What Does the Star Wars Episode 9 Title “The Rise of Skywalker” Mean?

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They always get us with these Star Wars titles, and Episode IX is certainly no different. But while it’s easy to say that The Rise of Skywalker sounds obvious, we’ve got a lot of options here…

You’ve seen the trailer, one assumes. So what do we think here?

Theory #1: It’s a Reference to Kylo Ren’s Redemption

Fans have been speculating since The Force Awakens about whether or not Kylo Ren can be redeemed and return to his life as Ben Solo. It’s possible that the films are going there, but still doesn’t seem super likely given his recent dark side double down—or even if it does, Ben’s redemption isn’t likely the top story priority for this trilogy as a narrative. So while Kylo may be in for a very emotional turn, the chance of him being the rising Skywalker still seems improbable. He’s got a lot of work ...