For fans of the original Star Wars saga that began in 1977, with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, the Death Star and two lovable droids, anticipation of the final Star Wars film in the canon is drawing to a close, as the feature film hits theaters on December 20.
And the film promises to be one of the best in the canon as it will wrap up the story of the so-called “Skywalker Saga” that began with Star Wars IV: A New Hope 42 years ago in 1977. But, drawing the story to a final close wasn’t an easy task for Director J. J. Abrams who says that endings are the part of the films that bring him the most fear.
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams talked frankly about Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, saying that years from now, if someone is watching the ninth episode, along with each episode that preceded it, he wants to be sure the canon allows them to watch a story that is cohesive and makes sense. Abrams says that he and co-writer of the upcoming Star Wars film Chris Terrio did their best to leave room for new ideas and inspiration to strike as they worked on The Rise of Skywalker. They also made sure to honor the vision George Lucas always had for the Skywalker Saga to play out in 3 three-act plays.
J. J. Abrams says that he and Terrio understood how vitally important it was to tie up as many threads throughout the story as possible so that fans weren’t left dissatisfied or wondering about parts of the narrative that weren’t addressed in the story. (After all, it’s the feature film we’re talking about, not just a teaser trailer.)
“We were very much aware [that] this is the end of the trilogy and it needs to satisfy,” Abrams explained. “We went into this [latest Star Wars film] knowing it has to be an ending.”
And if Abrams was determined in satisfying fans and answering as many questions as possible in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, he faced no easy task in doing so. Satisfying diehard Star Wars fans with the ninth episode means that Abrams and his team had a lot of ground to cover–especially as it pertains to the protagonists Rey, Poe Dameron and Finn, played by Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, respectively.
Abrams has also said that the film will feature a very fitting farewell to the character of General Leia and honor Carrie Fisher too. Fans are eager to decipher Abrams’s’ code and find out how he went about that task as well.
Abrams also had to cover the fate of Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. Some are hopeful Ren will have a redemption story in The Rise of Skywalker, much like the redemption of Darth Vader just before his death in Return of the Jedi at the hands of Emperor Palpatine.
Fans of the Star Wars films are also eager to meet any new sith lords that might be introduced in the final film. Some are hoping for an unexpected return of a well-known character. Other fans believe The Rise of Skywalker will be the best yet of all the Star Wars films. What do you think?
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, and its final trailer will drop during Monday Night Football on ESPN on October 21.
What questions do you hope are answered in the final installment of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? What predictions do you have about the fates of Rey, Poe, Finn and Kylo Ren? Let other Star Wars fans know in the comments section below.