Successful confusion tactic or exciting story twist? The first teaser at the end of the current Star Wars trilogy thrilled fans around the world and at the same time raised many questions. On the other hand, there were only a few answers on the planet to Star Wars: Episode IX. After all, the title is now known: The Rise of Skywalker.

The ultimate evil

When director JJ Abrams speaks of the "ultimate evil", then probably could have meant anything: the dark side itself, Snoke, Kylo Ren - few fans have thought of Emperor Palpatine. And yet it was he who laughed mockingly in the “off” at the end of the first teaser for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. Does the Emperor really return in the final part of the saga? Or are the fans just using a clever strategy of confusion to keep the real surprises a secret?

What did fans even see in the roughly two-minute teaser trailer? The death star? Probably. Endor? Perhaps? Who is really meant by the “Skywalker” in the title of the film? Is Emperor Palpatine returning as a physical form or as a power spirit? Whose mentor will he be?


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There is a lot of room for speculation about the grand finale - maybe even more room than before the teaser was broadcast. But that's part of the magic that has surrounded George Lucas' epic for decades: nothing is really certain. Only the fact that Lando Calrissian will be back in the rabid hawk's armchair - next to Chewbacca, of course - is firmly booked. That alone should ensure going to the cinema next December.

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