Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

Fans assumed for two years that J.J. Abrams was setting up plot points and teases in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that were meant to be integral to the next installment. If that was the plan, however, it didn’t happen: Rian Johnson retconned major parts of the sequel trilogy with The Last Jedi. Today we’ll take a dive into what exactly changed.

Now, it’s worth noting that in some cases these “changes” to the story were actually always planned, with fans hyping up big reveals that were never there. Take Rey’s parentage, for example. Many saw that as a potentially exciting reveal that was prepped in Episode VII that Rian Johnson then failed to pay it off in The Last ...

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