Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s J.J. Abrams Explains Why He Wanted To Return To The Death Star

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We all know by now that the Death Star – or at least, what’s left of it – will feature in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

It’s actually rumoured to play an important part in the film, and many people might look at that and say, “Really, guys? The Death Star is back… again!?”

And yes, that’s what I thought about its return when I first found out, but J.J. Abrams’ explanation as to why he needed to have it in his latest Star Wars film makes perfect sense.

Abrams was discussing the Death Star in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly and that’s when he revealed his thinking behind its inclusion.

Here’s what the director had to say on the matter in full:

It felt like going into the haunted house, the place that you have to go to. This is a story of people having to grapple with the burden the prior generation dumps on those that follow. So literally returning to this wreck of the past and having to fight it out felt like an obvious metaphor, but also felt incredibly cinematic.

The fact that Abrams sees the Death Star as a metaphor makes perfect sense, as does the Death Star’s inclusion in the movie.

Abram’s reasoning behind having the Death Star in The Rise of Skywalker makes perfect sense

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The Death Star will return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Credit: Lucasfilm

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This film is basically the end of the Skywalker saga, and the Death Star is an important part of that saga.

it makes sense then that it should be included in the final film of this new trilogy.

The Rise of Skywalker will also likely be the culmination of the Skywalker’s tale in the larger Star Wars saga.

They may feature in future films, but it’s highly unlikely that they’ll play an important part in Star Wars moving forward.

If Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi taught us anything, it’s that we have to let the past die, and hopefully it’ll be a gracious and glorious death.

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