The official trailer for The Last Jedi has arrived, leaving tons of open questions regarding the outcome of the second chapter in the trilogy.The official, full-length trailer has finally arrived and, as expected, it did not disappoint, but it did leave a lot of unanswered questions open as well as creating new ones. This trailer jumps around a lot, so my coverage and theories will as well. Let's dive into it!
The opening scene starts with Kylo Ren overlooking the First Order behind a glass wall at what appears to be some factory, storage facility, or hangar. Snoke is narrating the sequence of shots of Kylo Ren saying, "When I found you I saw raw, untamed power and beyond that something truly special." We assume he's talking to Kylo Ren until it flashes over to Rey igniting Luke's lightsaber and then cuts out.
This misdirection leads us to ask, "Who is Snoke talking to?" I do believe he's talking to Rey. In one of the last shots, he's Force-controlling Rey and saying "Fulfill your destiny". Again, a lot of misdirection here as far as the dialogue and how it's paired with each character, but it fits with this theory.
Next, we find Rey and Luke alone on Ahch-To immediately after where we left them in The Force Awakens. Rey is starting to realize her abilities through Luke's training when he says, "I've seen this raw strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now." A lot has happened in Luke's past that we're aware of so who was he referring to? Was it Obi-Wan Kenobi, his father, or maybe the Emperor? If I had to guess, I would say the Emperor. The reason for this goes back to Return of the Jedi when he confronts Darth Vader and the Emperor together on the Death Star. During this entire scene, he is almost entirely calm and collected, even though he risked his life to face them and put an end to the Empire. He wasn't scared when he confronted them then but is now that he realizes what Rey is capable of.
Rey journeys up to what I believe is the Great Tree, a Force-sensitive tree that grew at the heart of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant before removed by the Emperor and later recovered by Luke. Inside is the Journal of the Whills, its conception dating back to the earliest drafts of the Star Wars franchise. We see a birds-eye view of Kylo Ren marching through the inside with a bunch of flame troopers. I think this is the beginning of the events from the flashback scene in The Force Awakens, except all we saw in the flashbacks were flames, embers, and rain. It's highly possible that we're going to rewind to the events where Ben Solo turned on Luke and formed the Knights of Ren, burning everything they had built together. The question is, and always has been, why? And was Luke talking to Ren in the flashback when he said "This is not going to go the way you think."?
After Rey and Luke, we focus back to Kylo Ren. He looks conflicted in his thoughts and actions. My original theory of Kylo Ren in The Forces Awakens was he was tempted by both the light and dark sides. Not a pawn of Supreme Leader Snoke, but a spy strategically placed inside the First Order by the Resistance to destroy them. And I don't believe that Ren killed his father, Han Solo, either. If you look closely at the scene, they are both holding Ren's lightsaber, and it appears as though Han may be shifting the lightsaber towards himself.
When Ren says: "I am being torn apart. I want to be free of this pain. I know what I have to do, but I don't know if I have the strength to do it. Will you help me?" Han responds with: "Yes, anything." I believe this was Han's way of sacrificing himself to keep Kylo Ren's true intentions hidden from Snoke and to keep his son safe.
Moving on, we see Kylo Ren again in a battle reminiscent of the one from Revenge of the Sith. In the cockpit, it looks like he's targeting a ship with his hand held over a trigger, camera switching between him and Leia, symbolizing his conflict between the light and dark sides. Leia is aware of the conflict but not his final intentions. Is this his mother's ship he's targeting? If so, will he kill her?
In between, we see some shots of Poe Dameron and Finn. Finn looks like he's made a full recovery since we last saw him encased in a bacta suit in the teaser trailer. And we'll get to see a confrontation between him and Captain Phasma, who I'm glad is getting more screen time. We saw very little of Chewbacca and didn't see anything from Maz Kanata.
The last few things I want to mention are when Rey dives into the pool of water and then emerges to find Luke standing a few feet away. Again, this is also very reminiscent of Revenge of the Sith where the clone troopers turned on Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he fell into the pool of water below. Luke looks angry in this scene. It's a possibility that he could turn against Rey, but not because he has turned to the Dark Side. Maybe he thinks Rey is becoming too powerful too quickly and needs to be put to rest before she becomes uncontrollable?
Also, the very last cutscene between Rey and Kylo Ren where Rey says, "I need someone to show me my place in all this." and then Kylo reaches out his hand. It's possible that this interaction isn't happening between them two, and it's just another purposeful misdirection, but it's also possible that it is. Given the relationship that seems to be building between her and Luke at the beginning of the trailer, she could just be talking to Luke and is seeking guidance from him. On the other hand, she could be confiding in Kylo Ren and joining forces with him. If the title of the film holds true to this scenario, this could be Rey and Ren teaming up against Luke, The Last Jedi.
Here's the full trailer:
They've done a very excellent job on focusing on core elements of the story versus shortcuts through scenes that we'll see throughout the movie as they did in the teaser.
All very misleading and cryptic, but done on purpose, and all very exciting! There are going to be many theories, I'm sure I'll have my own to post, but it's going to be a lot of fun reading them!
Let me know what you think about these theories in the comments.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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