I have a very clear idea for how to handle a Ben Lives alternate ending, which will be the first thing I work on once the film comes out on Blu-ray, but I kind of want to wait and see how much I can do on my own before I share it.
But speaking of Ben Lives, I’m still kind of debating on how to handle Ben bringing Rey back to life. It makes sense that if Ben resurrects Rey, that he will die since he gave her his life Force. So just cutting him dying might feel like it goes against what the movie established about the power.
So should we just have Ben save Rey and not die, regardless of the questions it might raise, or introduce some “divine intervention”?
Yeah, you could probably have some more Jedi voices if you wanted to suggest they were helping. Maybe something as simple as Luke’s “A thousand generations live in you now.”
I’m still not sure exactly how to go about portraying it, but whether Rey or Ben dies, I think it would be interesting if Anakin were to be the one to bring them back to life. So let’s say it is Rey… As Ben is hugging Rey’s body, maybe he could hear Anakin say something to him (or maybe not so Ben does it thinking he will die and not contradict his act of selflessness), then Ben places his hand on Rey and closes his eyes. Then maybe these “healing” shots could be altered to show someone appear kneeling across from Ben, and placing their hand on top of his. We could get a brief glimpse of Anakin’s face, either by taking a shot or two of him from ROTS, or deepfake a shot or two of a stand-in. At the very least you could just film an insert of a hand being placed onto Ben’s, something you could shoot with a robe and a green screen.
Before the film came out I remember so many people wanting Anakin to make some kind of appearance in the movie, and although we heard his voice, I think people were hoping for more. This could be a nice way to achieve that, as well as have Anakin have one final act in the last film of the Skywalker Saga. I like the idea that the dyad could be a literal representation of “balance”, and if Anakin were to bring one half of the dyad back to life, then he would be restoring balance through the power he was desperate to discover during his life. It also makes the power of resurrection more special, since that is something only the Chosen One can do. And you could further explore the implications of Anakin doing this for Rey, the last Jedi, and Ben, his grandson, and granting this gift to them so they can experience a future that he and Padme never could. (I also like the idea that Anakin’s very first line in the first film being “Are you an angel?” and then appearing like an angel at the end of the last film.)
Anyway, a lot to chew on, but I think this would really surprise people if we could get it to work.