New Trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Alright y’all, the new, and final, trailer for Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker just dropped and wooooo it’s a doozy.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out now. And if you have, watch it again.

Things To Notice

  • Lando is back in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, his old pal Chewie by his side. AND we get a quick glimpse of him with members of the Rebellion. Perhaps Lando has returned to lead the forces into battle, much like he did in RotJ?
  • Kylo Ren’s helmet is back. And so is the super-tantrum space man-child. Ben Solo is dead.
  • The John Williams theme. This music is central to this trailer, and considering the composer is 87 years old, this may be the last time we have his music be the focus of a big space opera saga. No, I’m not okay, and yes, I already checked to see if they’d released any of Episode IX’s score…they haven’t.
  • Who is Rey? It’s perhaps too simple to assume that the title “The Rise of Skywalker” is referring to Rey’s parentage. The Skywalker rising could just as easily be Luke (remember the force ghosts, y’all) as it is Rey or Leia. HOWEVER, I think that Rey may be a clone, meaning that her whole Rey-finity scene in TLJ was actually a giant spoiler for Episode IX. And, it would make a lot more sense for Kylo-Whiny-Man-Child-Ren to tell her that she comes from nothing if she was actually created in a lab. Clones, y’all. It would be a nice way of referencing the prequels without *actually* referencing the prequels too.
  • Emperor Palpatine is back. One of my biggest problems with TLJ was that Snoke seemed to be a useless villain and, well, it’s a clever reveal that the real villain is the same villain from the previous six episodes. Well, played, Star Wars, well played. (Perhaps HE was cloned. I’m definitely hooked on this idea that somebody is a clone, y’all.)
  • The Ghost!!!! Finally the films are referencing Star Wars Rebels by featuring Hera and Jacen Syndulla’s ship. We didn’t see them in the trailer but….I’ll take what I can get.
  • Leia.

The filmmakers decided not to CGI the late actress and instead used deleted scenes from The Force Awakens to complete Leia’s story. This means that whatever they had to work with must have influenced the direction of the final episode in the saga, and since the trailer dropped on Carrie Fisher’s birthday, I would say that Leia is definitely still at the heart of Star Wars.

Tickets for The Rise of Skywalker are now on sale.