In a galaxy far, far away the 41-year-old Star Wars saga, sometimes referred to as the Skywalker saga, is nearing its epic final conclusion.
The much anticipated ninth Star Wars film, “The Rise of Skywalker,” hits theaters Dec. 20 and will finally answer fans’ burning questions.
Will light or darkness prevail or will balance finally be brought to the force?
One thing is for sure, writer and director J.J. Abrams has a lot of expectations to fulfill.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams said he was aware of the pressure to satisfy with the trilogy-ending film.
“We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending,” Abrams said. “We’re not screwing around.”
“The Rise of Skywalker” will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which is centered around main characters Rey and Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren.
Rey is a nobody, using light side force and fighting for the Resistance, while Ben — who is the son of original characters, Han and Leia — is the Supreme Leader of the First Order, the current totalitarian government ruling the galaxy.
Both characters struggle with the light and dark within them and find solace in relating to each other.
The big question is will Ben finally be redeemed and turn to the light side or will Rey unexpectedly turn to the dark side?
In the teasers and trailers that have been released, we’ve learned little about the plot of the film except that the Sith Lord, Sheev Palpatine, who was thought to be dead is back and there will be some iteration of dark Rey in the film.
Many fans are speculating that Palpatine will be revealed as Rey’s father and others speculate that Rey will be manipulated and possessed by him.
My personal favorite is the theory that Rey killed her parents.
In “The Last Jedi,” it was revealed that Rey’s parents were scavengers and the only glimpse we get of her childhood is of her crying at the sight of a starship leaving.
Rey had no idea of her force powers before the start of the trilogy, so it would be interesting if she somehow Jean Grey-ed her parents without knowing it.
It would be a good explanation for why the darkness has been calling to her all this time.
Others are undecided on whether dark Rey is actually real or if she’s just a force vision. I’m crossing my fingers that she’s real.
One of the most popular theories centered around Star Wars’ final film is the idea of a redemption arc for Ben.
Throughout the trilogy, we’ve watched Ben struggle to deter the light within him.
He teamed up with Rey to defeat the Supreme Leader before him in the previous film, but stayed with the dark side as it is all he’s grown to know.
While Ben’s grandfather, Darth Vader, was redeemed in the original trilogy, it happened within his final moments.
It would be interesting to see Ben, who has been on teetering on dark and light throughout the trilogy, find his way early on and team up with the Resistance to defeat Palpatine.
In turn, I’d like to see Ben and Rey somehow end up being the answer to the balance of the force that the galaxy has been struggling to attain. It would be the culmination of the series I feel like it needs.
Either way, Abrams has a lot to tie up with this final film and it will surely be exciting to see how 41 years of galactic war ends up unfolding.
“The Rise of Skywalker” comes out in theaters Dec. 20.