Directed J.J. Abrams just released the final promo trailer for the next chapter in the Star Wars universe: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. There was a lot to unpack in the clip, including the epic return of The Emperor and some interesting Reylo teases. Here’s all of the Easter Eggs you may have missed in the Rise of Skywalker’s last trailer.
Rey’s trains in The Force
There has been a lot of speculation about Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the final film of the new trilogy, especially when it comes to her training in The Force.
She already started her training in the last movie under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). But with Luke now presumably out of the picture, it looks like Rey will resume her learning under General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher).
According to Polygon, the Rise of Skywalker trailer features a shot of Rey and Leia hugging it out on a planet where she was previously shown practicing her skills in The Force.
There is a strong chance that this means Leia will be teaching Rey a thing or two about becoming a Jedi.
Later in the trailer, Rey puts her new skills to use in a fight with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The brief shot shows the two destroying something that looks like a statue of Darth Vader, though we cannot be completely sure.
The fact that Rey and Ren will be sharing scenes gives us some hope that he comes to the light side. If that happens, fans are also wishing the two get together, which we have to admit would be a pretty good ending to their journey.
The Emperor Returns in ‘Rise of Skywalker’
One of the biggest Easter Eggs in the clip is the confirmation that Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is back. Before the trailer, we had heard Palpatine’s infamous laugh and the new clip features him saying, “Long have I waited.”
We still don’t know if Darth Sidious is back in the flesh or if this is his Force ghost, but he’s definitely the movie’s main villain. The trailer also featured a look at the Emperor’s new throne, which is based on Ralph McQuarrie’s vision for Return of the Jedi.
There is also some speculation that Palpatine was digitally removed from the shot – just like Tony Stark was taken out of the Avengers: Endgame trailer – but we won’t know for sure until the film is released.
The last time we saw Palpatine in action was when Darth Vader tossed him off a massive platform in the Return of the Jedi.
We don’t know how the Darth Sidious survived the fall, but he’s definitely back and up to his old tricks in Rise of Skywalker.
Old Ships and New Faces
The trailer also teased the return of some exciting ships and fighters. This includes a look at the old Imperial Star Destroyers.
The final trailer for Rise of Skywalker shows someone using the Force to bring the old ships up from the ocean. We don’t know who is controlling the ships, but they’ve got some serious Force power. Fans, of course, were quick to notice the return of the Millennium Falcon, especially after everything that happened in The Last Jedi.
But there was another ship that was hanging out in the background: a rebel vessel called Ghost.
Ghost is the same ship that was captained by Hera Syndulla in Rogue One, and it looks like it is back for one last fight.
When it comes to new characters, the Rise of Skywalker trailer gave us our first look at Admiral Ackbar’s son, Aftab, who is no doubt looking to avenge his father. Aftab is shown in a shot that features Lando (Billy Dee Williams) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) during a battle.
Lastly, the clip shows Dominic Monaghan’s character for the first time. Monaghan is a close friend of Abrams and has worked with the director in other projects, including Lost.
We still do not have any details about his character, but we now know that he is a Resistance fighter and will be taking up arms against the First Order.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to open in theaters on December 20, 2019, but fans can purchase tickets now.