During an interview with IndieWire, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio was asked about Rey’s action at the end of the film. Specifically, during her battle against Palpatine. While some fans may be angered by his comments it’s still worth a read, he sheds on how Rey’s actions serve the light side rising to meet the cancerous dark side. In many ways, this continues the dynamic between the light and dark side referenced during The Last Jedi by Luke:
“The balance of the Force always, as George [Lucas] has said, means that the Dark and the Light exist…There are corners everywhere in the galaxy where the Dark still exists, except that with the rise of Palpatine and the original trilogy, I think the way George would describe it is that the Dark had become too powerful to the point where the Light had almost disappeared.”
Terrio goes on to clarify how the “balance” won by defeating Palpatine is only temporary. In reality, someone new (in the future) will need to rise up and recreate balance like Anakin and Rey have. It’s an interesting premise which could lead future Star Wars storylines, although it could have diminishing value in demystifying the “Chosen One” prophecy.
“So in winning this victory against the First Order and the remnants of the Empire and the Sith loyalists, I think that the balance is restored, because the Dark had been growing much, much more powerful than the Light…By Rey striking this blow, it doesn’t mean that everything is happily ever after forever, but it means that at least for this moment in time, the Dark has been held off as the Light has pushed back.”
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