Star Wars: 9 questions we have for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

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Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX. Photo credit: LucasFilm

Question 3: What does The Rise of Skywalker mean?

This question only popped up once we knew the title, not at the end of The Last Jedi when we had so many others swirling in our head.

But the title of the movie is important because recently director J.J. Abrams said it’s the right title for the movie but the only way to know that is until we see the movie. So what exactly does it mean?

We have some guesses, but no clue if any of them are legit. We speculate just as much as anyone else.

There are few things that we do know.

  1. The name Skywalker. It belongs to just three characters in Star Wars lore in Shmi, Anakin and Luke.
  2. The Jedi don’t really exist anymore. Rey has the Jedi text, but she wasn’t trained as a Jedi.
  3. Skywalker has been used differently once before in the current Disney canon.

It’s not a lot to go on, but one theory does consider that Skywalker could mean a new religion. That it could mean the Jedi and Sith are done once and for all, and what we have left are the Skywalker.

It would be interesting to call these group of new Force users Skywalker because when you consider Anakin and Luke, neither one of them had the traditional training. Anakin started later than normal and many on the Jedi Council were against his admission into the Jedi order. Then, Luke only came into his powers and started his training as an adult.

Perhaps the Skywalker order won’t as discriminating as the Jedi.