This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the debut of the final Rise of Skywalker trailer, and we will soon see the end of the entire Skywalker saga.
Over forty years in the making, spanning three trilogies and augmented by various and sundry canonical supplements across multiple mediums and platforms, the mythic tale of one family’s impact on a galaxy far, far away is about to conclude.
Sure, we didn’t need another trailer to convince us to see it, especially after the first teaser ended with that shock twist of the Emperor cackling (and a subsequent D23 promo further boosted intrigue), but here we are: it’s mid-October, and Disney-owned ESPN is going to get their requisite Monday Night Football Star Wars trailer, gosh darn it.
Thankfully, it actually doesn’t give us much more than we already know, serving more as a clip reel of new shots and scene snippets we haven’t seen before but stops way short of unpacking any of the plot. We don’t even see The Emperor, an expectation thankfully dashed. And, most importantly, we still don’t have a clue what “the rise of Skywalker” could possibly mean.
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The only moment that could be considered a possible spoiler is (stop reading if you haven’t watched the trailer yet!) is what appears to be Rey and Kylo Ren joining together to destroy the pillar which holds the the burnt, warped helmet of Darth Vader, a relic that Kylo has thus far cherished above virtually all else. It will be nice to see this moment in actual context, although it already fits Kylo’s “Let it all die” credo, so it likely reveals little as to where his ultimate destiny lies.
In any event, this is the final trailer in all its epic glory and, if nothing else, it confirms one thing very clearly: The Force *is* with us. Thank you, J. J. Abrams.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20, 2019. Tickets are on sale now, including for AMC Theatres 27-hour-plus mega-marathon beginning on December 18, which will end with starting The Rise of Skywalker one hour before the official first screenings begin.
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