Despite being overwhelmed by two films worth of exposition and plot condensed into one, “The Rise of Skywalker” provides enough satisfying moments to pass as an acceptable finale to the Skywalker Saga. It’s sure to be controversial, revealing rewritten answers to some of the franchise’s biggest questions, and perhaps raising more than it answers – but there’s enough fan service and nostalgia inside to make it work, as long as you don’t think too hard about what actually happens.
As the Avengers conclude their first era, it’s clear that certain faces will be missed moving forward. But, for the first time in the franchise’s 23-film history, it actually feels like something is coming to an end here.
Here we are, 40 days away from the premiere of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” and just 75 days until the end of modern television as we know it.