Note: There are major spoilers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below, so please click away now if you have yet to see the film.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker apparently killed off a beloved character from the classic trilogy, but didn't actually make it clear in the movie.
While the final (for now) installment of the Skywalker Saga is hallmarked by heroic deaths for both Leia Organa and Kylo Ren as well as another demise for Palpatine, there is another Resistance hero who apparently didn't survive the battle with the First Order either.
Nien Nunb first appeared in Return of the Jedi as a Sullustan arms dealer who joined the Rebel Alliance to free his homeland from the Empire.
His alliance with Leia Organa continued in the new trilogy, as he followed the Resistance into battle above Exegol for the final dogfight with Palpatine's Sith armada. Welp, he didn't make it guys.
It might not have been acknowledged in the movie itself, but The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition author Rae Carson confirmed Nien Nunb's death in response to fellow writer Bryan Young.
And in case you think Carson is just joking, she later clarified to the writer: "Yeah, I think it's pretty clear from the movie (upon careful watching), so I feel comfortable confirming. Props to you for noticing!"
Young pointed out that Nunb's ship went down "just before the Jedi reach out" to Rey.
Rest in Power, Nien Nunb. You deserved a medal… like Chewbacca.
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