At the end of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Luke Skywalker says “no one is ever really gone.” This mostly seems to reference the apparent return of Emperor Palpatine, because we hear his sinister laugh at the end of the trailer. But, what other deceased characters might return in the final installment of the dysfunctional Skywalker family? A new rumor suggests one famous Star Wars dad is totally in the movie, and it might not be the one you were expecting.
Possible massive spoiler ahead for The Rise of Skywalker. Look away if you don’t want to know! (It’s also possible this isn’t real, so keep that in mind, too.)
There aren’t that many dads in Star Wars, and in terms of the current chronology of films, most of them are dead. Anakin Skywalker — father of Luke and Leia — yeah, he’s dead. Galen Erso? His daughter, Jyn, held him as he died. Jimmy Smits? Remember? He played Leia’s adoptive father, Bail Organa! Well, he totally bought it when the Death Star destroyed Alderaan in the original Star Wars film. And then, of course, there’s Han Solo, murdered by his own son in The Force Awakens. Statistically speaking, if you’re a father in the Star Wars galaxy, your chances of getting killed before dying of old age seem very, very high.
So, which of these Star Wars dads is back? You might think the semantic answer to this question is Emperor Palpatine, since, it’s been suggested that, in a roundabout way, he is totally Darth Vader’s father, but that’s not it. Instead, a new rumor suggests that the returning Star Wars father in The Rise of Skywalker is…Han Solo!
Now. We know Han Solo is dead. But, what this rumor presupposes is that there’s a flashback or dream sequence or Force vision in the new film which will contain actual, real-deal new footage of Harrison Ford. According to an article published on Making Star Wars over Easter weekend, there will be a “sequence” featuring Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. The scene has been described as a “surprise intervention,” in which Han Solo’s spirit (or something?) is telling Kylo Ren he can still turn his life around. The rumor also says this “vision” is controlled by Luke Skywalker. (BTW, Making Star Wars was right about that weird alien on the leaked Episode IX poster, so who knows?)
So far, no one is calling this a Force puppet, but I’m gonna call it a Force puppet. So, according to the rumor, Luke Skywalker uses a Force puppet of Han Solo to freak out Kylo Ren, even though Luke himself is also dead, and a Force Ghost. Does this rumor sound true? If you think about it for one second, the answer is yes, it totally does. If The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t give some kind of closure to Han Solo’s sacrifice in The Force Awakens, it might be too heartbreaking to bear.
And if Han Solo does return in The Rise of Skywalker, it would be an amazing high-five to real dads everywhere. Even if our kids turn to the Dark Side of the Force, we’ll be able to come back and make sure they fix their lives.
The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, 2019.