Last Friday treated Star Wars fans to one of their best days of 2019, which is thanks to the reveal of the Star Wars: Episode IX teaser and title. I was in attendance at Celebration, and it was easily the highlight of my trip, and one of the coolest moments I’ve lived as a fan.

Just check out my reaction video to get an idea of how awesome it was to see it live with an arena full of super fans.

Anyway, after seeing the trailer and getting the title – The Rise of Skywalker – I’ve been consumed with speculating on what the title may mean for the film’s narrative. After stewing on it for a week, I sat down and did a little theory video, which you can watch below.

In it, I discuss four theories I have for what the title means. These theories are:

  • Rey is a Skywalker through the Solos – Probably unlikely due to how obvious the implications are based on the title, but on the table for sure.
  • Luke literally rises from the dead – The most unlikely in my opinion, but it sure would be pretty freaking rad. I just don’t think it would make much sense for the Star Wars universe though. At least the Jedi, because the Sith could very well have figured out ways to not die, just ask Sheev and his boy Darth P.
  • Kylo redeems himself and teams up with Rey – He is a Skywalker after all, and I do believe he will be redeemed, and Rey will be one of the main reasons for his redemption. I do think he may die in doing so, in a similar move to what his Grandpa did for his own son, but him coming back to the good, or even teaming up with his sister (Rey) after finding that news out, would be pretty cool to see.
  • The Skywalker name becomes an identifier for Force users, almost a religion – This is the most intriguing theory to me, which was first explained to me by our very own Ryan McQuaid. Basically, the Skywalker name becomes used by disciples of the new type of Force user, the ones who aren’t all in on the dark or light, but respect the balance and learn from both sides. It’s very similar to how Ben adopted the name Kylo Ren, to identify himself as a dark side user. I think this is the most nuanced and out there take, so I do hope it becomes reality.

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Matt is literally from a galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars has consumed his life, and made him the geek that he is. He's no fan of the Prequels, but still loves the Maker. When he's not recording his unstable takes for the Star Wars Time podcast, he's either working on, taking pictures of Star Wars toys, or trying to legitimately wield the Force.