With Carrie Fisher’s poignant appearance and Palpatine’s unexpected return, we bet you can hardly hold in your anticipation for Star Wars: Episode IX, aka The Rise of Skywalker. Still, if you find yourself looking up what exactly happened in Episode VIII, you’re not alone. Besides the fact that it’s been a while since the movie came out, The Last Jedi is long. In fact, it’s the longest Star Wars movie ever made, clocking in at two hours and 30 minutes. If you don’t remember everything that happened in it, no worries. We’re here to help jog your memory on how it ends with the most important and epic details all in one place!
Vice Admiral Holdo sacrifices herself.
Vice Admiral Holdo had planned to help the Resistance evacuate by way of small transports. Poe is not down with this idea and declares a secret mutiny, but then Leia recovers after Kylo attacks her ship at the beginning of the movie and stuns him to help facilitate Holdo’s plan. When DJ, the codebreaker who Rose and Finn recruit to help the Resistance, rats out Holdo’s plan, the Vice Admiral sacrifices herself by ramming into Snoke’s fleet.
Finn defeats Captain Phasma.
BB-8 helps Finn and Rose escape after Captain Phasma captures them on Snoke’s ship. Finn fights with Captain Phasma, eventually defeating his old boss, who falls into intergalactic flames. Poe, Finn, and Rose then attack the First Order on old speeders when they’re in Crait with the Resistance survivors. Finn tries to charge into the enemy siege cannon, but Rose stops him by crashing into him. They both survive and kiss, paving the way to a new (romantic) ship in The Rise of Skywalker that may or not one-up Reylo.
Luke fights with Kylo Ren.
Kylo Ren, after killing Snoke, proposes to rule the galaxy with Rey. Not only does she not want to do this, but she also fights with him over Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, which splits in half. Long story short, Kylo Ren becomes the Supreme Leader.
A formerly defeated Luke musters up the energy to come face to face (well, kind of) with Kylo Ren, his nephew and former apprentice. This scene is pretty epic until it’s not. Basically, Luke marches up to the First Order, which attacks him with rapid gunfire. He battles Kylo Ren, who later realizes that this is just a Force projection of Luke when he puts his lightsaber through him. Anyway, while meditating from Ahch-To, Luke becomes exhausted and technically dies. He disappears and becomes one with the Force.
Rey helps the Resistance members escape.
The surviving Resistance members hop onto the Falcon with help from Rey, who moves boulders out of the way to create a clear path for them. She and Leia can feel Luke’s death. But Leia later tells her that the Resistance has what it needs to rise again.
There’s a pretty hopeful shot at the end.
In the final moment of the movie, a group of stable boys in Canto Bight tell tales of Luke Skywalker. One boy runs after a broom, holding it up like a lightsaber and looking up at the sky in awe. In other words, the film concludes on a hopeful note that guides us toward The Rise of Skywalker.
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