Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker promises to close the Skywalker Saga and answer many of our lingering questions from the decades-long series when it hits theaters on Dec. 20. That’s a lot for one movie to take on: the most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, introduced more questions than it answered. And even the answers it offered — about Rey’s parentage, for instance — may not turn out to be what they seem.

There are also plenty of plot threads from the earlier Star Wars movies still dangling: Did Palpatine really die, and did any characters clone themselves? And if this entire series has centered on the idea of bringing balance to the Force, doesn’t that mean that this story never, really, can end? For every Jedi that rises, won’t an equally powerful Sith rise to meet them? Or will this movie end with Rey and Kylo destroying both the Jedi and the Sith forever?

Here are all our lingering questions headed into the ninth and final film in the Star Wars saga.

Who are Rey’s parents?
Lucasfilm LtdRey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This question was allegedly answered in director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi: Kylo Ren told Rey that her parents were “filthy junk traders” who traded her for drinking money. Rey’s response implies that she knows this to be true, deep down. Concluding that mystery halfway through the series was a bold move by Johnson. It severed Rey from the key family of the Star Wars series. The message was that Rey didn’t have to be a Skywalker (or a Kenobi) to be a Jedi. Anyone can become a hero. Johnson underlined this sentiment in the last shot of the movie in which an enslaved kid summons a broom using force powers and casts a shadow that looks an awful lot like a Jedi with a lightsaber.

But J.J. Abrams may be course-correcting. It seems that the Skywalkers are still important to the saga: The last film has their name in the title, after all. And early press around the movie has suggested that Kylo — mimicking the behavior of a toxic boyfriend — may have been lying to Rey in order to manipulate her. “The parents thing is not satisfied — for her and for the audience,” Daisy Ridley told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s something she’s still trying to figure out …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment


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The Biggest Questions Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Needs to Answer

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