‘Star Wars 9’ Title Explained: What Does “The Rise of Skywalker” Mean?

     April 12, 2019

At long last, we now know the Star Wars 9 title. No, it’s not The Last Hope. And no, it’s not The Knights of Ren. It’s something that’s actually quite a bit more loaded than either of those: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

This title carries with it a number of different connotations, depending on how you take it. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) bit the dust at the end of The Last Jedi, and while we know Hamill is back for Star Wars 9, it’d be a little out there for the film to revolve around his Force Ghost taking revenge. Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren is a Skywalker—the son of Han and Leia—but he’s technically the “bad guy” of this new trilogy, though not beyond redemption. So then that leaves Rey, who many pegged as a secret Skywalker after The Force Awakens, but whose parents are revealed to be nobodies in The Last Jedi. Or so we think.

So with the Star Wars 9 title now known to the world, let’s break down what it might be alluding to at this very early stage. Here, we explain what Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might mean.

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