The Future of the Star Wars Saga

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Have you wondered what will happen to the story of the Skywalker family when Star Wars: Episode IX premieres in 2019?

A number of media outlets are reporting today (thanks to Variety ) that Disney CEO Bob Iger, has spoken with investors about the future of the Star Wars saga (among other things).

According to Variety, Iger has had conversations with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and mapped out the future of Star Wars well past 2020.

We have confirmation that the anthology movies will be continuing, focusing on moments in time in the saga’s history, and some media commentators are suggesting the saga films could also continue.

It’s reasonable to expect that Episodes VIII and IX will continue to focus on the Skywalker family.  Luke, Leia and Kylo Ren are holding the banner at the moment, but what will happen to this famous, history shaping family after Episode IX?

Will that be the end of their story?

It’s doubtful Kylo Ren will survive.  He’s about as bad as a villain gets in Star Wars, especially with his horrific act on Starkiller Base in Episode VII.

It’s still possible that Rey is a Skywalker.  It’s also possible that Luke did have a child before exiling himself, or that Leia and Han had a second child who was secreted away after Kylo’s fall.  Another possibility is that Kylo has a child who will continue the history of the family – hopefully as a Jedi and not as a Knight of Ren or a Sith.

It would be wonderful to see another generation of Skywalkers work to uphold peace and justice in the galaxy.

Part of me wants the saga films to continue.  I’ve been in love with the Skywalker story for a very long time, and seeing it end would be like saying good bye to an important part of my childhood, but part of me would also feel a sense of closure if the story does end in a way that isn’t just horrifically tragic.

Time will tell.  I’m sure the anthology series will gain a huge audience, and it might only be us GenXers who will feel the absence of the Skywalker family – having grown up with it.  Either way, it is nice to know that Star Wars will continue, probably indefinitely, to inspire new generations to spend some time in that beautiful and compelling galaxy, far, far away.

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Who Will Be The Next Skywalker?

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There has been a lot of speculation about who the next Skywalker will be, and one or two websites focusing on The Force Awakens are fairly certain they’ve either discovered or worked out the sequence of events that unfold in the film, and who is the next Force-using good guy.

J.J. Abrams has a deserved reputation for keeping a tight set, where secrets rarely slip out – so every rumour or possible reliable source could be wrong.  Either way, we still have a handful of days to discover whether or not J.J. succeeded and if his reputation remains intact.

Right now, we’re surrounded by theories, have a vague idea of the major plot points, and can say that the only new character who isn’t a Skywalker is BB-8.

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A number of fans believe that Rey might be the daughter of Leia Organa-Skywalker and Han Solo, and an almost equal number wonder if she might be the daughter of Luke Skywalker.

She’s certainly the most speculated about character.

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We all know that both Luke and Leia are strong in the Force, and J.J. has confirmed that that is still so, even though Leia chose not to become a Jedi and we’ve barely seen a glimpse of Luke in the previews.  We also know that the story of Star Wars is the story of the Skywalker family, so it stands to reason that at least one of the new characters being introduced in The Force Awakens, will be a Skywalker.

But who?

I kind of hope they throw a spanner in the works and make it Poe Dameron.

Poe Dameron

Anakin was a great pilot, and so was Luke.  Poe is one of the best pilots the new Resistance has.

Rey certainly seems to be the main focus, along with John Boyega’s Finn, but Poe is in there, kind of flying under the radar.

Could that be a purposeful thing?  J.J. Abrams is a master of obfuscation.

It is also entirely possible that Finn is a Skywalker.  He is seen wielding a lightsaber, and going into a duel with Kylo Ren in one of the previews.  He also appears in all of the posters with a lightsaber in hand.

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The other popular theory is that Kylo is Luke’s son, or possibly even Leia and Han’s.

That would be an interesting twist.

Is it possible?

Considering the way Kylo seems to almost worship Darth Vader’s melted mask in the previews, it is.  His commitment to “finish” what Vader started also speaks volumes.  Could a grandchild of Anakin Skywalker choose to follow in his footsteps, rather than the footsteps of their mother or father (or Aunt or Uncle)?

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What would be particularly interesting, is if Kylo was the brother or nephew of one of the main characters and there were two Skywalker children.

That’s a little ‘Expanded Universe’ like in its execution, but still not entirely unlikely.

As of the writing of this article, we only have a few days of speculation left – though of course, they might not even reveal who is a Skywalker in this film (if there even is a Skywalker other than Leia and Luke in this movie).  They might wait until episode VIII.

My money is on Rey.  I hope it’s either Rey or Poe.

No matter what, it’s going to be fun finding out, and it’s going to be fun seeing the fan reaction.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiers December 14 in the United States, December 15 in the United Kingdom, December 16 in Australia and most of Europe, December 17 in the United Arab Emirates and December 18 in Canada.

It stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew.

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams from a story by Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams.

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