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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director didn’t know about major death in Rise of Skywalker

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Despite the massive commercial success, the Star Wars sequels were critically a failure. They started off on a high note with The Force Awakens, but with The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker, the trilogy lost its potency. Now, it turns out that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson actually didn’t know about Kylo Ren’s death in Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars Director Rian Johnson wasn’t aware Kylo Ren was going to die

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director didn't know about major death in Rise of Skywalker
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Every single movie from the Star Wars sequel trilogy was completely different from each other and lacked continuity. Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi admitted that he even left a lot of space for his successor to peddle around. But, it’s clear that Johnson didn’t really know where the trilogy was headed. And it may not have been his fault at all. When we see the difference between Colin Trevorrow’s script and JJ Abrams’ final film, it’s clear Johnson was unaware of the death of one of the trilogy’s biggest characters. Yes, we’re talking about Kylo Ren.

While talking to Sariah Wilson, the Star Wars director admitted he didn’t know the ultimate fate of Kylo Ren. He admits that there was pretty much a complete “hand-off” between each film. Mostly, directors would coordinate and handover a project from within a series. But, that wasn’t the case with Disney’s trilogy. It’s great for directors to be able to do their own thing, but not to the extent where the movies feel disjointed. Franchises need continuity of some sort. And the perfect franchise to take notes from is under Disney’s umbrella – Marvel.

Ben Solo/Kylo Ren was a very conflicted character, but he was a fan favorite. He was one of the few characters in the Star Wars trilogy who had a meaningful arc. But, if the Star Wars directors knew what the ultimate endgame of the trilogy was, it could have been possible to give other characters a meaningful send off too. It’s one of the reasons why John Boyega was so disgruntled with Disney.

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