J.J. Abrams has arguably the hardest task ever undertaken in Star Wars history, possibly film history, take the stories of 9+ films and bring them all to a cohesive end in The Rise of Skywalker.
Everyone, including Abrams and his writing partner Chris Terrio, knows how important The Rise of Skywalker’s ending is to the history of Star Wars, so Abrams and Terrio set out from the beginning to ensure that this movie will not only do what it needs to do narratively, but will also stand the test of time.
“This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering [as many] questions as possible. So if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible.”https://ew.com/movies/2019/10/18/jj-abrams-star-wars-rise-skywalker-ending/
This may make it seem like Abrams took a very direct approach to the story and ending of The Rise of Skywalker, but he also made sure to allow movie magic to happen by being open to new ideas and inspirations.
“While there were many things that were planned for and discussed — George Lucas himself said when he created this he saw it as three, three-act plays — that doesn’t mean there isn’t discovery, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that come up that make you realize, ‘Oh, here’s an opportunity.’ It also doesn’t mean that there’s a list of payoffs that we have to do because of setups. But we also were very much aware this is the end of the trilogy and it needs to satisfy. We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending. We’re not screwing around.”
Abrams has been at the forefront of geek storytelling for decades now, but this is by far the biggest moment of his career. Star Wars fans across the world are anxiously awaiting the final chapter in the Skywalker saga and are happy to know that Abrams and Terrio weren’t screwing around at the end.