What was Lando Calrissian doing on Pasaana? The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary explains the reason.
How do you bring back a legend? That’s one question Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had to answer when it brought back the old smoothie Lando Calrissian.
He was a big part of The Empire Strikes Back and then helped lead the charge against the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. In Episode IX, Rey, Finn and Poe meet him on Pasaana during a local celebration.
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It’s explained that he traveled with Luke there to look for Ochi, but decided not to leave.
The answer is in The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary book and sort of alludes to it at the very end of the movie. The book states Lando suffered a huge family tragedy when his infant daughter disappeared. It turns out the First Order kidnapped his daughter as a way to build their numbers, but also in retaliation for his involvement in the destruction of the Empire.
The book states:
"“When peace reigned, he attempted to start a family, but tragedy struck and his infant daughter vanished. It was only later that it became clear who the culprits behind the abduction were: The First Order, building their fighting forces but also specifically striking out at the old Alliance leadership.”"
Lando suffered a massive loss. Perhaps the solitude of Pasaana was something he enjoyed rather than dealing with every day life after his horrific loss. The book states he “found peace” an Pasaana.
In leaks for Episode IX leading up the release, his loss was actually spoken about in the movie with Lando mentionining it to the trio. But it didn’t seem to have made the final cut.
Yet, the ending sees Lando and Jannah talking. Lando asks her where she’s from and she says she doesn’t know. He says, “Then let’s find out.”
There’s a small chance this could be his daughter. Let’s look at what we know:
- The First Order has stolen children across the galaxy and placing them into the First Order to build up its army.
- Jannah was a former First Order trooper until she and her company laid their weapons down and escaped to their freedom.
- Finn was born just two years before Lando’s daughter disappeared. This is significant because Finn and Jannah look close to the same age.
The book didn’t give us Jannah’s year of birth.
Now, it’s a big galaxy and there’s no way to know – unless someone from Lucasfilm comes out right and says Lando is Jannah’s father, but all the pieces are there to make it fit.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently in theaters. The Visual Dictionary is in stores now.