Star Wars Actor Debunks Nien Nunb Death in The Rise of Skywalker

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There's a lot of things that people didn't like about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. For instance, there's that possibility that long-time survivor Nien Nunb was actually killed in the final battle. This has already been confirmed by the author who wrote Episode IX's novelization. However, the man who played Nien in the film strongly disagrees.

Rae Carson, who wrote the novelization of The Rise of Skywalker, had previously stated that Nien was killed when the Tantive IV became one of the ships that were destroyed during the climactic moment that Emperor Palpatine used Force lightning on the Resistance fleets. However, Mike Quinn has a completely different opinion.

Quinn was the performer behind Nien in The Rise of Skywalker and he has just pointed out that his character is alive and well. Quinn even gave a lengthy explanation on how it's impossible that Nien would be dead (via Twitter).

"So guys, here's the skinny... When someone dies - you see the ship explode right? The Tantive IV didn't explode but is seen landing above the trees when others are celebrating," Quinn wrote. "The reason he's not seen celebrating with the other guys is that it was filmed out of order (those scenes were filmed barely half way through the shoot). The script evolved as we went along and little things changed. So Nien did actually finally officially survive."


Quinn certainly has a point there. Either way, we're just relieved that Nien managed to survive all the way to the end of the Skywalker Saga.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still screening in theaters worldwide.

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