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Seeing that a lot of people weren’t happy with how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ended up, a lot of fans have been going around online trying to find out what went wrong. With some people coming up with their own stories about the original ending of TROS, the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo has spoken out to reveal what possible changes the movie underwent during production.
This was posted up on Reddit, since Hidalgo has made his account private on Twitter:
Pablo Hidalgo on post-production changes to TROS from StarWarsLeaks
He also shared this alternate ending that he had pitched way back when The Last Jedi was still being made:
Pablo Hidalgo pitched an ending with Ben living on Ahch-To & confirms that there were no different endings to TROS. from StarWarsLeaks
I have to say, I was proud of Lucasfilm for TLJ, going with a story that wasn’t dictated by fans, but everything just went crashing down with The Rise of Skywalker. With Abrams having been supportive of TLJ until TROS came out, it was really disheartening to see the movie just try to ret-con everything that TLJ set-up, while at the same time try to give us a satisfying ending to the Skywalker Saga.
There is actually a rumor coming out that Disney had heavily meddled with the final cut of TROS, and fans are now demanding that they release a “JJ Cut” of the movie. I was a fan of Abrams myself before TROS, and I couldn’t understand how a director like him would greenlight the mess that was the theatrical cut. Hopefully Disney decides to release the director’s cut—if there was a director’s cut that is.
For now, you can catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker now in theaters.