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Below are plot posts from one "Jedi Praxis" from this past winter to now fall:



PRAXIS DISCLAIMER: " ... not all of what you will read here will be new information, but I will tell you that my plot summaries are assembled exclusively from my own sources, so any similar/identical information to other reports can (and in my opinion, should) be used as corroboration of the validity of both sources."


FEBRUARY 20 2019
source: A few details about Episode IX from a reliable source


• Luke and Leia appear in multiple flashbacks, including at least one scene where Leia is being trained or is discussing Jedi training with Luke. The outcome of the training is uncertain. It is also unclear if Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill filmed these scenes and will be de-aged, or if they are portrayed by younger actors and CG'd like Leia and Tarkin in Rogue One. My source has heard nothing about about Han appearing in any flashbacks.

• Leia's role as Resistance leader is being said to be of a similar in size to her TFA role, perhaps even smaller, though her flashback scenes make her seem more present in the film.
No confirmation on whether Leia lives or dies in the film.

• There are solid red First Order Troopers, yet their role is unclear at this point in time.
• Nien Nunb appears in an identical costume from the previous films and has a larger role than either TFA or TLJ.
• The Knights of Ren do appear and each have a distinct weapon of choice as has been previously seen in TFA and the concept art for that film.
• We don't have any confirmation that the any of the Knights previously seen in TFA will or won't be appearing in IX.

• Keri Russell's character is a bounty hunter with an allegiance that is unclear to my source.
Keri's character wears a purple (nearly magenta) jumpsuit with bronze/gold accessories, including an elongated helmet.

• Think about a fancier version of Zam Wesell and my source says that will get you pretty close.

• Naomi Ackie's character is supposedly Finn's sister.
Note: This point was presented to my source as factual like all the other parts of this post, but I believe it might be wise to take this one with a grain of salt until other sources can corroborate this particular bit of information.

• C-3PO has a scene where he holds military gear.
It's unclear whether he actually fires any weapons though.
Source doesn't recall exact details but 3PO appeared to have a bag or net (not unlike the Ewok trap net) and what he/she believes to be Chewie's bowcaster.



APRIL 9 2019
source: Details on Kylo Ren and "The Oracle" in Episode IX


• When we pick up with Kylo's story in IX, he's still struggling between the Light Side and the Dark Side. In addition to this, he's also dealing with how to reconcile his feelings toward Rey.
- My source specifically referred to these feelings as a "love" for Rey. (It's at this point in the post that I would like people on all sides of the "Reylo" issue to pause, take a deep breath and cool your collective jets before commenting on this).

• Kylo either seeks out or is summoned by a new character that is being referred to by my source as "The Oracle".
- Whether this is a code name used during production or the real name of the character is still unclear.

- In addition to the concept art that my source had access to a recreation of which is pictured below.
Note:I've seen the original and can say that the recreation is faithful to it he/she also saw the sculpt of the giant "baby" head that "the Oracle" sits on top of and described it as "essentially identical to the art - just unpainted" with the size appearing to be "8 to 10 feet wide."

• My source could not confirm this for sure but is under the assumption that the swamp environment that the Oracle is found in is on the forested planet seen in previously leaked set photos.
- He/she is also under the impression that the spider-like creature is somehow parasitic/leaching off of the the unconscious/slumbering the baby giant elf looking thing
Note: This bit may or may not be the case, I'm just passing along what I was told here.


THE ORACLE

At first glance, it's easy to look at this image and question whether or not it really feels like it fits in Star Wars, but after having sat with this for a little while, I'm personally kind of into it. It feels a bit inspired by Ralph McQuarrie to me. Kind of like a mix between the Dagobah spiders, the Dagobah swamp creature and the Gorax concept from RotJ. Most of those things, among other McQuarrie works, have found new life in recent Star Wars projects, so an amalgam of elements seems reasonable to me.

Only time will tell how it looks on screen (or if it will even make it into the final cut of the film), so we'll just have to wait and see how it all pans out...
[spoil]



AUGUST 31 2019
source: The basic plot of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker


[spoil]• As stated in a previous leak, it's been reiterated to me that we will indeed be getting young Luke and Leia flashbacks in TROS. One in particular appears to be the opening of the movie no less. We begin the action by seeing one of, if not the final training lesson between Luke and Leia. Leia is giving up her Jedi training due to the fact that she's pregnant with a son. My source on this mentioned a fight, so I believe that we may be getting Leia and Luke in a lightsaber duel toward the beginning of the film.

• Picking up in the current point in the timeline. Leia appears to have taken up the mantel of Jedi mentor to Rey in the wake of Luke's passing.
- Note: This will likely coincide with the scene from the D23 First Look where Rey throws here lightsaber at a training remote and cuts down a tree.


• Early on in the film, we catch up with Kylo's story where he is "slaughtering" people with the purpose of tracking down one of the film's McGuffins, a device known as the "wayfinder".
- I'm told that the clip of Kylo body slamming someone into the floor of a forest bathed in red light seen in the teaser. I'm also told that this planet is called "Exogol" (don't quote me on the spelling).


• Kylo obtains the wayfinder from "The Oracle" and finds it to contain coordinates to a point in the Unknown Regions. The wayfinder that Kylo is given once belonged to his grandfater.

• Using the coordinates found within the wayfinder device, Kylo arrives in the Unknown Regions. Here, Kylo encounters Emperor Palpatine. How Palpatine is still alive and how he ended up in the Unknown Regions is still a mystery to me that I hope to learn more about in the next few months.

- Note: Daisy Ridley recently said in an interview that it's explained in the film my source on this tells me that this is indeed Palpatine in the flesh. Kylo and Palpatine's conversation apparently centers around ordering Kylo to find Rey and bring her to the Emperor with the goal of turning her to the dark side. It's not lost on me that this part of the story feels very Return of the Jedi inspired, but we'll just crack on and see how this all pans out.


• My source specifically mentioned that Palpatine is very old and decrepit at this point, possibly on the verge of death. A little bit of Googling reveals that Palpatine is thought to have been born around 84 BBY making him in the neighborhood of 113 years old by the events of The Rise of Skywalker. His goal in luring Kylo to him and converting Rey to darkness is more or less to have Rey and Kylo inherit his "new Empire" and for them to rule it together.

• In order to facilitate bringing about this "new Empire", Palpatine has spent his 30 years of PTO creating a fleet of "Death Star Destroyers" (Note: I don't know if this is their actual name or not. Personally, I hope not, it's bit on the nose) which appear to be exactly what they sound like. Star Destroyers with Death Star tech mounted on them, giving them the capability to destroy a planet.

- Note: Apparently once this particular technology was unleashed 30 some odd years ago, that Pandora's box can't be shut again). According to my source, these star destroyers make up the "Sith Fleet" that house the new red Sith Troopers that were showcased at SDCC in July. I wrote this prior to the First Look being shown and the fleet has since been confirmed. It's comprised of Imperial star destroyers hiding in the Unknown Regions and we see what appears to be their planet destroying capabilities during the reel.


• Enough about Rey and Kylo, let's get back to the rest of the Resistance. Apparently we catch up with Finn and Poe returning to the jungle planet depicted in some of the behind the scenes images shown at Celebration. The duo has been in contact with an informant from within the First Order. The mole has told Finn and Poe about Kylo coming into possession of the "wayfinder".

- Note: It's unclear to me if anyone in the Resistance understands what the "wayfinder" is or where it leads. They just want to find it.


• Poe and Finn tell Leia about this and she sends Rey, Chewbacca, C-3PO and the other droids to accompany them on the mission. In order to get them going on their quest, Leia puts them in contact with someone on Pasaana (The desert planet, filmed in Jordan)

• It's at this point in the story where the Resistance team makes their way to the desert planet seen in the teaser and behind the scenes footage. It's revealed that Leia's contact is Lando Calrissian. Lando points them toward another one of our McGuffins, a "Sith artifact" that apparently turns out to be a dagger. This dagger has some sort of writing on it that 3PO can’t decipher.

- Note: My source understands this to be a "Sith language". That description is pretty vague for mFe, but the key point is sound. Heroes find dagger, dagger has writing on it that 3PO can't read.


• It’s during our heroes time on Passana that Kylo initiates a Force mind link between himself and Rey. Through their connection Kylo discovers where Rey and the Resistance crew are and leaves to pursue them. Eventually Kylo and the Knights of Ren arrive and begin to attack our heroes. One thing leads to another and the Resistance crew gets outnumbered and they are forced to make their escape on an old ship leaving the Millennium Falcon behind. Kylo recovers the Falcon and takes it back to his Star Destroyer.

• As previously mentioned, 3PO is confronted with a challenge he is not equipped to handle. The artifact found on Passana contains a language that 3PO can’t translate without modifications. In order to modify 3POs programming, Poe brings the team to the wintery planet seen in the teaser (Kijimi per the Vanity Fair article). There C-3PO is modified to allow translation of the artifact. I'm told that the modification is done by a small alien (possibly the one pictured in Image A of my post from 6 months ago. I'm not 100% sure on that, but confident enough in who told this to me that I'm willing to put it out there) Once translatable the dagger supposedly reveals information regarding a second wayfinder, this one having belonged to Emperor Palpatine himself, leading the team to journey to the forest moon of Endor.

- Note: My sources tell me that the scene from the First Look reel showing 3PO with red eyes connects to this event. The Red eyes are part of the "hack" that allows him to translate the "Sith language".


• During the events leading to the modification of 3PO on the wintery planet, Kylo initiates another Force connection between he and Rey. Kylo supposedly uses this as an opportunity to begin forcing Rey down the path of darkness. He does this by antagonizing Rey. Kylo tells her that he knows about the dagger and what it was once used for. Kylo apparently tells her that this dagger was used to murder Rey’s parents. Kylo maintains that her parents are nobodies in the grand story. This angers Rey and she lashes out at Kylo and a lightsaber duel ensues. Rey is on Kijimi and Kylo is on his Star Destroyer. According to my source no flashes of any additional locations are seen during this fight (possibly in the film at all, but we'll see). Ren keeps the link alive long enough to learn Rey’s location and eventually peruses her in his Star Destroyer like before.

• Zori Bliss is introduced sometime during their time on this planet.
Note: My sources told me that she has history with Poe prior to Keri Russell saying the same thing in an interview days ago. What this history may be is still a mystery to me right now.

• Once Kylo arrives, our gang of heroes decide to sneak aboard and attempt to recover the Falcon prior to leaving. The rescue plan goes awry and the whole group gets captured by the First Order. It’s at this point that two major things happen:
1. It’s revealed that Hux is the First Order mole that has been feeding the Resistance information and he allows the heroes to escape while Kylo is distracted by dueling with Rey in person.

2. During this duel, Kylo adds another wrinkle to Rey’s backstory. He maintains that while her parents are nobodies, her grandparents (more specifically her grandfather) wasn’t. Kylo tells Rey that she is the granddaughter of Papatine. This explains his interest in bringing the random nobody from Jakku into the fold. The crew recovers the Falcon, Rey reconnects with them and they all flee.


• Following her battle aboard the Star Destroyer and escape on the Falcon. Rey uses the newly gleaned information resulting from 3POs modifications and the translation of the dagger to travel to Endor. At this time, it’s a little unclear to me how Kylo gets from point A to point B, but supposedly he is waiting for Rey in Palpatine’s throne room aboard the wreckage of the second Death Star.

Note: I assume he knows the location of the second wayfinder due to his newfound connection to Palpatine, but that's just speculation on my part. I think it's important to note that Kylo may have been there before considering that he had the charred helmet of Vader in TFA.)

• Naturally, they fight. The specifics of this duel are unknown to me, but what I have been told about it is that it’s at this point when Rey begins to tap into some hatred to gain the upper hand and eventually defeats Kylo (Note: possibly destroying his lightsaber in the process, but that's more rumor than leak at the moment), leaving him for dead on the wreckage of the Death Star. Rey takes possession of Palpatine's wayfinder and leaves.

• My sources tell me that the "Dark Rey" moment seen in the D23 footage is in fact a vision (described to me as thematically similar to Luke seeing himself as Vader in the cave on Dagobah). This apparently is a short sequence that happens right after Rey picks up Palpatine's wayfinder.

• While lying in the wreckage of the Death Star weakened state Kylo Ren reportedly sees a vision of his father.
- Note: It’s unclear to me if Han appears as a bona fide ghost or just through the magic of injury induced hallucinations, but this interaction supposedly acts as Kylo’s “come to Jesus” moment.
Han tells Kylo that it’s never too late to change and when he leaves Endor, he leaves not as Kylo Ren, but as Ben Solo.


• This duel is a critical tipping point for Rey as well. I’m told that in the wake of her confrontation with Kylo, she takes the wayfinder and flees to Ahch-to to collect her thoughts. Her mindset is reportedly mirror Luke’s while he was there prior to and during the events of The Last Jedi. The vision of a possible dark future for herself in conjunction fact that she nearly killed Kylo scared Rey in the same way that considering killing Ben in his sleep scared Luke many years prior. She feared the path she was headed down and decides to swear off the Jedi, exiling herself on Ahch-to.

Rey scuttles the ship she used to get there just like Luke once did and she caps it all off by casting Anakin's reconstructed lightsaber toward her ship. Just when it looks like the Jedi Order is going to end (again), the specter of Luke Skywalker appears to Rey, holding her discarded lightsaber and does what all good Force ghosts do; gives our hero the resolve to do what needs to be done. Finish the work Luke began over 30 years earlier and put an end to the Emperor for good.

According to my source, Luke passes on Leia’s lightsaber to Rey.
Note: I don't know where it came from, where it's been all this time, or how Luke is able to give it to Rey, but what I can tell you (with only about 50% confidence at this point) is that Leia's blade is supposedly blue.
Bolstered by her conversation with Luke, Rey takes Leia's lightsaber, transmits the location of the Sith fleet to the Resistance before heading out herself.


• On the subject of Force ghosts, Luke makes another appearance around the time of Rey and Kylo’s crises of faith. Back at the main Resistance base, Leia is on her deathbed. My source describes it to me like Yoda’s death in Return if the Jedi, nothing bad happened, it was just her time to go. Luke has come to says goodbye, but before it all ends for Leia, he has one final lesson for her...

• From what I've been able to put together, the final act of the film is structured like this:

• Rey leaves Ahch-to and travels to the Sith fleet in the Unknown Regions. Eventually the Resistance fleet arrives and battle ensues. Somehow, Rey finds her way to The Emperor who has been waiting for her. Palpatine confirms that what Kylo told her was true. Apparently after his defeat at DSII, Palpatine was shaken by the fact that he wasn't able to maintain his hold on Vader or seduce Luke to the darkness due to their familial bond. During the course of their conversation Palpatine makes reference to this bond between Vader and Luke and likens it to his bond with Rey hoping that whatever familial connection they have will be enough to win her over and become as strong as that of the Skywalkers.

Note: What my source described next feels very reminiscent of RotJ.

Rey is trapped in The Emperor’s throne room, watching two opposing fleets battle while she is helplessly gazes onward. It’s at this point that Kylo/Ben reappears. How we get to this next part is still a bit fuzzy to me, but apparently Ben and Rey join forces and begin attacking Palpatine. Leia's lightsaber comes back into play when Rey and Kylo share the Skywalker lightsabers throughout their fight.

At some point the Emperor overpowers them both and supposedly kills Ben.
Note: there have been reports from other reputable leakers that Kylo kind of/sort of dies, but my source on this seemed pretty unambiguous. Personally, I think we'll just have to wait and see what we learn over the next few months.

When it looks like all Hope is lost, the ghosts of Luke and Leia show up to aid Rey. Together they overpower the Emperor and end his darkness once and for all.

• As for what the other members of the Resistance are doing at this point, they are engaged in a space battle against Palpatine's fleet lead by General Pryde. The Resistance's goal is supposedly to take out the flagship, severing communications and making navigation out of the Unknown Regions impossible. The flagship is destroyed around the same time that the Emperor dies.

• The last thing I was told is regarding the final sequence of the film. I don’t why, but our heroes travel to Tatooine. During these scenes, it is supposedly revealed that Rey has cannibalized Anakin/Luke's lightsaber and Leia's to make one of her own that supposedly has a yellow/gold blade. She buries the leftover pieces on the grounds of the former Lars homestead. The final shots of the Skywalker saga allegedly echo how the adventure began in ‘77, our heroes gazing at the horizon dreaming of the future as twin suns set in the distance.



SEPTEMBER 18 2019
source: The Basic Plot of The Rise of Skywalker, Updated and Expanded: Act I


ACT I

[THE PAST - UNKNOWN LOCATION]

Luke is training Leia as a Jedi. Lightsabers are involved. Leia reveals to Luke that she is pregnant and Leia makes the decision to end her Jedi training due to the impending birth of her son.


[THE PRESENT - THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Years later, Leia has picked up where her brother left off and has been helping Rey learn the ways of the Jedi. Rey is first seen doing some meditative/ “mental” Force training, but is struggling with it. In frustration, she asks Leia if she can do a physical training course instead. This is what we see Rey doing in the jungle forrest in the D23 First Look.(1, 2) It appears that Rey has more physical fortitude than she has mental strength.

[FORREST PLANET BATH IN RED LIGHT]

Supreme Leader Kylo Ren has been aware of a dark power behind his predecessor and former master, Snoke. Kylo has been spending his time as leader of the First Order with the purpose of locating this power. Generals Hux and Pryde have been following Kylo around on his quest and are beginning to get very frustrated with what they see as a fool’s errand. They see this as a waste of First Order time and resources. When we catch up with the villains of our story, Kylo is leading an assault on this planet with the purpose of finding Darth Vader’s wayfinder device. The device reveals coordinates within the Unknown Regions and Kylo is confident that this will reveal the source of Snoke’s power. Kylo Ren slaughters his way through the natives and is eventually led to "the oracle" who gives him the wayfinder.

[ASTEROID BASE]

We pick up with Finn and Poe on the Millennium Falcon, accompanied by a hand full of unfamiliar alien characters traveling to an icy asteroid base to meet with a First Order informant. This informant, an alien, is acting as a middle man between a First Order mole and our heroes. The First Order arrives and begins attacking the base.

The assault causes forces our heroes to make a hasty exit by what was described to me as “light springing” away. Light springing involves making the jump to light speed without plotting a course or a predetermined destination. As we all remember, making the jump to light speed without precise calculations could have dire consequences such as ‘flying right through a star or bouncing too close to a supernova’. The Falcon makes a hand full of these springs to throw the First Order off their trail, but as a result they are forced to deal with the consequences of such a risky maneuver. After surviving the dangers of light springing, our heroes plot a course to the secret Resistance jungle base.

[THE UNKNOWN REGIONS - EXOGOL]

After obtaining Vader’s device Kylo travels to the place specified by the wayfinder. It takes him to the Unknown Regions and a dead planet of flat, black rock. I previously reported that the planet where Kylo finds Vader's wayfinder was called Exogol. Since then my understanding has evolved and I've been told that this planet actually bears that name. Kylo lands outside a giant cube, floating just above the ground and begins walking toward it. Kylo walks between the cube and the ground and once he reaches the center he discovers an elevator leading down below the planet's surface.

He follows the lift down and finds an old man, near death and lying in bed and being tended to by cloaked aids. My source believes these aids to be referred to as Sith Loyalists. The old man identifies himself as Darth Sideous. Kylo initially dismisses the old man, knowing that the Emperor had died over 30 years prior over the forest moon of Endor. Feeling that this must be a trick, Kylo claims that there must be some other explanation, such as this man being a clone. My sources specifically tell me that the Palpatine refutes the idea of him being a clone and affirms that he survived his fall.

After his defeat at Endor, he left the known galaxy and traveled to the Unknown Regions to rebuild his Empire. Despite his skepticism, Palpatine begins to reel Kylo in and subsequently tells him of something known as a “Force Dyad”. The Force produces two incredibly strong users and when they unite together, both become stronger than either one could be on their own. Palpatine believes Kylo Ren and Rey to be the two halves of this dyad and shares this knowledge with Rey.

Note: I previously wrote that Palpatine wanted them to become “master and apprentice” since then this has been clarified to me as Palpatine seeking the two members of the Dyad

Palpatine claims that he seeks the Dyad because he is weak and dying and he wants the Dyad to rule together once he’s gone. Palpatine orders Kylo to bring Rey to him and turn her so that the Dyad will be a strong, unified force of darkness. Palpatine also reveals that he has been amassing an armada of Star Destroyers equipped with Death Star tech, each one capable of destroying a planet on its own. Generals Hux and Pryde are tasked with rounding up children in large numbers to train and staff his armada.

[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Finn and Poe return to the Resistance base bearing the knowledge obtained from their encounter with the First Order informant. The duo brings this knowledge to General Leia and tell her what they know about Kylo’s mission to the Unknown Regions, but without any leads to where he went or how he got there, the Resistance is at a dead end. Leia mentions that she has a contact who was seeking a link to the Unknown Regions long ago and may be willing to help. Leia dispatches the two of them along with Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 and C-3PO to Passana to meet with her contact and see what help he may be able to provide.

[PASSANA]

When our heroes arrive on the planet, they discover that a giant festival is going on. What they thought would be an easy mission has now turned into a much more complicated affair. They attempt to lay low and to blend in. Unsurprisingly, Chewbacca struggles with blending in because it’s very difficult to hide a 7 foot tall wookiee from prying eyes. Rey encounters an alien in the crowds who takes a liking to her, presenting her with a handmade necklace as a gift. She is asked her name and she responds “Rey”. When asked her family name, she replies that she does not have one.

At this time, Kylo establishes a connection with Rey through their bond. Their conversation ends with Kylo grabbing the necklace from around Rey’s neck. This necklace proves to be the key to the First Order discovering their location. After the connection ends, Rey warns her comrades that the First Order is on their way and that they must hurry to find Leia’s contact. It is at this point that instead of finding their contact, their contact reveals himself to them after having spotted an old wookiee friend of his out of the crowd. It’s Lando Calrissian.

Greetings and introductions are exchanged Lando tells them of a dagger that may help them find what they seek. Many years prior, Lando and Luke went in search of this dagger that was owned by a Sith loyalist named Ochie (spelling not confirmed). They tracked Ochie to Passana when the trail went cold. When met with the question of why he never left the planet after the search for Ochie and his dagger ended, Lando tells the team that he had a young child at the time of his and Luke’s quest.

While they were out searching for the dagger, the First Order stole his child. After having failed to protect his child from the First Order, Lando and Luke parted ways and he stayed on Passana ever since. This story strikes a chord with Finn having been stolen from his own family at an incredibly young age as well. Lando points them in the direction of the last known coordinates of Ochie’s ship, where the trail went cold all those years ago, wishes them luck in succeeding where he failed all those years ago but decides to sit this one out.

Our heroes follow the trail that Lando pointed out to them and eventually they happen upon Ochie’s ship. When Rey sees the ship, it triggers some memories. It’s the same ship that we see leaving Jakku in Rey’s vision from TFA. Before the implications of this can sink in, the ground beneath them gives out and the crew gets sucked below the surface of the sand. They find themselves in a series of underground tunnels where they discover the remains of Ochie and the dagger that Lando and Luke sought after. Rey feels a very strong connection to this weapon, but can’t quite articulate it.

The dagger has writing on it in a language that nobody can identify. It’s then handed over to 3PO who identifies the writing as a Sith language, but he reveals that he is unable to translate the writing due to restrictions in his programing. At this time, a plan is made to hack into C-3PO’s programming to bypass the restrictions. Poe mentions that he has an old contact that might be able to help them out.

Chewbacca takes possession of the dagger and the group’s attention shifts to finding a way out of the caves. During their escape attempt, the team runs into a giant, very aggressive, sand worm (who presumably created the tunnels). A battle with the sand worm ensues and our heroes end up backed into a corner, preparing to meet their fate when Rey notices a detail. The worm is injured. In a display of previously unknown power, Rey is able to heal the worm’s injuries, satiating the worm and providing the heroes the chance they needed to escape.

Once they crew exits the cave system, they see a First Order Star Destroyer in the sky and know that Kylo Ren has found them. Once they realize this they (correctly) reason that the First Order would have already found the Falcon, making that plan of escape impossible. The Falcon is boarded and subsequently taken back to the Star Destroyer. In an act of desperation, the crew boards Ochie’s ship and attempt to get it working. It's on this ship that the crew discovers the new droid D-O. Rey senses that Kylo is coming for her, so she takes off on her own to confront him and buy her friends some time. (This is where the TIE interceptor flip sequence from the first teaser takes place). While Kylo and Rey are engaged, the Knights of Ren and the First Order head for Ochie’s ship and our other heroes.

Chewbacca splits off from the crew and attempts to delay the Knights, but it captured. The dagger is taken from him and he boards a First Order prisoner transport. Rey and Kylo both notice Chewbacca being taken captive and being brought to a transport ship during their confrontation. As the ship takes off, Rey shifts her attention from Kylo to her captured friend and begins to use the Force to stop the transport and pull it back to the ground. Kylo attempts to counteract this by pushing the ship away.

Control over the ship becomes a battle between Kylo and Rey, much like their battle for Anakin’s lightsaber in TLJ. Kylo begins to gain the upper hand which angers Rey. In her frustration, lightning shoots from her hand, destroying the the transport ship and killing all its passengers. Devastated by what she just did, Rey collapses. While all this is transpiring, Poe, Finn, 3PO and BB-8 get Ochie’s ship in the air just in time to fly over to pick up a distraught Rey. With no Lando, no Falcon, no dagger and no Chewbacca, our heroes limp away from the desert planet.



SEPTEMBER 22 2019
source: The Basic Plot of The Rise of Skywalker, Updated and Expanded: Act II


ACT II

[KIJIMI]

The heroes of the Resistance make their way to the snow dusted planet of Kijimi to execute their plan to discover what secrets the dagger held. Despite not being in possession of the dagger anymore, 3PO tells the crew that he has the message committed to memory, so all hope is not lost. Poe tracks down an old contact of his, Zorri Bliss, who brings them to a small creature named Babbu Frik (again, spelling not confirmed) to hack 3PO’s programming to read the Sith language on the dagger. Frik tells everyone that he can unlock the message to be read, but in doing so C-3PO’s memory will be wiped.

Still reeling from the loss of Chewbacca, the heroes argue about finding another way to get the job done, but in an act of self sacrifice C-3PO voluntarily consent to the modifications, knowing that (for all intents and purposes) the droid we’ve all known for years will essentially die. According to my sources, this scene is reportedly one of the most emotional in the film. Frik completes the hack and 3PO is now able to read the message inscribed on the dagger. (This action creates the red eyed C-3PO seen in the D23 footage) The translated text points them to the location of the Emperor’s own wayfinder. Having served his purpose, 3PO’s memory wipe begins and he shuts down. Once the memory wipe is complete, 3PO reboots with a completely empty memory.

While on Kijimi, Kylo initiates another mind bond with Rey to try and divine her location a second time. Kylo spends much of this time antagonizing Rey, some of this conversation revolves around her parents and the truth behind the dagger. It was once used to murder her parents. Many years ago, Ochee was sent to murder Rey’s parents who were trying to hide Rey from the galaxy. Ochee succeeded, leaving her parents as nobodies to be forgotten by that galaxy. Where Ochee failed was with Rey. He could not find her so he left her behind on Jakku.

This is what Rey remembers, the ship leaving in the wake of her parent’s murder, not her parents abandoning her. Rey lashes out at Kylo during this bond and their lightsabers clash. Having gotten everything he needed from Rey during this session, he cuts off the bond. The Star Destroyers arrive on Kijimi after having followed our heroes there. As Kylo makes his way down to the planet, Zorri helps the Resistance escape by employing the use of something described to me as a “First Order passage device”, something that transmits a signal recognized as friendly to the First Order allowing the ship to pass uninterrupted. As our heroes make their escape, we see that Palpatine’s orders to Hux and Pryde are being carried out as children are being rounded up by soldiers of the First Order.

[First Order Star Destroyer Above Kijimi]

As the heroes escape on Ochee’s ship, the group makes the decision to use the passage device to board the Star Destroyer and recapture the Falcon. The device works as advertised and their ship lands without question. On board the Star Destroyer, the droids log on to the ship’s computer network to locate the Falcon, but in the process they discover that Chewbacca is still alive! He was on a different prisoner transport ship the entire time. The team hatches a plan for a rescue mission but Rey splits off, feeling as if something is calling to her. Meanwhile, the others find Chewie, but their rescue attempt fails and they are all taken captive. The calling Rey feels is caused by the dagger which draws her to it in Kylo’s living quarters.

[KIJIMI]

Back on the surface of the planet and having grown tired of a fruitless search for Rey, Kylo initiates another Force bond with her. He discovers that she is on his Star Destroyer and a lightsaber duel breaks out between the two of them across two different locations. Kylo on the surface of Kijimi and Rey aboard the Star Destroyer. During this encounter, Kylo reveals that there is more to the story behind Rey and her parents. Rey is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. He tells her that they are meant to join together on the dark side and that it’s all part of the Emperor’s plan. It’s clear that by this point in the story, Kylo is fully committed to what the Emperor’s mission for him.

Once Rey and Kylo’s Force bond duel ends, Kylo makes his way back to his ship and Rey grabs the dagger and Chewbacca’s bandolier and bolts. Rey bumps into a fresh minded C-3PO along the way, hands him Chewbacca’s effects and the dagger and tells him to make a run for it while she stalls Kylo. When it appears that all is lost for our heroes that have been captured by the First Order, General Hux arrives and surprisingly not only allows them to escape, but points them in the direction of the Falcon. Hux was the mole within the First Order that Finn and Poe had received information from.

Rey and the other heroes make a break for the Falcon and escape. After they leave, Kylo kills Hux for treason against the First Order. From this point forward, General Pryde is the sole commander of the First Order military. The Emperor contacts Pryde and demands that he use one of the specially equipped Star Destroyers to destroy Kijimi as an act of loyalty and Pryde complies.

[ENDOR]

The information gleaned from C-3PO’s translation of the dagger’s writing leads the location of a second wayfinder device which turns out to be aboard the wreckage of the second Death Star on the forest moon of Endor. Along their way to the wreckage, the crew comes in contact with a person named Jannah. It is revealed that she was press ganged into First Order service as a child, but eventually escaped and found her way to Endor where she has been living for some time. At this time it is revealed that she is the child that Lando lost to the First Order all those years ago. Jannah provides Rey with transportation to get to the Death Star wreckage

Rey makes her way to the Death Star wreckage and begins climbing her way through it’s twisted remains. One of my sources told me that this scene feels very reminiscent of the activities we see Rey doing when we are first introduced to her in VII. She eventually reaches the Emperor’s throne room and discovers a chamber connecting to that room that contains the second wayfinder. Rey approaches the object and picks it up which induces visions of a possible future for herself.

In this vision we see a version of Rey that has been enveloped by the dark side as seen in the D23 footage. My sources have also told me that the voice of Palpatine may be heard during this scene. The vision shocks Rey and she stumbles back into the throne room where Kylo Ren is waiting for her. Kylo takes possession of the Emperor’s wayfinder, destroys it and indicates to Rey that the only way to get another wayfinder is to go through him and take Vader’s. A lightsaber battle ensues, beginning in the throne room and eventually transitioning to exterior wreckage among the crashing waves.

[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Off in another part of the galaxy while Kylo and Rey clash sabers, a bright light in the universe begins to fade. Leia is dying. Before her death, we hear the voice of a familiar hero come to bid her farewell and pass on one last bit of knowledge…[Endor]

As their battle rages on, both Kylo and Rey sense the death or their respective mother and mentor. They both react, but Rey recovers from the shock sooner and leverages the moment to take Kylo’s weapon from him and stab him through the chest with it. In the aftermath of their concluded duel, Rey declares to Kylo that she will never be like him and fall to the dark side. She exercises her newfound healing ability to save Kylo from death, steals his ship along with Vader’s wayfinder device aboard it and takes off, leaving her enemy behind.

After Rey leaves the forest moon, the remainder of the Resistance crew boards the Falcon, along with their newfound ally Jannah, having spent the duration of Rey and Kylo’s fight repairing the ship, and return to the hidden base on the jungle planet.

Broken and defeated, Kylo Ren remains on the wreckage of the second Death Star when he is visited by a vision of his father. Han speaks to his son, telling him that it’s never too late to return to return to the light and make the right choice. This conversation has a profound effect on Kylo and in a symbolic gesture, he discards his lightsaber and walks away from darkness and the identity of Kylo Ren.



SEPTEMBER 28 2019
source: The Basic Plot of The Rise of Skywalker, Updated and Expanded: Act III


ACT III

[AHCH-TO]

Following her experience on the Death Star, Rey returns to the island on Ahch-to. Throughout the course of the film she has given in to her aggression, nearly killed her friend by unleashing a stream of lightning on a ship, learned that she is the descendant of the Sith Lord who reduced the Jedi to numbers that they have yet to recover from even half a century later, saw a vision of herself as a servant of darkness and stabbed her enemy through the chest in anger.

Her most recent encounter with Kylo was the last straw and Rey has now made the decision to follow the example set by Luke and exile herself on the island where the Jedi began. Rey scuttles the ship she stole from Kylo and throws the repaired lightsaber originally constructed by Anakin Skywalker in after it. A ghostly hand snatches the lightsaber out of thin air as it's being thrown. It's Luke Skywalker. Luke’s conversation with Rey is said to be encouraging yet realistically grim in tone. Luke knows first hand what it’s like to face Palpatine and that it’s not an easy task.

Rey must confront Palpatine in the same way that Luke once had to confront Vader. Luke encourages Rey by telling her of the faith Leia had in her. She saw the potential within her and hoped that Rey would be able to restore balance to the Force once more just as Anakin once did. Rey supposedly asks to speak to Leia at one point, but Luke responds by telling her that Leia has not yet completed her training and he can not yet feel her distinctive consciousness within the Force. By the end of their conversation, Rey is reenergized for the seemingly insurmountable task that lies ahead of her and agrees to leave the island.

Having destroyed the ship she used to come to Ahch-to, Luke raises his own X-wing (previously seen submerged in the coves of the island) to allow Rey to face Palpatine. In addition to the starfighter, Luke gifts Rey with a lightsaber that once belonged to Leia. He tells her how Leia left her saber with Luke when she stopped training and Luke kept it on him. He then points Rey to where he kept it safe in his hut. Rey boards the X-wing, armed with the coordinates for Palpatine’s location obtained from Vader’s wayfinder and leaves the planet.

[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

After returning to the jungle base, several things happen. After seeing the sacrifice made by 3PO, R2 reveals that he has a backup of C-3PO’s memories in his archives and is able to restore the droid to a mostly whole state. My sources believe this backup memory to have been created sometime around the time of The Force Awakens. It’s an older C-3PO, but it’s better than no 3PO at all. Lando reenters the story, having changed his mind, coming to the Jungle Base and wanting to help however he can. It is at this time that Rey begins transmitting coordinates into the Unknown Regions obtained from the wayfinder to the Resistance. The Resistance mobilizes, readying themselves for the impending conflict.

[THE UNKNOWN REGIONS - EXOGOL]

Rey follows the coordinates found in the wayfinder to the same spot Kylo did earlier in the film. Rey lands outside the giant cube floating above the ground and makes her way through the same underground passages. The cube, composed of black rock, floats several meters above the ground and is so massive that one corner can not be seen in frame when the camera is at another. As Rey travels down into the depths of the planet, giant Sith statues can be seen. Where Rey and Kylo’s experiences begin to differ come in with where Rey discovers Palpatine.

Palpatine is not in the same chamber that Kylo discovered him in, but in a huge arena, surrounded by Sith loyalists in dark cloaks in the grandstands. Palpatine is being supported by some kind of mechanical arm, possibly connecting him to life support machinery. Rey begins to confront Palpatine. During this conversation Sideous reportedly confirms Rey’s lineage and goads her on to take up a lightsaber and strike him down (very much like how he encouraged Luke to do the same thing 30 years prior), telling her that only in killing him will she gain the power needed to save her friends.

Palpatine also apparently makes statements alluding to the belief that Vader could not betray Luke due to their familial bond and that same kind of bond would ultimately cause Rey to do what the Emperor wishes. During his taunts, the sickly Sith opens the roof of the stadium chamber revealing that the sky above is filled with Star Destroyers soon to be embroiled in conflict with the approaching Resistance. As the battle between the First Order/Empire and the Resistance begins to rage in the skies above them, Rey gives into the Emperor’s commands and decides to strike him down.

Through means that are still a bit foggy to me, Ben Solo was able to leave the wreckage of the Death Star and his former persona behind and travel to Exogol with the purpose of joining Rey to help her face down Sidious. Before leaving the Death Star wreckage, Ben abandoned Kylo’s lightsaber so now he’s walking into a warzone with no weapon. When he arrives on the planet, he encounters the Knights of Ren who are guarding the entrance to the arena where Rey and Sidious are. Ben reportedly dispatches each of them using only the Force. After doing this he enters the arena as Rey is about strike the Emperor using Leia’s blade. Ben grabs Anakin’s lightsaber and warns Rey to reconsider what she is about to do, to not kill the Emperor in anger. Seeing Ben arrive pleases Sideous. He then uses his power to bond them together and begins to syphon power from that bond and direct it into himself. As the power flows into him, the once silky and decrepit Palpatine stands tall and strong once again, restoring himself to a much younger, healthier state.

[THE SKIES OVER EXOGOL]

While all this action is happening on the ground, much more explosive events are happening in the sky. The Resistance and the First Order are locked in battle. The details I have on what happens during this branch of the plot are a bit sparse at the moment, but here’s what I have been told. The Resistance arrives and they are confronted with hundreds of Palpatine’s Sith Star Destroyers. Their goal is to take out the flagship of the destroyers, where General Pryde is located. Taking out the flagship will supposedly sever communications with the rest of the fleet and prevent them from being able to navigate the perils of the Unknown Regions.

At one point during the battle Finn and Jannah (joined by others, but exactly who is not clear to me right now) land on Pryde’s flagship to destroy it. They recognize this as essentially a suicide mission but Finn and Jannah in particular see the price they may have to pay as wort it to prevent more children from being abducted like they once were. One of my sources described it to me like a D-Day type mission for the Resistence where they attempt to land on to a moving Star Destroyer amidst the battle scene.

Having returned to full strength, Palpatine then shoots lightning into Ben, forcing him to fall into a bottomless abyss, never to be seen again. Sideous then shoots lightning into the sky at Resistance ships. He reportedly continues to make statements about how Rey will join him. In defiance of this, Rey grabs both Anakin’s and Leia’s lightsabers and Palpatine turns his wrath on her. It’s lightsaber vs. lightning at this point and when it seems like all hope is lost for Rey, the spectors of Luke and Leia come to her aid. They jointly work toward overpowering the Emperor, deflecting his lightning back toward himself, killing him and unleashing an explosion powerful enough to make the arena start to crumble around them. Darth Sideous, the last of the Sith Lords, is finally dead.

At this same time Finn and Jannah complete their mission and succeed in destroying Pryde’s flagship. The two are prepared to go down with the ship, but are rescued at the last second by the Falcon. Rey escapes the crumbling arena.


[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Having won the day, the survivors of the battle regroup at the jungle base and celebrate. What follows is apparently celebration across the galaxy, once again mirroring what is seen at the end of Return of the Jedi.


[TATOOINE]

For the end of the film, the heroes then travel to where everything began. The desolate, sandswept planet of Tatooine.

Between defeating Sidious and this moment, Rey has disassembled Anakin and Leia’s lightsabers and used their components to construct one of her own that I’m told contains a golden/yellow blade. Rey buries the leftover pieces beneath the Tatooine sands at the site of the Lars homestead.

As Rey turns to join Finn, Poe, Jannah, Chewie, R2, 3PO, BB-8 and D-0, a stranger calls out to her. The stranger apparently speaks of how nobody has been seen around this land for a very long time and asks Rey for her name.

This is the second time in the film that this question has been posed to her, but unlike her response on Pasaana, Rey has decided who she is. She gives the name Rey Skywalker to the stranger, adopting the name of her masters and revealing the primary meaning of the title of the film. As Rey begins to rejoin her friends, she catches a glimpse of some familiar glowing figures, watching over her. The assembly of heroes look off into the distance at the horizon of the desert planet and watch twin suns set on a universe filled with hope.



THE END


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A new report from MSW.com jibes with Jedi Praxis:



Rumor: The main sequence from the next Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer!
....

The trailer is said to open with Kylo landing on the dead world of Exogal or Exogul (we don’t know the spelling).

  • We observe Kylo as walks towards a large floating cube.
  • We see Kylo Ren take a lift down below the surface into the planet.
  • Ren meets an old man (Darth Sidious).
  • The cut jumps to Kylo with his saber igniting and being put up to the old man’s neck who identifies himself as Darth Sidious.
  • Palpatine or Darth Sidious is in a vertical med chair he is strapped into.
  • We then see a lot of general shots of the battles and the Resistance like the stuff we’ve seen before.
  • The trailer ends with Palpatine saying “something” in his gravely spooky voice we will likely report soon.

I might be able to report more on the trailer once more sources have seen it and can verify more commonalities between the various cuts. But for now, that moment is said to be the exposition and the core of the two minute trailer. We see Kylo discovering the old version of Palpatine before he becomes something “more.” The rest of the trailer is the kid of stuff we have already seen for the most part.





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A trailer report from "smcoenfi"


September 27 2019
(source: FINAL TRAILER REPORT I)


• A strange massive cube hovers over an obsidian surface. Kylo Ren’s shuttle flies towards it.
• Cut to black.
Kylo: Why have you brought me here?

• Shot of Sith Fleet.
• Cut to black.
Palpatine: To offer you unlimited power.

• Shot of Sith troopers.
• Cut to black.
Kylo: What do you want from me?

• Shot of Kylo with his back turned facing something in a dark room obstructed by his silhouette and purple light.
• Cut to black.
Palpatine: Just bring me the girl.

• Up close shot on Kylo Ren.
• Cut to black.
Kylo: who are you?

• Up close shot of Palpatine sitting up in bed, hood over his head.
• He looks frail.
• He laughs.

• Up close shot of Rey waking up, panicked.

LUCASFILM

• Rey, training in a Forest with Leia.
Rey: I keep having these dreams.

• Quick flash of Poe, Finn, Chewbacca and Threepio.
Rey: He’s coming for me.

• Poe and Finn looking ready to take on an army.
• The Falcon evading TIE Fighters.
• Rey embracing Leia.
Rey: It’s too dangerous, I have to go alone.

• Poe, Finn, Threepio, BB8, and Chewbacca all stand facing Rey who is just outside the Falcon.
• Chewbacca roars.
Threepio: He says we’re going with you.

THIS CHRISTMAS

• Shot of Kylo Ren back in helmet marching down a ramp with knights in tow.
• Shot of a huge explosion on the surface of a planet.
• Shot of Poe looking concentrated in a cockpit.
• Shot of Zorri removing her helmet.
• Shot of Finn being grossed out after a slug alien gets too close.
• Shot of three people falling through sand.

THE SAGA

• Shot of what looks to be an epic space battle.
• Shot of Lando shooting a blaster.
• Shot of Jannah and Finn riding over a hill on space horses.
• Shot of Pryde surveying the Sith Fleet from a bridge.
• Shot of the Pasana festival.
• Shot of Kylo sitting down into his father’s seat on the Falcon.

COMES TO AN END

• Shot of Rey holding the dagger.
• Shot of Kylo grabbing Hux by the throat.
• Shot of Threepio holding Chewbacca’s bandolier and bow caster.
• Shot of Rey in an absolute rage.

• Shot of the Death Star Ruins.
• Shot of Rey and Kylo fighting from afar.
• Cut to black.

• Slow fade in on Leia lying in a bed.
• She turns and looks.
Leia: Luke...

• Luke Skywalker stands in the doorway.
• Luke: Leia...

STAR WARS
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER



October 4 2019
(source: FINAL TRAILER REPORT II • TRAILER PROMOS)


"This Sunday, you’ll get teasers for the trailer all throughout the day during NFL coverage on CBS, Fox, and NBC."

First one:
• Black screen.
• Paplatine laugh.
• Rey wakes startled.

Monday Night Football logo


Second one:
• Shuttle ramp opens

• Kylo and his knights descend down it.
• Kylo is masked.
• He lights his saber.

Monday Night Football logo


Third one:
• Rey trains in a forest with Leia.
• She says May the Force Be With you.
• Cuts to a different scene but same forest where they embrace.

Monday Night Football logo


Fourth One:
• Voice Over from Finn with a black screen with his line from TFA about being taken from a family he’s never known.
• Cut to Finn and Jannah on space horses coming up over a hill looking battle ready.

Monday Night Football logo


Fifth one:
• No dialogue.
• Shot of Pryde from behind looking out of a massive bay window at blackness.
• He’s flanked on either side by Sith Troopers whose backs are also towards us.
• Lightning lights up the sky to reveal the massive fleet of Star Destroyers out the window.

Monday Night Football logo



October 7 2019
(source: FINAL TRAILER REPORT III)


• After the shot of Kylo and Rey fighting and the abrupt cut to black, there’s a few seconds of black screen and then scenes cut fast to a beat like a heart between black screen and Someone lowering Kylo’s helmet onto his head from behind.
• Black screen.
Palpatine - We will bring back the Sith

• Kylo Ren looks up as if he’s been bowing his head, masked.
Palpatine - (voice only while Kylo raises his head) And you shall be called Darth...

STAR WARS
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER


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Obviously this isn't going down tonight since none of this happened during football on Sunday. I'll bet it's more likely to happen on the 21st, which incidentally is my birthday and I'll be at Galaxy's Edge. Yay.


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Happy early birthday. Too bad Disney declared Galaxy's Edge a "No fun allowed" zone. In other words, no cosplaying, and no running around with lightsabers among several "no's." Reports say that fans aren't even allowed to keep lightsabers that they pay $200 to construct. Galaxy's Edge from all reports is essentially a ghost town now. Enjoy.

Welcome to Disney's Star Wars, CoGro.


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"Palpatine then shoots lightning into Ben, forcing him to fall into a bottomless abyss, never to be seen again."

I swear, if Kylo's very last line in the final Star Wars movie is "wilhelm scream" I will buy the script and frame it once it comes out


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Praxis' summary is illogical. They didn't CGI Carrie and there's no way we see a scene of him training her; they didn't film that in TFA. Mark has all but confirmed this. There are other inconsistencies too but whatever.


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Below is the most recent Praxis Plot Synopsis 3.0 which contains revisions from the additional filming and rehoots.
Also featured a pdf converted to .JPG of Revision 3.0: https://imgur.com/a/wt2uaGE

OCTOBER 11 2019
source: The Rise of Skywalker: Reshoots and Edits (Story Summary v3.0)

"All changes made during editing/reshoots are denoted by ​bold text​.
Omissions through editing/reshoots is characterized by ​crossed out text​ while new additions and changes are in italics​.
The order of some scenes have been rearranged to reflect new information, but the text of the document itself remains unaltered".

ACT I

[THE PAST – UNKNOWN LOCATION]

Luke is training Leia as a Jedi. Lightsabers are involved. Leia reveals to Luke that she is pregnant and Leia makes the decision to end her Jedi training due to the impending birth of her son.

According to my sources, this scene is no longer the opening of the film and may be cut entirely in favor of dialogue between Rey and the ghost of Luke later on in the film. The current opening is as follows

[EXOGAL]

The film now apparently begins with a shot of a control tower rising from the ground of the planet. The control tower begins transmitting a signal, some rumbling below the surface of the planet begins and then the Star Destroyers of the Sith Fleet break through the dark, rocky surface of the planet and rise into the air.

Apparently this change was made to establish the fleet as a threat from the very beginning as well as coordinate with changes made to the back half of the film during reshoots
.

[FORREST PLANET BATHED IN RED LIGHT]

Supreme Leader Kylo Ren has been aware of a dark power behind his predecessor and former master, Snoke. Kylo has been spending his time as leader of the First Order with the purpose of locating this power. Generals Hux and Pryde have been following Kylo around on his quest and are beginning to get very frustrated with what they see as a fool’s errand. They see this as a waste of First Order time and resources.

When we catch up with the villains of our story, Kylo is leading an assault on​ ​this planet​ with the purpose of finding Darth Vader’s wayfinder device. The device reveals coordinates within the Unknown Regions and Kylo is confident that this will reveal the source of Snoke’s power. Kylo Ren slaughters his way through the natives ​and is eventually led to​ ​"the oracle"​ ​who gives him the wayfinder.

● According to my sources, the “oracle” sequence has been removed from the film in the wake of reshoots in favor of the following...

● Kylo walks toward a castle/tower described to me as similar in style to Vader’s seen in Rogue One and finds the wayfinder in a chest. Prior to getting the wayfinder Kylo has what was described to me as split second “PTSD flashbacks to Luke and Han”. What this means exactly is unknown to me, but my source made it clear that voiceover and flashbacks of this nature are very easy to drop in and out, so it's possible this may not make it to the final cut. Kylo then hears a voice that the audience should be able to identify as Palpatine calling Kylo to
come to him.

● Apparently Kylo killing natives is toned down a bit to provide a smoother transition between evil Kylo in the beginning and good Ben at the end. I’m also told that the “oracle” was removed because it was deemed too confusing for audiences.


[THE PRESENT – THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Years later,​ Leia has picked up where her brother left off and has been helping Rey learn the ways of the Jedi. Rey is first seen doing some meditative/ “mental” Force training, but is struggling with it.

● Reshoots have apparently amended Rey’s mental training to be focused around trying to communicate with past Jedi who have become one with the Force.

In frustration, she asks Leia if she can do a physical training course instead. This is what we see Rey doing in the jungle forrest in the D23 First Look.(​1​,​ ​2​) It appears that Rey has more physical fortitude than she has mental strength.


● Reshoots have added a greater sense of anger in Rey during her physical training. In her anger she cuts down a tree which falls on BB-8 and damages him. After her training she tries to communicate with Luke, asking him to appear to her but nothing happens. Rey gives her lightsaber to Leia feeling that she is undeserving of it.

● The reasoning why this was added seems to be to establish Rey’s struggle with anger and an inability to commune with dead Jedi earlier in the film making her successes in the end over those struggles more impactful.

[THE UNKNOWN REGIONS - EXOGAL]

After obtaining Vader’s device Kylo travels to the place specified by the wayfinder. It takes him to the Unknown Regions and a dead planet of flat, black rock. I previously reported that the planet where Kylo finds Vader's wayfinder was called Exogol. Since then my understanding has evolved and I've been told that this planet actually bears that name. Kylo lands outside a giant cube, floating just above the ground and begins walking toward it. Kylo walks between the cube and the ground and once he reaches the center he discovers an elevator leading down below the planet's surface. He follows the lift down

As Kylo descends, he passes by giant statues and finds an old man near death and lying in bed and being tended to by cloaked aids.

Palpatine is apparently vertical on this bed. To me, it sounds similar to the kind of slab Vader was on at the end of RotS.

My source believes these aids to be referred to as Sith Loyalists. The old man identifies himself as Darth Sideous. ​Kylo initially dismisses the old man, knowing that the Emperor had died over 30 years prior over the forest moon of Endor.

Feeling that this must be a trick, Kylo claims that there must be some other explanation, such as this man being a clone. My sources specifically tell me that the Palpatine refutes the idea of him being a clone and affirms that he survived his fall.​ After his defeat at Endor, he left the known galaxy and traveled to the Unknown Regions to rebuild his Empire. ​Despite his skepticism, Palpatine begins to reel Kylo in and subsequently tells him of something known as a “Force Dyad”.

The Force produces two incredibly strong users and when they unite together, both become stronger than either one could be on their own. Palpatine believes Kylo Ren and Rey to be the two halves of this dyad and shares this knowledge with Rey. (Note: I previously wrote that Palpatine wanted them to become “master and apprentice” since then this has been clarified to me as Palpatine seeking the two members of the Dyad)

Palpatine claims that he seeks the Dyad because he is weak and dying and he wants the Dyad to rule together once he’s gone.​ Palpatine orders Kylo to bring Rey to him and turn her so that the Dyad will be a strong,​ unified force of darkness
. Palpatine also reveals that he has been amassing an armada of Star Destroyers equipped with Death Star tech, each one capable of destroying a planet on its own. Generals Hux and Pryde are tasked with rounding up children in large numbers to train and staff his armada.

The new version of this scene seems to put Kylo’s volatility and anger front and center.

Instead of more or less just having a conversation like before, Kylo now apparently threatens Palpatine, point blank, with his lightsaber after making his way over to him. Curt words are apparently traded back and forth between the two. It’s been indicated to me that Palpatine does not refute that he died on the Death Star when challenged, but kind responds in a “yet here I am” sort of way.

This new knowledge now changes my belief that this is the real deal Emperor and makes me believe that this may be an issue left a little more on the open ended or ambiguous side. The scene goes on to have Palpatine mocking Kylo’s “let the past die” mindset and talks about how the past is the key to the future. I’m told Palpatine speaks of the Sith Fleet being years in the making and the Empire needing a leader to rule it. Palpatine also apparently tells Kylo of Rey’s lineage during this conversation.

● All mentions of the dyad concept have apparently been scrubbed from the film at this point in time. The reason for this change is apparently similar to the removal of Oracle, too confusing. It muddied what Sideous’ goals were. The removal of the dyad concept apparently streamlines his motivations in act 3. On a personal note, I’m a bit disappointed that this explanation for Rey and Kylo’s strength and connection has been removed. My sources say that their lineages to Vader and
Sideous respectively was deemed a sufficient explanation.



[ASTEROID BASE]

We pick up with Finn and Poe on the Millennium Falcon, accompanied by a hand full of unfamiliar alien characters traveling to an icy asteroid base to meet with a First Order informant. This informant, an alien, is acting as a middle man between a First Order mole and our heroes.

● I’m told that this contact’s name is Boolio. That name has since been associated with this character, first seen as “M) Horned Pilot” in the Lego Millennium Falcon set for IX.

● Boolio gives them some sort of data encoder with information on it.

The First Order arrives and begins attacking the base. The assault causes forces our heroes to make a hasty exit by what was described to me as ​“light springing”​ away.

● I’m now hearing that this is called a “lightspeed skip” not “light springing”, but the mechanics of it remain unchanged.

Light Springing​ A Lightspeed Skip​ involves making the jump to light speed without plotting a course or a predetermined destination. As we all remember, making the jump to light speed without precise calculations could have dire consequences such as ‘flying right through a star or bouncing too close to a supernova’. The Falcon makes a hand full of these ​springs​​skips​ to throw the First Order off their trail, but as a result they are forced to deal with the consequences of such a risky maneuver.

Apparently the Falcon is pursued by First Order TIEs that perform the same maneuver to much less success. After surviving the dangers of ​light springing​ ​lightspeed skipping​, our heroes plot a course to the secret Resistance jungle base.


[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Finn and Poe return to the Resistance base bearing the knowledge obtained from their encounter with the First Order informant.

I’m told that it’s been added in reshoots that Rey yells at Poe for damaging the Falcon while lightspeed skipping and Poe yells at Rey for damaging BB-8.

The duo brings this knowledge to General Leia and tell her what they know about Kylo’s mission to the Unknown Regions, but without any leads to where he went or how he got there, the Resistance is at a dead end.

● The Resistance reviews the information gleaned from the data encoder and they find out about the Sith Fleet and Palpatine’s return. I’m told that cloning is once again discussed as a possibility, but it’s confirmed or denied here either.

Snoke is apparently dismissed as a pawn working for Palpatine ash he plotted his way back to power from the Unknown Regions. Finn apparently voices concerns over the children that will need to be kidnapped as he was in order to staff a fleet of this scale. I’m told that this section was added in reshoots to provide more clarity to what’s going on in the film
.


[FIRST ORDER STAR DESTROYER]

● A room full of high ranking First Order officers is gathered. Hux and Pryde are among them. Boolio’s head is apparently thrown onto a table. Kylo states to the room that he knows that there is a spy within the First Order. Kylo seems to be ok
with this because it will draw Rey out of hiding. I’m told that one officer suggests that the Sith Fleet cannot be trusted and this officer is subsequently choked, shoved into the ceiling and dropped to the floor by Kylo.

● I’m told that this was added to give more clarity to the dynamic between the Frist Order and the Sith Fleet. It also establishes that Kylo is still the one calling the shots within the First Order and answers the question of what happened to Poe’s contact.


[THE RESISTANCE JUNGLE BASE]

Leia mentions that she has a contact who was seeking a link to the Unknown Regions long ago and may be willing to help.​ Leia dispatches the two of them ​(Poe and Finn)​ along with Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 and C-3PO to Passana ​to meet with her contact and see what help he may be able to provide.

● Before taking off a few new things were apparently added in reshoots. Leia gives Rey her lightsaber back and Maz gives Rey a little pep talk before she leaves.

● Rey tells the crew that Luke left behind some notes and coordinates within the Jedi texts she stole from the tree library on Ahch-to that describe a Sith artifact that might help them. One of my sources says that they go to Passana to “seek
out a hermit that Luke knew.”


[PASSANA]

When our heroes arrive on the planet, they discover that a​ ​giant festival​ is going on.

● This festival is apparently identified by 3PO as the “Aki Aki celebration” and happens once every 42 years. We already know that the species seen on the Passana deserts is called the Aki Aki, so I think this is likely a descriptor, not the name of the festival itself.

What they thought would be an easy mission has now turned into a much more complicated affair. They attempt to lay low and to blend in. Unsurprisingly, Chewbacca struggles with blending in because it’s very difficult to hide a 7 foot tall wookiee from prying eyes. Rey encounters an alien in the crowds who takes a liking to her, presenting her with a handmade necklace as a gift. She is asked her name and she responds “Rey”. When asked her family name, she replies that she does not have one.

● I’m now being told that it’s a child that gives the necklace to Rey.
At this time, Kylo establishes a connection with Rey through their bond.

● According to my contacts, their interaction consists of the following “[Kylo] antagonizes her about her parents leaving her and selling her. Tells her she feels all alone and there is nobody who understands her except him.” Their conversation ends with Kylo grabbing the necklace from around Rey’s neck. ​This necklace proves to be the key to the First Order discovering their location.

● Kylo analyzes the necklace on his Star Destroyer and finds out where it’s from.

After the connection ends, Rey warns her comrades that the First Order is on their way and that they must hurry to find Leia’s contact. It is at this point that instead of finding their contact, their contact reveals himself to them after having spotted an old wookiee
friend of his out of the crowd
.

● Rey travels through the crowds to warn her friends of the First Order’s knowledge of where she is when First Order stormtroopers show up and “ambush” them. They are saved by someone in the crowd who escorts them to a safe area.
It’s Lando Calrissian.

Greetings and introductions are exchanged Lando tells them of a dagger that may help them find what they seek. Many years prior, Lando and Luke went in search of ​this dagger that was owned by​ a Sith loyalist named Ochie (spelling not confirmed).

● Luke and Lando’s quest was for Sith relics and Ochie. The dagger wasn’t part of their search and it doesn’t come into play until later. I’m now hearing “Ochie of Bastoon” as a possible more complete name for this character. Don’t quote me on
the spelling or pronunciation, but I’m sure it’ll at least sound pretty close to that when it’s all said and done. Lando tells of how he and Luke had been searching the galaxy for Sith artifacts and spent some time tracking Ochie due to his
knowledge on the wayfinders.


They eventually track him to Passana and find his ship but no Ochie. They tracked Ochie to Passana when the trail went cold. When met with the question of why he never left the planet after the search for Ochie ​and his dagger​ ended, Lando tells the team that
he had a young child at the time of his and Luke’s quest. While they were out searching ​for the dagger, ​the First Order stole his child. After having failed to protect his child from the First Order, Lando and Luke parted ways and he stayed on Passana ever since.

● Apparently Lando believes that the First Order had a goal of turning the children of the heroes of the Rebellion into their own enemies as a form of revenge. This story strikes a chord with Finn having been stolen from his own family at an incredibly
young age as well.


● The sound of First Order TIEs can be heard and apparently Lando is the one to deliver the “I have a bad feeling about this” line in TROS.

Lando points them in the direction of the last known coordinates of Ochie’s ship, where the trail went cold all those years ago, wishes them luck in succeeding where he failed all those years ago but decides to sit this one out.

● A source told me “he says no, that he himself is a relic now and belongs lost in the desert.” That’s not a direct quote from the film, just a direct quote from my source.

Our heroes follow the trail that Lando pointed out to them

● The Resistance group flees the area on speeders. They are chased into the desert by the First Order with the Knights of Ren further behind them who arrive on Pasaana. It is as this point that the Falcon is located and detained by the First Order. The speeder chase ends with the First Order troopers getting killed.

and eventually they happen upon Ochie’s ship. When Rey sees the ship, it triggers some memories. It’s the same ship that we see leaving Jakku in Rey’s vision from TFA. Before the implications of this can sink in, the ground beneath them gives out and the crew gets sucked
below the surface of the sand. They find themselves in a series of underground tunnels where they discover the remains of Ochie and the dagger ​that Lando and Luke sought after.

● It is discovered that Ochie was a not just a Sith loyalist, but a Sith assassin.

Rey feels a very strong connection to this weapon, but can’t quite articulate it.

● They find the dagger among the remains and Rey recalls that it was tradition for Sith assassins to inscribe secrets on them.
The dagger has writing on it in a language that nobody can identify. It’s then handed over to 3PO who identifies the writing as a Sith language, but he reveals that he is unable to translate the writing due to restrictions in his programing.

According to updated information, C-3PO can read it. He knows what it says and tells the Resistance crew that it reveals the location to a wayfinder, but his programming forbids him from providing a literal translation of the text.

At this time, a plan is made to hack into C-3PO’s programming to bypass the restrictions. Poe mentions that he has an old contact that might be able to help them out.​

Chewbacca takes possession of the dagger and the group’s attention shifts to finding a way out of the caves. During their escape attempt, the team runs into a giant, very aggressive, sand worm (who presumably created the tunnels). A battle with the sand worm ensues and our heroes end up backed into a corner, preparing to meet their fate when Rey notices a detail. The worm is injured. In a display of previously unknown power, Rey is able to heal the worm’s injuries, satiating the worm and providing the heroes the chance they needed to escape.

Once they crew exits the cave system, they see a First Order Star Destroyer in the sky and know that Kylo Ren has found them. Once they realize this they (correctly) reason that the First Order would have already found the Falcon, making that plan of escape impossible. ​The Falcon is boarded and subsequently taken back to the Star Destroyer.​ In an act of desperation, the crew boards Ochie’s ship and attempt to get it working. ​

It's on this ship that the crew discovers the new droid D-O.​ Rey senses that Kylo is coming for her, so she takes off on her own to confront him and buy her friends some time. (This is where the​ ​TIE interceptor flip sequence from the first teaser takes place). While Kylo and Rey are engaged, the Knights of Ren and the First Order head for Ochie’s ship and our other heroes. Chewbacca splits off from the crew and attempts to delay the Knights, but is captured.

The dagger is taken from him and he boards a First Order prisoner transport. Rey and Kylo both notice Chewbacca being taken captive and being brought to a transport ship during their confrontation. As the ship takes off, Rey shifts her attention from Kylo to her captured friend and begins to use the Force to stop the transport and pull it back to the ground. Kylo attempts to counteract this by pushing the ship away. Control over the ship becomes a battle between Kylo and Rey, much like their battle for Anakin’s lightsaber in TLJ.

Kylo begins to gain the upper hand which angers Rey. In her frustration, lightning shoots from her hand, destroying the the transport ship and killing all its passengers.
Devastated by what she just did, Rey collapses.

● Some additional footage has been added of both Kylo and Rey’s reactions to drive home the sense of shock and denial of what just happened. While all this is transpiring, Poe, Finn, 3PO and BB-8 get Ochie’s ship in the air just in time to fly over to pick up a distraught Rey.

With no Lando, no Falcon, no dagger and no Chewbacca, our heroes limp away from the desert planet.

[OCHIE'S SHIP]

● An additional scene was shot where they find out that they do not have possession of the dagger because Chewbacca had it, but all is not lost because 3PO has it’s message stored in his memory. A plan to hack 3PO’s programming restrictions is formed and they set course for Kijimi. BB-8 finds and reboots D-Oon Ochie’s ship.



ACT II

[KIJIMI]

The heroes of the Resistance make their way to the snow dusted planet of Kijimi to execute their plan to discover what secrets the dagger held. ​Despite not being in possession of the dagger anymore, 3PO tells the crew that he has the message committed to memory, so all hope is not lost. Poe tracks down an old contact of his,

● The Resistance team arrives on the planet and bump into Zorri Bliss and her crew. She reveals that Poe has a colorful past, once functioned as a spice runner and still owes her money. A quick skirmish occurs where Rey gets the upper hand and Zorri agrees to bring them to Babu Frik. Zorri Bliss, who brings them to a small creature named Babbu Frik (again, spelling not confirmed)​ to hack 3PO’s programming to read the Sith language on the dagger.

I’m told we have a quick cut at this point back to Kylo where we find out that the Knights of Ren have tracked the Resistance team to Kijimi Frik tells everyone that he can unlock the message to be read, but in doing so C-3PO’s memory
will be wiped. Still reeling from the loss of Chewbacca, the heroes argue about finding another way to get the job done, but in an act of self sacrifice C-3PO voluntarily consent to the modifications, knowing that (for all intents and purposes) the droid we’ve all known for years will essentially die.

According to my sources, this scene is reportedly one of the most emotional in the film. Frik completes the hack and 3PO is now able to read the message inscribed on the dagger. (This action creates the​ ​red eyed C-3PO​ seen in the D23 footage) The translated text points them to the location of the Emperor’s own wayfinder. Having served his purpose, 3PO’s memory wipe begins and he shuts down. Once the memory wipe is complete, 3PO reboots with a completely empty memory.

● Zorri and Poe reminisce about old times sometime around or during the 3PO sequence. I'm told that there is some lingering connection there even though they had some sort of falling out in the past. Poe tries to convince Zorri to join them. She turns him down, but she understands the good in what Poe is trying to do and gives him a “First Order Captain’s Medallion” as a gesture of good will to help them get through First Order security.

She had been saving to buy this medallion on the black market as her ticket off Kijimi and away from her spice running days, but she gives it to Poe. Kylo’s Star Destroyer arrives at the planet and Rey senses that Chewbacca is still alive. This is the motivation for the crew to go up to Kylo’s ship, not retrieving the Falcon.


While on Kijimi, Kylo initiates another mind bond with Rey to try and divine her location a second time.​ Kylo spends much of this time antagonizing Rey, some of this conversation revolves around her parents and the truth behind the dagger. It was once used to murder her parents. Many years ago, Ochee was sent to murder Rey’s parents who were trying to hide Rey from the galaxy. Ochee succeeded, leaving her parents as nobodies to be forgotten by that galaxy. Where Ochee failed was with Rey. He could not find her so he left her behind on Jakku. This is what Rey remembers, the ship leaving in the wake of her parent’s murder, not her parents abandoning her. Rey lashes out at Kylo during this bond and their lightsabers clash.

Having gotten everything he needed from Rey during this session, he cuts off the bond. ​The Star Destroyers arrive on Kijimi after having followed our heroes there.​ As Kylo makes his way down to the planet, ​Zorri helps the Resistance escape by employing the use of something described to me as a “First Order passage device”​,​ ​something that transmits a signal recognized as friendly to the First Order allowing the ship to pass uninterrupted. As our heroes make their escape, we see that Palpatine’s orders to Hux and Pryde are being carried out as children are being rounded up by soldiers of the First Order.


[FIRST ORDER STAR DESTROYER ABOVE KIJIMI]

As the heroes escape on Ochee’s ship, the group makes the decision to use the passage device to board the Star Destroyer and recapture the Falcon. The device works as advertised and their ship lands without question. On board the Star Destroyer, the droids log on to the ship’s computer network to locate ​the Falcon, but in the process they discover that Chewbacca ​is still alive!.​He was on a different prisoner transport ship the entire time. The team hatches a plan for a rescue mission but​ Rey splits off, feeling as if something is calling to her. Meanwhile, the others find Chewie, but their rescue attempt fails and they are all taken captive. The calling Rey feels is caused by the dagger which draws her to it in Kylo’s living quarters.

● Rey finds and grabs Ochie’s dagger, but when she does, it gives her visions of what happened to her parents. Ochie found and killed them with that dagger and that her parents were trying to hide her from Ochie. When she breaks free of the vision a bond with Kylo begins.


[KIJIMI]

Back on the surface of the planet and having grown tired of a fruitless search for Rey, Kylo initiates another Force bond with her. He discovers that she is on his Star Destroyer and a lightsaber duel breaks out between the two of them across two different locations. Kylo on the
surface of Kijimi and Rey aboard the Star Destroyer. During this encounter, Kylo reveals that there is more to the story behind Rey and her parents.

● Ochie was sent to find and recover Rey, not kill her. Her parents just got in the way. She is still wanted for the darkness that resides within her.

Rey is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. He tells her that they are meant to join together on the dark side and that it’s all part of the Emperor’s plan.​ It’s clear that by this point in the story, Kylo is fully committed to what the Emperor’s mission for him. Once Rey and Kylo’s Force bond duel ends, Kylo makes his way back to his ship and Rey grabs the dagger and Chewbacca’s bandolier and bolts. Rey bumps into a fresh minded C-3PO along the way, hands him Chewbacca’s effects and the dagger and tells him to make a run for it while she stalls Kylo.

● It is during their confrontation in person that Kylo reveals Rey’s Palpatine lineage.

When it appears that all is lost for our heroes that have been captured by the First Order, General Hux arrives and surprisingly not only allows them to escape, but points them in the direction of the Falcon. Hux was the mole within the First Order that Finn and Poe had received
information from. Rey and the other heroes make a break for the Falcon and escape. After they leave, ​Kylo kills Hux for

● Apparently it’s now Pryde who delivers the fatal blow to Hux, not Kylo. During this period he tells Kylo that even though the don’t have the dagger, they know where the Resistance is going because they scanned it while it was still in their possession.

● I’m also told that Rey escapes by just barely jumping into the Falcon while it’s on the edge of the hanger.


treason against the First Order. From this point forward, General Pryde is the sole commander of the First Order military. The Emperor contacts Pryde and demands that he use one of the specially equipped Star Destroyers to destroy Kijimi as an act of loyalty and Pryde complies.


[ENDOR]

The information gleaned from C-3PO’s translation of the dagger’s writing leads the location of a second wayfinder device which turns out to be aboard the wreckage of the second Death Star on the forest moon of Endor. Along their way to the wreckage, the crew comes in contact with a person named Jannah. It is revealed that she was press ganged into First Order service as a child, but eventually escaped and found her way to Endor where she has been living for some time. At this time it is revealed that she is the child that Lando lost to the First Order all those years ago. Jannah provides Rey with transportation to get to the Death Star wreckage


● Finn and Jannah apparently chase after Rey to and on the Death Star wreckage.

Rey makes her way to the Death Star wreckage and begins climbing her way through it’s twisted remains. One of my sources told me that this scene feels very reminiscent of the activities we see Rey doing when we are first introduced to her in TFA. She eventually reaches
the Emperor’s throne room and discovers a chamber connecting to that room that contains the second wayfinder. Rey approaches the object and picks it up which induces visions of a possible future for herself. In this vision we see​ ​a version of Rey that has been enveloped by the dark side​ ​as seen in the D23 footage.

My sources have also told me that the voice of Palpatine may be heard during this scene. The vision shocks Rey and she stumbles back into the throne room where Kylo Ren is waiting for her. Kylo takes possession of the Emperor’s wayfinder, destroys it and indicates to Rey that the only way to get another wayfinder is to go through him and take Vader’s.

A lightsaber battle ensues, beginning in the throne room and eventuallytransitioning to​ ​exterior wreckage among the crashing waves


[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Off in another part of the galaxy while Kylo and Rey clash sabers, a bright light in the universe begins to fade. Leia is dying. ​Before her death, we hear the voice of a familiar hero come to bid her farewell and pass on one last bit of knowledge…

● Evidently Luke’s appearance to Leia before her death has been cut out. I'm told that this was just voiceover, so it wasn't difficult to do, but it's gone at the moment all the same. Although there doesn't seem to be any sign of Luke during Leia's
death, I'm told that R2 is with her in her final moments. This scene and Rey/Kylo's fight on the Death Star are cut back and forth.



[ENDOR]

As their battle rages on, both Kylo and Rey sense the death or their respective mother and mentor.

● I’m told that Palpatine senses her death too, making him more confident that Rey now has nobody to turn to but him. Sometime around here, Palpatine orders Kajimi to be destroyed as the first ships of the Sith Fleet reach deployment altitude

They both react, but Rey recovers from the shock sooner and leverages the moment to take Kylo’s weapon from him and stab him through the chest with it. In the aftermath of their concluded duel, Rey declares to Kylo that she will never be like him and fall to the dark side.
She exercises her newfound healing ability to save Kylo from death, steals his ship along with Vader’s wayfinder device aboard it and takes off, leaving her enemy behind.

After Rey leaves the forest moon, the remainder of the Resistance crew boards the Falcon, along with their newfound ally Jannah, having spent the duration of Rey and Kylo’s fight repairing the ship, and return to the hidden base on the jungle planet.

Broken and defeated, Kylo Ren remains on the wreckage of the second Death Star when he is visited by a vision of his father. Han speaks to his son, telling him that it’s never too late to return to return to the light and make the right choice. This conversation has a profound effect on Kylo and in a symbolic gesture, he discards his lightsaber and walks away from darkness and the identity of Kylo Ren.



ACT III

[AHCH-TO]

● Note: I’m being told that Rey’s interactions with Luke have been completely reshot. My knowledge on the specifics are sparse at best, but I'm told that the overall message and tone remains the same.

Following her experience on the Death Star, Rey returns to the island on Ahch-to. Throughout the course of the film she has given in to her aggression, nearly killed her friend by unleashing a stream of lightning on a ship, learned that she is the descendant of the Sith Lord who reduced the Jedi to numbers that they have yet to recover from even half a century later, saw a vision of herself as a servant of darkness and stabbed her enemy through the chest in anger.

Her most recent encounter with Kylo was the last straw and Rey has now made the decision to follow the example set by Luke and exile herself on the island where the Jedi began. Rey scuttles the ship she stole from Kylo and throws the repaired lightsaber originally constructed by Anakin Skywalker in after it. The ghost of Luke Skywalker appears to Rey, holding the weapon she just discarded.

Luke’s conversation with Rey is said to be encouraging yet realistically grim in tone. Luke knows first hand what it’s like to face Palpatine and that it’s not an easy task. Rey must confront Palpatine in the same way that Luke once had to confront Vader. Luke encourages
Rey by telling her of the faith Leia had in her. She saw the potential within her and hoped that Rey would be able to restore balance to the Force once more just as Anakin once did. Rey supposedly asks to speak to Leia at one point, but Luke responds by telling her that Leia has not yet completed her training and he can not yet feel her distinctive consciousness within the Force.

● I’m also being told that one change that has come about is that it’s made clear that Luke and Leia both knew of Rey’s heritage. This knowledge contributed to Luke’s hesitancy to train her, but in the end it’s about about your heart and not your genes that really matters. The former opening flashback of the film has been moved here, but (as far as I know) we are no longer going to see it happen but instead have the story of Leia’s last day of training told to us by Luke.

A source tells me that it’s stated in this scene that Leia gave up the Jedi path because she had a vision that her child would die and she sought to prevent that. Luke apparently goes onto say that Rey inspired Leia to pick up the path of the Jedi
once again and that now “a thousand generations live in you” as the first teaser said.


By the end of their conversation, Rey is reenergized for the seemingly insurmountable task that lies ahead of her and agrees to leave the island. Having destroyed the ship she used to come to Ahch-to, Luke raises his own X-wing (previously seen submerged in the coves of the island) to allow Rey to face Palpatine. In addition to the starfighter, Luke gifts Rey with a lightsaber that once belonged to Leia.

● Apparently Luke kept Leia’s saber with his personal effects and he tells/shows Rey where to get it

Rey boards the X-wing, armed with the coordinates for Palpatine’s location obtained from Vader’s wayfinder and leaves the planet.

[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

After returning to the jungle base, several things happen. After seeing the sacrifice made by 3PO, R2 reveals that he has a backup of C-3PO’s memories in his archives and is able to restore the droid to a mostly whole state. My sources believe this backup memory to have been
created sometime around the time of The Force Awakens. It’s an older C-3PO, but it’s better than no 3PO at all.

● The Resistance crew finds out about Leia’s death once they arrive on the base. There is apparently much mourning from the whole team, “especially Chewie who
cries”.


Lando reenters the story, having changed his mind, coming to the Jungle Base and wanting to help however he can

● Seeing that everyone is at a loss for what to do, Lando tries to give Finn some hope.

It is at this time that Rey begins transmitting coordinates into the Unknown Regions obtained from the wayfinder to the Resistance.

● Previously, Rey transmitted coordinates to the Resistance, but this appears to have changed. I’m being told that Finn reveals information from D-O that leads to Exogol. With D-O having been found on Ochie’s ship, the Resistance discovers that Ochie visited Palpatine long ago when he was first given the mission to capture Rey and D-O can tell them how to get back there.

The Resistance mobilizes, readying themselves for the impending conflict.

● I’m told that the Resistance takes off one direction while the Falcon goes another.Apparently the blockade runner seen in the fleet is being piloted by a Sullustan and a young Mon Cal can be seen in the fleet as well.


[THE UNKNOWN REGIONS - EXOGOLl]

Rey follows the coordinates found in the wayfinder to the same spot Kylo did earlier in the film. Rey lands outside the giant cube floating above the ground and makes her way through the same underground passages. Where Rey and Kylo’s experiences begin to differ come in with where Rey discovers Palpatine. Palpatine is not in the same chamber that Kylo discovered him in, but in a huge open air arena, surrounded by Sith loyalists in dark cloaks in the grandstands.

● A source has also told me that royal/praetorian guards of some sort are present for Rey’s first meeting with Sideous.

Palpatine is being supported by some kind of mechanical arm, possibly connecting Palpatine to life support machinery. The sky above the stadium is filled with Star Destroyers soon to be embroiled in conflict with the approaching Resistance. Rey begins to confront Palpatine.

● This scene has supposedly been tweaked in editing/reshoots. Now with no mention of the Dyad concept, it is said to be clearer that Palpatine truly wills Rey to strike him down in anger. Palpatine reportedly acknowledges that he extended a very similar offer to Luke years before, but on that day Luke had his father to save him. Rey has nobody. She tries to resist at first, but slowly begins to lose her resolve.


During this conversation Sideous reportedly confirms Rey’s lineage and goads her on to take up a lightsaber and strike him down (very much like how he encouraged Luke to do the same thing 30 years prior), telling her that only in killing him will she gain the power needed to save her friends. Palpatine also apparently makes statements alluding to the belief that Vader could not betray Luke due to their familial bond and that same kind of bond would ultimately cause Rey to do what the Emperor wishes. As the battle between the First Order/Empire and the Resistance rages in the skies above them, Rey gives into the Emperor’s commands and decides to strike him down.

Through means that are still a bit foggy to me, Ben Solo was able to leave the wreckage of the Death Star and his former persona behind and travel to Exogol with the purpose of joining Rey to help her face down Sidious. Before leaving the Death Star wreckage, Ben abandoned Kylo’s lightsaber so now he’s walking into a war zone with no weapon. When he arrives on the planet, he encounters the Knights of Ren who are guarding the entrance to the arena where Rey and Sidious are. ​Ben reportedly dispatches each of them using only the Force.

● Ben killing the Knights with only the Force has apparently changed. As it’s being told to me now, he initially gets beat up by the Knights without a weapon


After doing this he enters the arena as Rey is about strike the Emperor ​using Leia’s blade. Ben grabs Anakin’s lightsaber and warns Rey to reconsider what she is about to do, to not kill the Emperor in anger.

● As Rey is about to kill Palpatine as she sees no way around this, she senses Ben at the last moment. She realizes that she’s not alone and initiates a Force bond
with him to pass off one of her lightsabers to him. Rey apparently takes out the guards with Leia’s saber while Ben uses Anakin’s to dispatch the Knights of Ren.

They reconvene to face Palpatine together. Seeing Ben arrive pleases Sideous ​a​nd he apparently speaks about how he can feel the power of the dyad flowing between them​.​ Palpatine then uses his power to bond them together and begins to syphon power ​from that bond​ ​from them​ and direct it into himself. As the power of the dyad​ ​their power​ flows into him, the once silky and decrepit Palpatine stands tall and strong once again, restoring himself to a much younger, healthier state.

● My source on this tells me that it looks clear to them that it was Sideous’ plan for Rey to kill him, take over and carry on his legacy, but sucking the life out of them and rejuvenating himself was his contingency plan.


[THE SKIES OVER EXOGAL]

While all this action is happening on the ground, much more explosive events are happening in the sky. The Resistance and the First Order are locked in battle. The details I have on what happens during this branch of the plot are a bit sparse at the moment, but here’s what I have been told. The Resistance arrives and they are confronted with hundreds of Palpatine’s Sith Star Destroyers.

Their goal is ​to take out the flagship of the destroyers, where General Pryde is located. Taking out the flagship will supposedly sever communications with the rest of the fleet and prevent them from being able to navigate the perils of the Unknown Regions.

● I was initially told what I wrote in the preceding sentences, but to coincide with the changed opening of the film, this section has also slightly changed. As it’s been told to me, the Resistance’s first target is a control tower (the same one seen in the opening of the film) that sends out a signal to the Sith Fleet on how to navigate out of the area. Once the First Order notices this, Pryde transfers the signal to his flagship instead. I’m told that this enables the signal to be bounced around from ship to ship making it ‘impossible’ to stop. The Resistance decides to assault Pryde’s destroyer to knock out it’s control tower

At one point during the battle Finn and Jannah (joined by others, but exactly who is not clear to me right now) land on Pryde’s flagship to destroy it. They recognize this as essentially a suicide mission but Finn and Jannah in particular see the price they may have to pay as wort it to prevent more children from being abducted like they once were.

● I’m told that this assault has the feel of a “D-Day style landing” using the creatures Jannah has been seen riding in promo photos against Sith troopers. The troopers allegedly put up a fight, but the good guys eventually win, knocking out
the tower. While the Resistance is taking heavy losses, Pryde announces that they will simply transfer the signal to another ship and carry on.


[EXOGOL]

Having returned to full strength, Palpatine then shoots lightning into Ben, forcing him to fall into a bottomless abyss, never to be seen again. Sideous then shoots lightning into the sky at Resistance ships

● This reportedly shorts the ships out, leaving them essentially dead in the water as it were.

He reportedly continues to make statements about how Rey will join him.

● Rey reportedly lies on the ground and begins to concentrate calmly but hard. She reaches out to the Force asking for help and she finally begins to commune with the Jedi of the past. I’m being told that among the voices that she hears during this time are Obi-Wan, Ahsoka among others (although these are the only names I’ve specifically been told) and finally Leia.

In defiance of this, Rey grabs both Anakin’s and Leia’s lightsabers and Palpatine turns his wrath on her. It’s lightsaber vs. lightning at this point ​and when it seems like all hope is lost for Rey,
the spectors of Luke and Leia come to her aid. They jointly work toward


● Force ghosts are no longer seen in this scene, but it’s supposedly indicated that the Jedi or generations past are with her in spirit.

overpowering the Emperor, deflecting his lightning back toward himself, killing him and unleashing an explosion powerful enough to make the arena start to crumble around them.
Darth Sideous, the last of the Sith Lords, is finally dead.

● The Resistance ships come back online following Palpatine’s death and they continue fighting against the Star Destroyers. Lando shows up in the Falcon with reinforcements from across the galaxy. Zorri appears to be among them.

There is apparently mention of the First Order interference with the Resistance’s signals on Crait and not allowing responses back through, but they heard the call for help loud and clear. Finn fires the Star Destroyer's own cannons at the ship itself,
destroying it before the signal can transmit to another Star Destroyer. Without the power to navigate the fleet begins to crash into itself.



At this same time Finn and Jannah complete their mission and succeed in destroying Pryde’s flagship. The two are prepared to go down with the ship, but are rescued at the last second by the Falcon. Rey escapes the crumbling arena.

[THE RESISTANCE'S JUNGLE BASE]

Having won the day, the survivors of the battle regroup at the jungle base and celebrate. What follows is apparently celebration across the galaxy, once again mirroring what is seen at the end of Return of the Jedi.

● I'm told that Poe "attempts a more than friends insinuation [with Zorri] but isrebuffed in a moment that is played for a light laugh


[TATOOINE]

For the end of the film, the heroes then travel to where everything began. The desolate, sand swept planet of Tatooine. Between defeating Sidious and this moment, Rey has disassembled Anakin and Leia’s lightsabers and used their components to construct one of her own that I’m told contains a golden/yellow blade. Rey buries the leftover pieces beneath the Tatooine sands at the site of the Lars homestead. As Rey turns to join Finn, Poe, Jannah, Chewie, R2, 3PO,BB-8 and D-0, a stranger calls out to her. The stranger apparently speaks of how nobody has been seen around this land for a very long time and asks Rey for her name.

This is the second time in the film that this question has been posed to her, but unlike her response on Pasaana, Rey has decided who she is. She gives the name Rey Skywalker to the stranger, adopting the name of her masters and revealing the primary meaning of the title of the film. Rey joins her friends as they look off into the distance at the horizon of the desert planet and watch twin suns set on a universe filled with hope.


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Interesting. Remember how I sarcastically said that Palpatine would survive his fall? I didn't think it would be literal.


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I can't imagine how or why Praxis would have that much detailed information about the film.

He knows edits? Crazy if true.


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I'm very curious to find out people's reactions to two particular points in these leaks. If they are true, then:

- The last dialogue of the last of the Skywalker bloodline and hero family of the 9 movies will be something like "Wilhelm Scream" as Kylo falls down a bottomless pit.

- A Palpatine (Rey) will ultimately usurp the Skywalker name and legacy by taking it on as her own.

Provided this is true (and frankly, with the additional photo leaks that happened, i'm starting to lean towards yes), how do you feel about it?

Another rumour is that that they've shot 6 different endings, and Kylo dies in each one. Do you guys think it's necessary that he die, or is there any way that he could/should live?


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The fact that Ben dies heroically after falling so far to the Dark Side seems like an okay ending for his character.

Rey taking the Skywalker name is a win for the Jedi and loss for the Sith. So, that seems okay to me as well.

The Skywalker's have a complicated history. Why should they get a straightforward ending?


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E_CHU_TA! wrote:
I can't imagine how or why Praxis would have that much detailed information about the film.

He knows edits? Crazy if true.


I'm honestly gobsmacked anyone would be able to have this much detailed knowledge about a film, let alone a movie of this magnitude. It's insane to think an insider would risk their livelihood just to leak information for someone to casually post the entire plot on reddit. Boggles the mind.


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Meanwhile at the House of Mouse:

"Everything is proceeding according to MY design. It was I who allowed Praxis to leak this plot. Your friends at the theater on December 20th are walking into a trap. Oh I'm afraid the movie they'll see will be something entirely different when they arrive."

Nah... It's probably legit at this point. Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by sheer incompetence.


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E_CHU_TA! wrote:
The fact that Ben dies heroically after falling so far to the Dark Side seems like an okay ending for his character.

Rey taking the Skywalker name is a win for the Jedi and loss for the Sith. So, that seems okay to me as well.

The Skywalker's have a complicated history. Why should they get a straightforward ending?


Fair enough. One last question - if Rey ultimately is the one who kills Palpatine, do you think that that invalidates Anakin's story at all? If yes, are you ok with it?


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It does invalidate Anakin's arch a bit as it turns out he didn't fully restore balance to the Force (as prophesied). If Rey is the one who finishes Palpatine, the new ending is that Anakin fell and then set things on the right path so Rey could complete the job. This new ending isn't as dramatically satisfying as the old ending where Anakin enables evil and then sacrifices himself to destroy the evil he enabled.


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The Vader arc was great and unexpected at the time... I think this cheapens that a good bit.


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The term "Unknown Regions" is referenced in the summary for The Rise of Kylo Ren issue #2:



“With the new jedi school in ruins and fellow students hot on his trail for the murder of their master, Ben Solo flees to the only friend he has left in the galaxy…a man named Snoke. But Snoke has plans for Ben…and ideas about the Force that are as dangerous as they are intriguing for the troubled young jedi. If Ben wishes to be truly free…the answers might lie with the dark side. And with the Knights of Ren! But it won’t be the first time he’s tangled with the Knights. In the past, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker journeys to the Unknown Regions and brings young Ben along for the mission. Can even Luke Skywalker stand against the fabled Knights of Ren?!”



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Setting up Thrawn as the main antagonist in Episodes X-XII

I have foreseen it :metal:

Set 10 years after the events of TROS

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Dave Filoni in the directors chair

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Ezra can't be involved, because he got offed in TLJ. No one - let alone Ezra - could survive bifurcation via lightsaber. That's as crazy as thinking that Palpatine survived his ROTJ fall and the explosion of the Death Star II.

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Ezra Bridger?


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That's assuming Ezra = Snoke. That's my own personal theory, but I won't be surprised or disappointed if/when that turns out to be false.


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Sorry, SI - I was making a bad attempt a forum in-joke.

Sorry, Bandy - Filoni refuted Ezra = Snoke back in 2017


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Filoni be damned. I'm with 'Snatch!


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Hey Echu, I read that link and Filoni does not deny Ezra is Snoke. He does not confirm either. "I see what you did there. You threw a curve ball. Good try!" to quote our beloved Filoni.


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Praxis' summary is illogical. They didn't CGI Carrie and there's no way we see a scene of him training her; they didn't film that in TFA. Mark has all but confirmed this. There are other inconsistencies too but whatever.


I don't think they Abrams/Disney are telling the truth about this.


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The Vader arc was great and unexpected at the time... I think this cheapens that a good bit.


You can say that again. A disaster.

Would need Hayden as Anakin Force ghost in film.

Paxis has not heard anything about Hayden/Anakin in film.

The biggest/most important spoiler Disney is trying to protect?

I hope so, otherwise...


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E_CHU_TA! wrote:
Sorry, SI - I was making a bad attempt a forum in-joke.

Sorry, Bandy - Filoni refuted Ezra = Snoke back in 2017


ha yeah I should of known :chewbacca:

I'm sure Snoke was rumoured to be every past character in SW at one point.

At this point I'd be stunned if Hayden/Anakin was not in this film.


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I think it was very telling that Hayden was at Celebration. Just like Ian.
... and ... Ahmed!
Meesa so excited for episoden nine-ah! Oh mooie mooie!


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Hey Echu, I read that link and Filoni does not deny Ezra is Snoke. He does not confirm either. "I see what you did there. You threw a curve ball. Good try!" to quote our beloved Filoni.

I wasn't trying for a curve ball. I guess I misread Filoni's comments.

So, Ezra Snoke lives on. Maybe Werner Herzog's character in The Mandalorian is Ezra Snoke in disguise? Probably.

I expect ghost Anakin to blip-in at the very end. The first 6 episode films center around Anakin. Then - after three whole other episodes - he pokes is head in for a few seconds in the "saga's" final film. That's good plotting by Disney.


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Well, Chuta
Except we do see his helmet. And Kylo talks to him, and he is referenced a few times by Rey and Snoke. So ... nobody is ever really gone?


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That's a good point - Anakin/Vader is there influencing even if his actual presence isn't.


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