The end of the Skywalker storyline is coming. On the 19th of December, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker acts as the final chapter in the current trilogy, and it also concludes the narrative that began way back in 1977's A New Hope.
Will there be tears? Highly likely. Will there be lightsaber battles? Of course. Will it be epic? Certainly. We now have all the trailers, but like most Star Wars films, and almost every franchise of the last few years, we can’t predict how it’s going to end.
Of course, we want to see heroic Jedi Rey (Daisy Ridley) resist the dark side of the Force, defeat Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and save the day – but is she about to become a Sith? There are multiple hints in the trailers, most of which will likely be red herrings. Nevertheless, we're breaking them down…
1. The red lightsaber
Star Wars has always used primary colours as symbolism. Red lightsaber = almost always a member of the dark side – just think of Darth Maul (Ray Park) in The Phantom Menace.
As we saw in one of the trailers for The Rise of Skywalker, Rey sports a red lightsaber – a pretty cool one too. There are plenty of explanations for how this comes to be – the easy one is that Rey has become a Sith, but this could mean a number of things if we dig deeper.
Could it be a vision a la Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) Dagobah vision in The Empire Strikes Back? We know Rey has had visions before, most famously in The Force Awakens when she glimpsed the Knights of Ren. Someone could also be putting a mind trick on her, by making her think she’s a Sith.
Or, better yet, the trailer team have edited the scene and the lightsaber is in fact blue or non-red. Unlikely? Well, it’s happened before with Avengers: Infinity War, when the trailer was edited to disguise spoilers (for example, when we saw Banner in Hulk form).
2. She may be following Anakin Skywalker's path
This wouldn’t be the first time a promising young Jedi has been seduced by the dark side. Like Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader before her, Rey has been fighting her own inner demons and struggling with issues, making her vulnerable to the dark side.
While she has so far been converting these internal battles into strength, she may eventually succumb if it all gets too much. Just look at what happened to Anakin (Hayden Christensen): he had a vision of wife Padme (Natalie Portman) dying, and that, combined with a host of other factors, hastened his transformation into Vader.
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3. Rey's origins
One of the most important questions in the current Star Wars trilogy is this: where does Rey come from? Of course, Luke and his sister Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) past has been sketched in, not to mention their father Anakin. Rey’s origins on the other hand remain cloaked in mystery – or at least they were until the release of The Last Jedi.
In that movie, she was taunted by the evil Snoke (Andy Serkis), who claimed her parents were nobodies, a twist that angered many seeking a payoff from previous movie The Force Awakens. Will returning director JJ Abrams resolve this in The Rise of Skywalker? And by seeking out her past, will Rey find she is tied to the dark side?
4. Rey's bond with Kylo Ren
As we saw in The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey are powerfully connected through the Force, to the extent they can have conversations from opposite ends of the galaxy.
In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren attempted to persuade Rey to join him, so there’s a chance in Rise that this bond grows and becomes stronger, leading to Rey becoming a Sith lord, and taking her place at his side as he rules over the First Order.
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Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.