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20 Questions We Have After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and 6 That Were Answered – Gizmodo, Gizmodo.com

20 Questions We Have After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and 6 That Were Answered – Gizmodo, Gizmodo.com

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkeris here, which means it’s over.

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The Rise of Skywalker

is now in theaters[[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] , marking the end to Disney’s sequel trilogy and the trilogy of trilogies which came to be known asthe Skywalker Saga. And while

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will certainly never end, this particular story is over. Or so we’ve been told.[[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] the fact is the movie poses a lot of unanswered questions, so we’ve gone ahead and picked outseveral of those to discuss, as well as the biggest questions it does actually answer. Suffice to say, there’s nothing but spoilers from here on out.

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Rey, meet your grandpa.**************************** [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] ******************************
Exactly how did the Emperor come back? [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] ************ The Rise of Skywalker

starts with the revelation that Emperor Palpatine is back and has sent a galaxy-wide transmission announcing as much. OK. But didn’t he get thrown down a huge shaft on a Death Star that was subsequently blown up? Where’s the connective tissue? [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] The movie covers its tracks by quoting a line from the prequels: “The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.” Palpatine tells Anakin this when he tantalizes the young Jedi about a Sith named Darth Plagueis who, apparently, was able to conquer death. That was the primary reason Anakin went the Dark Side — and yet, Darth Vader was never successful in achieving that particular power, so we’ve never been exactly sure if Palpatine was being honest or not (though ifThe Rise of Skywalkeris any indication, it seems he was). The general idea here, we think, is that Palpatine did whatever Plagueis did;there have been many hints of thisin canon up to this point, and the word “cloning” is thrown around briefly, but the specifics of this resurrection remain mostly a mystery.**************************** (What has the Final Order been doing all this time?Palpatine explains to Kylo Ren that he’s built a new fleet, called the Final Order, that’s almost ready to take over the galaxy. And, if Ren kills Rey, he can have it. That’s all well and good but there are

a lot

of ships, followers, and troopers that are part of this Final Order. Where did they all come from? Where did the supplies come from? Have they just been sitting around for 30 years? How does Palpatine know that

now

is the time for this ? The whole plan doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

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Rey is a homeschooled Jedi. [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/so-what-can-a-force-ghost-do-1838080624″,{“metric25”:1}] **************** [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] ******************************** How much did Rey learn from the Jedi texts vs. Master Leia? Master Leia At the start of the film, Rey calls Leia “Master,” showing that she’s been training as a Jedi with the General. There’s also a brief scene where she uses the ancient Jedi texts from Ahch-To to pick up the film’s narrative. But we’re left wondering: How much of Rey’s abilities came from her time working with Leia and how much did she glean from the books? Ultimately, though, it doesn’t matter. By facing her biggest fears, herself and the Emperor, Rey triumphs and becomes a Jedi.(Who and when did Palpatine fuck?) ****************************************** One ************** of the biggest answers we get in

The Rise of Skywalker

is that Rey is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. Her father was his son. More on that below, but the revelation brings up a whole other branch of questions. Questions such as, who was her grandmother? Palpatine was obviously a very powerful man. He literally ruled the galaxy which, you assume, might be attractive to some women. And while he hasn’t been a looker since order 88, hecertainly got it in at some point. Let’s do the math.[[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] Rey is years old at the start of

The Force Awakens, which is years after the events of Return of the Jedi

. Assuming her parents are, rough estimate, 25 or years old when the leave her on Jakku at, another rough estimate, age eight, that would have Palpy doing the nasty a few years before the battle of Yavin inA New Hope

Early Emperor days. Almost Supreme Chancellor even.

(What happened between Palpatine and his son?

************** [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] If your father was the most powerful, most evil man in the galaxy, it makes sense that you’d reject him. But it could make equal sense if you adored and worshiped him. We assume the former has happened between Palpatine and Rey’s dad (which is how the role is credited in the credits) because he took his wife and daughter away. However, the story of this Emperor and his son is mysterious and tantalizing. Why wasn’t the son chosen as the heir apparent? What happened to his mother? Was he not Force-sensitive? It all seems like a story very worth telling at some point.(********************************

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*****************************Leia is very important in the film.

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How did Luke and Leia know Rey was a Palpatine? a When Rey visits Ahch-To with the thought of going into exile, she encounters the Force Ghost of Luke Skywalker. During their conversation, Luke reveals that both he and Leia knew she was related to the Emperor. Um. How? When? The Force … we guess? The only hint we have before this moment is that Luke a) very clearly does not know who she is when they meet in

the last jedi but b) certainly begins to suspect something during their training. So maybe that’s how Luke found out, but how did he know Leia knew? Had they been communicating through the Force since Luke’s death? Is that possible? Lots of questions here. Thought not sharing that info with Rey does make sense. [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] ********************** Why was Luke looking for Exegol? [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] Exegol is the ancient Sith planet at the heart of

The Rise of Skywalker

. As Rey and the crew are searching for a Sith Wayfinder that will help them find the way, they run into an old friend — Lando Calrissian — who tells them he and Luke were also looking for Exegol together and it led them to Pasaana, though that’s where the trail ran cold. But … why was he looking for it in the first place? Were Luke and Lando on the hunt for Exegol because Luke sensed that Palpatine was coming back? And if he did, doesn’t that make his decision to go into exile even worse? Granted, in this movie he admits he was wrong to do so, but if he

didknow Palpatine was back, you have to wonder what he expected to find on Exegol.() **********************************

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The Last Jedi,

Luke Skywalker gave his life to both save the Resistance and also inspire the galaxy to rise up and join them. When

The Rise of Skywalker

begins, though, the Resistance Doesn’t seem to be that much bigger and Luke’s sacrifice is never mentioned. It certainly meant something to the people on Crait whose lives it saved, but the idea of ​​young kids passing along this legendary story, like we saw with Broom Boy, seems to not have worked. Or, if it did, maybe fear of the First Order overshadowed it? Many things inThe Rise of Skywalker

are seemingly at odds with

The Last Jedi

and this is arguably the biggest one . A great moment is all but forgotten.What’s Broom Boy up to these days?

Speaking of Broom Boy, what happened to him? And if not him specifically, the idea of ​​him? The idea that Force sensitivity can be anywhere and even a no one can be a hero? We may never know what happened to that character, but the crumbs of that idea are seen in another character: Finn.[[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/so-what-can-a-force-ghost-do-1838080624″,{“metric25”:1}] **************************************** What was Finn going to say to Rey on Pasaana? AKA

Is Finn going to become a Jedi?

Moments from certain death in some Star Wars

quicksand, Finn tells Rey he has something to tell her. He never does, though, and it’s teased throughout the rest of the movie. We can only guess what he was going to say but we think it’s that Finn is Force-sensitive. Throughout the film, Finn continues to explain that he has these instinctual feelings or knowledge that where he is is where he’s supposed to be. Then, in the final battle, when Rey “dies,” Finn feels her death. These are all clues that Finn could be on his way to becoming a Jedi, which is certainly a secret he would want to share with Rey.[[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] Oh, and this:

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********************************** (Spice-runner Poe Dameron.) ************************************* (********************************************************************** (When was Poe actually a smuggler?

********************** [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] Another character who gets some curious additions tohis backstory is Poe Dameron. Though he was a New Republic pilot before going to the Resistance, here we learn that he also was a spice runner on Kijimi with Zorii Bliss and the rest of her crew. When did he have time to do that exactly? Zorii says he left to go to the Resistance, not the New Republic. So maybe it was during his time as a New Republic pilot, but just on the side because he didn’t believe in it anymore? We don’t know but, considering how popular Poe and his ancillary stories are, I’m guessing we’ll find out.Why Did Resistance allies come after (The Last Jedi

?

While talking to Zorii, Poe explains he’s still upset that the Resistance allies did not come to help them during the battle of Crait. It’s set up for arguably the biggest moment in

The Rise of Skywalkerwhich is when Lando and Chewbacca arrive at Exegol with agalaxy’s worth of help in the form of basically every

Star Wars

ship ever

. And yet, there’s some disconnect. Are these just civilians, as is suggested by a First Order officer, or military allies as well? And if it’s both, why come this time, but not the last time? The new novelSome of this, explaining a bit of how the First Order continued to bully Resistance allies, but the film does not mention it. It’s just a bunch of ships flying around. All we really know is it makes for a very dramatic, exciting moment, just as help

notcoming was an equally important, dramatic moment in

The Last Jedi.So both choices work movie-wise, if not logic wise.

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********************** [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren went off to find Ezra Bridger. Ahsoka, apparently, did not survive.(**********************************************************Is Ahsoka Tano dead?

Before Rey triumphantly defeats Palpatine, she hears the ghosts of Jedi past, something she’s been trying to do the whole movie. Among the voices she hears are those of Anakin Skywalker, Luminara Unduli, Aayla Secura, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Adi Gallia, Kanun Jarrus, and Qui-Gon Jinn. What do all those people have in common? They are dead, which is why Rey hears them. That’s worrisome for the other voice she hears:Star Wars Rebels

won’t turn out so well .************************** (What exactly is a Dyad in the force?

Kylo Ren reveals, and Palpatine later confirms, that he and Rey are a Dyad in the Force. It’s a rare, generational occurrence where two people are bound together in the Force. What it exactly means beyond that, we aren’t sure. Nor do we know when or if it has happened before in

Star Warscanon. What we do know is it’s almost a slightly unnecessary explanation for their connection which, up until this point, has been rather well-explained. Dark rises, and light to balance. Snoke connected them through the Force which is why they can communicate with their thoughts, etc. In the end, it’s really just a fancy term so Palpatine can gain a new form and get a new shirt.

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Throw that red saber away, Ben Solo.

**************************Why wasn’t Ben Solo’s Force Ghost on Tatooine at the end? [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] Kylo Ren giving up that mantle to once again become Ben Solo is one of the best arcs in all of

The Rise of Skywalker

. Eventually, though he’s near-death himself after being thrown off a cliff by Palpatine, Ben finds his way back to a possibly dead Rey, and transfers his life essence to her, bringing her back to life. He then disappears — a surefire

Star Wars

sign that you ‘ve become one with the Force and will live in the Beyond.[[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] And yet, in the film’s final moments, as Rey decides to take the name of the only true family she’s ever known (the Skywalkers), Ben is not there. We don’t know why. We can only surmise because he spent so much time on the Dark Side,he hadn’t trained properly to attain that power. And yet, he still disappeared. Maybe he’s out there in Force limbo, just waiting to figure it all out.(Where did Rey get her yellow kyber crystal?

Upon visiting Tatooine, Rey buries the sabers of her surrogate parents, Luke and Leia, to wait for another day. She then reveals she fashioned her iconic staff into her own, personal lightsaber, having finally faced her fears and become a full-fledged Jedi. She also has a yellow blade, meaning she has a yellowkyber crystal in ****************** in there , which is a quest all Jedi must go on for themselves. Obviously, that happened off-screen, but we’d love to see it go down and why she got a yellow.[[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] **************** [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}]

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**************************** Finnpoe did not happen. [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] ******************************************************************************** (************************************** What are the Pits of Griq? [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] Like mostStar Wars

movies, (Rise of Skywalker) has a ton of random, throwaway lines to new, mysterious battles or species to give the world some realism. But, for us, one stood out, and it’s when Poe and Finn talk to C-3PO about the Pits of Griq. It happens for an instant, then never comes back, but it sounds like some kind of Sarlacc pit type of place for torture and pain. Very interesting to say the least. [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] How the heck did Maz Kanata end up with Luke’s lightsaber? [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] **********************A mystery that’s been floating

SinceThe Force Awakensis how Maz Kanata ended up with the Skywalker lightsaber that fell into oblivion on Bespin. She even says in that film that’s a story for another time. Well, time is pretty much up now, unless we read it in a comic or book down the road.What’s up with Lando and Jannah?

After the Resistance’s victory, Jannah and Lando talk about where they’re from. Jannah says she doesn’t know where she’s from, Lando turns around and says “Let’s find out.” The whole thing is a little awkward, to say the least. Is he hitting on her? Are they related? Early rumors were that they were related, and some new books suggest that’s the case, but the film leaves it up in the air.(********************************** [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] ************************************************************************** [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] ************************ [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] ****************** We love that this early press image is actually of her seeing Ben Solo. Huge spoiler.**********************

What is Rey’s plan now and what’s next for the galaxy?

The Rise of Skywalker (ends much as

Return of the Jedi

did. The small team of good guys has saved the universe from the big group of bad guys and one Jedi remains who knows the ways of the Force. That person is also, once again, a Skywalker. Will Rey train more Jedi as Luke couldn’t? Her taking on her own saber may suggest that. And with the defeat of the Final Order, did the First Order also fall? Are there still First Order pockets in the galaxy? Will the Resistance try to make a New New Republic? With Palpatine and Kylo gone, shouldn’t a dark power rise up to bring balance to the Force? Will we see any of this story and, if so, how would it be different this time around? Our best, completely unresearched guess, is yes. Maybe after another decade of unrelated

Star Wars

films, an

Episode X

can pick up with the remnants of what an old Jedi woman named Rey Skywalker left behind. (****************************************************************************Answered

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The Rise of Skywalker [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/resistance-reborn-is-an-exquisite-payoff-to-4-years-of-1839618813″,{“metric25”:1}] did do more than the previous two films is answer some of the biggest questions. Such as … (**************************************************************************** [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] ********************************************************************************

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******************************** (Triple Snokes!) ************************************* (Who is Snoke?) Snoke was merely a clone created by Emperor Palpatine to take control of the First Order. To what degree Palpatine controlled Snoke, or if he was an independent thinking being, is unknown, but it was Palpatine all along.(Who are Rey’s parents? [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/so-what-can-a-force-ghost-do-1838080624″,{“metric25”:1}] As mentioned above, Rey’s father was the son of Emperor Palpatine. A son who chose, along with Rey’s mother, to hide their daughter from her grandfather for fear of retribution, and were then murdered because of it. Kylo saying they were no one in

The Last Jedi

was because they thought of themselves as being no one, even though they really were someone.**************************** Did Leia train as a Jedi? [[“Embedded Url”,”External link”,”https://www.instagram.com/io9dotcom/”,{“metric25”:1}] “There is another ”was always a rallying cry at the end of

Return of the Jediand, so far, the sequels haven’t shown that other, Leia, diving too deep into the Force. In

The Rise of Skywalker

though, we learn that Leia did train with Luke, and actually got quite good, even constructing her own lightsaber. But she had a vision that she was meant to train someone else down the road and the death of her son was part of her path. As a result, she gave up on being a full-fledged Jedi.[[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}]

******************** [[“Embedded Url”,”Internal link”,”https://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034″,{“metric25”:1}] Lando piloting the Falcon. It really is

Return of the Jedi

again.

**************************Are Wedge and Lando still around?

Yes, they are! Two of the biggest heroes of the Rebellion, Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles, both make their sequel trilogy debuts inThe Rise of Skywalker. Turns out Lando helped Luke a little bit after Endor and, eventually, answered a call from Leia asking him to help Rey on her quest. Wedge, who was one of the best pilots in the Rebellion, is seen briefly controlling the turret on the Millennium Falcon here,after some events in a recent book. It was great to see them back.Will Kylo be redeemed?

The question of Kylo’s redemption has long been debated. Here, we finally found out that, yes, Kylo would be redeemed. It only took the dying breath of his mother, reaching out across the galaxy, tobeginthe process — followed by the sacrifice of Rey to heal his potentially fatal wound, and finally his subconscious personifying his father, Han Solo, to prove to himself he was ready. These all came together to make Kylo Ren throw away his red lightsaber and once again become plain old Ben Solo.(Who are the Knights of Ren?) *****************************************

We finally saw this group in action but there’s not really much to know. They’re just … acolytes. They come back, sort of help Kylo, ​​and then all die very easily at his hands. RIP KOR, we hardly knew ye.

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