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.