J.J. Abrams says that lingering questions will be answered in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, such as the mystery surrounding Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Thought to be the new big bad of the sequel trilogy, the enigmatic First Order commander debuted in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But before fans even got to learn anything about him, he was surprisingly killed in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
While Snoke is supposed to be already gone, with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) essentially assuming the Supreme Leader mantle of the First Order, The Rise of Skywalker writer and director teases that questions will be answered regarding the villain. Not only that, other existing queries set up by previous films will have their resolutions as part of their efforts to wrap up the Skywalker saga in a satisfying way for the fans.
As the release of The Rise of Skywalker nears, Abrams has begun doing the press rounds for the film. In a recent interview with UPROXX, the filmmaker was asked about whether or not Star Wars 9 will make sense of Snoke's existence. While he didn't straightforwardly said yes - perhaps as a way to not spoil anything - he said that an important goal for the film is to give answers with regard to lingering mysteries that have yet to be resolved. All of this is in the hopes of closing the saga in a satisfying way.
"I will say, without giving anything away, knowing this movie is an ending is, for me infinitely more challenging than a beginning. We knew we needed to provide answers. And while there may be some things that aren’t entirely demystified by the end of it, we wanted to make sure people left feeling that they were satisfied. So I hope, on a number of issues, people will leave and feel like that it’s a true ending and not an advertising ploy. We really are bringing it to an end."
With so many plot points to tackle, it's safe to assume that The Rise of Skywalker will be dense. Not only does the film have to wrap up the sequel trilogy, it also has to function as the culmination of everything that has transpired in the Star Wars franchise since the prequels. So while things might ultimately boil down to Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren, previous universe players are expected to factor into the narrative. Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, did tease that Star Wars 9 will reveal the Sith and Jedi have been playing the long game - and that's where Emperor Palpatine's (Ian McDiarmid) return will come into play.
The question is, since Snoke was never really dubbed a Sith, it's curious where he fits in this big picture. Leia (Carrie Fisher) said that he played a big part in Kylo Ren's descent to the Dark side, and he did manipulate the odd connection between Rey and Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) nephew, but fans barely know anything about his origin or character. His intentions weren't even clear. This makes it much more difficult to squeeze in a full explanation of his existence given the limited time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker considering there's a string of other unresolved plot points in the sequel trilogy like Maz Kanata's (Lupita Nyong'o) acquisition of the Skywalker lightsaber and the Knights of Ren that also need addressing.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019