The conclusion of the Skywalker saga has come and gone, and it’s miraculous to now look back at 42 years of marvelous storytelling. When the saga finally came to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, a new era of Star Wars emerged. Although it’s a time of excitement and an opportunity for fans to look ahead, remembering the past isn’t all that bad. And that’s why we have Lucasfilm to remind us of where it all started.
Coming from Reddit user u/Jones6192 on the Star Wars Leaks page, the junior novel of The Rise of Skywalker opens with a beautiful poetic summary of the Skywalker saga:
ONCE THERE WAS BOY who was good of heart. Enslaved as a child, the boy lived with his mother and had a talent for building things out of spare parts. He also had another gift, one he couldn’t explain. His mother said he had special powers. The man who freed him said he had the Force. The boy studied and trained, and as a young man became a Jedi Knight of great renown. His teachers speculated he might be a figure of prophesy, a chosen one to bring balance to the Force. But the choice he made was not one they had foreseen. He betrayed his teachers, murdered his friends, and fell under the sway of a master crueler than any he had known.
The boy was called Anakin, the young man Darth Vader. Only Anakin was Skywalker by name, but both were Skywalkers by blood.
Once there were twins, a boy and a girl. Separated at birth, the boy was raised as a moisture farmer, the girl a princess. Both had a gift they couldn’t explain. War brought them together when they were older, during which the girl became a commander of rebels, the boy the last of the Jedi. The two also discovered that they were siblings and that Darth Vader was their father. The boy redeemed his father from the darkness, while the girl righted her father’s wrongs as a galactic leader for decades to come.
The twins were called Luke and Leia. Only Luke was Skywalker in name, but both were Skywalkers by blood.
Once there were twins, not of blood, but of the Force. This dyad was made up of a girl and a boy. The boy was raised by both parents in a loving home, the girl by herself in a desert scrapyard. Both had a gift they couldn’t explain. War brought them together when they were older, during which the boy became the leader of a hostile military, while the girl became the symbol of resistance against him. Despite a consuming darkness, the girl returned the boy to the light.
The girl was called Rey, the boy Ben. Only Ben was a Skywalker by blood. Rey was a Skywalker by choice. She chose to take the family name of her teachers, Leia and Luke, after she buried their lightsabers near Luke’s desert home. When she had first come to them, she was a nobody. But they had embraced her and helped shape her into a somebody. They were her family and she was theirs. The yellow-bladed lightsaber she had built would honor their legacy.
Once there was the Force, an energy field that surrounded and bound all living things. It had a dark side, and it had a light, and the tension between them maintained a balance. For a time the balance was upset and all seemed dark. But then came those who dared walk the skies to face the darkness and find a light.
The Force will be with them, always.”The Rise of Skywalker: Junior Novel
If that doesn’t leave you in tears, I don’t know what will. The Skywalker saga encapsulates what being a Star Wars fan is all about. Told through multiple generations of storytellers, Star Wars has become the symbol of hope for many. No matter how dark the present may seem, we can all look back at the Skywalker saga and remember that “the belonging you seek is not behind you… it is ahead.”