The Rise of Skywalker Writer Says Rey Isn't Staying to Live on Tatooine

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A lot of fans were admittedly angered when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ended with Rey supposedly settling herself in the Lars homestead on Tatooine. Why would she decide to stay on a desert planet when all she wanted to do in Force Awakens was leave another desert planet? Co-writer Chris Terrio says that wasn't what the film was trying to say.

Talking to THR, Terrio explains that the movie nor the screenplay wasn't trying to suggest that Rey was going to stay. He says, "I can say with confidence that neither the screenplay nor the film suggests that Rey is going to live alone on Tatooine. The track names on the soundtrack were at the discretion of the master himself, John Williams. I can't presume to say what John meant when he titled the piece ‘A New Home,' but I can say that Rey's arc over three films has to do with her finding the belonging she seeks with the new family she's found inside the Resistance."


If you ask me, that sounds like some last-minute retconning. I mean, if John Williams wanted to make the scene sound like Rey found a new home, then that's probably what the scene meant. I'm sure he would have been privy to the info that Rey wasn't going to be staying there.

Besides the significance to fans, Tatooine is kind of a terrible place to all the characters in Star Wars. Luke couldn't wait to leave the planet when we meet him, and Leia was enslaved by Jabba the Hutt. Not to mention Anakin Skywalker committing Tusken Raider genocide.

If anything, a lot of people still liked the callback, and though it wasn't for me, I don't want to make anyone feel bad for liking the film.

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