Resistance cruiser. Kylo Ren had the chance to launch the missile attack, but he couldn’t pull the trigger. Leia Organa would then float into the cold vacuum of space and die.
However, that would not be the end of her story. By the power of the Force, Leia is resurrected and uses the Force to pull herself back to the cruiser where she is rescued and sent to a medical wing to recover.
It wouldn’t be until near the end of the story where she would recover enough to stun Poe Dameron with a blaster bolt and recover the Resistance’s bridge. She would then continue with Vice Admiral Holdo’s plan to evacuate the Resistance to the planet Crait in order to evade the First Order.
While on Crait, she evacuates with the remaining forces of the Resistance onto the Millennium Falcon and survives the end of The Last Jedi.