Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Writer Explains Final Tatooine Scene

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If you've seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, you were probably wondering about the final scene that took place on the same planet where it all started. But why did Rey travel all the way to Tatooine? Chris Terrio has offered a simple explanation for it all.

Terrio, who co-wrote The Rise of Skywalker with director J.J. Abrams, recently spoke to Indiewire about the final scene. Interestingly, Terrio stated that it didn't mean that Rey would settle down in Tatooine.

"I don't think we think of it as she's going to live there," Terrio said. "We thought of it as just paying her respects and sort of undoing the original sin at the end of the third movie, which is the separation of the twins."


This is, of course, referring to Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa being separated in Revenge of the Sith. Terrio continued by explaining that the lightsabers being brought to Tatooine was a symbol.

"I mean, of course, they had to be separated to keep them safe, and the trilogy wouldn't exist, the six movies wouldn't exist if they hadn't been separated! But that felt to us like it was almost like a wrong that need to be righted. We very deliberately in the script described the wrapping of the sabers, as ‘like you were wrapping infants,'" Terrio said. In addition to that, he explained why Leia's lightsaber was buried on a planet she has never even visited.

"That's the thing that you see at the of the third movie, where the two infants are wrapped, and one is sent to Tatooine to be a farmer, and one is sent to Alderaan to be a princess. Leia's home doesn't exist anymore, so we thought, ‘Well, Luke could take Leia to his home where he grew up, and where we first saw Star Wars,‘" Terrio concluded.

It's a thoughtful explanation that finally makes sense of things in The Rise of Skywalker. Hopefully, this wraps up the Skywalker Saga in the best possible way.

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

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