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Kathleen Kennedy lends more credence to "true" balance of the Force in VIII

04.17.2017

More news keeps flowing from the STAR WARS Celebration going on right now. With STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI having just released its trailer, people have already sprung what feel like a million think-pieces and fan theories about what Luke means by his last line "I only know one truth...the Jedi...must end." Chilling, right?

But what did he mean by that? Is it just his Robert McKee-mandated "refusal of call" shit, where he's jaded by Kylo Ren's turn, and must be pulled back from retirement by a plucky Rey? Or is it something deeper, as in maybe the arc of this trilogy is actually about upending the Jedi/Sith dichotomy, and challenging Jedi dogma? Maybe Luke will teach Rey to control and harness her emotions, rather than repress them? I mean, we're already humanizing Stormtroopers with Finn, maybe we're actually going to give a closer - and more critical - look at the Jedi's philosophy?

Well, here's what Kathleen Kennedy had to say in an exclusive interview with Fandango:

It’s really something that I think you’ll see that [Rian Johnson] takes these characters [and] develops their complexities. He’s not afraid to try things that move this into a more complex universe, and I think that’s great. I think that’s what [Star Wars] needs.

While certainly far from a confirmation, it does seem that the fact she keeps mentioning "complexity" - especially in terms of the universe itself - that the films might actually be taking chances with the mythos. I mean, while people decry Disney for being too safe (which is a more than valid criticism), the fact is they did SPOILER kill off all the main characters in ROGUE ONE, so it's not like they're that safe. We'll obviously have to wait until the film comes out to know for sure, but this gives me hope that they may move past the simple black-and-white morality of the previous trilogies.

As for if the films, post-IX, will continue to focus on the Skywalker clan, Kennedy was a bit more hesitant:

I certainly foresee movies past nine...Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.

As long as they avoid the Yuuzhan Vong, I'll be happy.

Meanwhile, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will be Forcing its way into theaters December 15th, 2017.

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Extra Tidbit: God, I hope Rey isn't a Skywalker...
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9:56AM on 04/18/2017

Lucas did NOT intend nine films

It was a lie he came clean about a while ago. He intended a trilogy. Then, he realized there could be a story to tell about what happened before that film, so he added an "Episode IV" to his movie just in case and said he actually had 9 movies planned. In fact, even the original trilogy wasn't THAT planned (Leia wasn't originally Luke's twin sister, Vader wasn't Luke's dad, etc...).

The fact Kennedy doesn't know this piece of trivia is surprising.
It was a lie he came clean about a while ago. He intended a trilogy. Then, he realized there could be a story to tell about what happened before that film, so he added an "Episode IV" to his movie just in case and said he actually had 9 movies planned. In fact, even the original trilogy wasn't THAT planned (Leia wasn't originally Luke's twin sister, Vader wasn't Luke's dad, etc...).

The fact Kennedy doesn't know this piece of trivia is surprising.
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4:27AM on 04/18/2017
They gonna milk that cow (Star Wars) until it's dead and still continue then!
They gonna milk that cow (Star Wars) until it's dead and still continue then!
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6:46PM on 04/17/2017

Rey's a Skywalker, Ren's a Solo

Kennedy said a couple years ago this trilogy is a continuation of the new generation of Skywalkers--plural being the biggest hint. So with that, why would Ren be the only Skywalker included and Rey just being a random character with no ties to the preexisting characters other than she's powerful, a great pilot, and grew up on a sand planet.
Kennedy said a couple years ago this trilogy is a continuation of the new generation of Skywalkers--plural being the biggest hint. So with that, why would Ren be the only Skywalker included and Rey just being a random character with no ties to the preexisting characters other than she's powerful, a great pilot, and grew up on a sand planet.
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7:01PM on 04/17/2017
Ren is a Skywalker AND Solo, so is Rey.
Ren is a Skywalker AND Solo, so is Rey.
5:12PM on 04/17/2017
Te fact that this could very possibly go into the Gray Jedi story is fucking amazing and a long time coming. Given the director and what I saw, I do think thats where they're going. There is no more true balance than being able to harness both sides of the force while not losing control. The closest on the big screen was Mace Windu, since he mastered Vaapad which is a dark side saber style. He walked the fine line but stayed light. A true Gray Side Jedi uses the powers of both sides of the
Te fact that this could very possibly go into the Gray Jedi story is fucking amazing and a long time coming. Given the director and what I saw, I do think thats where they're going. There is no more true balance than being able to harness both sides of the force while not losing control. The closest on the big screen was Mace Windu, since he mastered Vaapad which is a dark side saber style. He walked the fine line but stayed light. A true Gray Side Jedi uses the powers of both sides of the force as tools without falling victim to corruption. The possibilities it opens for future stories would be such a great thing to see as it would deviate from what we've seen on the big screen for decades.
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4:21PM on 04/17/2017
I think she's a Skywalker in the sense that she's related to Luke's "grandfather", so to speak. We never really did get a satisfactory explanation of the whole immaculate conception thing with Anakin in episode 1. I understand there was a deleted scene in episode 3 where Palpatine claimed he willed the midichlorians to conceive Anakin (thus making Palpatine sort of Anakin's father). Since it was deleted though, I'm not sure that should be considered canon. Anakin never did bring balance to
I think she's a Skywalker in the sense that she's related to Luke's "grandfather", so to speak. We never really did get a satisfactory explanation of the whole immaculate conception thing with Anakin in episode 1. I understand there was a deleted scene in episode 3 where Palpatine claimed he willed the midichlorians to conceive Anakin (thus making Palpatine sort of Anakin's father). Since it was deleted though, I'm not sure that should be considered canon. Anakin never did bring balance to the force, so I suspect Rey is the one to fulfill that prophecy. Immaculate conception probably figures into her parentage somehow, if not completely. I love where this trilogy seems to be going with respect to Jedi/Force mythology. As for Episode X and beyond, I think that Rey and whatever legacy she creates should be a big part of it. The other Skywalkers may survive VIII, but I'll be amazed if any of them (aside from Rey, if she is one) make it through IX in one piece.
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