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The Rise of Skywalker Almost Got Split into Two Films

One of the most controversial aspects of The Rise of Skywalker is its breathless pacing. Fans have accused Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams of packing too much plot in the first hour or so of the film, leaving many characters and story ideas underdeveloped and rushed. Many suggest the film should have been split into two parts – and Terrio agrees.

“There is a lot of plot in the movie, and as a writer, you always want scenes to let the plot breathe more. If there were a way of doing it, splitting it would have been my dream,” Terrio told Awards Daily.

The co-writers wanted to stick to the original vision of creator George Lucas, who had planned for a 9-film saga from the beginning.

Terrio told AW that “it breaks your heart to leave stuff on the table that you think would have given the story more depth and nuance,” and that he and Abrams “could have written these characters forever.”

With Star Wars exploring the Galaxy through several platforms – television, comics, video games, novels – it’s highly possible we’ll see more of these characters, and any bits of backstory that were pushed to the wayside by screentime constraints. Character Poe Cameron benefited from the book Resistance Reborn earlier this year, which gave us insight into his internal shame about the events of The Last Jedi. Perhaps we can learn more about Finn and his Force-sensitivity or explore Rose Tico on another level. The possibilities are endless.

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Jamie Binegar
"You cannot stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” — Shmi Skywalker

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