No, the Star Wars sequel trilogy is not going to be de-canonized.
Every so often, there are some rumors that aren’t worth the time to debunk. Such is the case with a certain rumor involving Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy. You probably have noticed this rumor while perusing the internet. I rolled my eyes at it when it popped up on my feed on Facebook, but it’s since made all sorts of rounds in different capacities around the internet. I won’t even link the rumor because of how insultingly made up and driven by agendas it is. The rumor stated that Disney would render the events in the sequel trilogy null and void through the Veil of the Force, introduced in Star Wars Rebels.
Because the internet is the internet, a lot of people rejoiced at this idea. The hate for the sequel trilogy is strong — so strong that it leads to fans clinging to the most ridiculous of ideas. And I am sad to say that, in spite of the fervor surrounding this rumor among certain sects of the fandom, no, this rumor is not true. I felt ashamed we even had to reach out to our source at Lucasfilm to ask about this, but did so just so we can log it away.
No, Lucasfilm is not actively setting out to nullify their own timeline through multiverse means, our source told us. They are putting the Skywalker Saga behind them and moving on to different things. As we know already, they are working on a whole suite of Disney+ shows, including The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan, the Ahsoka Tano show and more. These shows will explore different points in the timeline in an around the reign of the Empire and have no need to cross over into the sequel trilogy timeline. They also have movies in the works from Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson — movies that will likely go far outside of anything we have seen before in the franchise.
For Lucasfilm, the future isn’t them frantically trying to paint over the past. The future is just that: the future. They have plenty of plans in the work and a whole lot of talent to help shepherd in a whole new era. There is no reason for them to rehash what came before, no matter how much some fans wish it to be true.
If that is what you wished to see from Star Wars going forward, then I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But alas, that is how it is. But rather than wallow in any disappointments of the past, why not celebrate the potential for the future and the happiness the franchise has given us in the decades since it first hit in 1977? Why focus so much on what we hate rather than what we love (Wait a second…was Rose right this whole time?)?
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