Everything you missed in the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer

With only a couple of months to go until the Dec. 15, 2017 premiere, Disney tantalized Star Wars fans on Oct. 9 with a new trailer for the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga—Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At two minutes, 34 seconds long, this is the first official "trailer" for the film, although the studio did put out a two-minute teaser in April 2017, and subsequently revealed more information about The Last Jedi in a July 2017 behind-the-scenes video and an August 2017 six-part cover story for Entertainment Weekly.

Additionally, a new poster for The Last Jedi was revealed just before the new trailer aired, and tickets for the film went on sale immediately after. According to The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, fans who want to go in completely clean might actually want to skip watching the trailer, but if spoilers hold no power over you, then keep on reading—we've got a detailed breakdown of every awesome detail you might have missed in the new The Last Jedi trailer.

Luke's biggest fear

The trailer revealed some interesting new clips of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). It picks up essentially where The Force Awakens left off—on the planet Ahch-To, as Rey hands Luke the lightsaber that was once wielded by his father, Darth Vader. We then see Rey training with the weapon as Luke looks on, and it soon becomes clear just how innately talented she is. Skywalker looks positively shocked as the ground cracks open while Rey meditates, and it's clear he's having flashbacks to what happened with his last protégé—his nephew Ben Solo (Adam Driver), who now serves Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) under the name Kylo Ren.

"I've seen this raw strength only once before, and it didn't scare me enough then. It does now," Luke tells Rey as we get a more detailed look at the aftermath of the attack on Luke's Jedi Temple by Kylo and the Knights of Ren. He's clearly reluctant to train her, lest she turn to the dark side.

Rey's journey

While it's clear that Rey spends some time with Luke on Ahch-To, we also see her in some other settings that may be from other locations on the planet—or on other planets entirely. She's shown approaching what looks like a burned tree trunk in a rocky landscape, and looking down at a book inside Luke's Force-sensitive tree abode (yes, really.) In the teaser trailer, a closer look at that book reveals a design which may indicate it's the fabled Journal of the Whills. It seems likely that Rey is about to get a lesson in the origins of the Force and the Jedi Order from her new teacher.

Later, we see a drenched Luke looking up at someone and telling them, "this is not going to go the way you think." Is he talking to Rey here? That seems likely, as during the same section, we see what appears to be Rey diving under the water—with a quite fangy creature's head or skull nearby—and later emerging from the water and standing before Luke. This ties in with the December 2016 rumors that the native Porgs of Ahch-To will demand that Rey kill a fearsome sea monster in order to receive their blessing to stay on the planet with Luke. If true, this would be an interesting trial for Rey, and brings new meaning to Luke's above quote. Diehard Star Wars fans will remember that Luke and his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi have encountered nightmarish aquatic creatures before—like the Dragonsnake of Dagobah or the crocodile-like colo claw fish of Naboo.

Kylo's moment of truth

You may have noticed the space battle shots featuring a new version of the classic TIE fighter. This is Kylo Ren's personal craft, and it's called the TIE Silencer. The official Star Wars databank says it's "reminiscent in design of the Empire's TIE interceptor and Darth Vader's TIE advanced," calling it "an angular fighter equipped with laser cannons and missile launchers."

In this battle sequence, it appears that Kylo Ren is setting his sights on a Mon Calamari star cruiser. This looks like a new model—one with the hangars spaced along the inside of exposed tubes running the length of the ship. In the next scene, we see Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) sit down on the bridge of a Mon Calamari starship, TIE fighters screaming past the window behind her as the ship shudders from explosive impacts. The implication of the cutaways between Leia's face and her son's are clear: each knows the other is there, and Ben has the opportunity to deal a gigantic blow to the Resistance by destroying the ship and killing his mother. Now for the big question—will he or won't he pull the trigger?

Finn's weapon...and uniform

In one major spoiler given away by the trailer, we see that Finn (John Boyega) has clearly recovered from the wounds he sustained during The Force Awakens, and is back in fighting shape for a duel against Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie). Phasma wields a Force pike, while Finn is carrying a Z6 riot-control baton much like the one previously carried by stormtrooper FN-2199 during the battle on Takodana.

We also couldn't help but notice Finn's black uniform in the following scene as he walks somewhere, escorted by stormtroopers. This isn't the first time we've seen him in this First Order officer's uniform—you can also spot Finn and new Resistance character Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) wearing these uniforms in the July 2017 behind-the-scenes video. The background behind Finn and Phasma in their duel looks a lot like the destroyed remnants of the First Order staging area seen in the following shot, so this duel possibly could take place in a First Order ship or base after a secret infiltration and sabotage mission by Finn and Rose.

New creatures

In addition to the previously mentioned Porgs of Ahch-To, The Last Jedi is set to introduce a host of new additions to the Star Wars universe. While we didn't see them in the trailer, Entertainment Weekly broke the news in August 2017 that Ahch-To's residents include a group of nun-like creatures known only as the Caretakers. But the trailer did feature one exciting shot of another fascinating species: the crystalline fox-like animals which reside on the mineral world of Crait. In the trailer, we see the distinctly vulpine creatures running for shelter within the Resistance bunker on Crait as the First Order's forces approach.

The Battle of Crait

It seems clear from the new trailer—and all of the other footage released thus far—that the land battle on Crait will play a major role in The Last Jedi. Along with the teaser's glimpse of Resistance ski speeders zipping along across the salt flats, ripping up red dust in their wake, the new trailer gave us our first good look at the massive firepower that the First Order will bring to bear against the Resistance on the surface of Crait.

Those aren't just regular old AT-ATs lined up for the battle. It might be hard to tell at first, but these First Order armored transports are actually the new massively larger version, the AT-M6. Additionally, we see Kylo's personal shuttle present above the armored walkers as the battle gets underway, along with a number of TIE fighters ready to intercept anything the Resistance can throw at them.

Walker defenses

Speaking of all that extra armor on the new and improved AT-M6s, you can't help but notice that their legs got a big upgrade. And as it turns out, the increased leg defenses relate back to a similar conflict in the Star Wars universe: the battle on Hoth, when the Rebels learned they could take out the Empire's massive walkers by wrapping their legs in tow cables. Well, it looks like the New Order learned from history's mistakes, because those new leg spikes were explicitly designed to cut through any tow cable tomfoolery the Resistance might want to try. As director Rian Johnson put it, "You can't take these down with a snowspeeder."

Snoke's identity

Okay, the trailer didn't actually give away Snoke's identity—but it did reveal a big clue. Leading up to the final moments of the trailer, we hear Snoke telling Rey she needs to "fulfill your destiny," as he uses his powers to torture her. This could also mean that Snoke's voiceover from the beginning of the trailer where he talks about someone's "raw untamed power" could be directed at Rey, and not Kylo Ren. Instead of a 30-foot-tall hologram like in The Force Awakens, this is Snoke in the flesh—and his flesh appears to be distinctly humanoid. He's definitely old, wrinkled, and misshapen, but Snoke clearly has a human-like nose, eyebrows, and blue eyes (congrats, "Ezra Bridger is Snoke" theorists!)

This revelation blows the "Snoke is Darth Plagueis" theory out of the water, as Plagueis supposedly belonged to the alien race of Muuns—while Snoke clearly does not. It also cleanly kills the "Snoke is Grand Moff Tarkin" theory, as Snoke is obviously using Force powers to torture Rey, while Tarkin wasn't even Force-sensitive (that we know of). Speaking of torturing Rey, how exactly did she get into Snoke's hands, anyway? Given the rumors that Kylo will attack Luke and Rey on Ahch-To, it seems possible that Kylo ends up abducting Rey from the planet and taking her back to his master.

The Millennium Falcon soars again

In a couple of short clips from the new The Last Jedi trailer, we see the Millennium Falcon back in action, diving and twisting through what appears to be a labyrinthine underground passage while being pursued by First Order TIE fighters. Based on the many red crystals present, it seems likely that this dogfight happens in a cave somewhere on Crait.

Additionally, we couldn't help but notice the presence of the Porg on the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). At the end of The Force Awakens, Chewie brings Rey to Ahch-To, where he might have come in contact with the Porgs. It's unclear why one would be aboard the Falcon, however—unless it came along with someone it trusted, like Luke (or possibly Rey). We couldn't help but notice that you never see who's in the pilot's seat of the ship, and we're betting that it's not sitting empty. If Kylo abducts Rey, this could spur Luke (who's not such a bad pilot himself, as you might recall) to join Chewie and return to his sister Leia to help her take on the First Order.

Poe's fire

In our first glimpse of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) from the trailer, he's aboard what appears to be some sort of Mon Calamari lifeboat, which could point to the starcruiser we saw previously getting destroyed or badly damaged—even if Kylo Ren isn't the one to pull the trigger.  "We," Poe promises, "are the spark that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down."

And apparently, Poe means to burn the First Order to the ground all alone if he has to. We next see him in his dark-hulled X-Wing—which appears to have been retrofitted with some sort of afterburner—as he dives and spins in an attack run on the First Order Dreadnought looming above Crait.

That final scene

We can't discuss the trailer without acknowledging the elephant in the room—that seemingly friendly exchange between Rey and Kylo. "I need someone to show me my place in all this," she says. We're fairly certain that this is a major misdirection attempt on the part of the trailer editing team. After re-watching this scene, a few things stand out that point to it being clips from two different parts of the film spliced together. Rey's voice is echoing like she's in some sort of cave, which doesn't exactly jive with the burning embers falling behind Kylo. Speaking of those embers, you can see the light flickering slightly on actor Adam Driver's face, while the light source illuminating Daisy Ridley is steady. The color grading on the two clips doesn't quite match, either…although it is similar.

This clip of Rey probably comes from when she tries to persuade Luke to train her. It may even be a continuation of her voiceover from the start of the trailer: "Something inside of me has always been there, but now it's awake, and I need help."  The clip of Kylo Ren is more elusive—he has the scar, so it can't be a flashback to when he destroyed Luke's temple. Additionally, he's no longer wearing the bacta bandage seen in earlier clips, like when he punches a wall in a fit of rage. This could suggest that the clip comes from near the end of the movie. But who could Kylo be extending his hand to? It's a clip that neatly echoes the visuals of the scene between Han and his son, so could Kylo be possibly accepting redemption from the hands of his mother—or his uncle? Thankfully, we won't have to wait much longer to find out.

Evacuation of D'Qar

One particular plot point for The Last Jedi we got out of the trailer involves Poe's story. During the few short clips in which he's seen, he appears to be involved in a space battle around the planet D'Qar, where the climax of The Force Awakens occurred. Following the Resistance's victory, the New Order retaliates by sending a fleet to wipe out the remaining Resistance members on D'Qar, forcing the Resistance to try to evacuate.

From the trailer, it appears that Poe's story arc involves attacking the New Order's fleet while the rest of the Resistance makes their getaway. In at least two shots from the trailer, you can see what looks like D'Qar in the background, judging by the ring of space debris surrounding it. In one shot, what appears to be a Mandator IV-class warship also shows up for a few frames. That craft is equipped with two orbital guns capable of shelling the planet from space, making Poe's mission to destroy it all the more pressing for the fleeing Resistance.

Finn's riot baton

As we previously mentioned, about two-thirds of the way through the trailer we see glimpses of an epic showdown between Finn and Captain Phasma. At first glance, it looks like Finn's weapon might be the same one used by FN-2199, but look closer—it's not exactly the same design. When Finn opens it in the trailer, you can see the baton fold open, whereas the baton used by the First Order stormtrooper slid out to its full length. It's definitely a tiny detail that most likely means exactly nothing for the story, but for our money, Finn's riot baton looks a lot cooler.

Hidden Darth Vader

Okay, this last one didn't come from the new Last Jedi trailer, but it's so awesome it's worth a mention. Just before the new trailer dropped, a brand-spanking-new poster for The Last Jedi also started making the rounds. The poster itself is pretty great, utilizing the contrasting reds and whites that promise to make the battle on Crait visually spectacular, but one fan noticed something else.

Maybe looking for a new perspective, Instagram user Bosslogic flipped the poster upside down and spotted what appears to be Darth Vader's face formed in the negative spaces left by the characters. To make it even more apparent, he overlaid a ghostly image of Vader's mask, hammering home the visual. What do you think? Is there a hidden Darth Vader in the Last Jedi trailer? Or are we all just so excited for the movie that we're willing to see anything? At this point, anything's possible!