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"The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And my sister has it."
―Luke Skywalker, to Leia Organa[src]

The Skywalker family was a legendary human family that played a prominent role in galactic history, with several generations achieving fame—as generals, senators, and Jedi—from the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, to the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance. The family's story began with the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker, born of no father and destined to bring balance to the Force. Anakin's midi-chlorian count was unprecedented; as such, he had the potential to become the most powerful Force-sensitive being in the galaxy. The Force was also strong with Anakin's progeny, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, as well as Leia's powerful son, Ben Solo, the last Skywalker in the direct line.

Along with his mother, Shmi Skywalker, Anakin lived as a slave on Tatooine where he was discovered by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, who saw Anakin's raw power as evidence of his conception by the midi-chlorians. He was taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the capital planet of the Galactic Republic where he ultimately joined the Jedi Order, although the Jedi High Council was concerned about his emotional attachments. During the Clone Wars, Anakin gained the titles of Jedi Knight and Jedi General, the latter giving him authority to command the Grand Army of the Republic. Although the Jedi Code forbade attachment, Anakin secretly married Padmé Amidala, the senator of Naboo. Troubled by premonitions of his wife's death in childbirth, Anakin was seduced by the dark side of the Force through the machinations of Sheev Palpatine, who was in fact the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. However, the actions of the newly anointed Darth Vader caused Amidala to die of a broken heart, though not before she gave birth to the twins Luke and Leia. Defeated on Mustafar by Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master who trained Anakin, a grievously wounded Vader was reconstructed into a being more machine than man, and with the knowledge of Amidala's death, the former Anakin Skywalker was consumed by his Sith persona.

The children of Anakin and Amidala were separated and sent into hiding, shortly after Sidious declared himself Emperor of the Galactic Empire. Luke was raised by his relatives on Tatooine, while Leia was adopted by the House of Organa, making her the Princess of Alderaan. They were reunited, albeit unaware of their familial connection, around the time of the Battle of Yavin, in which the first Death Star was destroyed by Luke. The Skywalker siblings supported the Alliance to Restore the Republic, with Princess Leia serving as one of its leaders and Luke endeavoring to become a Jedi, like his father before him. After confronting Vader on Bespin, Luke discovered that the Sith Lord was his father. He confronted Vader again, this time on the second Death Star, intent on turning his father back to the light side of the Force. When Luke refused to take Vader's place as Sidious' Sith apprentice, the Emperor attempted to kill him, causing Vader to sacrifice himself by killing his Sith Master.

The Jedi prophecy that foretold the destruction of the Sith was fulfilled by the deaths of Sidious and Vader, thus ending the thousand-year lineage that started with Darth Bane. Anakin, having fulfilled his destiny as the Chosen One, became one with the Force. In the aftermath of the Galactic Civil War, Leia resumed her political career in the New Republic following the birth of Ben Solo, her only son begotten from her marriage with Han Solo. As the grandson of a prophesied Chosen One, Ben inherited the raw power of his bloodline and was trained by his uncle as the first of a new generation of Jedi. Luke's plans, however, ended with the destruction of his temple and Ben's fall to the dark side due to the machinations of Supreme Leader Snoke, who saw in Ben the potential to become a new Vader. Renouncing his family and heritage, Ben changed his name to Kylo Ren and became Snoke's apprentice as well as master of the Knights of Ren and champion of the First Order. Despite his turn to the dark side, Ren struggled to resist the influence of the light. The act of patricide only enhanced the conflict within him.

As the grandson of Vader, Ren sought to finish the Great Jedi Purge and unite the galaxy under his rule. He accomplished the latter by usurping the title of Supreme Leader, and though Luke sacrificed his life to save the Resistance, the Jedi Order survived through his final student, Rey, a scavenger from Jakku. Ren went on to conquer much of the galaxy, and during the last days of his reign, he formed an alliance with Sidious on Exegol. The reborn Dark Lord of the Sith urged Ren to kill the last Jedi; in return, he would give Ren control over the Final Order—a fleet of Sith Star Destroyers with the technology to annihilate planets.

However, Ren's desire to become the new Emperor was never realized. He reverted to his former persona after his mother died, rejecting the dark side of the Force. Solo stood with Rey against Sidious as the war came to a head at the Battle of Exegol, but their bond as a Force dyad gave the Emperor enough power to rejuvenate his body. The effort to destroy the Emperor left Rey dead, but Solo sacrificed himself to resurrect her. The bloodline of Anakin Skywalker ended with the death of his only descendant, the last Skywalker, but the family's legacy endured through Rey. After burying the Skywalker lightsaber and Leia's lightsaber at the Lars moisture farm on Tatooine, she sought to honor the memory of her masters by renaming herself "Rey Skywalker" in spite of her secret lineage.

The history of the Skywalker family was marked by hope, tragedy, and renewal. They were remembered for their prodigious strength with the Force, achieved legendary status across the galaxy, and became synonymous with fortitude, courage and sacrifice.

History[edit | edit source]

The Chosen One[edit | edit source]

By the will of the Force[edit | edit source]

"The Force is unusually strong with him. That much is clear. Who was his father?"
"There was no father. I carried him. I gave birth. I raised him. I can't explain what happened."
―Qui-Gon Jinn and Shmi Skywalker, about Anakin Skywalker[src]

Anakin Skywalker, son of Shmi Skywalker, was the prophesied Chosen One.

The origins of the Skywalker family date back to the era of the Galactic Republic, when Shmi Skywalker was sold into slavery[24] after she and her parents were captured by pirates.[25] In 41 BBY[26] Shmi gave birth[27] to the Chosen One,[28] Anakin Skywalker, whose exceptional strength in the Force attracted the attention of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.[27] Jinn, who theorized that Anakin—a boy born of no father—had been conceived by the midi-chlorians, brought the former slave to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant where he could be trained as a Jedi.[1] Anakin's mother remained behind on their home planet of Tatooine and became the wife of Cliegg Lars, a moisture farmer who married Shmi after freeing her from slavery.[27] Although Jinn was not a Skywalker by blood, it was noted by Anakin's son, Luke Skywalker, that he shared a deep connection with the family's history through the Jedi Order.[29]

Across the stars[edit | edit source]

"Are you allowed to love? I thought that was forbidden for a Jedi."
"Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is sacred to a Jedi. So you might say we are encouraged to love."
―Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker[src]

Though trained as a Jedi, Anakin married Senator Padmé Amidala shortly after the Clone Wars began.

Anakin went on to become one of the greatest Jedi during his time in the Jedi Order.[27] However, Obi-Wan Kenobi felt that his Padawan had grown prideful as a result of his Force abilities.[4] In addition, the Jedi High Council was concerned about Anakin's fear of loss and tendency to form strong emotional attachments despite the Jedi Code.[30] During the final years of the Republic, premonitions of his mother's suffering caused Anakin to return to Tatooine only to find that Shmi had been tortured and killed by a group of Tusken Raiders.[4] Angered by her death,[30] he proceeded to slaughter the entire camp, including the women and children. At the same time, his attachment to Senator Padmé Amidala evolved into a romantic relationship, culminating in their secret marriage which occurred shortly after the outbreak of the Clone Wars[4] in 22 BBY.[9]

A hero falls[edit | edit source]

"Obi-Wan…there's good in him…I know, I know there is…"
―Padmé Amidala's last words, about Anakin Skywalker[src]

Consumed by the dark side of the Force, Darth Vader lashed out in anger at his pregnant wife.

Like other Jedi Knights, Anakin fought against the Confederacy of Independent Systems as a Jedi General of the Grand Army of the Republic. He became a hero and his powers grew exponentially, but his fear of loss ultimately led to his seduction by the dark side of the Force.[30] Upon learning about his wife's pregnancy, Anakin foresaw Amidala's death in childbirth and became desperate to prevent his premonitions from coming to pass.[5] As his anxiety and confusion grew,[30] the leader of the Republic, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine revealed his true identity to Anakin as Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith who conspired to rule the galaxy as Galactic Emperor. Having long planned the young Jedi's descent into darkness, Sidious promised to help Anakin conquer death if he but embraced the teachings of the Sith.[5]

Believing that the dark side held the key to saving Amidala, Anakin succumbed to temptation and became Sidious' Sith apprentice,[30] consequently resulting in the fall of the Jedi Order and the Republic's transformation into the Galactic Empire. After slaughtering the Separatist Council on Mustafar, Vader gave serious consideration to usurping his new master's throne in order to rule the galaxy with Amidala by his side. However, his actions confounded Amidala who refused to support his plans in light of his actions against the Jedi. Rejecting her pleas to return to the light, Vader choked his wife by way of the Force,[5] his anger driving him deeper into the dark side. Believing that she had sided with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Vader attempted to kill his former friend and mentor, but the battle ended with his near death. Having sustained grievous injuries, Vader had to be rebuilt into a cyborg.[30]

Amidala's death drove Vader to despair, further suppressing the memory of his former life.

Anakin's deeds as a Sith Lord ultimately broke Amidala's heart, and she lost the will to live after giving birth to their children, the twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Amidala Skywalker. With her dying breath, Amidala declared her faith in Anakin, believing that there was still good within him. Her body was subseuqently returned to Naboo for burial, while on Coruscant, Sidious informed Vader that he had killed Amidala in anger.[5] This information drove Anakin to despair; combined with the trauma of his reconstruction,[30] he renounced the name Skywalker[31] and truly became Vader.[30]

Luke and Leia, twins by blood[edit | edit source]

A new hope[edit | edit source]

"We have a new enemy, the young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker."
―Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader, about Luke Skywalker[src]

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Han Solo were heroes of the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War.

Following Amidala's death, her children were separated and sent into hiding in order to protect them from the Sith.[5] Leia was adopted into the House of Organa by Senator Bail Organa and his wife, Queen Breha Organa, and was henceforth known as "Leia Organa," Princess of Alderaan.[32] Her brother, Luke was given to his relatives, Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun Lars, who raised him as a moisture farmer on Tatooine. While Luke yearned to leave the farm in search of a more exciting life,[33] Leia succeeded her adoptive father as the senator of Alderaan.[32]

Though a member of the Imperial Senate, Organa secretly worked to undermine the Empire by supporting the Alliance to Restore the Republic[32]—a rebellion founded with the aim of overthrowing the New Order and restoring democracy.[34] The two siblings were reunited during the events leading up to the Battle of Yavin. With the help of new friends, the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, Luke and Organa saved the Alliance by destroying the DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station "Death Star," though not before the battle station destroyed Organa's adopted homeworld.[2]

A haunting heritage[edit | edit source]

"If you only knew the power of the dark side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
"He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"
"No. I am your father."
―Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker[src]

Luke's determination to become a Jedi like his father concerned his mentor, Yoda, who knew the truth of Anakin's fate.

Guided by the Force spirit of Kenobi, Luke journeyed to Dagobah shortly after the Battle of Hoth, seeking to finish his Jedi training under Grand Master Yoda. The ancient Jedi Master was reluctant to take on Anakin's son as an apprentice, however. Sensing Luke's anger and impatience reminded Yoda of Anakin, which, combined with Luke's advanced age, reinforced his belief that Luke was unfit to be a Jedi. Moreover, having watched over Luke from afar for a long time, Yoda concluded that Luke was reckless and driven by the desire for excitement and adventure, neither of which were things that a Jedi craved. However, Kenobi communed with Yoda through the Force and implored his old mentor to teach Luke, assuring him that their student would learn to temper his anger through patience.[16]

Following the battle, Vader was contacted by the Emperor, who was aware of the identity of the Rebel pilot responsible for the Death Star's destruction. Knowing that Luke was Anakin's son, Sidious calculated his potential to destroy the Sith and all that they had built if he became a Jedi. At Vader's suggestion, Sidious approved his apprentice's plan to turn Luke to the dark side, knowing that, as a Skywalker, he would become a powerful asset to the Sith.[16]

Organa and Solo fell in love while trying to evade capture by the Galactic Empire.

Meanwhile, Organa was forced to evacuate Hoth with the crew of the Millennium Falcon, keeping her and Solo together despite the latter's intention to leave the Alliance.[16] They eventually fell in love,[32] but were captured by Vader while seeking shelter on Bespin with Solo's friend, Landonis Balthazar Calrissian, the administrator of Cloud City. Organa manged to escape with Calrissian's help and was determined to rescue Solo, who had been frozen in carbonite for transportation to Tatooine.[16]

During Luke's training, he found a cave where the dark side was strong and was confronted by Vader in a Force vision. They dueled until Luke succeeded in decapitating the Sith Lord. Before the vision ended, Vader's mask exploded and, to Luke's surprise, the face within was his own. Under Yoda's instruction, Luke honed his skills in meditation, giving him the ability to see visions of the future, one of which revealed to him that his friends were in danger. He was determined to save them despite having to leave Dagobah without completing his training. Neither Yoda nor Kenobi supported his decision, knowing that it would bring Luke in direct contact with Vader. They both implored Luke to remain and become a fully-trained Jedi, warning him that he was not ready to confront a Sith Lord.[16]

Luke confronted Vader on Bespin, and learned that the Sith Lord was his father.

Luke's departure against his mentors' warnings reinforced Yoda's belief that Luke was too reckless, jeopardizing the Jedi's plans to overthrow the Sith. When Kenobi referred to Luke as their last hope, Yoda disagreed and reminded him that there was another who could take his place. Cloud City had been occupied by an Imperial garrison by the time of Luke's arrival. Knowing that the Jedi apprentice would risk all if his friends were in peril, Vader lured Luke into a confrontation with the aim of bringing him to Sidious. Though his progress impressed Vader, Luke was ultimately bested by the Sith Lord, who disarmed him of his father's lightsaber along with the hand that wielded it. It was at this moment that Vader revealed his former identity as Luke's father. The revelation that Vader and Anakin were the same person drove Luke into a state of shock and denial.[16] Vader told Luke the truth because he wanted to overthrow the Emperor and rule the galaxy with his son by his side, but Luke refused his father's entreaty and returned to the Rebellion.[33]

Return of the Jedi[edit | edit source]

"I'll not leave you here. I've got to save you."
"You already have, Luke. You were right…you were right about me. Tell your sister…you were right."
―Luke Skywalker and Anakin Skywalker[src]

Luke beseeched his father to reject the dark side, accepting that Darth Vader was once Anakin Skywalker.

In the days leading up to the Battle of Endor[21] in 4 ABY,[9] Luke returned to Dagobah after rescuing Solo with the help of his companions. Yoda was gravely ill by the time of Luke's return, weakened by sickness and old age. He assured Luke that he required no further lessons, but could not yet call himself a Jedi until he confronted Vader once more. When Luke asked the dying Grand Master if Vader was truly his father, Yoda confirmed that he was indeed. Yoda spoke his last words to Luke before he passed into the Force, revealing that there was another Skywalker, whom Kenobi later confirmed to be Leia, Luke's twin sister. Luke confronted his first Jedi Master about his account of his father's fate, recalling when Kenobi told him that Vader betrayed and murdered Anakin. Kenobi clarified that Anakin had been seduced by the dark side and ceased to exist when he became Vader.[21]

Luke joined General Solo's strike team after returning to the Alliance, which had made plans to destroy Sidious' new battle station, the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station. However, he soon left the group after sensing Vader's presence, as he believed that there was still good within his father.[33] After telling Leia the truth about their relationship as the offspring of Vader, thereby making them siblings,[21] Luke confronted his father in person, but to talk rather than fight in the hope that the former Anakin Skywalker would turn back to the light side with his son's help. Vader rejected his son's entreaty, believing it was too late for him.[33] Realizing Vader's resolve to take him to the Emperor, Luke told the Sith Lord that his father was truly dead.[21]

Embracing the Jedi way, Luke refused to take his father's place as the Emperor's apprentice.

Luke accompanied his father to the Emperor's Throne Room on the new battle station, while Solo and Organa carried on with their plan to destroy the Death Star's shield generator. Sidious goaded Luke into a duel with Vader, but the would-be Jedi still refused to turn to the dark side. Sensing his son's thoughts, Vader realized that he had a daughter in addition to a son, Luke's twin sister.[21] He threatened to turn his attentions to Leia by converting her to the dark side if Luke would not, causing his son to embrace his rage as he relentlessly pummeled Vader into submission. It was exactly what the Emperor wanted,[33] and as such, Sidious urged Luke to kill Vader and become his new apprentice.[21] However, Luke restrained himself from delivering the killing blow, remembering his teachings under Kenobi and Yoda.[33] Casting his lightsaber aside, he declared that the Emperor had failed as he had become a Jedi, like his father before him.[21]

Anakin Skywalker became one with the Force after fulfilling his destiny as the Chosen One.

Sidious, confounded by Luke's actions, unleashed the power of the dark side against the young Jedi,[33] torturing him with torrents of Force lightning. As Luke writhed in agony,[21] Vader seized his Sith Master and threw him down a deep shaft, his former self reawakened by his son's love.[33] Though his actions killed Sidious, they ultimately proved fatal as Vader took the brunt of the lightning in order to save Luke. Knowing his end was near, Anakin shared a vital moment with Luke, who removed his father's mask so that he could look upon his son with his own eyes.[30] Anakin assured Luke that he had been saved by him, and he wanted Leia to know that Luke had been right about him as well.[21] He slipped peacefully into the Force, and was reunited in death with his old Jedi mentors, Kenobi and Yoda.[30] The deaths of Sidious and Vader ended the lineage of Sith Lords,[35] fulfilling Anakin Skywalker's destiny as the prophesied Chosen One.[36] The three deceased Jedi watched over Luke and his friends as the celebrated their victory on Endor.[21]

Ben and Rey, twins of the Force[edit | edit source]

From rebels to legends[edit | edit source]

"When I found you, I saw what all masters live to see: raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special—The potential of your bloodline. A new Vader."
―Snoke, to Kylo Ren[src]

Organa gave birth to Han's son, Ben Solo, who inherited the power of the Skywalker bloodline from his mother.

After the Battle of Endor, Leia Organa married Han Solo[37] and gave birth to their son, Ben Solo, on the day the Empire capitulated to the New Republic[8] in 5 ABY,[9] ending the Galactic Civil War.[8] As a scion of the Skywalker bloodline, Ben was inherently strong with the Force, possessing raw, untamed power that attracted the attention of his uncle Luke as well as Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order.[7] Unbeknownst to Ben Solo, he had a twin, the Force-sensitive scavenger Rey,[38] who was born in 15 ABY.[39] Unlike his mother and uncle, Solo's relationship with Rey was not based on blood, but rather their bond[38] as a rare and powerful dyad in the Force.[40]

Noticing the similarities between Ben and his grandfather,[3] Organa trusted her brother with his education despite Han's own views about their son becoming a Jedi.[7] Organa, having briefly learned the Jedi arts under Luke before returning to politics,[40] thought that the life of a Jedi was the best option to prevent Ben from becoming a new Vader. She came to regret her decision, however, believing it was the catalyst that broke her family apart.[3]

The Jedi Order was reborn under the Skywalkers, Luke and Ben.

Solo's training began while he was still a child,[40] making him his uncle's first apprentice[41] in a new generation of Jedi Knights.[38] As the ranks of the revived Jedi Order grew, Skywalker divided his attention to supervise a dozen apprentices, leaving Solo to search for guidance elsewhere. Snoke, who had long since taken an interest in the young Skywalker heir and his abilities,[40] cultivated a secret friendship with Solo, using telepathy to communicate with him across a great distance. It soon became an outlet for Solo, confiding in Snoke, who, in turn, discredited Skywalker and the Jedi Order to the conflicted Padawan.[42]

As a Jedi Master, Skywalker taught his students that all Jedi had the potential to grow stronger with the Force, despite some individuals being more naturally gifted than others.[41] However, none of his students surpassed Solo,[43] who, like Skywalker, descended from the bloodline of the prophesied Chosen One.[40] Notwithstanding his own views on an individual's potential for growth in the Force, Skywalker sensed his nephew's raw strength that was typical of his father's bloodline. He was concerned about Solo's potential, but it also gave him hope as he believed that he could pass on the Jedi teachings to the next generation in the Skywalker family.[7]

Solo's family sought to protect him from his grandfather's legacy; therefore, they never revealed to him that Anakin and Vader were one and the same. When Organa's secret as Vader's daughter was revealed to the public during her campaign to become First Senator, effectively ending her political career, Organa had not yet told her son the truth about his grandfather. As such, she was worried about how Solo would react to learning about his secret heritage in such a public way.[17]

Legacy renounced[edit | edit source]

"Whether it's Luke Skywalker or Snoke, neither one sees me as a person. I'm just a…legacy. Just a set of expectations."
―Ben Solo[src]

Kylo Ren, who was once Ben Solo, vowed to fulfill his grandfather's legacy by destroying the Jedi Order.

Ben Solo's time as a Jedi came to an end on the night he awoke to see his master standing above him with his lightsaber drawn. By then, Luke had sensed the growing darkness within his nephew and was tempted by pure instinct to kill Solo before he could be fully turned. Although Luke refrained from carrying out the deed, Solo believed that his uncle meant to murder him in his sleep. After their confrontation, Solo destroyed the Jedi training temple and the Order, leaving Luke for dead when he fled.[7] Although Luke survived the incident, the loss of his nephew and students had a profound impact on him.[33] Having located the first Jedi Temple, Luke chose to spend his remaining years on Ahch-To as a hermit living in a state of self-imposed exile,[7] while his fallen apprentice became Snoke's disciple in the ways of the dark side. Determined to sever all ties to his past, the former Ben Solo created the persona of Kylo Ren, becoming a warlord of the First Order[44] and master of the Knights of Ren.[3]

The marriage between Han Solo and Leia Organa broke down as a result of their son turning to the dark side. Ren's mother was distraught to hear of it,[11] and his father—seeing himself as a reminder of the son they lost—returned to a life of smuggling.[3] By then, the secret of Organa's parentage had been made public to the galaxy at large. As the daughter of Darth Vader, her political career was over; however, she was still committed to protecting the New Republic as the First Order rose to power. Therefore, Organa assumed the rank of general in the Resistance, a small private military that she formed to monitor the First Order.[11]

Peace and purpose[edit | edit source]

"I failed you, Ben. I'm sorry."
―Luke Skywalker, to Ben Solo[src]

Accepting his fate, Luke Skywalker died saving the Resistance from his estranged nephew.

In the final days of the Cold War, Ren oversaw the First Order's hunt for Luke by acquiring pieces of a map to Ahch-To. At the same time, his struggle against the pull of the light side caused him to kill his father in an effort to end the conflict within him.[3] This act of patricide only weakened him[44] and contributed to his defeat in a duel with Rey,[3] who gained some of Ren's knowledge and training through the bond that connected them.[45] As First Order/Resistance War broke out across the galaxy,[7] Ren and Rey's relationship was affected by the Force-bond that had been formed between them, granting Rey new insights into Ren's inner pain and conflict.[46]

When Rey came to Ren attempting to facilitate his return to the light, the dark warrior assassinated his master and fought alongside the Jedi learner against Snoke's Elite Praetorian Guard. He offered Rey the chance to rule the galaxy at his side, but she rejected his proposal and left Ren to take control of the First Order alone as the new Supreme Leader. During the Battle of Crait, he was deceived by his former master who projected his presence to Crait in order to distract Ren while Organa and the Resistance escaped with Rey's help. As a result of the effort, however, Luke perished and became one with the Force.[7]

The rise of Skywalker[edit | edit source]

"As once I fell, so falls the last Skywalker."
―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo[src]

Having discovered their nature as a dyad in the Force, Ren sought to rule the galaxy with Rey by his side.

As the war continued between the First Order and the Resistance, now led by the last two members of the Skywalker family, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and General Leia Organa, a mysterious message was broadcasted across the galaxy, announcing the return of Darth Sidious[47] in 35 ABY.[10] Unwilling to tolerate any threat to his reign, Ren tracked the message's source to the hidden Sith world of Exegol, where he confronted the phantom Emperor. Despite Ren's determination to destroy Sidious, the Sith Lord offered to help him gain control over the entire galaxy and become what Ren's grandfather never was—the new Emperor. He therefore offered Ren command of the Final Order, a massive armada consisting of Xyston-class Star Destroyers, all of which were armed with axial superlaser cannons capable of destroying planets. The Sith fleet would belong to Ren, but only if he carried out Sidious' sole demand: killing Rey.[47]

Rejecting the dark persona of Kylo Ren, Ben Solo stood with Rey against the reborn Darth Sidious.

Ren accepted the mandate, realizing he was heir to the new Sith Empire that had been developed in secret by the Sith Eternal cult. However, he felt no indebtedness to the Sith cultists, having sacrificed too much to settle for a life of servitude.[40] He also had no desire to hurt Rey, whom he learned was the Emperor's granddaughter. By now, Ren also knew that Rey was his counterpart, making them a [dyad in the Force. With their combined power, Ren believed that they could destroy Sidious and assume the Throne of the Sith together.[47]

Ren revealed the full truth of Rey's heritage to her, again seeking to turn the young Jedi to the dark side which, in his mind, was part of their nature as a Skywalker and a Palpatine, respectively. He intended to bring Rey to Exegol, and even dueled with her in the Death Star ruins on Kef Bir, but his resolve was shaken by his mother's sudden death on Ajan Kloss. As Organa died while reaching out to her son through the Force, Rey also felt her mentor's demise. Regretting having impaled him in an act of rage, she healed Ren and confessed that she was willing to accept him as Ben Solo before leaving to exile herself at Ahch-To as Luke once did. Moved by Rey's confession, his mother's sacrifice as well as the memory of his father, Ren renounced his allegiance to the dark side.[47]

Solo and Rey shared a kiss after the Emperor's destruction, acknowledging the bond between them for the first time.

The former Supreme Leader returned to Exegol, not as Kylo Ren but as Ben Solo. Rey, who was convinced by Luke's spirit to return to the fight, had arrived on the Sith world ahead of Solo, leading a fleet of Resistance vessels to the location of the Sith fleet. As the Battle of Exegol ensued in the planet's atmosphere, Solo charged into the Sith Citadel alone, armed with a blaster and his strength in the Force. His arrival prevented Rey from succumbing to her grandfather's temptations. Sensing Solo's presence nearby, Rey passed the Skywalker lightsaber to her counterpart through their bond, giving Solo the opportunity to defeat the Knights of Ren with his grandfather's lightsaber. By coming together, however, the Dark Lord was able to siphon away much of their combined life force, restoring himself to full power. Sidious, remembering how Anakin Skywalker cast him down to his first death, tried to kill Solo in a similar way.[47]

Although Solo survived his fall, by the time he returned Rey had given her life to destroy Sidious. He craddled her body for a few moments before pouring all of his essence in a concentrated effort to resurrect Rey. His sacrifice worked; Rey came back to life, called Solo by his birth name and kissed him as he vanished into the Force,[47] bringing an end to the Skywalker bloodline.[11]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The last Skywalker[edit | edit source]

"I know what I have to do, but I don't know if I have the strength to do it."
"You do."
―Ben Solo and his memory of Han Solo[src]

The bloodline of Anakin Skywalker culminated in Ben Solo, who found redemption in the light like his grandfather before him.

With the death of his mother, Leia Organa, Ben Solo became the last Skywalker by blood.[47] As the grandson of prophesied Chosen One and the nephew of the last Jedi, the expectations of being a Skywalker weighed heavily on young Solo.[40] Though his blood flowed with the raw power of the Skywalkers,[7] Solo struggled to find his own place in a family of legends, and became resentful of the heritage that had been thrust upon him at birth,[48] believing that fate had taken away his choice.[49] Solo acknowledged his mentors for their power and knowledge,[48] but was also aware of their fascination with his potential for limitless power[45] and as such he believed that neither Luke Skywalker nor Snoke saw him as anything more than a set of expectations due to his legacy.[49]

During the Battle of Exegol, the Skywalker lightsaber had found its way into Solo's hand. Until then,[47] Rey had wielded the Jedi weapon, forged by Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars,[40] although she never felt that she had earned the right to call it her own, a sentiment she expressed to Organa.[47] Kylo Ren had sought to claim Anakin's lightsaber as his birthright,[3] yet it was ultimately Ben Solo who wielded it as the last of the Skywalkers.[50]

A new chapter[edit | edit source]

"I'm Rey. […] Rey Skywalker."
―Rey, taking the Skywalker name[src]

Rey took the Skywalker family's name as her own, continuing their legacy and honoring their memory.

Sometime after the Resistance's victory at battle at Exegol and subsequent celebration at their base on Ajan Kloss, Rey traveled to the Lars homestead on Tatooine with BB-8. There, she wrapped Luke's lightsaber next to Leia's lightsaber and buried both weapons beneath the Tatooine sands before igniting her own lightsaber with a yellow blade. When a local approached Rey and asked who she was, Rey looked to the horizon and saw the spirits of her mentors, the Skywalker twins, watching over her.[47] She adopted a new name, "Rey Skywalker," to honor the memory of her masters,[51] and eventually attained the status of Jedi Master.[11]

A lasting influence[edit | edit source]

«And then the Great Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, bravely standing alone against the First Order…»
Oniho Zaya[src]

The Skywalkers were remembered as legends throughout the galaxy.

The Skywalker family was arguably the most influential family in galactic history due to their involvement in many significant events relating to the Jedi Order, the resurgent Sith, and galactic governments. The Skywalker name was considered a mark of prestige, becoming a byword for great power and respect, but also chaos as the family's members took leadership roles in opposing sides of more than one pan-galactic war. In the end, though, the Skywalkers were credited with restoring the galaxy to a state of peace. They became legendary across the galaxy, leaving behind a legacy of strength, sacrifice and valor as well as hope, tragedy and renewal.[11]

Family tree[edit | edit source]

Shmi Skywalker's
Cliegg Lars
(see Lars family)[4]
Shmi Skywalker Lars[1]
Owen Lars[4]
Anakin Skywalker[1]
Padmé Amidala
(see Naberrie family)[4]
House of Organa[5]
Luke Skywalker[5]
Leia Skywalker
Organa Solo
Han Solo
(see Solo family)[6]
Ben Solo[44]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Skywalker family first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and has gone on to appear in every episode of the Star Wars saga to date.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  6. 6.0 6.1 Aftermath: Life Debt
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Aftermath: Empire's End
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker to one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 The Star Wars Book
  12. StarWars-DatabankII.png Watto in the Databank (backup link)
  13. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  14. StarWars-DatabankII.png Padmé Amidala Biography Gallery in the Databank (backup link)
  15. Star Wars 22
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Bloodline
  18. Dawn of Rebellion
  19. Star Wars 1
  20. 20.0 20.1 Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  22. Aftermath
  23. 23.0 23.1 Last Shot
  24. ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Shmi Skywalker - Tatooine Slave - Base Series 1)
  25. 25.0 25.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  26. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Shmi Skywalker Lars in the Databank (backup link)
  28. Darth Vader: Sith Lord
  29. Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 30.8 30.9 StarWars-DatabankII.png Anakin Skywalker in the Databank (backup link)
  31. Darth Vader 5
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Princess Leia Organa in the Databank (backup link)
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 33.6 33.7 33.8 StarWars-DatabankII.png Luke Skywalker in the Databank (backup link)
  34. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rebel Alliance in the Databank (backup link)
  35. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  36. Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  37. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  39. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary states that Rey is nineteen years old during the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which is dated to 34 ABY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore it can be deduced that Rey was born in 15 ABY.
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 40.6 40.7 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  41. 41.0 41.1 The Rise of Kylo Ren 3
  42. The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
  43. The Rise of Kylo Ren 1
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png Kylo Ren in the Databank (backup link)
  45. 45.0 45.1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  46. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rey in the Databank (backup link)
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 47.7 47.8 47.9 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  48. 48.0 48.1 The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
  49. 49.0 49.1 The Rise of Kylo Ren 4
  50. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
  51. Star Wars Battlefront II

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