We are roughly six months away from the final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and the end of the Skywalker Saga at large - and it goes without saying that a lot is riding on J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film needs to deliver an ending that wraps up decades of storytelling in a satisfying way. Everything about the conclusion is a giant question mark for now, but when was recently asked if she was happy with the ending, Daisy Ridley a.k.a. Rey gave an answer that was short, sweet and encouraging:
Yeah, it’s epic, it’s very exciting.
Daisy Ridley can’t say much about the ending of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (even this may have been crossing a line), but her answer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is nonetheless promising that the upcoming blockbuster ends with a bang. The word ‘epic’ is well worn in modern lexicons, especially when discussing movies, but that is exactly what we want the ending to a 42-year, nine-film fantasy space opera to be.
An exciting and epic ending sounds appropriate for a movie that has the incredible burden of delivering a climactic conclusion to a series of films that is befitting both the larger story and lives up to the importance of the franchise on a meta level. This is a battle between good and evil after all, and there’s no way it was ever going to go out in any other fashion than grand.
As to what Daisy Ridley’s answer about the ending means in terms of the actual story, we are left to guess. But with Emperor Palpatine apparently coming back, the Resistance in tatters, and the First Order on the brink of total victory, we can probably expect huge, emotional battles, with massive stakes and powerful consequences.
Daisy Ridley also shed some tears over The Rise of Skywalker. She told Jimmy Fallon “I wept,” and while it’s not entirely clear if that’s specifically because of the film or what the franchise has meant to her personally, it’s probably a little column A and a little column B. She wouldn’t be the only one to weep over the story; her co-star Keri Russell also admitted to crying over the script for the film.
You can check out Daisy Ridley talking The Rise of Skywalker with Jimmy Fallon, as well as rapping a few bars, in the video below.
It is unlikely that the ending to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will totally please everyone, but everything we’ve seen and heard so far seems to me to indicate that J.J. Abrams is really trying to tie up and bring closure to the entire saga with this film, and deliver the good kind of fan service, Even if he falls short, it will hopefully be seen as a valiant attempt.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker blasts into theaters on December 20th. That’s just one of the big movies still on the way this year, though, and you can check out the rest in our 2019 Release Schedule.