Star Wars: The Last Jedi detractors are hoping to see major retcons in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, fans who’ve come to love Rian Johnson’s entry in the franchise have started expressing apprehension over the third and final entry in Lucasfilm’s sequel trilogy.
This includes a self-proclaimed casual fan who also happens to write for i09. According to Gizmodo’s Charles Pulliam-Moore, there’s a lot of concern over what might happen in The Rise of Skywalker. Unlike die-hard Star Wars fanboys, casual Star Wars fans enjoyed The Last Jedi’s commentary on the franchise knowing how overwhelming the Skywalker family’s dominance can be.
Johnson’s entry brought the franchise to a new direction where the fate of the universe didn’t just rest with legacy characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Instead, The Last Jedi promised the start of something new by turning sequel trilogy protagonist Rey (Daisy Ridley) into a nobody. Anybody could be a hero now.
However, all of these things could be retconned in The Rise of Skywalker. So many fans are hoping to see J.J. Abrams undo certain elements of the film, including Rey’s origin. They’re also hoping for the return of Snoke (Andy Serkis), as well as the inclusion of fan-favorite villain, Palpatine.
Though Palpatine’s involvement in The Rise of Skywalker has long since been rumored, fans were taken by surprise when the very first teaser for Episode IX featured the familiar cackle of Darth Sidious. Could Abrams really be planning to undo The Last Jedi’s storytelling decisions in The Rise of Skywalker?
Let’s wait and see.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.