New Star Wars trailer may confirm theory about The Rise of Skywalker and Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars has ended twice before. We saw the saga close out in Return of the Jedi back in 1983, and then again in Revenge of the Sith in 2005. Now, almost 15 years later, we're going to see yet another big finale for the series, although this time, it seems to be a bit more absolute.
The Rise of Skywalker, which debuts in just a few weeks, is said to be the big conclusion to the decades-spanning Skywalker saga. There are a lot of loose ends to tie off, and J.J. Abrams seems committed to turning this nine-movie triple trilogy into a cohesive story. In the new "Fate" TV Spot that surfaced online today, it looks like we will be seeing more than just some familiar themes about family lineage in Episode IX. Rise of Skywalker seems to be returning to some hugely significant Star Wars territory. Most importantly, the fiery lava planet that Darth Vader once called home.
As fans on the Star Wars Speculation Subreddit pointed out, Mustafar could be crucial to the plot of the upcoming film. And based on a quick shot in the new trailer, the scorched locale looks to be a place of interest for Kylo Ren. Adam Driver's character is seen slaying what looks to be Mustafar villagers in the scene, hunting something down. Fans on Reddit believe he's back on the planet where Anakin Skywalker first became Darth Vader–and later built himself a castle for permanent residence–which would draw a direct connection from Rise of Skywalker to Revenge of the Sith.
The Reddit post says, "We recently learned in Vader: Episode III that Mustafar was slowly restoring life... What if: this is Mustafar and Kylo is getting the wayfinder from Vader's castle!" What they're referring to is the new Star Wars VR game that has been releasing episodically for the Oculus Rift. In the game, Vader is seeking an ancient artifact on the lava planet that he believes can bring Padmé, his wife and mother to the two Skywalker children, back from the dead. But, of course, dealing with such dark magic comes at a cost, and the artifact is said to drain all life around it. The game takes place in the years after Revenge of the Sith, so the theory here is that Mustafar has begun to recover life in the decades between Episode 3 and 9. That should explain why the shot in the trailer looks less covered in flames and more inhabitable.
But Kylo Ren isn't thought to be seeking out the ancient life-restoring device in this theory. What the Redditors believe Ben Solo is searching for is the Wayfinder. This is based on a slew of leaked plot synopses that have been appearing on Reddit throughout the past few months–none of which we know for sure are legit. The Wayfinder, according to the leaks, is similar to Voldemort horcruxes, if you're familiar. It's the device that allowed Palpatine's spirit to continue on past death. If found, it could be capable of helping the Sith lord bridge the gap between the worlds of the dead and the living to return to his material self. In some theories, there are two Wayfinders, with one being capable of bringing Anakin Skywalker back to life.
Wayfinder or not, it's clear both Kylo Ren and Rey are searching for something. The trailer, once again, shows Rey, Poe, Finn, and a group of Rebel pals on some sort of reconnaissance mission on a sand planet. At the same time, we're seeing Ben Solo on a mission of his own. These shots are always cut with a big, grand showdown between Rey and Ren on what seems to be the remains of the Second Death Star. Could they both have found Wayfinders? Is Kylo bringing one to the Death Star to try to resurrect Palpatine? It seems likely. But J.J. Abrams is known to throw a lot of misdirection. No one knows for sure what the secretive director is up to these days in his latest film's marketing campaign. Hell, maybe even Baby Yoda could be play a central role in the rebirth of the Jedi Order.
We'll find out once and for all on December 20 when Rise of Skywalker debuts.