The Star Wars sequel trilogy concluded recently with The Rise of Skywalker, and I’m hoping that means that Lucasfilm will slowly but surely begin to fill in the gaps of the trilogy by more storytelling.
None of this is a criticism of the way they’ve handled things, because of course there are going to be some gaps left to keep the suspense in the films, but now we can start filling them in. You’ll notice that several of these have to do with Luke Skywalker, and that’s because we haven’t really gotten much about him whatsoever in the period in-between the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy.
But anyway, here are the seven stories I would most want to see told in some way, shape, or form!
Luke Skywalker training Ben Solo
We’ve gotten an ever-so-slight look at this with The Rise of Kylo Ren, but I want more! We know that Luke trained Ben for 13 years, so there’s tons of stories to be told there! Luke journeyed the galaxy exploring and collecting, and we know he took Ben with him on a number of these missions. And then after taking on Ben as a student, Luke also took on other students at his secret Temple as well. I can’t stress enough how much I want stories of Luke Skywalker as the Jedi Master training Ben Solo (and the other students). Have Claudia Gray write a novel about it (like Master and Apprentice). Have Dave Filoni make a series about it. Have Charles Soule write a comic about it. Any or all of it – I just really want more stories of Luke and Ben, before it all went wrong.
Luke’s search for Exegol
13 years before the Battle of Starkiller Base, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian traveled to Pasaana in search of Ochi, a Sith assassin, in hopes that they could find a Sith wayfinder that would lead them to Exegol. Luke had sensed a darkness growing in the Force and rumors of the return of an old enemy, and he was on the hunt for Exegol. Though we know the basic details of that – and that they ultimately came close but failed to find it – but I think that could make for a fascinating story. What did and didn’t Luke know about Palpatine’s return? How extensively did he search trying to find Exegol? What happened on the mission to Pasaana? What led to Lando staying behind? All of this could make for a compelling and exciting story that ties in to The Rise of Skywalker in a perfect way.
Luke training Leia
Though Luke’s training of Leia didn’t last very long, we only saw the last night of her training. I’d love to see what happened before that, too. They could tie this in to a post-Return of the Jedi story about the final year of the war, too, and what Luke and Leia were up to – and how, in the wake of the Battle of Endor, Luke took the words of Yoda to heart and started to train a new generation of Jedi. Seeing Luke train his sister in the ways of the Force would be awesome, and seeing our original trio all together again during the final year of the war would be a very welcome sight – and one we haven’t seen at all in the post-ROTJ timeline.
People have been hoping for a Snoke backstory for years, and while The Rise of Skywalker did give us one massive detail, it is nonetheless true that we didn’t need his backstory in order to understand the sequel trilogy. But at the same time, there’s a lot of storytelling potential around Snoke that can still be explored. What was the deal with him and Palpatine, and how did Palpatine’s creation and manipulation of Snoke work? Just how much (and how) was Snoke manipulating Ben Solo all along? Why were Luke, Han, and Leia all familiar with Snoke? A story about Snoke, explaining some of these things, would be really cool.
Rey training with Leia
I’m not including on here any post-TROS stories (otherwise seeing Rey’s post-TROS journey would make the list for sure), but this one is from in-between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. It is implied in the film that Rey has been staying behind on Ajan Kloss training rather than going out on many missions, and so I’d love to see that training take place! I don’t think that would mean hearing from Luke or any other Force ghosts (again, based on TROS), but that means that her training would come from the Jedi texts, and from Leia! This could even work as a sequel of sorts to the story of Luke training Leia, as we see her now passing on those things to the next generation. But it also could be a fascinating look at Rey’s progression as a Jedi, as well as Leia’s feelings about trying to do better with Rey than she did with Ben.
The Solo family together
I want basically anything and everything about Ben Solo, so any stories would be very welcomed and eagerly anticipated. And though him training with Luke would be my first request, I would also love to see his relationship with Han and Leia. We know a few things: he felt abandoned as in his view they prioritized other things ahead of him, and that they sent him to train with Luke upon sensing the darkness in him. We know that Leia was involved in the political realm, and Han got into the racing realm. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t love shared between the three of them, and I would love a story about the family together, before Luke began training Ben, that shows the family happy and intact.
New Republic politics
The Force Awakens really tried to shy away from the political nature of the New Republic, but I want to know more of it! Bloodline by Claudia Gray is one of the very best books of the new canon, and it delves a lot into the political realm. I’d love more stories like that, looking at the New Republic as it rose to power. I want to know its strengths and weaknesses. I want to read more about the struggles they had transitioning from the Empire, and of Mon Mothma’s leadership in the midst of it (and too what happened to Mothma years later!). I want to know more about the New Republic, basically, and that means politics, too.