Does Disney have a Star Wars masterplan following the end of the Skywalker saga?
“The Skywalker Saga ends…the story lives on forever”
These words never seemed more important until I watched The Rise of Skywalker and realized, in essence, it wasn’t the end of a journey. It was rather the beginning of a new age of Star Wars. One that can finally, in Kylo’s words, let the past die and become what the franchise was always meant to be.
Since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the company has released five movies, three major games, two animated television series, a live-action television series, and countless novels and comics to bind everything together. All of this content has been a welcome feast for Star Wars fans but it’s very possible Disney may be setting up something even greater for the next decade. Such as the introduction of a new trilogy. One that focuses on the building of a new Jedi Order. And it’s totally possible too. Think about the characters we could very well see become the foundations of this new order.
Throughout the Sequel Trilogy, Rey struggled with self-identity and the burden of being graced with such tremendous power. By the end of The Rise of Skywalker, she had determined who her family was and had embraced her role as the protector of the new Jedi to come. If that isn’t a hint at the oncoming story that will surely arrive later this decade then I don’t know what is.
In The Force Awakens, Finn was hinted at being Force-sensitive. J.J Abrams made it official in The Rise of Skywalker. We’ve already seen the ex-stormtrooper wield a lightsaber before. Let’s make him the ultimate Jedi that we know he can be.
Is it merely a coincidence that The Mandalorian has introduced us to a character who has been dubbed by the community as Baby Yoda just before the events of The Rise of Skywalker which is clearly hinting the very real possibility of future films focusing on the creation of the new Jedi? Don’t be surprised if we see the young Force-wielder become an integral part of the new Jedi Order.
In a crucial moment in The Rise of Skywalker Rey calls out to the Jedi for help and they respond. Oh, they respond. It is a Star Wars fan’s ultimate Easter Egg Hunt as one tries to determine all of those voices, hence Jedi, that spoke to her. One such voice that we did not hear, however, was Ezra Bridger’s voice, meaning he’s still very much alive and out there somewhere.
It would be the perfect way to bring him back into the fold after so many years.
The Broom Boy
At the end of The Last Jedi, we see Temiri Blagg a.k.a Broom Boy looking to the stars, hoping that one day he can become just as powerful and influential as Luke Skywalker. Temiri Blagg is shown using the Force, meaning that in several years time he could easily become a padawan trained to use the Force by masters Rey, Finn, and Bridger.
Leading up to The Rise of Skywalker, there were a lot of books to get excited for. One such novel that always confused me in its importance for the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker campaign, however, was Force Collector; a YA novel that focused on a teenage boy and his burgeoning power with the Force. Now, things are starting to make more sense. Like Temiri Blagg, Karr could be another individual who would join the new Order and train to become a Jedi.
And that’s where the list stops…for now…but I think I see the genius of Disney’s masterplan at work here, and if the tremor in the Force is correct, get ready for an even greater story coming our way sometime later this decade.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!