Prequel Trilogy,  Revenge of the Sith,  Skywalker Saga,  The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker writer explains how the end responds to the end of Revenge of the Sith

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Warning! Spoilers ahead.

From Indie Wire:

“It all ends here. After nine films and over four decades, the Skywalker Saga has come to a close with J.J. Abrams’ second “Star Wars” outing, “The Rise of Skywalker.” […]

The morning after the film’s Hollywood premiere, IndieWire got on the phone with a decidedly tired [writer Chris] Terrio — “we all looked 20 years younger at the start of this process!,” he joked — who was still very game to break down some of the more shocking elements, twists, turns, and big questions of “The Rise of Skywalker.” […]

The film ends with Rey on Tatooine, visiting the old Lars homestead where so much of this saga began. She’s accompanied by BB-8 only, and given the happiness she just shared with old pals Finn and Poe, it’s a bit of a surprise they’re not with her. That doesn’t mean she’s going to stay there, however, she’s just there to lay to rest Luke and Leia’s sabers, which she wraps together and buries in the desert dirt.

“I don’t think we think of it as she’s going to live there,” Terrio said. “We thought of it as just paying her respects and sort of undoing the original sin at the end of the third movie, which is the separation of the twins. I mean, of course, they had to be separated to keep them safe, and the trilogy wouldn’t exist, the six movies wouldn’t exist if they hadn’t been separated! But that felt to us like it was almost like a wrong that need to be righted. We very deliberately in the script described the wrapping of the sabers, as ‘like you were wrapping infants.’ That’s the thing that you see at the of the third movie, where the two infants are wrapped, and one is sent to Tatooine to be a farmer, and one is sent to Alderaan to be a princess. Leia’s home doesn’t exist anymore, so we thought, ‘Well, Luke could take Leia to his home where he grew up, and where we first saw “Star Wars.”‘ […]”

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  • Arnav “RayO1” Bhattacharjee

    “We thought of it as just paying her respects and sort of undoing the original sin at the end of the third movie, which is the separation of the twins. I mean, of course, they had to be separated to keep them safe, and the trilogy wouldn’t exist, the six movies wouldn’t exist if they hadn’t been separated! But that felt to us like it was almost like a wrong that need to be righted.”

    Damn…that actually freakin’ works…

    SO WHY THE HELL DID YOU BURY THEM ON THE PLANET THAT CAUSED THEIR FATHER SO MUCH MISERY YOU HACK?!

    • archdukeofnaboo

      “but it means that at least for this moment in time, the Dark has been held off as the Light has pushed back.”

      Translation: We can keep milking Star Wars with needless sequels as long as possible. We must enrich the pockets of Disney shareholders at all costs – story and logic be damned.

      “I think George would be the first to say that a fairy tale ending would be a naïve way to think about the galaxy forever”

      What are you smoking Terrio? You’re putting words in Lucas’s mouth, that we all know he would never agree with. Honestly, you might as well be trying to convince us that he also believed in the good of the Empire. You’re on that level of silly.

  • Moose

    I get a kick out of these guys. They plagiarize parts of Lucas’ work, poop on other parts, and then tell you that ol’ George would like it.

  • Cryogenic

    The ending that Terrio and Abrams delivered for TROS and the nine-film “Skywalker Saga” is beautifully poignant. I love the Terrio interview. Clearly, a sensitive and intelligent man. Also really edifying to read that they purposely built on what Rian gave the trilogy with Rey and Kylo’s “Force Skype” conversations. They worked those into the film brilliantly, and JJ’s directing in those moments was utterly first-rate. Back to the homestead ending:

    If you recall Anakin’s famous “sand” dialogue in AOTC, the burial of the Luke and Leia sabers is even more profound. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. And it also covers things up and preserves them. There’s clearly also a rhyme with that Indy-esque sinking sand moment earlier in the film. But anyway, Anakin also clasps at sand and takes a handful at Shmi’s grave, not far from where the sabers are laid to rest. Again, really beautiful, and an inspired way to end the film.

    I also think Rey using both the sabers against Palpatine was a symbolic show of her summoning up the “twin legacy” of Luke and Leia and dispatching the Sith once and for all. It is also clearly righting a “wrong” from ROTJ, where Leia was entirely kept out of Luke and Vader’s confrontation. Granted, JJ somewhat added onto that in TFA by making Leia a General, and only showed a brief training scene in TROS — but I still appreciated that little scene considerably. Leia was meant to be trained in the Force all along. Like Chewie finally being gifted his medal. Whether Wookiees accept those things or not, it sort of has more meaning as a quiet offer of true friendship and belonging. Another “wrong” righted.

    And no, that is not sarcasm, just because of the quotation marks. I am saying those things weren’t necessarily mistakes to begin with, but TROS does bridge many gaps and puts a bow on things with love and affection. They made some really interesting and cool choices at the end of the trilogy. At least, I think they did. In my eyes, the Sequel Trilogy dramatically improved as it went along. I say this after one viewing of TROS, but I had a great time watching it, and now I want to watch it again.

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