Disney has released a special look into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, and it’s a lot to take in.
At D23 this weekend, Disney has blessed us with heaps of news, images, and footage from the new movies and shows coming from the entertainment giant. And happily, we’re not done with the new footage as we have this special look into the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Most of the footage from this clip shows us how far we’ve come on this journey with footage from the original trilogy, the prequels, and shots from episodes VII and VIII. However, the teaser does end with some footage from Rise of Skywalker, and, well, you’ve just gotta watch it.
Okay, so there is a lot to unpack in that trailer.
But before we get started, can we just say how much it meant to see Carrie Fisher in the Rise of Skywalker trailer? Even though she’s gone, it means so much to see her in the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga. Star Wars just doesn’t feel quite right without General Leia Organa running the Resistance.
But while one hero is firmly in place, another seems to have gone quite a bit astray! What is going on with Rey, y’all?
The final moments of the Rise of Skywalker trailer feature Rey in Sith robes wielding a dual-sided light red lightsaber that, compared to the red, doubled-edged lightsaber Darth Maul uses, seems wildly unsafe. Of course, next to Kylo Ren’s equally unsafe crossguard lightsaber, overly ostentatious, unsafe lightsabers just must be the Dark Side’s thing these days.
But seriously, what is going on with Rey? Has she gone to the Dark Side, or is this shot of her from a dream or a disguise?
From Luke’s ominous words in The Last Jedi where he mentions he had what he felt was a healthy fear of Rey’s raw powers does have us worried Rey might have taken a hard diversion towards the way of the Sith. Of course, the cinematography of the shot did look a bit dreamy, so it’s possible that this a vision or a dream warning Rey or someone else where her path could lead.
But with the film’s title being The Rise of Skywalker, does that mean Rey will turn to the Dark Side while they work a redemption arc in for Kylo Ren, aka Ben Skywalker? It seemed like he lost all hope of redemption by the end of The Last Jedi, but you never know.
Let’s hope Sith Rey is nothing more than a vision or a dream, but that scene sure did seem ominous, especially paired with that shot of a red-eyed C-3PO. Are all of our faves turning to the Dark Side?
We’ll have to wait until December to find out. The Skywalker Saga concludes when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in movie theaters everywhere on December 20.