Star Wars revealed a new teaser trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, its final installment in the latest trilogy, to the general public on Monday.
The clip — first released at the D23 Expo this weekend — took viewers though a nostalgic tour of the history of the franchise.
But the most shocking moment came at the very end: Rey seen dressed in a dark hood, holding what appears to be a red, forked lightsaber.
Just as this pops up, we hear Emperor Palpatine in a voice-over: “Your journey nears its end.” It’s followed by a mechanical breath that unmistakably sounds like Darth Vader’s.
Then, Rey’s lightsaber flips around, forming a staff with blades at both ends.
Now you probably remember at the end of the last film, The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren declares himself Supreme Leader and asks Rey to join the First Order, which she denies.
So are these last scenes a fake-out? Has Rey gone over to the dark side?
For what its worth, the scene right before this showed Rey and Kylo Ren battling on what appeared like a ship crashed into the sea.
This matches the first poster also released this weekend.
And at another point we also see Rey using her lightsaber as a sort of boomerang — slicing through a tree in the process.
The film is set to open on Dec. 20.
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