A Desert World Will Also Appear In Episode IX
Following multiple reports of filming occurring in Jordan, it seems that Episode IX’s locales will include a desert setting. If that wasn’t intriguing enough, some of these eyewitnesses claim that they saw Daisy Ridley (or an actress or stunt double resembling her) arriving. Additionally, they reportedly spied several sandy land speeders on site, with one of these closely resembling Rey’s from The Force Awakens.
Based on these claims, we can surmise that Rey could be returning to Jakku in Episode IX. This news is highly interesting on three counts. The first and foremost of these is it would be a fitting conclusion to the Sequel Trilogy if Rey sets foot on Jakku again. It’s a way of emphasising just how much she’s grown since her fateful encounter with Finn and BB8.
Secondly, if Rey does visit her home world, then Episode IX will be once again be referencing Return of the Jedi. Seeing Rey retracing her steps would echo Luke’s journey to Tatooine in Return of the Jedi. It’s amusing to consider that Rey will likely be reluctant to head home as well. Like her master Luke, she has similarly referred to her planet in dismissive terms. We currently have little evidence to explain why Rey would go to Jakku, yet it should not be ruled out. The New Expanded Universe has long teased that there’s something more significant about the planet than we’d have first assumed.
But thirdly, a speeder and a sandy planet do not necessarily mean that it is Jakku that will appear in Episode IX. Star Wars has several barren, backwater worlds, such as Geonosis, Tatooine and Savareen. The Jordan set could theoretically serve as any of these planets, including that of Jedha. This is conjecture as well, but there’s plenty to suggest that this planet from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, could serve a huge purpose in Episode IX. As we know, this world is the spiritual home of the Jedi and, most significantly, a vast natural repository of kyber crystals.
Is A New Lightsaber Inbound?
Given that Episode IX will be the finishing instalment of the Sequel Trilogy, it seems highly likely that there will a dynamic duel between Rey and Kylo Ren. As such, it’s safe to assume that Episode IX will find our hero Rey constructing, or having already constructed, a new lightsaber to combat her foe.
There’s certainly precedent for this. By the end of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke seemed destined to face Darth Vader again, despite having dropped his lightsaber into the bowels of Cloud City. At this point in the Sequel Trilogy, it’s almost certain that Rey will encounter Kylo Ren in the future. In Rey’s case, her lightsaber was ripped in two during their last meeting. We can guess that she will simply repair or reconfigure the weapon. However, given the similarities in both Rey and Luke’s situations, there might be another outcome.
Upon the release of Return of the Jedi, fans were startled to see that Luke was now wielding a green lightsaber. Prior to this, there was nothing to suggest that Jedi weapons could be anything other than red or blue. In reality, the colour had been changed by Return of the Jedi’s production crew, so that the blade stood out against the sky in the scenes on Tatooine. Yet it unintentionally served a narrative purpose. The new colour further differentiates Luke from his father and reflects the growing maturity and power within him. As the last living Jedi, and the possessor of the original sacred texts, Rey similarly stands apart from what came before. Therefore, we can expect her to attain a lightsaber which emphasises her dominant character traits.
Whether Rey acquires a form of saber-staff, or a dual bladed device like Darth Maul’s, we cannot say. Nevertheless, seeing our Jedi protagonist wielding such a distinctive weapon would only underscore just how indebted Episode IX will be to Return of the Jedi.
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