For the last two years, Star Wars fans have had to endure completely made up stories from people yelling in webcams about how The Last Jedi ruined JJ Abrams’ Star Wars story. Despite JJ recently debunking that himself, the myth has continued to exist as incendiary claims intended to incite rage among a fanbase tend to do.
Now, JJ Abrams has said that what happened in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi actually helped The Rise of Skywalker, according to a new interview in Empire magazine:
“Even some of the things that happened in Episode VIII that at the time I thought, ‘Oh, that’s an interesting choice I would not have made,’ weirdly ended up being beneficial for this film,” he tells Empire in the upcoming Star Wars issue. “I feel like we’re doing the best we can to sort of excavate what is inevitable. Some of the things I like the most wouldn’t have happened if I had to make all those decisions back when we were doing VII. Certain things that happened in Rian’s film, and certainly all the films that preceded VII, were all inspiration for the cocktail that became Rise Of Skywalker.”
Of course this will likely be added to the piles of statements that JJ Abrams has made about The Last Jedi that will either be ignored, or twisted to fit a certain narrative; like when he said he thought the script was so good he wished he was directing it.