The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here!
Excitement and trepidation are running high among diehard fans of the franchise.
The trailer answers some questions while creating others, and teases exciting moments while offering up a few Easter Eggs.
Take a look at what we noticed about the film below and prepare to get hyped for Episode IX.
This is the film that's supposed to close out the Skywalker Saga. Those are huge shoes to fill.
It's time to get HYPED!
A lot of fans are excited and a lot of fans are nervous about Episode IX. Episode XIII was controversial, if too often for the wrong reasons, but the teasers for The Rise of Skywalker have shown a lot of promise ever since we heard Palpatine's laugh when that first teaser debuted at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year.
Rey's Forest Run
It's unclear if Rey is training here or if something more urgent is happening, as a blaster bolt could come from a First Order trooper or from a training droid. The dropped helmet, however, is a callback to Luke's training on Dagobah.
Rose Tico Returns!
If you keep your finger on the pulse of the Star Wars fandom, you know that many were alarmed in recent weeks to discover that Rose Tico had been seemingly erased from promotional art and from merchandise -- even merchandise where she had been featured in the original art. Given that actress Kelly Marie Tran had already been horribly harassed online and how Rose's role had been so disappointingly thankless thus far, many feared that she would be left out of Episode IX entirely. Clearly, Rose will be in the film. What role she'll play remains to be seen.
Both in-universe and among the fans, Kylo is no Darth Vader. He has a very cool aesthetic and looks great, but in previous films he has failed to impress compared to other Dark Side wielders. Fans are hoping that he'll redeem himself in this film -- some wanting him to turn to the Light Side of the Force, others wanting him to just do something cool and effective. He may be gearing up for just that in this moment, as you'll see in a moment.
It's unclear exactly where this ominous yet inspiring throne of black stone may be located, but it clearly resonates with the Dark Side, which always just has the best aesthetic. Incidentally, this throne is lifted directly from early concept art for Sheev Palpatine's throne in Return of the Jedi. Given Palpatine's return in this film, we wonder if we'll get to see him take a seat on it.
So Many Ships!
We actually got a glimpse at the Millennium Falcon and the rest of this armada in the short teaser that aired hours before the sportsball game during which the full trailer aired. What's more exciting is the ship beside it -- The Ghost. The Ghost of course is the ship used by the protagonists on Star Wars Rebels, a canon animated series following early stages of the Galactic Rebellion. Does this mean that Hera Syndulla, a Twi'lek who would be of a similar age to Leia, is part of the film? Could it be that her son, Jacen Syndulla, will be part of the film -- and possibly a Force user? That would be nice, but it's probably an Easter Egg. We don't get the impression that JJ Abrams is especially interested in the full extent of Star Wras canon.