As a fitting end to the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally brought balance to the Force. Of course, there are still some evil left in the galaxy, and although it wasn't an easy fight, Episode IX writer thinks Rey was able to do so.
Speaking to Indie Wire, Chris Terrio explains how the heroine managed to make this possible. "The balance of the Force always, as George [Lucas] has said, means that the Dark and the Light exist," he said. He pointed out that there are still "corners" in the galaxy where the Dark exists, except "that with the rise of Palpatine and the original trilogy."
"I think the way George would describe it is the Dark had become too powerful to the point where the Light had almost disappeared," he added. Terrio thinks winning this victory against the First Order and with Rey "striking this blow," the balance is restored. However, this doesn't mean that "everything is happily ever after forever." It means that Rey has held off the Dark momentarily and the Light has been "pushed back."
"The balance is constantly being fought," he said. "I think George would be the first to say that a fairy tale ending would be a naive way to think about the galaxy forever." Like in Return of the Jedi, there are still "moments of victory," but Terrio thinks "history tells us that there are no final victories."
Terrio also mentioned that happy endings depend on where one would stop telling it. For example, if they ended the story with the Ewok Celebration in Return of the Jedi, it is considered a happy ending. However, "if you look a little further ahead, you might see that Palpatine has had a contingency plan."
Check out how Rey brought balance to the Force in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, now showing.