As successful as Star Wars: The Force Awakens was when it premiered back in 2015, fans still had a few issues with the Star Wars film. Aside from the fact that it took too many notes from Star Wars: A New Hope, fans thought of Rey (Daisy Ridley) as a Mary Sue, a flawless hero that could beat the seasoned Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) without having any training or experience.
Now, it looks like the novelization for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reveals the main reason why Rey managed to have the upper hand in her battle with Kylo Ren in Episode VIII. The novel by Carson Rae includes a number of extra scenes from The Rise of Skywalker, and in one of these passages (via Screen Rant), readers find Kylo Ren interrogating an imprisoned Chewie.
During his conversation with the Wookie, the wayward son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) reminds Chewbacca about how he shot him in The Force Awakens – something which had a direct hand in his loss in the early battle with Rey.
"I have not forgotten that you shot me," Kylo said. That wound had resulted in a defeat at Rey's hands. Had he been in top fighting form, the scavenger never would have gotten the best of him.
It’s an interesting reveal. It seems like the novelization for The Rise of Skywalker isn’t just out to fix the film’s mistakes. Carson’s book is also trying to fix other mistakes made in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy.
While it makes sense that a wounded Kylo would have a bit of difficulty fighting Rey, we think it’s a little too late for The Rise of Skywalker novel to try and cover up The Force Awakens’ mistakes.
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