Star Wars: Is this really the end of the Skywalker Saga?

Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER /

Even though Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is supposed to be the end of the saga, is it really?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently in theaters and most fans around the world have seen it at least once. Love it or hate, one can’t deny the epic scope of the film and how it adequately wraps up the storylines of all the Sequel Trilogy characters.

It also gives closure to classic Star Wars characters and does a good job ending the overall nine-part saga. The question does need to be asked though, is this truly the end of the Skywalker saga?

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We thought we had already seen the end of the Skywalker saga 26 years ago with the release of Return of the Jedi. That showed the redemption of Anakin Skywalker as he saved his son’s life and killed his master in the process. That put a nice ending to the original trilogy and the overall story and message of redemption was a hopeful note to go out on.

When the prequels were released in 1999 they compounded that arc by giving us Anakin’s back story and showing us his fall to the Dark Side. The six-part saga was now truly the story of Anakin Skywalker. Even during the release of those films, George Lucas swore up and down that this was just a six-movie saga.

We even got the release of a Blu-Ray set that was subtitled The Complete Saga. That shows that the plan for Episodes 7-9 was never originally in the works. So even though this one has been marketed heavily as the final chapter in the Skywalker story, the precedent is there for that to be changed.

Money obviously would be the big driving force behind a resurrection of the Skywalker story. If for some reason the monopoly that is Disney starts to crumble in the future and begins to lose money, they could look to dust off Star Wars and tell a new trilogy of Skywalker stories.

J.J. Abrams did leave some room to work with here to advance the story if need be. In a very emotional moment at the end of the film, Rey is asked her name. As she sees the Force ghosts of Luke and Leia she responds with “Rey Skywalker”. So while not blood related, the mantra of Skywalker can live on. An obvious start to a new series of stories would be with her rebuilding the Jedi and some dark force that would arise during that time for them to conquer and overcome.

If this were to happen it would be many years down the road. When Disney acquired Star Wars they rolled out movies at an alarming pace. It caused some fatigue with many fans so a long break is in order.

At this point, its unlikely an Episode X ever sees the light of day. If it does, expect it to be at least a decade away if not more. So is The Rise of Skywalker truly the end of the Star Wars saga? I’m going to say yes for now, but Hollywood loves a good money grab and the story of the Skywalkers will always be that. So don’t be shocked to see another chapter in the story of Skywalker in your lifetime.

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Do you believe this is truly the end of the Skywalker saga?