IGN provides us with a breakdown of 17 ways the novelization of The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition by author Rae Carson expands on the events we saw play out on screen in the film. Official film novelizations act as great companion pieces to their silver screen entries and the novel for Episode IX is certainly no exception.
In the aftermath of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s release, much of the conversation surrounding the movie involves what it didn’t show us, rather than what it did. From deleted scenes to crucial background information that can only be found in supplemental material like The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, there’s a whole lot of story content that got left on the cutting room floor.
With the upcoming release of author Rae Carson’s novelization (dubbed Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Expanded Edition and due out on Tuesday, March 17) we have an even better grasp on what the movie failed to show us. The novelization includes deleted scenes and expands on existing scenes in ways the movie doesn’t, offering a fuller picture of the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. Check out the slideshow gallery below or scroll down to learn about all the new story elements included in the novel, from the secret of Emperor Palpatine’s survival to new scenes featuring characters like Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca.