The final film in the nine-part saga has a lot to explain, from Palpatine’s return from the dead to who the knights of Ren are
The film-makers behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final instalment in the nine-movie saga, want one thing to happen – for audiences to be convinced there has been a plan all along for this latest trilogy. And that JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson et al were not just making everything up as they went along.
There are so many threads from Abrams’ The Force Awakens that remain dangling in the ether that it is tempting to wonder if, in The Last Jedi, Johnson simply couldn’t be bothered to continue the story handed to him, and decided to go off on a completely different (albeit brilliantly entertaining) tangent. Yes, we found out in the 2017 film why Ben Solo turned to the dark side (he and Luke Skywalker had a moody Jedi spat), and began to understand that the ancient order might not ever be reformed.