Ever since the release of the original Star Wars in 1977, it captured the minds and imaginations of millions of people worldwide, swiftly helping create a worldwide cultural phenomenon. The prequels, despite getting mixed critical reception, helped cause an even larger surge of popularity for the franchise during 1999-2005, and even still today. Let's say, after 1983, it was the end. The literal end of all Star Wars films. No sequels, no prequels. Would the popularity of the saga linger on to the 2000s, or just fizzle away if the prequels were never made?