Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker looks like it will up the ante in every way.
One of the hallmarks of any Star Wars film is the lightsaber battles. Think of the original trilogy’s climactic Luke/Vader battles. Then the prequel trilogy gave us more acrobatic moves and John Williams’ unforgettable “Duel of the Fates.”
In the current trilogy, we’ve gotten some memorable lightsaber fights too. In The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) handily defeated Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on Starkiller Base. Then, in The Last Jedi, the pair joined forces, lending validation to all those “Reylo” shippers.
Rey and Kylo Ren’s rivalry to date
With each film, Rey and Kylo’s connection has become deeper and more personal. The Force Awakens positions Rey as an unexpected obstacle for Kylo, one with untapped potential strength in the Force. By the end, it’s clear that she will play a major part in the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order.
Then The Last Jedi clarified that Rey — and not Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — represents the light to counter Kylo’s darkness. Rey and Kylo realize they have more in common than they thought. They’re each motivated to recruit the other to their respective causes.
Now The Rise of Skywalker picks up with them locked on a collision course wherein only one can emerge the victor. Kylo has become Supreme Leader, and Rey is one of the Resistance’s greatest assets. She is, in fact, the last Jedi standing between the First Order and complete galactic dominance.
The climactic showdown of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
The epic new trailer teases what looks to be the film’s climactic showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren. Recently, Anthony Daniels — who will play C-3PO for the last time in The Rise of Skywalker — shared some details about the filming of that sequence.
The battle takes place on a planet covered in water, and according to Daniels, all those waves were real. Ridley and Driver spent six days shooting the scene, enduring cold temperatures as they performed the fight choreography. In the end, the actors gave their all to ensure that their characters’ final showdown didn’t disappoint.
While the resulting waterlogged battle definitely looks impressive, the story behind it is even moreso. The details of what Ridley and Driver went through on The Rise of Skywalker are a testament to their commitment to the project. And fans certainly can’t wait to see the results on the big screen.
Their connection will be pivotal in how the Skywalker saga ends
Until the film’s release, we can only speculate how The Rise of Skywalker will wrap up the nine-part Skywalker saga. One thing is for sure though: the dynamic between Rey and Kylo Ren will play an integral role.
Whether one defeats the other or the pair live happily ever after, the bond between Rey and Kylo is the heart of this final film. One is the sequel trilogy’s hero, and the other is — aside from the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia — the last surviving member of the Skywalker bloodline. It all ends here. How exactly it ends we’ll know in a matter of months.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. Tickets are on sale now.