'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker': 5 burning questions heading into film's debut

Posted at 6:04 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 07:04:37-05

We are just hours away from the release of the final "Star Wars" film in the Skywalker saga, and there are so many questions heading into "The Rise of Skywalker."

To give you a little taste of what to expect, here are the top 5 questions fans have pertaining to Rey, Kylo and the Skywalker named in the title.

(MORE: The cast of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ explains what the audience can expect)

1. Who is this Skywalker?

We lost Luke in the last film and Kylo has fully turned to the dark side, so who is referenced in the title?

Could it be Rey? Could Luke be coming back? Can Kylo be turned back to the light?

2. What about good ol' Darth Vader?

With the first question in mind, many fans are calling out the fact that "Star Wars" titles are often misleading. Like in "Return of the Jedi," many believe Darth Vader is the Jedi who returned, hence Luke's father coming back to the light.

So with this title, could it be referencing Anakin Skywalker's return, since we know Emperor Palpatine is also back in some way?

To close out the saga, how epic would it be to see everyone return and have them all battle it out with the evil emperor?

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Earlier Wednesday, Castillo’s father told ABC News that Bonniwell should lose his job.

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The radio station is owned by California-based Salem Media Group. Phone calls and emails to Salem spokesman Evan Masyr were not immediately returned.

The story of the offensive comment was first reported Wednesday by the Colorado Times Recorder.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to confirm that KNUS pulled the recording off its website archive.