With The Rise Of Skywalker about to hit cinemas worldwide next week we actually have a full plot breakdown that broke the internet last night from someone who has apparently seen the entire movie.
Episode 9 has been plagued with reshoots, script leaks and a number of changes to it’s plot but it looks like we finally know what is going to be in the final release of the film that will be making it’s way to cinemas next week.
Throughout this, we’re gonna be going through the entire plot as leaked by the insider and discussing all of the ins and outs of the story.
There will be heavy spoilers here so if you want to go into the movie fully closed off from the force then I highly suggest that you turn off now. I know you though, you want to ruin it for yourself, don’t you? I can feel the hate flowing through you, search your feelings you know this to be true.
As with all leaks, we won’t know if these are for definite until we see the final film for ourselves but they do line up a lot with leaked behind the scenes images and things that have made their way to the internet in the past. Still take it with a pinch of salt as it could be untrue.
Anyway with that all out the way, thanks for clicking this, now let’s get into our full plot breakdown of The Rise Of Skywalker.
STAR WARS: The Rise Of Skywalker: Full Plot Breakdown
Ok so this leak comes from Reddit User Jedi Paxis who claims to have an inside source that has seen the entire film. The user says that they vetted them and the Redditor has actually posted a number of leaks in the past that turned out to be true before we ever saw them in trailers such as C-3PO’s Red Eyes and the return of The Emporer.
I’m just gonna be reading the plot leak with a couple of changes to what Paxis put just to keep it tighter for the video but I’ll leave a link in the description if you want to go through it yourself.
Ok so the insider said that the film begins with Kylo’s slaughter of natives in the red lit woods to get to Vader’s Wayfinder.
The Wayfinder is a pyramid-shaped object that hooks up to Kylo’s TIE to allow him to see how to get to Exogol.
Kylo flies through a red nebula like section of space to get to Exogol (seen in recent TV spots with resistance ships later in the movie).
Once on Exogol, Kylo apparently wanders into “what looks like a science lab and Palpatine’s voice can be heard claiming he made Snoke and he’s been orchestrating everything from the shadows.”
This lines up a lot with the leaks that were dropped last week that said Snoke was actually a Clone and that they discover copies of him on Exogol.
With regards to Palpatine’s initial appearance “flashes of lightning reveal Palpatine’s face, but with white eyes attached by his back to some vertical metal arm leading to something we don’t see.”
Palpatine apparently discusses creating a large armada at this point in the film and “orders Kylo to locate Rey, (Kylo takes it as ‘kill her’) and Palpatine warns him ‘she is not what you think she is.”
The film then cuts to an ice asteroid base sequence. When we first snap to Poe, Finn, and Chewie on the Falcon they’re all playing the holochess 2 on 1. They insinuate Chewie cheats and he gets a bit pissed but Poe makes a comment about how it’s obvious that he’s better than them because he’s so much older. When Chewie goes to check something they lie to him that they won’t turn off the game because they’re losing (which they do).
They are here to meet with a First Order informant. This informant, an alien, is acting as a middle man between a First Order mole and our heroes who is a spy known as Boolio.
The informant scene has The Falcon hovering while the contact tosses them a satchel with all the background information. Poe and Finn pry the contact to get the moles name but he won’t budge.
The First Order arrives and begins attacking the base. The assault causes forces our heroes to make a hasty exit by what was described to me as Light-speed skipping away.
A lightspeed skip involves making the jump to light speed without plotting a course or a predetermined destination. As we all remember, making the jump to light speed without precise calculations could have dire consequences such as ‘flying right through a star or
bouncing too close to a supernova’. The Falcon makes a hand full of these springs skips to throw the First Order off their trail, but as a result they are forced to deal with the consequences of such a risky maneuver.
However they manage to getaway.
Rey, Finn and Poe reconnect when the Falcon lands at the jungle base. We see members of the resistance running to put out a fire and we see that it’s coming from the Falcon. Its damage incurred as a result of lightspeed skipping. This makes Rey very upset with Poe.
During Rey’s training on the jungle base Rey get’s very frustrated and a bit too careless with her lightsaber causing trees to fall and one to damage BB-8.
The Resistance reviews the information gleaned from the data encoder and they find out about the Sith Fleet and Palpatine’s return.
The combined forces of Palpatine and the First Order are apparently called out as the “Final Order”
Luke was apparently searching for Exogol, but was unable to obtain a Wayfinder to get there which sort of becomes the big MacGuffin of the movie.
This source says that Rose is little more than a background character. She has some lines throughout but nothing significant, largely motivational “let’s get em!” style lines.
The source said she also said ‘Make Star Wars Great Again’ I’m kidding, I’m kidding she doesn’t say that.
Leia decides that they need to end this threat once and for all and the team is formed.
Before taking off a few new things were apparently added in reshoots. Leia gives Rey her lightsaber back and Maz gives Rey a little pep talk before she leaves.
Rey tells the crew that Luke left behind some notes and coordinates within the Jedi texts she stole from the tree library on Ahch-to that describe a Sith artifact that might help them. One of my sources says that they go to Passana to “seek out a hermit that Luke knew.”
They arrive on the planet and find a huge festival that is going on there and attempt to meet the contact. What they thought would be an easy mission has now turned into a much more complicated affair. They attempt to lay low and to blend in. Unsurprisingly, Chewbacca struggles with blending in because it’s very difficult to hide a 7 foot tall Wookiee from prying eyes. Rey encounters an alien in the crowds who takes a liking to her, presenting her with a handmade necklace as a gift. She is asked her name and she responds “Rey”. When asked her family name, she replies that she does not have one.
Following this there is a meeting where Kylo discusses the First Order spy to a room of officers, “he immediately says Hux’s name, but seemingly changes the subject.”
This person also believes that this meeting is the first time we see Pryde. During the movie he mentions serving Palpatine during the days of the Empire.
After the meeting Kylo and Rey’s Force bond on Passana, he follows her through the crowd, taunting her that she doesn’t have a family.
As soon as she snaps out of it, Rey draws the attention of some stormtroopers who immediately recognize them but are swiftly handled by locals while the hero team is whisked away by who would eventually be revealed as Lando.
Greetings and introductions are exchanged Lando tells them of a dagger that may help them find what they seek. Many years prior, Lando and Luke went in search of this dagger that was owned by a Sith loyalist named Ochie.
They tracked Ochie to Passana when the trail went cold. When met with the question of why he never left the planet after the search for Ochie and his dagger ended, Lando tells the team that he had a young child at the time of his and Luke’s quest. While they were out searching for the dagger, the First Order stole his child. After having failed to protect his child from the First Order, Lando and Luke parted ways and he stayed on Passana ever since.
Lando points them in the right direction and this starts off a speeder chase, when the last trooper is dispatched, he hits the speeder the heroes are on flinging everyone into quicksand. In this scene, Finn shouts to Rey (thinking they’re going to die) that he has something to tell her, but they all get sucked down too quickly.
When the team is sucked beneath the sand Poe asks Finn and Rey if they’re ok to which 3PO apparently comments “I didn’t hear you mention my name, sir, but I’m also fine.”
Down in the tunnels, Poe asks what Finn was going to say to Rey in front of everyone but Finn brushes it off saying they can talk about it later.
While looking for an exit they encounter the sandworm that’s been previously mentioned in other leaks. This source says that it looks more like a viper which is quite intimidating. However, they go on to say that there is “no battle, it’s just Rey sneaking up to it, noticing a wound, and she uses her life force to heal it. It slithers away revealing a way to Ochie’s ship which they stumble across.
D-O is found on Ochie’s ship and is evidently extremely timid. Apparently he belonged to Ochie and was “abused pretty bad”. He only speaks when spoken to and tends to shy away from people. BB-8 finds and reboots him.
They discover that Ochie was a Sith Assassin and find his dagger which as part of their tradition, has information inscribed on it.
According to updated information, C-3PO can read it. He knows what it says and tells the Resistance crew that it reveals the location to a Wayfinder, but his programming forbids him from providing a literal translation of the text.
They say that Chewbacca’s capture happens a little differently than previously described, “he just wanders off to get Rey and two troopers happen upon him. After a little while, Finn goes to locate Chewie and sees him in cuffs boarding a transport and runs to report this to Poe.”
This is meant to be when the big fight with Rey and The Tie fighter happens which ends with Rey slicing Kylo’s wing off during the flip and he crashes.
While all this is transpiring, Poe, Finn, 3PO and BB-8 get Ochie’s ship in the air just in time to fly over to pick up a distraught Rey. Chewbacca had the knife with him and having been caught this is now in the hands of Kylo and Co. However, 3PO has committed it to memory.
I’m told we have a quick cut at this point back to Kylo where we find out that the Knights of Ren have tracked the Resistance team to Kijimi.
The Resistance team arrives on the planet and bump into Zorri Bliss and her crew. She reveals that Poe has a colorful past, once functioned as a spice runner and still owes her money. A quick skirmish occurs where Rey gets the upper hand and Zorri agrees to bring them to Babu Frik.
We learn that C-3PO if reset can read the dagger but it would mean a complete wiping of his memory banks. Still reeling from the loss of Chewbacca, the heroes argue about finding another way to get the job done, but in an act of self-sacrifice C-3PO voluntarily consent to the
modifications, knowing that (for all intents and purposes) the droid we’ve all known for years will essentially die. According to the source, this scene is reportedly one of the most emotional in the film. Frik completes the hack and 3PO is now able to read the message inscribed on the dagger. (This action creates the red-eyed C-3PO seen in the D23 footage) The translated text points them to the location of the Emperor’s own Wayfinder. Having served his purpose, 3PO’s memory wipe begins and he shuts down. Once the memory wipe is complete, 3PO reboots with a completely empty memory.
During the hack sequence, 3PO apparently takes shots at R2 when they mention his memory wipe could be restored by him. 3PO has zero confidence in R2’s memory banks.
Zorri and Poe reminisce and she tells him about the medallion, but she tries to get him to leave with her leaving everything behind. She gives it to him later once the area is being assaulted by FO troops.
Kylo initiates another Force Bond with Rey and on his she Rey grabs the dagger. She sees Ochee attacking her parents. They apparently left her on Jakku, ran and are later killed in what appears to be a city setting. They’re apparently killed because they won’t reveal where Rey is.
It’s not revealed until near the end of the film that Ochee was not sent to kill Rey, but to rather to retrieve her.
The Betrayal Of Hux
On the Star Destroyer, Hux is revealed to be the spy and he rescues the heroes, telling Poe to shoot him in the arm, but Poe shoots him in the leg instead. When asked why he’s helping them, Hux replies that he doesn’t care if the First Order wins, he just wants Kylo to lose. He’s killed by Pryde when he reports the incident as it’s too obvious what actually happened.
General Pryde is the sole commander of the First Order military. The Emperor contacts Pryde and demands that he use one of the
specially equipped Star Destroyers to destroy Kijimi as an act of loyalty and Pryde complies.
The information gleaned from C-3PO’s translation of the dagger’s writing leads the location of a second Wayfinder device which turns out to be aboard the wreckage of the second Death Star on the forest moon of Endor. Along their way to the wreckage, the crew comes in contact with a person named Jannah. It is revealed that she was press-ganged into First Order service as a child, but eventually escaped and found her way to Endor where she has been living for some time. At this time it is revealed that she is the child that Lando lost to the First Order all those years ago. Jannah provides Rey with transportation to get to the Death Star wreckage.
The Death Star
Rey makes her way to the Death Star wreckage and begins climbing her way through it’s twisted remains. One of my sources told me that this scene feels very reminiscent of the activities we see Rey doing when we are first introduced to her in TFA. She eventually reaches
the Emperor’s throne room and discovers a chamber connecting to that room that contains the second Wayfinder.
This source claims that Rey actually interacts with the dark vision of herself on the Death Star after touching the Wayfinder. The two fight and Dark Rey uses her folding lightsaber to trap real Rey’s own blade, easily gaining the upper hand and driving home the point of how much more powerful she could be if she submitted to the darkness. After this she snaps back to reality.
This person is under the impression that it may be Leia who snaps Rey out of her dark vision. They claim that right after that moment we “skip to her weakened being led out of the command room back at the base and someone comments that it will take everything she has left to reach her son.”
The vision shocks Rey and she stumbles back into the throne room where Kylo Ren is waiting for her. Kylo takes possession of the Emperor’s Wayfinder, destroys it and indicates to Rey that the only way to get another Wayfinder is to go through him and take Vader’s. A lightsaber battle ensues, beginning in the throne room and eventually transitioning to exterior wreckage among the crashing waves.
During Kylo and Rey’s duel on the Death Star wreckage, Rey is angrily fighting Kylo. We see her even force push Finn and Jannah out of the zone.
The Death Of Leia
Off in another part of the galaxy while Kylo and Rey clash sabers, a bright light in the universe begins to fade. Leia is dying.
This person says that Leia’s final word is “Ben” which catches Kylo’s attention and is what distracts him long enough for Rey to stab him through the abdomen and subsequently heal him.
I’m told that Palpatine senses her death too, making him more confident that Rey now has nobody to turn to but him. Sometime around here, Palpatine orders Kajimi to be destroyed as the first ships of the Sith Fleet reach deployment altitude.
During this battle Rey is apparently revealed to be the descendant of Palpatine, which completely destroys her.
The Return Of Han Solo
After Kylo is stabbed, Han shows up out of nowhere. “Not a force ghost, it’s as if he’s standing there alive again.” He gives Kylo some words of encouragement and then their conversation very closely mirrors Han’s death scene in TFA, including the “I know what I have to do but don’t know if I have the strength to do it…” line. He even holds the lightsaber in the same spot but he turns and throws it into the watery wreckage of the Death Star.
Rey escaped and manages to get away following her experience on the Death Star, Rey returns to the island on Ahch-to. Throughout the course of the film she has given in to her aggression, nearly killed her friend by unleashing a stream of lightning on a ship, learned that she is the descendant of the Sith Lord who reduced the Jedi to numbers that they have yet to recover from even half a century later, saw a vision of
herself as a servant of darkness and stabbed her enemy through the chest in anger.
Her most recent encounter with Kylo was the last straw and Rey has now made the decision to follow the example set by Luke and exile herself on the island where the Jedi began. Rey scuttles the ship she stole from Kylo and throws the repaired lightsaber originally constructed by Anakin Skywalker in after it.
The ghost of Luke Skywalker appears to Rey, holding the weapon she just discarded. Luke’s conversation with Rey is said to be encouraging yet realistically grim in tone.
Luke knows first hand what it’s like to face Palpatine and that it’s not an easy task. Rey must confront Palpatine in the same way that Luke once had to confront Vader. Luke encourages Rey by telling her of the faith Leia had in her.
She saw the potential within her and hoped that Rey would be able to restore balance to the Force once more just as Anakin once did.
This confirms that both Luke and Leia know Rey is a Palpatine yet choose to train her anyway.
When Rey leaves Ahch-to she actually does transmit the path to Exogol to the Resistance. There’s initial confusion as they’re receiving a transmission from “Red 5” because she leaves in Luke’s old x-wing. The Resistance doesn’t have sufficient data to actually get there. Apparently Finn discovers that D-O knows the way. Lando leaves on the falcon to get more forces, the rest of the resistance mobilizes with their newfound data and heads after Rey.
Right after his memory restoration 3PO exclaims excitedly that he’s about to go on a mission but R2 tells him it already happened to 3PO’s confusion.
Rey Vs Palpatine
When Rey gets to Exogol she wanders in, meeting zero resistance, and happens upon the Sith throne. Palpatine emerges on the mechanical arm from the side of it revealing “everything to her including that the assassin was meant to retrieve her, never to kill her.” They get surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of Palpatine’s acolytes.
While Palpatine goading Rey into killing him he points out the fleet claiming she could become “Empress Palpatine.”
Kylo, now Ben, enters Exogol and “gets his ass handed to him by the Knights of Ren” until, about to strike at Palpatine, Rey initiates a bond and gives him Leia’s lightsaber.
Palpatine apparently speaks about the bond they share and how extremely powerful and rare it is for it to occur. He then sucks their life to restore his and we see his white eyes turn the yellow/orange Sith style.
The members of the resistance arrive and begin fighting the Sith Fleet.
Palpatine sees the arrival of reinforcements and begins to laugh he then “lightning storms a good chunk of [the fleet] out of the sky. Even Poe’s X-wing is shut off for a good bit.”
Palpatine then force throws Ren into a ravine claiming he is the last in the Skywalker line.
Channeling The Jedi
Rey hears voices such as “Yoda, Luke, Leia, Mace Windu, and others” who give her the strength to stand up. Palpatine tries to lightning her but she blocks it with one of the sabers but it seemingly stalemates them. She then finds the strength to pull the other saber to her making an X formation and this allows her to deflect the lightning back toward him.
Palpatine apparently disintegrates and explodes, causing the arena to crumble but also killing Rey in the process. Ben apparently climbs out of the pit finding a dead Rey and decides to give his life for her. He uses the healing trick to save Rey but this drains his life force in the process. Then “there’s a weird fanfic moment where they kiss, and he dies.”
Lando goes back for Jannah and Finn who are on a star destroyer which is falling out of the air.
The fleet is destroyed, Rey survives and it looks like the Galaxy is saved.
This leads you to see Chewie who hears Maz call to him. You think she’s going to ask for a kiss but she says “you deserve this” and hands him a large medal.”
The movie ends with Rey going to Lukes old moisture farm on Tattooine with his and Leia’s lightsabers to bury them. She now has a black/grey handled lightsaber which she ignites to show a yellow blade. She and BB are the only ones present until a woman appears asking her name to which she says Rey. Rey who? Then, seeing Luke and Leia’s ghosts in the distance replies Rey Skywalker as she clearly sees them as the parents she never was able to have. Rey and BB look off at the setting twin suns and the movie ends.
So, there you have it, that’s apparently the entire plot of The Rise Of Skywalker, now obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and if this has you excited or worried for the movie.
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