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‘Star Wars’ star Daisy Ridley reveals if there’s an alternate ending to ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

One writer recently interviewed Daisy Ridley about ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ and a rumored ending where Ben Solo lives

Rey in “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.”
Daisy Ridley is Rey in “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.” One writer recently interviewed Daisy Ridley about “The Rise of Skywalker” and a rumored ending where Ben Solo lives.
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“Star Wars” actress Daisy Ridley has reportedly revealed that the rumored alternate ending of “The Rise of Skywalker” where Ben Solo survives isn’t real.

What’s going on?

USA Today bestselling author Sariah Wilson recently tweeted that she interviewed Ridley about the “Star Wars” franchise, and there’s a bit of news for “The Rise of Skywalker” fans.

“Reylo fans: Daisy says the only two possible (“TROS”) endings was kiss or no kiss, she said Ben dying was the only thing that never changed from the beginning and that there was no dialogue in the kiss scene other than ‘Ben’ and her saying ‘No, no, no, no’ when he died.”


Questions about “The Rise of Skywalker” and its true direction have been raised since the film debuted in December 2019. For example, social media created the hashtag #ReleaseTheJJCut after rumors sprung up that there was a second cut of the film from JJ Abrams, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • In that version, there would have been cameos from Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who play Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, respectively. There would have been more reflection from characters as well, and an alternate ending with Ben Solo living.

There was also the rumored “Star Wars: Episode IX” script from Colin Trevorrow, who was originally picked to direct the final film of the Skywalker saga, and Derek Connolly, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The entire breakdown of the script can be found on Reddit.

  • That script would have included an entirely different “Star Wars” plot than what we saw in “Rise of Skywalker,” including an ending where Kylo Ren is “extinguished.” It’s not clear if Ben Solo lives or dies in that ending.