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The Rise of Skywalker - Chris Terrio Talks Palpatine, Lando, and Picking Up After The Last Jedi

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Dec 4, 2019.

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    In just over two weeks The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters and bring the Skywalker Saga to a close. As the new generation of heroes face their greatest challenge, there's some familiar faces from the past returning as well. Uproxx's Mike Ryan recently got the chance to talk with co-writer Chris Terrio about bringing back these classic characters and how The Rise of Skywalker will follow on from Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

    Wasting no time, Ryan jumped straight to the biggest mystery of The Rise of Skywalker - Palpatine's return. After joking that he's not as adept at avoiding spoilers as J.J. Abrams, Terrio explained why they felt the Emperor had to return for the saga's grand finale.


    Whilst Palpatine's return has excited the fanbase, there are understandable reservations about how his return can work without undermining the end of Return of the Jedi. So it's a big relief to hear that Terrio shared those concerns:

    The final proof will be in the film, but if they can honor the ending of Return of the Jedi whilst at the same time using the lore that George Lucas established to enable his return, then I for one will be extremely happy. Jedi remains my favorite of the movies, so Terrio's comments here are very reassuring to me that they are treating Lucas' ending respectfully.


    He also promised that The Rise of Skywalker will answer some of the questions fans have about the history of the First Order. 'We will definitely get some more,' Terrio told Uproxx, 'there are more answers in this movie about how all that came to be.'

    And what of Billy Dee Williams' return? According to Terrio that was borne out of the idea that this new generation have to live up to the legends that came before them, the 'greatest generation' as Terrio calls them:


    Lando might not be the only legendary hero returning. When Ryan followed up asking 'Is there any chance you wrote the word 'Wedge'?', Terrio could only reply 'I cannot answer that. Although, I’d love to speak to you after the film comes out about that very question.' After his recent appearance in Resistance Reborn it certainly seems likely that the fan favorite pilot will finally be making his return to the saga.

    Finally, Terrio touched upon the less conventional cliffhanger of The Last Jedi.

    Make sure you check out the full interview over at Uproxx.

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    #1 SWNN Probe, Dec 4, 2019
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