Why Rey’s Controversial Final Scene in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Is the ‘Ultimate Victory,’ According to Rae Carson

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker feels just like the type of film that was destined to disappoint followers. After all, its launch got here on the heels of the divisive The Last Jedi and carried the burden of wrapping up greater than 40 years of Star Wars motion pictures.

So the very fact J.J. Abrams’ film fell flat with critics and lots of followers looks as if it was at all times unavoidable. But creator Rae Carson — who wrote The Rise of Skywalker novelization — not too long ago shared her personal tackle the movie’s controversial ending.

Daisy Ridley at the 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' European premiere
Daisy Ridley on the ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ European premiere | Lia Toby/Getty Images

Fans have been lower than enthusiastic concerning the finish of Rey’s story

One of the most-talked-about components of The Rise of Skywalker is the way it concludes Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) story. The movie reveals she is the descendant of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), seemingly retconning The Last Jedi‘s revelation about her previous. Then, within the closing moments of the sequel trilogy, Rey travels to the Lars homestead and adopts the Skywalker identify.

Some followers weren’t too happy with this improvement. Those who cherished Rian Johnson’s work in The Last Jedi largely felt betrayed. Meanwhile, The Rise of Skywalker‘s journey again to Tatooine underwhelmed these hoping for a recent course. Some think about “Rey Skywalker” to be tacky, and the second grew to become extensively mocked on-line.

To be truthful, The Rise of Skywalker additionally ends on one among Tatooine’s well-known binary sunsets. The authentic second with Luke dreaming of journey past Tatooine is a fan favourite however one usually referenced within the saga, together with in The Last Jedi. Going from the Skywalker name-drop to one more callback left a bitter style in some followers’ mouths.

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ makes a daring assertion

In fleshing out The Rise of Skywalker script right into a full-length novel, Carson needed to grapple with the story’s many twists and turns. In the tip, she likens Rey’s adoption of the Skywalker identify to her personal resolution to tackle her stepfather’s identify in her youth. Rey needs to honor the household she has chosen for herself, Carson advised StarWars.com.

The total Skywalker saga is about Palpatine turning or attempting to show Skywalkers to the darkish facet. He particularly hopes that Rey will show a worthy vessel for his personal energy and ambition and develop into the Skywalkers’ closing downfall. But despite all his efforts over the course of three generations, he fails. Rey rejects every little thing about him and takes on the Skywalker mantle and legacy. In the tip, it’s a Palpatine who turns to the sunshine, thus handing the Skywalkers their final victory.

This Palpatine/Skywalker wrestle would have been extra profitable if it was threaded all through the Star Wars sequels. But to Carson’s level, Rey is the “Skywalker” who represents a brand new daybreak for the identify and the Jedi. Luke and Leia’s Force ghosts look on approvingly, because the Skywalker household identify is redeemed. The good inside Anakin, Luke, Leia, and Ben defines them.

Will followers get the chance to see Rey proceed the Skywalker legacy?

After all of the fuss about the place The Rise of Skywalker leaves Rey, there’s an excellent likelihood Lucasfilm gained’t give followers a direct follow-up. Ridley seems to be completed along with her dedication to the franchise. And even moreso, Star Wars could must take a deliberate step away from the Skywalker legacy. That means leaving Rey and the remainder of the sequel trilogy characters off the desk.

For now, Star Wars focuses on addressing storytelling gaps left between the film trilogies. Disney+ collection The Mandalorian takes place just a few years after the Empire’s fall. Meanwhile, the upcoming Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi exhibits will cowl the darkish interval between the prequels and the unique trilogy.

Lucasfilm hasn’t launched any plot data on director Taika Waititi’s not too long ago introduced Star Wars film. But once more, it’s unlikely to delve into what “Rey Skywalker” does subsequent. Perhaps that’s for the very best. While the Skywalker household in the end wins out, the fatigue followers have felt with that storyline signifies a change is certainly wanted.

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