If you’re one of the fans that doesn’t mind turning to the Dark Side and having the upcoming Star Wars movie: The Rise Of Skywalker ruined then this is the place for you.
In the wake of the recently leaked images that show the films ending, we have a whole host of new information on the storyline. Throughout this video we’re going to be going over all of these leaks as well as giving our thoughts on them and what it means for the movie.
There will of course be heavy spoilers here and whilst all leaks like this should be taken with a grain of salt, Disney has been blocking videos on youtube that show the images so this pretty much confirms all of the things in them as being true. I can’t put the images in this, because of the aforementioned reason but we’ve got enough here that it should give you an idea of what happens in them as well as what it means for the movie.
With that out the way I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this, now let’s get into our Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker Breakdown!
The Rise Of Skywalker Leaks
Ok so I’m just going to be going through the original leaks and talking about how the reshoots have changed the plot and what it means for the rest of the movie. I already have a full extensive breakdown of the leaked plot that we got earlier in the year but if you haven’t had a chance to watch that then don’t worry because we will be covering the majority of the plot points here as well as how they have changed.
These leaks come from Reddit user JediPaxis who pretty much detailed everything that was shown in earlier trailers before they even got released such as an evil C-3P0, the Knights Of Ren and so on, so I think it’s safe to say that the user at least has some inside information.
Rise Of Skywalker Opening Scene
The user said that the training scene that was originally meant to open the movie which apparently showed a younger Luke Skywalker training his sister Leia has been cut. Instead the beginning of the movie is now going to take place on a planet called Exogol and here we witness a fleet of Star Destroyers rising from the ground. This was shown in the final trailer so we know at the very least that this scene has been part of the production process at some point.
The user also says that there was an Oracle Scene with Kylo Ren that has been removed and instead of this he will just come across an item in a chest known as The Wayfinder. According to the original leaks, The Wayfinder is the MacGuffin of the movie that can apparently lead wherever Palpatine is and this helps him to find the villain later in the movie.
Kylo experiences a flashback where he hears both Luke and Han’s voices before Palpatine’s voice overpowers them and calls out to him. Now the scene that preceded this which involved Kylo savagely killing natives of the planet before getting to the wayfinder has apparently been toned down massively with the producers trying to lighten the character up a bit for what is to come at the end of the film, which is basically his redemption.
As for the scene with Rey training on the forest planet, this was put in place last minute and wasn’t in the original leaks. She, similar to Luke is frustrated with the process of training and at one point chops down a tree that falls on BB-8. She tries to communicate with Luke at one point but this fails and also tries to give Leia Lukes’ old Lightsaber.
The Return Of Emporer Palpatine
Kylo at one point confronts Emporer Palpatine and is angered by the fact he has operated in the shadows, even threatening him at one point. He doesn’t refute that he died on the Death Star, but instead mocks Kylo Ren’s “Let the Past Die” ideas.
This is kinda JJ shutting down Rian Johnson I feel and Palpatine details that the past is the key to the future, talks about Rey’s past and the construction of the Sith Fleet at the start. He talks about how the Empire needs a ruler and that he is back to do it. We don’t really get much detail about how he returned but he is very weak physically and this ties into his process of regaining his power which I’ll get into later in the leak.
We then go to The Resistance who are being fed information from General Hux on the First Order’s plans through a spy named Boolio. This was originally in the leaks and it looks like Hux has got sick of the fact he is constantly pushed to the side by his new commander played by Richard E. Grant. Boolio talks about Snoke’s rise to power and he confirms that he wasn’t a pawn of the Emporer. He also divulges information on the fleet and Finn worries that the Empire will once again begin kidnapping children in order to man it.
Cut to Kylo Ren who is aware that there’s a mole in the First Order and he discovers Boolio who he tortures. Instead of killing him though he realises he can use him as a way to draw out Rey and begins to put a plan into action.
The Resistance learns about the Wayfinder through Luke’s notes in the Jedi Texts and they go to Pasaana to seek out a hermit that Luke knew. Whilst there Rey and Kylo connect through the force with Kylo mocking her about her parents and saying that he’s the only one who will accept her.
Rey tries to warn her friends that they are coming for them but they are ambushed by Stormtroopers but luckily Lando shows up and helps them. Land says that he and Luke were looking for Sith Artifacts named Ochi and that they have knowledge on how to use the Wayfinder.
Lando also confirms Finn’s theory that the First Order is kidnapping children to turn them into Storm Troopers.
After saying all this, the First Order appears and Lando says the iconic line, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” He and the rest of the Resistance fighters flee on speeders as they are pursued by the First Order and the Knights of Ren.
Most of them get away except for those on the Millenium Falcon, which includes Chewbacca.
Rey’s Parents Explained
The ones that do make it away discover that Ochi was a Sith Assassin and that he wielded a Sith Dagger that has writing on it. Now we know this dagger is in the movie because we see Rey holding it at one point in the final trailer so we can guess that this is correct in the leak. Rey says that it’s a tradition for the Sith to write secrets on their weapons and C-3PO can apparently read this. He is unable to translate because his programming forbids but he overrides this in order to do it. This is why he had red eyes in the second trailer and why he also talks about not getting to look at his friends again in the more recent one.
The leak then says that we get details of Poe Dameron’s past in which he was a spice runner with Keri Rusell’s character, Zorii Bliss. She is now working with the resistance and hands over a First Order security medallion that allows them to gain access to ships in their fleet.
Rey senses Chewie is still alive and has been transported to Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer so the group hatches a plan to go and get him. While on the Star Destroyer, Rey finds Ochi’s dagger. This scene is similar to when she picked up Luke’s lightsaber in The Force Awakens and she gets it after she has a vision. The vision shows Ochi assassinating her parents as they attempt to hide her and this confirms that the Sith knew about Rey.
Kylo Ren then shows up and details that Ochi was meant to take Rey away, but her parents stopped this and he talks about the truth of her family.
The Death Of Leia
The group manages to escape the ship but they learn the location of the resistance and show up and kill lots of them, including Leia. Following her death, Palpatine grows more confident and decides that now is the time to make his move.
They uncover how to get to Exogol and Rey heads there whilst The Resistance Fleet and Millenium Falcon head off in different directions. They want to take the First Order head-on and buy Rey time so she can kill Palpatine.
Upon arriving at Exogol and encountering Palpatine, Rey is about to strike him down. According to the leaks, Palpatine’s actual plan was to have Rey kill him and take his place as the leader of the Empire but in the very last second, she senses Ben Solo has been betrayed by the Knights Of Ren because they secretly work for Palpatine and he has no more use for him. She initiates a Force Bond and passes a lightsaber to him, which allows him to fight and defeat them.
Now originally the leaks said that Palpatine became Matt Smith, after possessing his body. However, according to the new ones, the reshoots have changed this so that the character that Matt Smith plays is used rejuvenated Palpatine, and he is now just played by Ian McDiarmid. Rey slowly begins to get drained of her force powers to rejuvenate Palpatine who then slowly begins to launch the Sith Fleet. The Resistance arrives just in time to take them head-on and whilst Rey is being drained she reaches out to other Jedi that have become one with it. This includes Obi-Wan, Leia, and Luke.
Now the original leak said that they made an appearance here but according to the new details, only their voices can be heard.
The Rise Of Skywalker Ending Explained
Together with the help of Kylo who has now embraced Ben Solo again and has a blue lightsabre that is said to be Anakin’s, the two are able to defeat Palpatine and end the Sith.
In the end, Lando and the reinforcements provided by Zorrii Bliss take the Sith Fleet on and Finn manages to trick the first order into turning their canons on themselves which destroys the fleet.
Having won the day, the survivors celebrate and this continues across the galaxy, similar to the end of Return Of The Jedi. The heroes return to Tattooine, where it all began and Rey has deconstructed both Luke and Anakins lightsabers and retooled them to make one that contains a yellow blade. Rey buries the leftover pieces at Lukes old home and she turns round to see her friends, a stranger asks who she is and why she’s come here, Rey answers by saying ‘Rey Skywalker’ and then the group all look off into the twin sunsets and we see the force ghosts of some familiar faces beside them staring out over a galaxy full of hope which ends the film.
Star Wars Leaks Reaction
And that’s all of the leaks that we have, honestly, it sounds like a big improvement over the initial bunch that we got but I can’t help feeling like there are certain plot elements that just don’t work and I still feel like Palpatine should have probably been left out of this film. This is about new characters, a new trilogy and overall it seems too tied to the original films to truly stand on its own two feet. They’ve also toned Kylo down so much that it feels like a neutering of the character. This is a guy who murdered his own father and now all of a sudden he can be the good guy, it doesn’t really work for me but I do know that this is all about execution and who knows JJ might be able to pull it off.
There are some good moments in here I will admit but yeah, on the whole, it sounds more in line with The Last Jedi rather than The Force Awakens which is the better of the two movies.
I guess we will see come December but at the moment I’m not getting my hopes up too high as we don’t know how this could go.
Now obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on these leaks and if they have you more or less excited for the film.
Comment below and let me know!