When head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy speaks about Star Wars The Force Awakens, geeks the world over take notice and listen. You see, it’s not often she delivers a nugget of information regarding the newest Episode in the Star Wars saga. Seeing as we’re now on the final leg of our journey to The Force Awakens, I’m sure we’ll be getting a lot more information. That can be good or bad depending on your preference. That being said, I’m issuing a ‘mild spoilers’ warning… This reveal isn’t all together surprising but it does confirm some of the more obvious speculative conversations.
You’ve been warned. If, as mentioned, you would like to avoid the mild spoiler and remain pure as the fallen snow come December 18th, turn away.
Here we go – in an interview with The Costco Connection (good on you Costco, way to branch out with some Star Wars News! Love the hot dogs!), Kathleen Kennedy finally spoke about the thematic through line in the new saga – starting with Abrams’ Episode VII and continuing on with Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII and finishing with Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX of the sequel trilogy. The theme that connects the whole saga has always been about the Skywalker Family. In the prequels, of course, we get the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker. In the original trilogy, the redemption of Anakin comes at the hands of his son, Luke Skywalker. Not surprisingly now, The Force Awakens will continue the Skywalker line with another “generational story” about the family. No big surprise here but for me, I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear it finally confirmed.
The Skywalker Family Saga is probably one of the greatest story arcs in any movie, in my opinion. It’s Shakespearean through line compliments and shapes all the characters, giving some weight and depth to whole series. Say what you will about the execution of the Prequels but the tragic story arc is there if you break it down to its simplest form.
Kathleen Kennedy succinctly states:
The Saga Films focus on the Skywalker Family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues the generational story.
Again, this is not “breaking news” or even a spoiler if you think about it. What it is – is obvious and natural in the progression of the films. I love continuing on with the Skywalkers and especially Luke, my favorite character in the entire series.
Now that the series has been confirmed to follow another Skywalker, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to the main protagonist. Ongoing debates put Daisy Ridley and/or Adam Driver’s characters front and center as having a tie to the Skywalkers. Whether it’s Luke’s son or daughter remains to be seen. I personally believe the “Skywalker Lineage” will come from Han and Leia’s coupling; that is, if we take a cue from the Prequels and assume Luke followed the path of the Jedi and committed himself to a life of celibacy. However, 30 years is a long time (between Jedi and Awakens); perhaps Luke Skywalker did find love and father a son/daughter (or both).
But that is pure speculation. And if I keep speculating, I could very well hit on the main plot and therefore ruin the entire movie for me (and you). So I will stop now and patiently await my new Star Wars movie…
But if the mood catches you and you would like to speculate, feel free to do so in the comment section below. I am always up for a rousing discussion on any and all Star Wars topics.
Because I do want to know – what do you think of this obvious news? Does it make you happy to know, finally, that we will be getting a whole new Skywalker to follow in a galaxy far, far away? Who do you believe it could be?
Star Wars The Force Awakens hits theatres on December 18th, 2015.
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