D23’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Teaser Throws Emotional Curveball To Fans

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Our heads are still spinning from all the goodies dropped at D23 over the weekend. However, one thing that we’ve had some time to digest and just keeps getting better and better is the latest teaser for the final film in the Skywalker Star Wars saga – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

For those lucky enough to be in the audience over the weekend and got to experience the release of the teaser first-hand, just their description of the teaser had fans around the world chomping at the bit to see the newly released footage. Thankfully, unlike so many teasers/trailers that only get a SDCC release, The Rise of Skywalker teaser was made available to us all yesterday (August 26), and O.M.G! The reports on the teaser did not do it justice. This surpassed expectation.

As a nostalgia junkie and huge fan of the franchise, the teaser’s opening trip down memory lane through the previous eight instalments, starting (rightly) with the original 1977 film, Episode 4, A New Hope already gave me chills. Seeing the old gang back together – Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Yoda, Lando – it was the perfect way to start this off. It was as they ventured through the current trilogy films – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi – that a real sense of foreboding creeps in.

The darker tone, the final goodbyes of our classic characters, the intensity ramps up climaxing in the shots of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) engaged in a lightsaber battle surrounded by crashing waves, and then the screen goes to black.

In voiceover, we get Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious state, “your journey nears its end.” We then cut to a shot of Rey with a deadly stare. Gone is the innocent, relative carefree girl from Episode VII. In her place is a Rey garbed all in black and welding a new lightsaber. A red lightsaber. Though admittedly a very cool red lightsaber going off the fancy manoeuvre at the very end of the teaser.

But what the hell!!! Has Rey gone to the Dark Side?

Theories have been flying across social media since the teaser first dropped. From Rey being the trilogy’s big baddie to a clever marketing ploy, from her being a clone to her being a Force vision a la Luke at the end of The Last Jedi, and everything in between. If you can think of it, there’s already discussion about its possibility somewhere on the web.

Answers are still a little way off yet unfortunately. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t in cinemas until December 20.

Clare Sidoti
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