Every action-packed glimpse of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that we’ve seen has been full of interesting information about what to expect from the film as it brings its heroes and villains into the next chapter of the epic space opera. But there’s something to be said for simple, powerful images—like the latest batch of posters showcasing the movie’s characters in a way that makes you appreciate the level of detail that’s gone into their aesthetics.
Each of the 12 posters features one of the movie’s characters in action poses that appear to be from scenes plucked from the film. By now, we’ve all spent ages staring at Finn, Rey, and Poe, and we know what R2, Chewie, and C-3PO look like. But the new images also give us a much, much better look at newcomers Zorii Bliss, Jannah, and D-O, as well as showcasing Lando’s luxurious cape in all of its badass glory.
Kylo Ren’s mysterious Knights of Ren are briefly shown in a new TV ad for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The Dark Force commando team are gathered on a cliff at :08 into the new footage. Years ago, Kylo led The Knights of Ren to destroy Luke Skywalker’s fledgling Jedi Order and the group includes some of his former students.
There are also the new shots in the footage of a space battle between the Resistance and a fleet of Star Destroyers and fresh lines from C-3PO (“If this mission fails, it was all for nothing”) and the resurrected Emperor Palpatine (“Your journey nears its end”).
A wild new clip from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker released Thursday provided one last-minute bombshell reveal from the film, one that very strongly suggests a fan theory surrounding Emperor Palpatine will end up being true.
In the clip, Palpatine, who was thought dead in Return of the Jedi but has somehow returned in The Rise of Skywalker, communicates with Kylo Ren and tells him, "I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head." The line starts in Palpatine's voice, then morphs into Supreme Leader Snoke's voice, and finally turns into the voice of Darth Vader.
The clip's implication seems to be that Palpatine isn't just suddenly back now but has actually been quietly manipulating Kylo for years. This immediately brings to mind Kylo speaking with Darth Vader's charred helmet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and asking his grandfather to "show me again. The power of the darkness."
It wouldn't make sense for Anakin Skywalker to show his grandson visions of the darkness considering he turned from the Dark Side before he died. But ever since Palpatine's return was announced for The Rise of Skywalker, some fans speculated he was actually the one behind these visions all along, with Palpatine just tricking Kylo into thinking he was communicating with his grandfather. That certainly appears to be where The Rise of Skywalker is heading.