Daisy Ridley promises Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's ending will be less controversial than the Game of Thrones finale. HBO concluded their popular fantasy series earlier this year, with an eighth season marred in controversy. Despite setting ratings records for the network, a plethora of Game of Thrones fans expressed their displeasure with the last season's creative choices and narrative direction, feeling things were rushed. Some even organized an online petition asking HBO to remake the episodes, without the involvement of David Benioff & D.B. Weiss.
Star Wars, of course, is no stranger to intense fan backlash. It was only a couple of years ago Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi became one of the most divisive films of the decade, launching a multitude of heated debates that continue to this day. Star Wars 9 director J.J. Abrams has said on record multiple times he's honoring what Johnson did with Last Jedi, and even cited Johnson's approach as inspiration for him to be less beholden to the rigid structure of classic Star Wars. That, combined with the fact The Rise of Skywalker wraps up the entire Skywalker saga, means Star Wars 9 may be spawning controversies of its own come December. But, Ridley is confident it won't.
Speaking with MTV News at the 2019 D23 Expo, Ridley was asked to compare Star Wars 9 and the Game of Thrones finale, in particular which one she felt would be more controversial:
"I think this ending [Star Wars 9] will be less controversial."
Of course, Ridley isn't going to say anything that will turn fans against The Rise of Skywalker right now. At this juncture, everyone involved with the film is raving about how satisfied and happy fans will be after watching. Ideally, a majority of moviegoers will be pleased, but the odds of Star Wars 9 being less controversial than Game of Thrones is low. The Last Jedi so sharply split Star Wars fandom there's an entire category called "TLJ Disowners," and if Abrams holds true to his word of not overtly retconning Last Jedi, he probably won't win those viewers over (and he'll lose Last Jedi fans if he does retcon certain aspects). Additionally, everyone has their own idea of how the Skywalker saga should end, so some people aren't going to like the final result. Even if the film's last shot is as mind blowing as Kevin Smith teases, there will be those who are disappointed.
And that isn't entirely surprising. Whenever something as massive as Star Wars is involved, it's impossible to please everyone. As director, Abrams' job is to cancel out all the noise surrounding the project and just focus on making the best movie he possibly can. With The Force Awakens, Abrams demonstrated he can deliver a riveting and entertaining Star Wars film (even if he understandably played things a little safe) and has a keen understanding of the universe. It's certainly a tall order to end the entire saga and wrap up a nine-film storyline, and Abrams knows better than most there will probably be some controversy. Hopefully it isn't as severe as Game of Thrones, but time will tell.
Source: MTV News
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019