While reading this article, I started reading about Wedge Antilles later life, after the Battle of Jakku. In his Wookieepedia bio, it states at the end that he retired:

Following the signing of the Galactic Concordance, Wedge was made the head instructor of a new flight academy on the planet Hosnian Prime.

As most viewers will know, Hosnian Prime has not had a happy history in the Sequel series. So was Wedge still teaching on Hosnian Prime

when it was destroyed by the First Order?

Has he been helping the Resistance? Are there any other details as to what Wedge Antilles has been doing during the Sequel trilogy?

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    During his retirement he finally rested, and watched the sunrise on an grateful universe. Ooops wrong franchise...
    – Hans Olo
    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:36
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    Probably dead. The republic worlds were destroyed, and the resistance has one ship-load of people left.
    – OrangeDog
    Aug 30, 2018 at 11:07
  • The Republic capitol and its system was destroyed (along with their fleet, which they idiotically put all in one place). 'The republic worlds were destroyed' implies every world in the New Republic was destroyed, which was far from what happened. Sep 9, 2018 at 13:42

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As we see in The Rise of Skywalker, he is alive and well prior to the assault on Exegol. He is only there for a second, but Denis Lawson did reprise his role for a cameo.

Wedge Antilles was one of the Rebellion’s greatest heroes. He answered Calrissian’s call and journeyed to Exegol to fight the Final Order, serving as a gunner on the Millennium Falcon—the same ship that had helped him destroy the second Death Star at Endor

Close-up of a grey-haired Wedge wearing a headset, hands on the controls of his gun.

Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy

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    I've taken the liberty of adding in a second source that confirms what ship he was on (and a nice pic)
    – Valorum
    Nov 5, 2021 at 18:39

We now know that he survived the new trilogy (he was on the Falcon when it attacked the force on Exegol) but we also know what he's been up to in the meantime. In Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End when we learn that he was heading up the flight school on Hosnian Prime.

Conder leans forward and says to Temmin: “A mouse droid tells me that the New Republic is setting up a new flight academy on Hosnian Prime. And I hear you’ll be a pupil there, is that right?”


“I’m going with him,” Norra says. Eyebrows arch in curiosity, and she answers their unspoken questions with, “Oh, relax. It’s not like that, I’m not the dutiful mother unable to let go of her star-pupil son. Wedge will be the head instructor there, at least to get the school set up.

Evidently he was away from the Hosnian System when it went all 'splodey.

  • RIP Wedge my favorite character. You didn't deserve to go out like that. Only pilot to survive both Death Star runs and personal friend of Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker not even recruited into the so-called Resistance. Aug 30, 2018 at 20:57
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    @WraithLeader - If they can convince the actor to show up in a future film, it'll be "revealed" that he was offworld at the time of the cataclysm
    – Valorum
    Aug 30, 2018 at 20:59
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    I know all about the troubles with the actor, I'm just lamenting we never have gotten to see ice-in-vein Wedge like he was in the X-Wing series. Favorite books and stories so it's personal for me. Aug 30, 2018 at 21:14
  • @WraithLeader I know what you mean. It's a damn shame no one has realized how cool an adaptation would be.
    – Harabeck
    Aug 31, 2018 at 21:23
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    @NKCampbell - The thinking seems to be that if the actor doesn't want to reprise, the studio isn't going to push the issue where the films are concerned. You're right that he may turn up in a further book or cartoon.
    – Valorum
    Nov 29, 2018 at 18:23

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