Star Wars fans went absolutely ballistic when the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker dropped. Mostly because the film series has some of the most die-hard devotees in cinema, but also because the newest taste of what viewers can expect when it finally hits theaters reveals a lot of information about the movie's upcoming plot. When I say a lot, I mean like a lot a lot, almost to the point of spoiling the film if you take a few minutes to really break it down.
A breakdown of the spoilers in the new Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker trailer:
The trailer opens with Rey running through the jungle with her lightsaber drawn and activated. She appears to be deflecting blasts with the greatest of ease in what looks like a training exercise.
Like the previous trailer of her back-flipping in the desert, this demonstrates how much the young woman has grown as a Jedi master. Rey ain't no one to mess with.
Not only are we seeing what Rey's become in this trailer, but we're seeing what she was: a scavenger.
She's foraging through the remnants of what appears to be a destroyed ship. While there are plenty of space vessels that get murderlized in the Star Wars universe, there's a penultimate one that even non-fans are familiar with: the motherflippin' Death Star. We've seen glimpses of other DS debris in a previous trailer as well, so it's safe to say that the fallen Sith ship will play a pivotal role in The Rise of Skywalker.
The resistance of peeps led by Poe Dameron, Finn, Rose Tico, and others seems to have more members to fight against the Republic and the Sith. And Lando Calrissian is in tow as well. The villains don't stand a chance when they've got Billy Dee Williams knocking at their door, all smiles and suavamente.
The trailer also teased that a lot of questions regarding Rey's character will be answered as well, "People keep telling me they know me," she says in the trailer. Looks like she's about to tell 'em who she is.
Of course, the mental-link between Rey and our boy Kylo Ren gets expounded upon in the third and final chapter of this particular saga. Kylo claims that he does know Ren, but what will that mean for their relationship?
There's plenty of lightsaber dueling shown off in the latest trailer, but at one point, it almost looks as if they're working together to shatter a statue that houses Darth Vader's old helmet? What does this mean?
We know that Kylo's got a problem with Sith authority; he murked Snoke when he had the chance in The Last Jedi — will he try to do the same to Palpatine?
Also, what's with all of the ice in the trailer? Is this where the evil Emperor is hiding out and pulling the strings of the galaxy? Is this where the Death Star ended up and inside it is an item, artifact, or piece of intel that'll decide the battle between the Sith and Jedi? Is the glacier a planet? Or a place where a decisive battle can occur away from civilians?
You might also be asking what the deal is with the throne in the trailer.
It's no coincidence that the Emperor's voice drones on over a shot of the ominous stone chair. But no one is sitting in it — does this hint that someone will take up his legacy? Is Rey going to be tempted to be put into that position of power? Does Kylo Ren want it? What's really cool is that this throne was never featured in any Star Wars films but may look familiar to fans: it was a concept sketch created by Ralph McQuarrie in 1981.
If you enjoy giant outer space battles then The Rise of Skywalker won't leave you disappointed. The trailer depicts massive star destroyers embroiled in an epic battle in an icy atmosphere and the Resistance is led by the Millennium Falcon. Heck, yes.
Of course, it wouldn't be Star Wars without some interesting and cute creatures and this trailer debuted a new one: the Babu Frik. That's the little guy working on C-3PO's noggin.
Speaking of the snarky golden robot, the trailer teased that he's going to go bye-bye, why else would he say, "Taking one last look sir, at my friends," right after Poe asks him what's up.
Toward the end of the trailer we see Rey approaching a figure that looms above her — you can make out a black cloak, which surely belongs to Palpatine. If you look closely, you'll see that he might be hooked up to some type of life-support system similar to Darth Vader's. What will Rey learn? What will she do?
My guess is that Rey is the descendant of the Emperor somehow, and she and Kylo Ren will team up to kill this nerd. With all of the talk of the force and its "balance" from the Last Jedi, maybe Palpatine has been pitting the Sith and Jedi against each other for a long, long time, when their powers combined can make the world a better place? Is Rey the key to reconciling the two opposing forces? It'd be an interesting way to end the saga for sure!
We won't know what'll happen for sure, but we will once the film drops on Dec. 20 of this year. Are you excited to see how the film will close out the trilogy? Or were you one of the peeps left with such a bad taste in their mouth from The Last Jedi that you've boycotted the new movie?