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


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker feels just like the form of film that was destined to disappoint fans. In spite of everything, its launch got here on the heels of the divisive The Final Jedi and carried the load of wrapping up greater than 40 years of Star Wars films.

So the actual fact J.J. Abrams’ film fell flat with critics and lots of followers looks as if it was at all times unavoidable. However writer Rae Carson — who wrote The Rise of Skywalker novelization — lately shared her personal tackle the film’s controversial ending.

Daisy Ridley at the 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' European premiereDaisy 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 Photographs

Followers had been lower than enthusiastic in regards to the finish of Rey’s story

Probably 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 Final 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 name.

Some followers weren’t too happy with this growth. Those that cherished Rian Johnson’s work in The Final Jedi principally felt betrayed. In the meantime, 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 broadly mocked on-line.

To be truthful, The Rise of Skywalker additionally ends on one in all Tatooine’s well-known binary sunsets. The unique second with Luke dreaming of journey past Tatooine is a fan favourite however one typically referenced within the saga, together with in The Final 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. Ultimately, she likens Rey’s adoption of the Skywalker identify to her personal choice to tackle her stepfather’s identify in her youth. Rey desires to honor the household she has chosen for herself, Carson told StarWars.com.

The whole Skywalker saga is about Palpatine turning or attempting to show Skywalkers to the darkish aspect. He particularly hopes that Rey will show a worthy vessel for his personal energy and ambition and turn into the Skywalkers’ remaining downfall. However regardless of all his efforts over the course of three generations, he fails. Rey rejects all the pieces about him and takes on the Skywalker mantle and legacy. Ultimately, 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. However 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 great 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 a very good likelihood Lucasfilm gained’t give followers a direct follow-up. Ridley seems to be completed together with her dedication to the franchise. And even moreso, Star Wars could must take a deliberate step away from the Skywalker legacy. Meaning 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 a couple of years after the Empire’s fall. In the meantime, the upcoming Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi reveals will cowl the darkish interval between the prequels and the unique trilogy.

Lucasfilm hasn’t launched any plot info on director Taika Waititi’s recently announced Star Wars movie. However once more, it’s unlikely to delve into what “Rey Skywalker” does subsequent. Maybe that’s for the most effective. Whereas the Skywalker household in the end wins out, the fatigue followers have felt with that storyline signifies a change is certainly wanted.