The Star Wars sequel trilogy turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag. While The Force Awakens started things off with a $ 2 billion global hit that rekindled the franchise, both The last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were deeply divisive. But Disney and Lucasfilm have moved on since then, thanks in large part to it The MandalorianThat said, if they wanted to move away from the sequel trilogy, there’s a way Disney could, and we have to emphasize could, retcon the sequels.
Hardcore Star Wars fans may have read a lot of rumors online in recent weeks / months stating that Lucasfilm is secretly going to re-play the sequels. Our goal here is not to investigate the validity of those rumors. Nor does it say whether or not the Disney regime should do such a thing. We’re just trying to explain how this has already been made possible in theory by canon material within the franchise. It’s all about something known as the World Between Worlds, also known as the Veil of the Force.
First, let’s explain what sparked the recent rumors and why Disney / Lucasfilm might consider doing something so daring. As mentioned, however people think about the films individually, it cannot be denied that both director Rian Jonson The last Jedi and J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker were hugely divisive. That’s critical when looking at a franchise where everything is canon and everything counts. Novels. Comics. Video games. Everything.
Shortly after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, it was revealed that they would reset the canon. Any new material, regardless of medium, would count towards the Star Wars universe. That means, while they distance themselves from the Skywalker saga, the franchise is anchored in the events of the sequel trilogy. Any other stories that come into the timeline before or after these movies will be somehow connected to the stories of Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron and Finn. And the divisive elements have to come along for the ride.
So, theoretically speaking, if there was a way for the studio to re-convert the sequel trilogy by putting it in an alternate timeline, that could be an attractive option. They wouldn’t necessarily say the sequels didn’t happen. Just that they took place in a different timeline, assuming the suggested method of re-confirming the movies is used. That said, doing such a thing would be brutal and run the risk of alienating fans who loved it The last Jedi and / or The Rise of SkywalkerIt should be a calculated risk.
What is the world between worlds?
A world between worlds was the title of an especially important episode of Star Wars Rebels season 4. The episode took place at the end of the series. For those who haven’t seen the animated series, it’s about a young Force-sensitive boy named Ezra Bridger who joins a rag-tag crew in the early days of the rebellion. He was trained in the customs of the Jedi by Kanan Jarrus, a former Padawan who survived Order 66.
In the episode in question, Ezra discovers a portal that serves as a bridge between time and space. It is essentially a form of time travel that can be accessed using the Force. The official World Between Worlds database entry on StarWars.com reads as follows.
“Behind the ancient painting of the Mortis gods at the Lothal Jedi temple is a world between worlds, a collection of paths and doors between time and space. Discovered by the empire, the emperor sought access, because access would give him unimaginable power. But the Padawan, Ezra Bridger, found the key to unlocking the world between worlds first, and would eventually thwart Palpatine’s plans. ”
The World Between Worlds / Veil of the Force allows time travel of a kind within the Star Wars universe. Most importantly, Star Wars Rebels is firmly within the canon. Not only was it produced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, but many of the show’s characters and events have served as a springboard for events set in The MandalorianThis is something that exists firmly in the space occupied by both Rey and Grogu, aka Baby Yoda. It’s the same galaxy. Same rules.
How could Disney use the Veil of the Force to replay the Star Wars sequels?
Now comes this big question; how could the Veil of the Force be used to create the Star Wars sequels? This would be surprisingly easy. Ezra Bridger is alive. This has been confirmed by Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni, who was behind both The Clone Wars and Rebels, now working as an executive producer on The MandalorianAs such, the knowledge of this powerful resource stays with him. So it can be reused.
Of particular note, Lucasfilm is currently developing an entire universe of shows taking place in the same timeline as The Mandalorian, about a handful of years later Return of the JediOr, to put it another way, about 25 years, give or take, before the events of The Force AwakensThat leaves a lot of room for the Veil of the Force to prevent the First Order from taking place. To keep Kylo Ren and Snoke from extinguishing the New Republic. To keep Palpatine from returning.
One show, Ahsoka, which will focus on Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano, could be at the heart of the entire operation. In A world between worlds, Ezra manages to save Ahsoka from certain doom in her battle with Darth Vader, who served as the Star Wars Rebels season 2 finale. Ahsoka’s fate in the duel with her former master remained ominous until Ezra used the veil to get her to safety. In fact, at that point he changed the course of history. Had Ahsoka died in her fight with Father, who knows what would have happened to the galaxy?
Has Lucasfilm secretly put the Star Wars sequels in an alternate timeline yet?
This is where things get more speculative and a little bit beyond it. In theory, the Star Wars sequels may already exist in a different timeline. That just hasn’t been revealed yet. As the theory goes, when Ezra saved Ahsoka, it changed everything. It is possible that at the time he may have prevented the events we saw in the sequel trilogy.
The timeline where Ahsoka dies could theoretically be the timeline of the sequel trilogy. But Ezra saved Ahsoka. She was alive. She met Mando and Grogu. She was able to accompany Mando to bring Grogu to Tython. Ahsoka has made it possible for the little Force-sensitive alien to communicate with Luke Skywalker. She made it possible for Luke to take Grogu and train him in the ways of the Force. Star Wars Rebels could have already established this new theoretical timeline. The same one we followed The Mandalorian
Let’s take a look at the timeline Ahsoka dies. In that scenario, Luke probably isn’t communicating with Grogu. It seems much less likely that their paths would cross. The current canon, specifically The Rise of Kylo Ren strip, has stated that, before he became Kylo Ren, Ben Solo was Luke’s first student in the aftermath of Return of the JediThe situation with Grogu contradicts that on some level. This could be used as fuel to activate multiple timeline theory.
There is also the matter of Ahsoka’s brief role in it The Rise of SkywalkerWe hear Ahsoka’s voice at the end of the movie with all the other dead Jedi when Rey communicates with them during her fight with Palpatine. This means that Ahsoka is also dead. Again, this could be taken as a signal that Ahsoka died in the timeline in which the sequels exist. That is not the case in the Rebels timeline thanks to Ezra’s actions A world between worlds
Disney’s plans for The Mandalorian season 3, Ahsoka Ranges of the New Republic, and the whole future of it Star Wars, remain largely mysterious. There’s no telling whether the Veil of the Force will ever be used again. If A world between worlds is used to change the entire franchise framework. But it could be, and that’s important to consider as we look ahead.
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