WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in theaters now.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker confirms one crucial element to Leia Organa's backstory: she trained to be a Jedi. Of course, fans who watched The Last Jedi are aware that Leia commands a pretty practical grasp of the Force. However, by the time we reach the ninth entry in the saga, Leia is training Rey in the ways of the Jedi, which ultimately leads to Rey taking the name Skywalker in the closing moments of the film.

All of this seems logical, if you're familiar with Star Wars Legends. In that canon, Leia isn't just any old Jedi, but one of the central Force sensitive Jedi in multiple galactic conflicts.

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In The Rise of Skywalker, Luke trained his sister in the ways of the Force. However, Leia did not finish her training. She backs down because she fears that her son will eventually become a dangerous force, a possibility she hopes to mitigate later by sending him to Luke for training.

In contrast, in the Legends canon, Leia does complete her training, just not with Luke. Rather, she trains with Saba Sebatyne who takes her as an apprentice during the Yuuzhan Vong War. Saba herself is a Barabel Jedi of the New Jedi Order, an order built by Luke in the immediate aftermath of the Empire's collapse.

The New Jedi Order's first real mission was against the Yuuzhan Vong, who ultimately were driven off by the Jedi. Leia proved instrumental in the war, and when it came to an end, Sebatyne declared her a fully certified Jedi Knight, worthy of respect by all who stood by her.

Shortly after the Yuuzhan Vong War, Leia's son, Jacen Solo, initiated what is known as the Second Galactic Civil War, which lasted about a year and cost a great number of lives throughout the galaxy. This war starts forty years after the Battle of Yavin, situating it in a similar timeline as the events of the sequel trilogy (which is set 34 ABY).

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During this time, Jacen Solo falls to the Dark Side. While Leia and Han resolve to kill their son, their daughter, Jaina, ultimately defeats Jacen, who rechristens himself Darth Caedus. It's vital to consider, however, that Leia's stance on her evil son in Legends is in direct conflict with the new canon Leia's stance on Ben Solo. While Leia survives the fight with Jacen, she dies while trying to reach Ben Solo, but in doing so, manages to  get to Ben at the ideal moment, ending his reign as Kylo Ren.

Naturally, at this point, Leia's storyline has come to an end in the sequel trilogy. Leia Organa is dead, and her legacy lives on through Rey and the Jedi Order she could theoretically start.

However, in the Legends canon, Leia remains a central figure in the Jedi Order and the New Republic, serving as both a senior political figure and one of the highest ranking Jedi. Most notably, Leia helps deal with the political friction between the New Republic and Chief of State of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, Natasi Daala.

In this sense, Leia serves as both a Jedi and political adviser, which in the end, was also Leia's role in the sequel trilogy. It is clear from this that the Legends canon and the new canon didn't diverge as much as some fans would like to believe.

Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is now in theaters.

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