Lucasfilm recognizes that Star Wars must evolve beyond the Skywalker Saga, but the next films and television shows do not do so. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, the most obvious decision for where the studio could take the tale was to continue Luke Skywalker’s story while adding new characters. The prequel trilogy ended 10 years ago with Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Star Wars has never really moved away from the Skywalker Saga. The Skywalker Saga encompasses anything that is somehow intimately tied to the nine Star Wars movie episodes, more than Luke’s original trilogy arc and Anakin’s prequel trilogy arc. The second trilogy, which featured new characters including as Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, is also considered part of the Skywalker Saga because it extends Luke, Leia, Han, and even the Emperor’s legacies.
Disney understands that Star Wars must go beyond the Skywalker saga.
Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker
It’s not just the fans who believe that Star Wars needs to go beyond the Skywalker Saga to reach its full potential. Disney must have reached that conclusion after both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker “failed” to do as well as their predecessors at the box office.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars show, is not only set during the Skywalker Saga, but is also a vital element of it. The Obi-Wan series will serve as a bridge between the prequels and the original trilogy, and it will begin on Tatooine, the most recognised Star Wars setting. Season 3 of The Mandalorian, which will premiere on Disney+ in late 2022 or early 2023, is also tied to the Skywalker Saga, particularly after the Mandalorian and Grogu meet Luke, and serves as a tie-in between Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Andor is a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is a prequel to Luke Skywalker’s greatest important achievement, the destruction of the first Death Star. As Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka’s titular character is a part of the Skywalker tradition, and her tale now intersects with Luke’s when they met in The Book of Boba Fett. Similarly, Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 continues the history of the Clone Wars, while the High Republic episode The Acolyte, which serves as a prequel to the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, can be related to the Skywalker Saga.
Because Star Wars has always been about the Skywalkers, the phrase “Skywalker Saga” is nearly redundant. Luke Skywalker, who was initially known as Luke Starkiller, began his hero’s journey in A New Hope and went on to become one of pop culture’s most recognisable characters, with the bombshell revelations that Darth Vader and Princess Leia were also members of the family.
Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron is the only Star Wars film with a release date so far. Despite the fact that the film is set in a different time period, the name Rogue Squadron is a nod to Luke Skywalker’s past, as Rogue Squadron was the X-Wing pilots that Luke formed and led.
Another Star Wars picture in development, the Kevin Feige-produced one, has been confirmed as not being a sequel to any previous story, perhaps making it the first Star Wars film to depart from the Skywalker Saga entirely. The plot of Taika Waititi’s Star Wars film is still a mystery, but having the filmmaker of Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder lead a fully fresh Star Wars story would be fascinating. The fate of Star Wars on the big screen is still unknown, which could indicate that the series is taking its time to deliver something genuinely unique.