Star Wars, later dubbed Star Wars: A New Hope, was released in the summer of 1977 to great fanfare. It was something fresh, something that people had been craving without knowing it. It reinvigorated the imagination of a generation and the generations to follow. Now that story will end 42 years later.
At the D23 convention this weekend, a special look at The Rise of Skywalker, the last story in the Skywalker saga, was revealed to excited audiences. It begins with the iconic scene of Luke Skywalker watching the duel sunset on Tatooine. The scene has come to represent Star Wars and it’s fitting that it’s showcased here at the end of the saga. We move onto shots of characters we’ve come to love from A New Hope. Obi-Wan revealing himself. Leia looking fierce with her blaster. Han, smooth and sneaky in the cantina. Sadly most of them are no longer with us. Then it’s onto to scenes from The Empire Strikes Back – Han and Leia kissing before he’s frozen in carbonite and Luke learning the truth of what really happened to his father. These scenes are building the legacy of the Skywalker saga – taking us back in time so we can better understand where we’re going.