Nien Nunb puppeteer Mike Quinn now claims the Star Wars fan favorite character did survive the Battle of Exegol.
It was widely reported that Nien Nunb died during the events of The Rise of Skywalker. But now it looks like Nien Nunb has finally survived the Battle of Exegol. The Rise of Skywalker novelist Rae Carson revealed earlier this week that the fan-favorite character has passed away and people are disappointed. They weren’t exactly as sad as when Admiral Ackbar died, but that was to be expected. Longtime Nien Nunb puppeteer Mike Quinn now claims his character indeed survived the battle against the Final Order and says there is evidence to suggest it in The Rise of Skywalker.
JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio had a pretty big story to tell when The Rise of Skywalker was created. With only a limited amount of time to tell the whole story, much of the plot wasn’t explicitly explained on the big screen, which is why a lot of people criticized the film. This takes Nien Nunb into account, although he was likely only brought in for a small appearance. After author Rae Carson announced the character’s death on social media, puppeteer Mike Quinn spoke up. He had this to say.
âYes, he survived! They would have shown the ship exploding. You see the Tantive IV coming to earth as they celebrate the end. ”
We see the Tantive IV take off to go into combat at Exegol and yes it does come back at the end of the movie. Does that mean Mike Quinn is right? Technically, it could be a different version of the ship since we saw the Resistance joined by what appeared to be endless firepower when Lando Calrissian rallied the troops. It could really be anything, even if Quinn could be on to anything.
The new novelization of the Star Wars 9 book takes the film and goes much further than what JJ Abrams was able to do on the big screen. Rae Carson, in theory, should know a lot more behind the scenes, including the death of Nien Nunb. We don’t see it blowing up during battle, just as we don’t see how Emperor Palpatine was brought back by the Sith Eternal, everything has to be explained elsewhere. Snap Wexley descends in a burst of glory on a Final Order ship, so we know he certainly didn’t succeed.
It could be a misunderstanding, but it looks like Rae Carson knows better than Mike Quinn about the fate of Nien Nunb. For now, it’s just going to have to be another confusing thing to Star wars fans to chat until the novelty comes out and makes it the official Star Wars canon. Nunb could be a ghost pilot for The Resistance, or he could be alive and well, hanging out with Rey and the gang while still going about his day job doing whatever he does when he’s not an ace pilot. Daemo Wolf’s Twitter was the first to show a screenshot of Mike Quinn’s announcement.
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