Daisy Ridley is clear, Star Wars finale won't be as controversial as the final season of Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones season 8 was a major disappointment there is no denying the fact, in this age of division and taking sides the hate for Game of Thrones finale is almost unanimous. Before the finale of Game of Thrones, the highest number of people who rated an episode of series stood at 182,000, and they were all unanimous in voicing their love for the episode 'Battle of the Bastards'.
In the GOT finale though, more than 210,000 people showed up to blast the final episode of the series with an average score of 4.2/10. Most TV series in the world don’t even get 200,000 people to rate their TV shows, and here it was, the finale, the lowest-rated episode in the series. It was the biggest fall from grace for a series which almost never fell below the 8/10 mark. Years of investment lost by one series of six episodes this will live on in infamy as the greatest failure in storytelling history.
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Another such pop culture dominating series is the Star Wars franchise; there was so much hope when the series was rejuvenated with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But with a divisive second installment in the sequel series, the fans are divided, and people don’t know what to expect from the final season of the series. We borderline liked the second installment Last Jedi, but it is confusing times of where the series is headed for the final installment in the Skywalker series. The finale to the nine movie saga is coming to an end with Episode IX releasing in December, and Daisy Ridley wants to assure fans, the ending will not be like Game of Thrones’, it will not be controversial with the story started in the late 70s coming to an end.
Daisy Ridley is a fan of Game of Thrones, she only recently started watching the show and is halfway in her watching said she knows the ending of the series and also stated the Star Wars finale would not follow suit of the Game of Thrones controversial finale ending.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is only months away, and Daisy said while speaking to MTV News, “I think this ending will be less controversial.” She was both teasing and plying coy, but she was more clear when it comes to fans getting their questioned answered in the final episode of the series.
The Last Jedi threw away all the buildup J.J. Abrams did in the first movie with the background of 'Snoke', the background of 'Rey', and the importance he placed on the location of 'Luke Skywalker'. But Rian Johnson threw away everything, instead of resorting to shock filmmaking instead of answering or even setting up the series to answer some of the questions posed by the series in the first movie.
Fans were not happy of how The Last Jedi disposed of Snoke and for all intents and purposes said Rey’s families were nobody and sold her off in Jakku. We kind of liked the idea of a powerful world-saving Jedi not being a blood relative of the Skywalkers and the fact anyone with the discipline and the willingness to let the light in can be a powerful Jedi, but fans were still not happy with how her parental lineage was played up in the first movie and dumped in the second one.
Watch: Kylo Ren and Rey dispose of Snoke unceremoniously and fight Snokes guards
But the biggest problem of them all was the portrayal of Luke Skywalker, J. J. would’ve never filmed a scene where Luke is holding a lightsaber over the head of a child and especially his nephew. The imagery was supposed to evoke feelings of like father like son; still, Luke never did what his father did all those years ago. The image didn’t land like it was supposed to there was a huge backlash in the way Luke was portrayed.
Still, whatever is in the past is in the past, and Daisy said Abrams is going to provide answers to a lot of the fan questions. She said, “Yeah. It felt really - doing it, I was like, physically, couldn't have done anything else. Emotionally, couldn't have done anything else. It was really genuinely satisfying doing it all, filming it all. There would be scenes where I was really excited to film them!”
Watch: The special look of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from D23
The teaser for the movie from Disney’s D23 expo also made its way to the internet, and the final shot of the teaser showed Rey in a Sith garb and holding the double lightsaber similar to the one used by 'Darth Maul' in 'Phantom Menace'. After all the development of the character and her constant rejection of the dark side, we are not buying Rey will turn to the dark side and Daisy talked about filming the scene. “It honestly felt really cool,” Daisy said. “I think there were obviously conversation about how it looked - like, genuinely cool - and that people will want to be like, you know, that version of Rey. However that may last, however long it lasts, wherever she ends up - but it felt really good.”
Even Daisy herself is hinting the dark side Rey look won’t last long, but still, Game of Thrones comparisons can be drawn here. In the fifth episode of the final season of Game of Thrones Daenerys, all of a sudden went crazy and burned the whole King’s Landing to the ground, did the creators and writers of the show set it up? No, they did not; instead, they kept saying she is not like other Targaryens and all of a sudden to get shock-value, they turned her crazy. Same could be the fate of Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but considering she said the ending wouldn’t be as controversial; we are holding out hopes she gets to finish the saga, sane and on the right side of things.