SPOILERS AHEAD: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you want to read our spoiler-free review, click here. The rest of you, read on… but know that you have been warned.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more than just one of the biggest blockbusters of all time – it’s also the first chapter in a brand new trilogy. As much as the film was meant to help us catch up on everything that’s happened in the 30 years since Return of the Jedi, the space epic also sets the table for what to expect from the next five years-worth of Star Wars saga movies. Of course, the key hints to what to expect in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII is featured in the final moments of The Force Awakens - and so it’s those final moments that we’re here to analyze.
The end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an exciting one – featuring a very special reveal and introduction between characters – so let’s dive deep into the events!
The EndingOne could argue that it’s R2-D2 who is really responsible for the kick-off of the Star Wars universe, so it’s only fitting that he be the catalyst character who begins the film’s big conclusion. While the little droid is dormant for his introduction in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he suddenly comes alive after the destruction of the Starkiller Base, and provides a key puzzle piece for which the heroes spent the entire movie searching.
While it’s the ball droid BB-8 who carries the missing bit of the map leading to Luke Skywalker, it’s R2-D2 who has the rest of the hologram into which the piece fits. After years of searching, the Resistance has finally learned where the last Jedi is located – and it’s cause for celebration. It’s decided that it will be Rey who goes to find the hero in his isolation, but before she goes, General Leia Organa delivers what would prove to be the final line of dialogue in the movie: "May the Force be with you."
After everybody waves goodbye, Rey flies to a blue planet that is almost entirely covered in water – spare for a few rocky islands that rise out of the sea. It’s on one of these landmasses that Rey lands, facing a tall climb up stairs. When she reaches the top, she sees a hooded figure standing on the cliff on the opposite side. She doesn’t say anything, but the figure in brown turns around and we see that it is the legendary Luke Skywalker – sporting a long, grey beard and a metal hand. From her belt, Rey removes the blue lightsaber that she found herself drawn to in Maz Kanata’s castle – but, of course, she recognizes that it’s not really hers. The weapon deactivated, she extends it towards and offers to its rightful owner. Luke doesn’t move, and locks in a stare with Rey… and before he can say anything, the screen wipes and J.J. Abrams’ credit as director appears in blue on a starry background.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ final scene is very clearly a tease for what we can expect to see in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII on the whole, but let’s start our analysis by discussing what the ending means for both of the characters involved, shall we?