Han may never want to know the odds (kid), but we think there’s a pretty high chance that there’s going to be a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The ending left on a slight cliffhanger, and definitely left the player wanting more. Cal Kestis’ journey is certainly far far away from being over.
Major spoilers for Jedi: Fallen Order incoming!
From being a former padawan who hid his Force abilities, to being able to take on the might of the Second Sister and even Vader, Cal Kestis’ journey is filled with twists and turns. Following Cal’s journey through the Force, and through his past, allows us to fully engage with Cal’s life, and the experiences that led him to this moment in Jedi: Fallen Order.
Whether it was witnessing Order 66, or escaping the clutches of the Second Sister, Cal has certainly been through a lot. That’s what makes each moment of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order so significant: Cal is learning as we do, and is progressing in his Jedi training once more.
But Cal wouldn’t have been able to do any of this if it wasn’t for the help of Cere Junda, a former Jedi. After the Purge, Cere shut herself off from her Force sensitivity, but still worked on rebuilding the Jedi Order. Together with Cal, they both worked together to fight against the Empire, and to destroy the Sith.
But this didn’t happen in the ending. In fact, it was impossible for Cal’s journey to be a success because of what we already know about what happened to the Empire. Due to this, it perhaps wouldn’t have been shocking to see Cal die in Jedi: Fallen Order, but instead the ending left on a slightly positive note: the ending that no one expected.
The end of the beginning
Like Empire Strikes Back, Jedi: Fallen Order ends with the antagonists in power. Just like how Vader had bested Luke, again the Sith Lord bests Cal before the Jedi’s escape. With no definitive sign of Cal’s adventure as a Jedi ending, and the return of Cere too, the ending to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order provides quite the cliffhanger.
The main purpose of the game was to discover the holocron with the names of the Force sensitive children across the planet. It was Cere’s aim (which Cal believed in) to find these children and get them to join the Jedi Order. With the Second Sister after these names too, it was of vital importance to both Jedi that they not only found the holocron, but that they keep it safe.
Interestingly, in the Darth Vader comic series, written by Charles Soule, there is a moment where Vader attacks Jocasta Nu (the Jedi librarian) in order to find another list of Force sensitive children. However, once Vader gets this list he destroys it, explaining that he’d rather it be destroyed than help Palpatine find a new Force sensitive apprentice that could replace Vader.
In a similar way to this, but for very different reasons, Cal destroys the holocron. He explains that he doesn’t want the children to be forced into a life of hiding from the Empire, and Cal wants to leave their fortunes up to the Force. So Jedi: Fallen Order ends without anything really changing, meaning that the story doesn’t come to an ending.
The rule of two
Sith always come in two: master and apprentice. Never more. The ending to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order seems to imply that there could well be a sequel to Cal’s adventure: there’s still so much that could happen, and the story hasn’t finished.
Vader has identified himself as the main villain now; he killed the Second Sister like it was nothing. The Inquisitors obviously work for Vader, but Cal has now evaded Vader, meaning that Cal must now be enemy number 1 for the Empire.
This is a pattern that was even followed in ‘Rebels’, where Ezra Bridger became the main target for Vader after the Inquisitor failed. It seems clear that there’s still some unfinished business between Cal and Vader.
Moreover, Cere has a huge grudge against Vader that hasn’t been fully explored yet. Not only did Vader corrupt Cere’s former padawan, he slayed her when Cere seemingly convinced her to come back to the light. This is a story arc that could be fully explored in a sequel.
Cal is now much more confident with his ability to use the Force. He now also has a clear new enemy: Vader. With Cal’s story far from over, it seems clear that Jedi: Fallen Order will receive a sequel, and that there’s so much to follow up on.
Plus, we need to know what happened to Cal and Cere before the days of Rogue One and A New Hope, and why they were not involved with the fight against the Empire.
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