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Despite the movie’s advertising claiming the opposite, The Rise of Skywalker was by no means going to be the tip of Star Wars’ Skywalker Saga.
It bought plastered on the advertising for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that the film would finish the Skywalker Saga. That got here after Lucasfilm arbitrarily determined that the mainline Star Wars movies had been all a part of one large saga. However, Episode IX performing as an epic conclusion to a single story was by no means the case.
It’s no secret that for the reason that launch of The Rise of Skywalker, audiences have had extra Star Wars content material than they know what to do with. Even although there has not been a single theatrical Star Wars launched since 2019, a plethora of Disney+ reveals has been introduced and launched. In truth, in 2022 alone, there shall be 4 Star Wars reveals launched.
In reality, The Rise of Skywalker was the ultimate gate holding off a deluge of additional mainline Star Wars content material. That’s why the movie launched throughout the identical window because the launch of Disney+ and the primary few episodes of The Mandalorian — it was all a check mattress to push how far Star Wars might go as a multimedia empire. Lucasfilm even went so far as to introduce drive therapeutic in The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian across the identical time.
A counter-argument could possibly be posited that The Rise of Skywalker was the tip of the Skywalker Saga and that every part launched since by Lucasfilm has been supplementary to the primary saga. There have been minimal Jedi and Sith, and lesser-known figures have stepped into the highlight extra usually. However, whereas it might have began like that, with the primary season of The Mandalorian being as standalone as attainable for a Star Wars present, it has escalated.
And that’s the difficulty — The Rise of Skywalker was the tip of Star Wars as a primarily cinematic franchise. However, it marks the start of the place audiences are actually with Star Wars, virtually drowning beneath the load of every part the franchise affords. It’s telling that regardless of the Skywalker Saga being technically over, Lucasfilm can’t assist however preserve going again to key moments from that a part of the franchise.
It could be straightforward for Star Wars to discover fully new and unseen elements of the galaxy, however as a substitute, the acquainted will get repeatedly revisited. In truth, in simply the final two years, followers have seen Order 66 once more and Luke Skywalker’s return in The Mandalorian. It’s clear that somewhat than embracing the tip of the Skywalker Saga, Lucasfilm has clung on and refused to let go.