Sometimes, Hollywood really nails an emotional ending. Return of the Jedi sees Vader turn, the Emperor die, and the Rebels win the day in a truly joyous manner. Toy Story 3 sees Andy's toys learn to move on while staying together as they are donated to Bonnie in a poignant fashion. Terminator 2: Judgment Day sees Arnold's T-800 sacrifice himself to save the entire planet from a harrowing future.
In all these cases, the ending served as a succinct and uplifting finale to the story the filmmakers were telling... only for the next film in the franchise to throw all that away. The Force Awakens, Toy Story 4, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines all did their part to walk all over the emotional closure of the films that came before them. When there is money to be made, you can bet film franchises will find a way to carry on no matter what.
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