J.J. Abrams' Episode IX will have the tough task of closing out the newest Star Wars installments with a satisfying conclusion that gives us the answers we crave and sets up a brighter future for the galaxy far, far away. The movie will cover what happens after The Last Jedi, most likely through some sort of time jump and show us what's been happening for the past few months or years since the Battle of Crait. The ending of The Last Jedi hints at a stronger Resistance and perhaps even the resurgence of the Jedi Order. Might we see Rey begin to rebuild the ancient order by movie's end?
Despite everything we think know about Star Wars Episode IX, there's still a lot left to decipher. Plenty of theories and predictions have already popped up online since opening weekend. From whether we'll see Kylo Ren and Rey face off once again to whether we'll get another Starkiller Base, there's a lot we can predict after watching The Last Jedi.
Luke's physical form vanished at the end of The Last Jedi, which is usually an indication that a Jedi has turned into a Force ghost. His disappearance, on top of his warning to Kylo Ren during their duel on Crait that "he'll see him around," seems to indicate that we'll see Luke again in Episode IX. Will he show up to guide Rey or will he torment Kylo instead? Either way, we'll probably see Luke in the final chapter of the Sequel Trilogy.
This one's a sure thing. After two movies of tension, Rey and Kylo Ren will have one last duel for the fate of the galaxy. Both characters will have reached a new level of power by the time Episode IX comes around, which means that they'll probably be evenly matched in the Force. Honestly, this final showdown could go either way, but we assume the hero will prevail over the villain. This is a Star Wars movie, after all.
Since The Last Jedi doesn't address Carrie Fisher's death, it'll be up to Episode IX to provide Leia a graceful exit from the story. Chances are that the beloved princess will die offscreen and that the movie will begin with her funeral or some kind of exposition about the general's death. It'll be a somber beginning for the movie, but a necessary one to explain why Leia is no longer around.
Since Leia won't be in Episode IX, the Resistance will need a new leader. That will undoubtedly be Poe. General Leia has been molding Poe into a leader for the past two movies, and by the end of The Last Jedi, it seems that he fully understands the sacrifice and patience it takes to lead a movement. We'll probably see a much wiser Poe in Episode IX.