Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown

During Monday Night Football, the newest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi aired, and as director Rian Johnson stated, it contained some spoilers for the film. But after the trailer aired, he tweeted that everyone should watch it. We’re taking a look at every major moment from the new trailer and breaking it all down to see what we can learn about the story for the December 15 film.

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Warning: Possible spoilers for the film coming up.

The trailer opens up with Kylo Ren looking at a First Order factory. Weapons are being built for his army. Supreme Leader Snoke says, “When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power.”

A few old AT-ATs are surrounded by the First Order’s AT-M6, which are incredibly massive. This is the front line of the Battle of Crait, a massive fight on a small mineral mining planet.

Kylo is leading some First Order soldiers in what seems to be a mine. Could he be on the front line of this invasion?

Snoke continues, “And beyond that, something truly special.” Kylo Ren picks up his lightsaber and there’s a quick cut to black. We’re led to believe that Snoke is talking about Kylo during these moments, but things become a bit more ambiguous as the trailer moves forward.

Rey powers up her lightsaber, as she’s still on the island where we last saw her during The Force Awakens. Her training has begun with Luke Skywalker. During the upcoming scenes, Rey says, “Something inside me has always been there.” She’s always had an inkling that she was destined for something greater.

Rey is training on Ahch-To, where Luke has been in exile, seeking the first Jedi Temple. She’s now on her own journey on the planet, as she traverses the a foggy area.

A single beam pours onto a flat surface in a darkened room. Everything about this trailer is pointing to the fact that Ahch-To could be the home of the first Jedi Temple. Rey peers down at the light during the next shot, while she says, “That I was awake. That I need help.” There is lots of mysterious imagery during Rey’s scenes.

There’s another shot of Rey learning to use the lightsaber, stopping herself mid-swing. By the look of the rock, she’s been learning this basic technique for sometime.

Rey has some tremendous force powers while training; she can crack the earth and make stones float–which we’ve seen in previous trailers. What is new is the look on Luke’s face while this is happening, and he looks terrified. “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” says Luke. “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

There is a quick flashback while Luke talks to Rey. Luke’s robotic hand busts out of the flaming debris. This could be the Knights of Ren’s doing, when Luke decided to go into hiding after one of his students, Ben Solo, became influenced by Snoke and destroyed the other Jedi in training to become a Knight himself.

Kylo says, “Let the past die,” as he smashes his helmet into the wall. Will this be a turn to the light side of the character or is this just Kylo moving on to be his own person and not just another member of the Knights of Ren?

Kylo’s ship–along with a couple of First Order Tie Fighters–is involved in a battle against the Resistance. “Kill it,” Kylo says. “If you have to.”

There is a shot of General Leia looking onward. Apparently, Kylo plans on killing both of his parents. The score for the trailer is intense and loud as the tension builds.

Kylo’s ship targets the capital ship that we’re led to believe his mother, Leia Organa, is on. “That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be,” he says.

Kylo’s thumb hovers over the button to fire for a moment, and it seems like he’s starting to press it down.

Kylo hasn’t fired yet, and he looks mortified. He may not go through with it. Once again, this trailer shows another moment where we can see that there’s mercy and maybe even some good still left within him.

The Millennium Falcon is being chased by some Tie Fighters, but who’s behind the helm this time?

Chewbacca is flying the ship, and he lets out a classic roar, which is quickly followed by a Porg doing the same thing. Interestingly enough, Porgs are sea-birds found on Ahch-To–where Rey is training with Luke–and Chewie could use the company after losing his longtime friend Han Solo.

Poe Dameron is on a transport ship as a battle rages around him in space. “We have a spark,” he says.

Poe is back in action in a new X-Wing that has an extra engine on it, flying above a First Order Dreadnought. He continues, “That will light the fire that will burn the First Order down.”

Captain Phasma is back, with her staff. Hopefully, she’ll have more screentime in this movie.

Finn’s back, but this time he’s not in First Order Stormtrooper gear. He’s in an Imperial Officer’s uniform.

Finn and his former boss Captain Phasma have an electrifying fight. It seems as though the Resistance found where the First Order was manufacturing their weaponry and have invaded it.

This just looks too awesome to not mention.

For a brief moment, BB8 appears. The droid has been shocked in space and is shaking it off.

“This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke says while rain hits his face. Who is he talking to? Did Kylo find him or is he saying this to Rey, who is leaving him?

A crystal fox is being let into a mining outpost or base of sorts on Crait. The doors on the base are slowly shutting.

Finn, in his Imperial Officer uniform, walks in front of a Trooper. There’s nothing that leads us to believe he’s been captured. So maybe he’s working undercover. Obviously, this all takes place before his battle with Phasma.

We finally see Supreme Leader Snoke up close and personal, and he’s using the Force on someone. “Fulfill your destiny,” he says.

The person he’s manipulating with the Force is Rey. She seems as she’s being broken down by Snoke. Is this an attempt to get her to join a new Knights of Ren?

“I need someone to show me my place in all this,” Rey says.

The next shot is Kylo, who offers her a hand. However, there is fire falling from the sky behind him and the color of the lighting doesn’t exactly match up. Could this be misdirection from Disney or are Kylo and Rey going to work together, and what’s their endgame? Will it be for Snoke or for the Resistance?


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