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Rian Johnson Admits He Had No Idea of Kylo Ren’s Death

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The sequel trilogy ended the Skywalker Saga with the last film, The Rise of Skywalker, but many questions linger. Each film almost feels like a separate entity where there is no flow from one film to the other. The Last Jedi, the highest critically acclaimed of them all, was helmed by Rian Johnson. Recently, the director offered some insights that he didn’t know what they were going to do for The Rise of Skywalker.

USA Today’s best-selling author, Sariah Wilson, sat down and interviewed the director and writer virtually. She also interviewed Daisy Ridley (Rey Skywalker). Sariah decided to ask Johnson a fan question that many Last Jedi fans want to know: Was Kylo Ren/Ben Solo’s death the plan from the beginning?

In this Twitter post, we see here that Rian, even though he doesn’t go into a whole lot of detail, says that he did not know that Kylo Ren was supposed to die. That plotline must have been exclusively decided with the production of The Rise of Skywalker. Rian confirms this in another quote: 

“Full hand-off” appears to mean that the directors did not work with each other at all as to the vision of the trilogy. Meaning, that there were separate ideas for all three films. The story of the trilogy was split into three parts, which would explain the discombobulated storyline. 

Hopefully, the next Star Wars trilogy that Lucasfilm makes will stick with one director, making the films flow better.

Joseph Forbush, CEO and Editor-in-Chief for PlexReel, spends most of his time working at Walt Disney World. Additionally, he enjoys playing video games, watching basketball, reading, and dreaming amongst the stars on his homeworld of Batuu.

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