‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Will Conclude The Centuries-Long ‘Chess Match’ Between The Jedi And The Sith

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With all the hype surrounding The Mandalorian, it can be easy to forget that the sixth and final film in the main franchise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is set to be released in just four weeks.

The film — which is directed by J.J. Abrams, who is returning to the franchise after directing The Force Awakens — is set to bring an end to the 40-year-old story that began with A New Hope all the way back in 1977.

Now, with just a month left until the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Entertainment Weekly has released a massive feature that previews the film that’s set to bring Star Wars four-decade-long saga to a conclusion that’s full of juicy tidbits.

While the entire feature is worth the read, the part I found to be most intriguing came at the tail-end of the piece as those involved teased how the film is set to bring an end to centuries-long “chess match” between the Jedi and the Sith.

Palpatine’s return may be the most closely guarded story line in the film. How is the Emperor, who Vader tossed into the Death Star’s reactor core, back in a seemingly corporeal form?

“This has been a very long chess match that’s been played between the Jedi and the Sith — all the way back to the very beginning,” Issac teases. “It’s an amazing thing to see that really come to the forefront.”

The Rise of Skywalker might very well turn out to be a full-fledged reunion special of Force ghosts. And what are the rules that govern the Jedi and Sith spirit realm anyway? Obi-Wan Kenobi said in Empire Strikes Back that he “cannot interfere” with Luke’s fight with Vader. But in The Last Jedi, Yoda suddenly called down a lightning strike. What can Force ghosts do — and not do — in our world?

Abrams’ reply to that key question is pretty much what you’d expect.

“That’s probably best answered,” the director says, “by not answering it.” [via Entertainment Weekly]

Whatever the conclusion may be, the notoriously spoiler-averse Abrams (and Disney in general) is certainly keeping it under unprecedented wraps, so we’ll just all have to wait to find out how the epic Skywalker Saga comes to an end when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.

You can catch all of the other entries in the Star Wars universe on Disney+ now.


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