10 Huge Questions Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Didn't Answer

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chewie and Rey piloting the Falcon

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker forward!

Before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s launch, director and co-writer J.J. Abrams stated that he wished the movie to provide the Skywalker Saga a cohesive ending, whereas concurrently answering as many questions as doable. And J.J. Abrams was true to his phrase as a result of the movie did present solutions to most of the Sequel Trilogy’s greatest questions. However, there stay some enormous questions that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t reply.

While there might be, and is, a really divided opinion on the solutions we obtained, we did discover out the reality about Rey’s parentage and the place Supreme Leader Snoke got here from. But there have been loads of different questions, each already a part of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, in addition to ones raised by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker itself, that stay a thriller.

Now to be clear, I’m not notably enthusiastic about questions that contain Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s perceived plot holes or logical leaps, like why there was an historic Sith dagger pointing in the direction of the 30-year outdated wreckage of the Death Star or why Emperor Palpatine did not simply cease utilizing his Force Lightning when Rey was reflecting it again into his face. No, I’m enthusiastic about questions in regards to the story itself, the characters and the lore.

So with out additional ado, listed below are 10 enormous questions that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t reply.

Rey giving the lightsaber to Luke

How Did Maz Kanata Get Anakin’s Lightsaber?

Look, within the grand scheme of issues, the place Maz Kanata obtained Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, which Rey later present in her fort on Takodana, is reasonably inconsequential. However, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maz Kanata stated that how she got here by the lightsaber can be a narrative for one more day. Well, that day by no means got here; a minimum of, not within the motion pictures. It’s a pity too, as a result of the way in which she stated that, it sounds prefer it was an fascinating story.

The lack of a agency reply was considerably stunning given how a lot The Rise of Skywalker endeavored to deal with the mysteries of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many thought that Lando Calrissian had one thing to do with how the lightsaber got here into Maz’s posession, however although Billy Dee Williams’ character was in Episode IX, this query went unanswered. Anakin/Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber is a crucial relic of this saga and we nonetheless wish to find out about its lacking time.

Palpatine looming over Rey

How Is Emperor Palpatine Back?

Okay, that is in all probability the most important one. Prior to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final time we noticed Emperor Sheev Palpatine chronologically-speaking, he was falling down a reactor shaft within the second Death Star and exploding in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. He was useless so far as we knew till his return on this film. That return was abrupt, with the opening crawl asserting that the useless communicate and never a lot else. After seeing Episode IX, we nonetheless don’t know precisely how Palpatine returned.

On the floor, given his look, it appears that evidently the Dark Lord of the Sith merely survived his tumble and explosion, but it surely’s additionally doable that he resurrected himself not directly. Sheev alludes to a remark made in his iconic ‘Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise’ speech, however even when Palpy used Darth Plagueis’ technique, we don’t know if it stored him from dying or really introduced him again from the past. Cloning can also be a chance given his use of that observe with Snoke, however why his clone can be such a ragged and decrepit model of himself is unclear.

Supreme Leader Snoke

How Did Palpatine Control Snoke?

After two movies of questioning who Supreme Leader Snoke was, in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we discovered that he was the Wizard of Oz and Darth Sidious was the person backstage. The Phantom Menace until the top, we realized that Emperor Palpatine created Snoke and noticed that he had a number of clones of the late Supreme Leader on Exegol, however there are nonetheless questions on how all of that labored.

Was Snoke an individual earlier than Palpy cloned him or did the Sith Lord make him out of complete fabric? We know that Palpatine was pulling Snoke’s strings, however to what diploma? Was Snoke a loyal agent of Palpatine engaged on behalf of the Dark Lord and following his orders? Or was Palpatine utilizing the Force to regulate a sentient being? Or was this a case of Snoke merely being a vessel that Palpatine inhabited? I are likely to assume it’s the latter, however with out specific clarification, we will’t say for certain.

Kylo Ren's broken mask

How Did Snoke Turn Ben Solo?

In my thoughts, this is among the nice mysteries of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. In the Prequels, we noticed how Palpatine turned Anakin Skywalker to the darkish aspect. We witnessed his manipulations and noticed Anakin’s fears that the Dark Lord preyed upon and weaponized. Unlike Anakin, who got here from poverty and suffered nice loss, Ben Solo had a loving mom in Leia and a smart trainer in Luke. Even if Han Solo was a deadbeat dad, he nonetheless liked him, so how did Snoke flip Kylo?

In The Force Awakens, Leia tells Han it was Snoke who turned Ben to the darkish aspect, and in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke tells Rey that Snoke had turned Ben’s coronary heart. But how? This is likely to be revealed within the Marvel comedian Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren, however a minimum of via the primary concern, the 2 already know one another, with no clarification as to how. It’s unclear whether or not they have met in particular person earlier than, whether or not Snoke’s manipulations happened in particular person or from afar, and the way Ben’s household knew about it.

The Knights of Ren

Who Are The Knights of Ren And What’s Their Deal?

Outside of that flashback cameo in The Force Awakens, we did not see the enigmatic Knights of Ren take part within the first two installments of the Sequel Trilogy story, and forward of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker I requested this query in hopes we might get some solutions. Although the group confirmed up in finally disappointing style in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we don’t actually know something extra about them, together with what they appear like behind their masks. We are getting some readability on this matter within the Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren restricted comedian guide sequence, however questions stay.

The group existed earlier than Ben Solo and Kylo Ren didn’t discovered it. So far the group’s goal is reasonably unclear, however it appears that evidently they aren’t pushed by any overarching objectives and don’t consider in any kind of morality. Instead they appear to be brokers of chaos, destroying as a result of it’s of their natures to take action. They are all Force customers as properly, however we don’t know rather more than that. So as of but, we nonetheless have not realized all of the solutions to this query, however fortunately, not like another entries on this checklist, we appear poised to get some.

Finn yelling for Rey

What Was Finn Trying To Tell Rey?

So this query could have kind of been answered by J.J. Abrams, however given its obtrusive absence throughout the runtime of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, its inclusion feels applicable right here. Throughout The Rise of Skywalker, Finn makes an attempt to inform Rey one thing. Although it may definitely be construed as Finn making an attempt to admit his like to Rey, that’s seemingly not the case. Instead, it appears that evidently Finn could have wished to inform Rey that he’s Force delicate.

That is sensible in some methods given what we’ve seen from Finn throughout the Sequel Trilogy, but it surely additionally doesn’t work in sure points of The Rise of Skywalker. Like, why would you inform Rey that you simply’re Force delicate if you’re each about to die; it couldn’t be much less related at that second. So this query has not but obtained a satisfying reply. Perhaps we’ll see Finn really inform Rey in a deleted scene on the house video launch for The Rise of Skywalker. Or perhaps it’s a part of the completely actual, by no means pretend J.J. Cut.

The Resistance fleet

Will The New Republic Be Reconstituted?

The Sequel Trilogy ignored politics via its first two chapters, and that held true with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Given the reception of the Prequels, this method is comprehensible, but it surely additionally opens the door for many questions on how the galaxy strikes ahead after fortunately ever after. It’s akin to George R.R. Martin’s well-known response to The Lord of the Rings, “What was Aragorn’s tax policy?”

In The Force Awakens, the First Order destroyed the seat of the New Republic and the Galactic Senate, Hosnian Prime. At the top of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the folks of the galaxy unite on Exegol to tackle Emperor Palpatine and the Final Order. But what occurs after that? With evil vanquished, does the New Republic rebuild and take a look at once more? Or is there not a centralized authorities and the impartial programs govern themselves? Whatever the construction, how does this interstellar society forestall additional battle?

Young Rey on Jakku

Who Are The Other Members Of The Palpatine Family?

So it seems that Sheev Palpatine wasn’t solely coaching apprentices and oppressing the galaxy throughout his life. He was additionally making infants. Rey is the granddaughter of Darth Sidious, daughter to Sheev Palpatine’s son. This familial connection solutions the large query about Rey’s heritage, however raises a few others. Firstly, who’s the girl that had Palpatine’s child, and when was that? At what level in his profession from galactic consultant for Naboo to Dark Lord of the Sith and Emperor did he procreate?

Is Rey’s grandmother nonetheless alive and who was she? She does not should be well-known, however I’d be curious to know if she was evil as properly or simply misled. We additionally don’t find out about Rey’s father and mom aside from the truth that they sought to maintain her from Palpatine and to shed their household’s horrible legacy. Does Rey have any siblings or cousins? Hopefully we get to search out out extra about this historical past in a guide or comedian in some unspecified time in the future.

Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

What’s The Future Of The Jedi Order?

Episode VI was subtitled Return of the Jedi, indicating the rebirth of the Jedi Order, however three movies later and that hasn’t occurred, a minimum of not absolutely. Luke Skywalker guarantees Kylo Ren that he won’t be the final Jedi, and that a lot a minimum of appears true. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rey buries Luke and Leia’s lightsabers on Tatooine, however then ignites her new yellow saber, indicating that she remains to be a Jedi and can stick with it that legacy, however does it die together with her?

Will Rey go on all she has realized? Perhaps Rey will succeed the place Luke failed and prepare a brand new technology of Jedi. Maybe she’ll begin with the apparently Force delicate Finn as her first pupil. Add in Broom Boy and some others, and that’s a stable inaugural class. But will Rey be taught from the failures of the previous and undertake extra of a Gray Jedi method? Or will she construct one other order the place celibacy and an absence of emotional attachment is a path to the darkish aspect? Maybe sooner or later we’ll discover out what the longer term holds for the Jedi Order, however for now it’s a thriller.

Kylo Ren and Rey touching hands through the Force

What Exactly Is A Force Dyad And How Does It Work?

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we be taught that Rey and Kylo Ren signify a Dyad within the Force, however there are nonetheless lots of unknowns about how this new little bit of Star Wars lore really works. As far as we will inform, a Dyad is an ultra-powerful Force connection between two Force delicate folks that enables them to work together throughout time and house. We noticed this play out in a number of methods in The Rise of Skywalker with their battles, lightsaber passing and Force-timing.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Snoke/Palpatine bridged the minds of Rey and Kylo, so did he create the Dyad or did he merely reap the benefits of an current Dyad? Are Force Dyads naturally occurring (the sunshine rises to satisfy the darkish) or have they got to be fashioned by a robust Force person like Snoke? And can a Dyad be between darkish aspect customers or two mild aspect customers, or does it solely come about via the steadiness of the sunshine and the darkish? This is an interesting addition to the Star Wars lore and The Rise of Skywalker merely scratched the floor of it. Tthere is a lot extra we wish to know.

Some of those questions will inevitably and hopefully be answered throughout the huge multimedia Star Wars universe within the months and years to come back. And optimistically, the solutions might be simply as compelling because the questions themselves, offering us with extra to debate and recognize.

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