J.J. Abrams Knew Early On How The Rise Of Skywalker Would End

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
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Imagine seeing the original Star Wars as a 10-year-old and then getting to be the mastermind behind closing out the now iconic Skywalker Saga almost 40 years later. J.J. Abrams reinvigorated the franchise with 2015’s Force Awakens before stepping away to let Rian Johnson take the helm for The Last Jedi. The writer/director gets to be that guy and deliver its conclusion with Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is in the process of being cut in the editing room ahead of its December release. Turns out, J.J. Abrams knew exactly how he wanted the last moments of the saga to go for quite a long time. In his words:

If I had not decided on that, I’d be in real trouble. But, it was a very early on thing, and it’s less the last shot of the movie than the last sequence, but it’s something that I… hope you like.

Sounds like we can expect an epic and well-thought out conclusion to Rise of Skywalker that has been in the works in J.J. Abrams' brain for while now. It should put fans at ease to know the ending to the highly-anticipated conclusion wasn’t a last minute decision or afterthought for the writer/director. The end of a film can show the most lasting images for audiences. Abrams sounds eager to show it to fans.

From the sound of it, Rise of Skywalker will end with one huge sequence. But how it will leave us? There’s a lot in play in the next installment -- between implications of Rey going to the Dark Side, Emperor Palpatine entering back into the mix in an important role, among missing backstories we’re curious about. While there are sure to be more Star Wars films in the future, this one promises to end the story surrounding the Skywalkers for good this time.

Movie and TV fans have seen a few important endings this year alone with the finale of Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame. Daisy Ridley has weighed in on how it will compare, simply saying Rise of Skywalker will be less controversial than the end of Game of Thrones. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy recently called it “an incredibly good time."

Check out MTV News’ interview with J.J. Abrams during Disney’s recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, where new footage was shown:

He’s certainly become an expert at cryptic answers! Among word about the end of Rise of Skywalker, J.J. also teased Palpatine’s less-than-cuddly return to the franchise and how “mind-blowing” Adam Driver is as Kylo Ren. Welp, December 20 can’t come soon enough! Keep up with everything heading to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule.

What’s your perfect Skywalker Saga conclusion? Let us know in the comments below!

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.