Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended in a way that made it virtually impossible to predict the next film. Supreme Leader Snoke is dead and so is Luke Skywalker, both directly or indirectly at the hands of the villainous Kylo Ren. Rey’s parents were revealed to be nobodies — well, junk traders who sold her off for drinking money. The film also left us with plenty of questions, questions that have fuelled a huge amount of speculation over the past couple of years. Well, it looks like the screenwriter of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has plenty of questions too and he used those questions, two in particular, as the driving force in penning the script for the film.
In an interview with Empire, Terrio discussed the questions driving the plot of The Rise of Skywalker.
“One of them is a simple one: ‘Who is Rey?’, which is a question that people not only wonder about quite literally, but wonder about in the spiritual sense. How can Rey become the spiritual heir to the Jedi? We kept coming back to ‘Who is Rey?’, and how can we give the most satisfying answer to that not only factually – because obviously people are interested in whether there’s more to be learned of Rey’s story – but more importantly who is she as a character? How will she find the courage and will and inner strength and power to carry on what she’s inherited?
The second one is, ‘How strong is the Force? … What is the Force and how strong is the Force?’ Those two things were really important.'”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker synopsis:
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.