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The Skywalker bloodline is perhaps defined by a series of failures. Anakin’s attempts to protect Padmé brought about the rise of the Empire. Luke’s pressure to live up to this prophecy of the chosen one brought about the undoing of his fledgling Jedi Order and his own nephew—who himself saw a moment of weakness and ran away into the dark. But while failure is indeed a great teacher, not all Skywalkers carved a path that way.

On the surface, it’s easy to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as a rejection of the more subversive elements of The Last Jedi—it re-litigates the origins of our heroes, dredging up a past its predecessor was more than happy to move on from. It could, if you wanted to get a little bit conspiracy-brained, read as corporate skulduggery. But where it counts, Rise backs up one of The Last Jedi’s most fundamental themes.

Wait, where’s Rose? As anyone keeping up with the state of Star Wars discourse has undoubtedly heard, Rose Tico, the Resistance engineer introduced in The Last Jedi and played by Kelly Marie Tran, has a very small amount of screen time in The Rise of Skywalker. Like, compared to her role in The Last Jedi, where she’s a member of the lead cast, it’s absolutely minuscule.

Interviewing someone like Kathleen Kennedy isn’t like interviewing an actor or director. As the president of Lucasfilm, she isn’t just involved in what we see on screen, she’s involved in everything happening in Star Warsfrom the marketing and publicity to the merchandising, theme parks and more. And while Gizmodo's interview with Kennedy and fellow Rise of Skywalker producer Michelle Rejwan didn’t get into all of that, we did discuss some film matters beyond what you’ll see on screen.

Before Star Wars belonged to Disney, it belonged to Kathleen Kennedy. George Lucas himself picked the legendary producer to run his beloved namesake, Lucasfilm, before Mickey Mouse swooped in and bought it all up. And at that time the plan was always this: A new trilogy of films, which ends later this month in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

If The Last Jedi was a dark middle chapter for Star Wars’ new trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker will likely be a brighter culmination of the struggle between the Resistance and the First Order. After all, the good guys have to win and save the day, right? But it’s not just on screen that Rise felt like a happier time in the galaxy, far, far away—according to Daisy Ridley, that celebratory vibe was felt working behind the scenes, too.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a very fun film, but one of its most common critiques is that it essentially re-does A New Hope for a new generation—similar themes, similar arcs, similar aesthetics, just remixed. J.J. Abrams is not one to shy away from acknowledging that, but he does think his time away from Star Wars helped him realise he can do more for the final entry in the saga.