Disney bought the Star Wars franchise in 2012, and three years later in 2015, the newest Star Wars movie in over a decade was released. This movie was a sequel to the original trilogy, and it was “The Force Awakens.” It was followed up by the divisive next entry of “The Last Jedi.” The conclusion to this trilogy is coming out this December, and the first footage was just recently shown while also revealing the title to be “The Rise of the Skywalker.” So, what exactly does the trailer show off for this trilogy’s conclusion?
The trailer starts with Rey in a desert (likely either Jakku or Tatooine) and an First Order ship driven by Kylo Ren flying straight at her. During this we here a voice over from Luke about how they are the next generation, echoing his thoughts from “The Last Jedi.” Right before the ship hits Rey she jumps over it, and we see brief bits of footage from different scenes.
We see both the Resistance and First Order in these scenes. With the First Order scenes showing Kylo Ren murdering someone with his light saber and creating a new helmet. The Resistance scenes show Finn, Poe, and C3PO on a ship in the desert from the beginning, as well as Rey hugging Leia in a forest area, and Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca in the Millenium Falcon.
However, the biggest scene comes at the trailer’s end. There’s a shot of Rey, Finn, Poe, C3PO, Chewbacca, and BB-8 all looking out to the horizon at a chunk of the Death Star. Luke’s voice over says “No one’s ever really gone.” After that we hear the laugh of Darth Sidious, who created Darth Vader and caused all of the war in the stars.
Obviously this is a major revelation, and it would be somewhat strange to replace Snoke from the previous movies with Palpatine at the very end. However, I have a theory that Palpatine was Snoke the whole time. In the now non-canon Extended Universe stories, Palpatine created clone bodies and transferred his soul into them with the power of the Dark Side. However, the power of the Dark Side drained the life force of these clone bodies much too fast. It’s likely that this is what allows Snoke to be so powerful, even though we’d never heard of him, as it was Palpatine the whole time. This also explains why Snoke looked so deformed and scarred, as the body’s life was being drained. This is all speculation though, and everything will be revealed when “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” releases this December.