Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a deservedly terrible reputation. Other entries in the franchise have their defenders, with Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi continually dividing opinion and generating debate, but there’s practically a consensus that The Rise of Skywalker – with its tin-eared dialogue, nonsensical plot, and the boneheaded decision to “somehow” resurrect Emperor Palpatine – is beyond redemption.
For many fans, the rancid cherry on top of this poorly baked cake is the finale, in which Rey buries Luke and Leia’s lightsabers in the Tatooine sand, declaring she’s now going to go by Rey Skywalker. This elicited groans in the theater, and is now considered yet more fetishizing of the past rather than moving on to new things.
But could the second half of her chosen nom de guerre be redeemed with a little retconning? One fan thinks so: