Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is poised to deliver an epic conclusion to the franchise that has spanned 40 years, nine movies, and three different generations. The movie’s December release date is edging ever closer, and fans are hoping Disney can bow out on a high, particularly after how The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story movie seemed to turn certain people away.
With JJ Abrams at the helm, we can expect a big blockbuster packed with epic action sequences, enthralling storytelling, and showdowns aplenty. We now take a look at the characters we want to face off in the final blockbuster of the sequel trilogy and explain why such confrontations would make audiences so happy.
10 Kylo Ren and Rey
Kylo Ren and Rey are destined to have another fight. They’re the two main characters of the three sequel movies, and, given how they remain on opposite sides after having nearly formed an alliance during The Last Jedi, we can expect to see their crimson and red lightsabers locking once again.
This already seems a given due to pictures released by Vanity Fair earlier this year, which appeared to show the duo on a rainy planet going at each other with everything they have. A stormy planet was shown during Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, and it appears that sequence is now set to play out on the big screen in real-time—and we can’t wait.
9 Kylo Ren and Chewbacca
Before his tragic death, Chewbacca icon Peter Mayhew responded to a fan who had asked why his character didn’t kill Kylo Ren after watching him murder his lifelong friend, Han Solo. Mayhew responded by sharing a cute little cartoon showing Chewie and Han holding baby Ben Solo, depicted as if to be in the mind of the Wookie just as he’s about to go for the heart. With that image in his head, Chewie lowered his blaster a little bit.
That sends out the message that Chewbacca simply didn’t have it in him to murder somebody who he has seen grow since day number one. We would love to see an emotional showdown between the Wookie and Ben, one where they perhaps touch on their past together and the latter’s childhood. We wonder, though, if Han ever taught his child how to speak the species’ language...
8 Poe Dameron vs General Hux
While the humor was questionable, Poe Dameron makes General Hux looks significantly smaller than he is during the early embers of The Last Jedi, humiliating the First Order lieutenant in from of his entire team before proceeding to spearhead a blistering attack on the vast Star Destroyers the enemy have at their disposal.
It seems feasible that Hux would like some revenge on the Resistance pilot, particularly given how brutal Supreme Leader Snoke’s treatment of him in the immediate aftermath was. Plus, if somebody insults your mother, you can’t really let that slide —especially when you’re somebody in the same position of power as Domhnall Gleeson’s character.
7 Kylo Ren and Leia
Kylo Ren features pretty prominently in this list and makes the cut again due to the unresolved issues with his mother, Leia. While he murdered his father in cold blood, watching callously as his father touched his face shortly before plummeting to his doom, he was unable to bring himself into wiping out his mother when charged with the task of doing so during The Last Jedi.
There are hot rumors on the internet that a sequence starring both Adam Driver and the late Carrie Fisher was filmed for The Force Awakens. And, with Disney poised to bring Fisher back into the fray one last time using previously unseen footage, it seems only plausible that they will properly interact this time around rather than connect through the force.
6 Finn and Stormtroopers
While The Last Jedi was a good Star Wars film, it prompted plenty of backlash, and fans were particularly angry at the decision to lessen Finn’s role in the movie. In The Force Awakens, he was one of the lead characters, but that changed for the sequel with Rian Johnson choosing to focus much of his attention on Rey, Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker.
John Boyega has hinted he was unhappy with the blockbuster, and we can expect more of Finn in The Rise of Skywalker. It would be great, therefore, to see him interacting with some of his old Stormtrooper friends. His showdown with TR-8R was one of the best moments of the first movie of the sequel trilogy, and it would be good if his past was referenced more—particularly when there’s so much intrigue surrounding it.
5 Luke and Rey
Luke Skywalker and Rey’s relationship was rocky enough to suggest that they may not exactly be the best of friends. Sure, the Jedi master backed the Jakku scavenger to continue the ways of the ancient organization during his confrontation with Kylo Ren on Crait, but, for the most part, he never seemed to have any faith in her at all.
That means it would make sense for the duo to exchange tense words during a showdown of sorts during the next movie. Luke is dead, but he's expected to return as a Force ghost in the upcoming iflm, and he could be used to ensure that Rey stays on the right path. We’ve already seen her tempted by the darkness twice before; once when she nearly murders Kylo on Starkiller Base, and again when she’s sucked into exploring her origins on Ach-To. She may need all the help she can get this time around.
4 Rey and The Knights of Ren
So much mystery still surrounds the Knights of Ren, nearly four years on from their introduction during The Force Awakens. Thanks to behind the scenes images from Vanity Fair, we know they’re going to be in this movie at long last, and fans can expect them to play a prominent role.
It has been rumored that they actually shot a fight scene against Rey for The Last Jedi, with the claim suggesting that the Knights traveled to the planet of Ach-To and fought against both the protagonist of the sequel trilogy and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. That sounds epic, and, while Luke’s no longer around, it would be awesome to see Rey engaging them in combat for the final chapter of the Skywalker saga in what would undoubtedly be a huge battle sequence.
3 Rey, Kylo Ren, and Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine is coming back for The Rise of Skywalker, although the exact details of the circumstances surrounding his return are so far uncertain. However, while we expect Kylo Rey and Rey to fight against each other some point, we also believe that they may join forces to defeat an even bigger bad guy for the sake of the entire galaxy.
This would be the biggest showdown of the entire sequel trilogy by quite some way. The prospect of seeing Rey and Kylo Ren team up again is mouthwatering, particularly against a foe as strong with the dark side of the force as Palpatine. This direction, certainly, is something we can see happening this winter.
2 Luke and Palpatine
While the prospect of seeing Rey and Kylo go up against Palpatine, can you just imagine how awesome it would be to see Luke Skywalker going up against the man who ruined his father’s life? He defeated the Sith Lord once before in Return of the Jedi—albeit with the help of his fathre—and, though he’s currently dead, resurrection for the biggest hero in Star Wars history cannot be ruled out.
That would certainly be a way of getting fans on board. Many felt Luke was a bit of a damp squib in The Last Jedi. Sure, his force illusion thing was kinda’ cool, but we never saw him wielding his famous green lightsaber again. With Disney set to embark on a mission of course correction, it’s time for the Jedi not to end, but return, instead.
1 The Resistance and the First Order
So far, some of the battles of the Star Wars sequel trilogy have been a bit underwhelming. In The Force Awakens, we saw just a handful of X-wing pilots taking on the First Order. And, in The Last Jedi, we saw most of the Resistance cooped up in a cave while just a handful of soldiers went out into the battlefield.
When it comes to showdowns, bigger is certainly better, as Avengers: Endgame showed. With this being the final movie of the Skywalker saga, they need to bow out with a battle befitting of such a major event. If they don’t, it will feel like a missed opportunity, and Disney really can’t afford any of those at present.