‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Co-Writer Confirms the True Nature of Leia’s Fate

by Jeremy Spirogis
Carrie Fisher at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was launched, the fan response was instantaneous and palpable. Many followers felt director J.J. Abrams’ movie fell in need of expectations, mishandling the saga’s finale. Co-writer Chris Terrio then dealt with the primary spherical of harm management, making an attempt to make clear the movie’s intentions.

Since then, Lucasfilm has pulled out all of the stops to attempt to make sense of the narrative mess that’s The Rise of Skywalker. The firm has relied manner too closely on Star Wars books and comics to clarify precisely the story merely alluded to within the precise movie itself.

Now followers have not less than a bit extra understanding of why Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) story ended the way in which it did in The Rise of Skywalker.

Carrie Fisher at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago
Carrie Fisher at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago | Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Wizard World

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ needed to full Leia’s storyline

Obviously, Leia’s arc by no means received the conclusion it really deserved. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are Harrison Ford’s and Mark Hamill’s films, respectively. And The Rise of Skywalker was meant to be Fisher’s. Of course, she handed away even earlier than The Last Jedi‘s launch, leaving Abrams to determine another strategy.

Using just some minutes of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens, Abrams tried to craft a decision to Leia’s story. But he additionally packs lots of new info into it. Rather than permitting her to fade away gracefully, Abrams reveals Leia has been coaching Rey within the methods of the Force. Moreover, followers be taught Leia herself started Jedi coaching many years earlier.

In the ultimate reduce of The Rise of Skywalker, it’s straightforward to see how Fisher would have match into the story beneath completely different circumstances. A shock Harrison Ford cameo, particularly, satisfies an emotional beat that requires Leia’s involvement. But Abrams not less than went for an bold Leia story, though it nonetheless feels underdeveloped.

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Co-writer Chris Terrio units the report straight about Leia’s demise

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Leia seemingly provides her life to attach together with her son, Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo (Adam Driver), throughout his climactic duel with Rey (Daisy Ridley). After this sacrifice, Kylo and Rey each really feel Leia’s demise by the Force. But in contrast to earlier Jedi (together with her brother), Leia doesn’t turn out to be one with the Force till Ben’s demise.

The purpose why isn’t made express within the movie. But with The Rise of Skywalker now accessible on Blu-ray and digital platforms, followers are studying a bit extra about what went into Leia’s story. On a feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary titled The Skywalker Legacy, Terrio spoke on to the tip of Leia’s story.

“Leia’s Jedi trial occurs in Episode IX,” Terrio mentioned. “The end of her path as a Jedi is fulfilled when her son turns back to the light.”

That assertion in and of itself nonetheless doesn’t straight reply the thriller behind Leia’s delayed transference into the Force. But the reality lies in a key scene quickly after Leia’s demise.

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Leia’s future imaginative and prescient is correct “from a certain point of view”

For many years, Star Wars followers have questioned why Leia by no means turned a Jedi, regardless of her apparent Force sensitivity. As a Force ghost, Luke seems to Rey and divulges the reality behind Leia’s interrupted Jedi coaching.

“It was the last night of her training,” Luke says. “Leia told me that she had sensed the death of her son at the end of her Jedi path. She surrendered her saber to me and said that one day it would be picked up again by someone who would finish her journey.”

But as Star Wars followers know, the longer term is troublesome to see and all the time in movement. Leia believed that laying her saber down would spare her son. However, regardless, her prophecy nonetheless involves move. Her future as a Jedi is just fulfilled after Ben’s personal demise. That’s why her physique doesn’t disappear till he does. And so one other murky Star Wars thriller is solved.

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