The Last Jedi is a collection of mysteries we can't wait to uncover. Fortunately for fans eager to discover and dissect every possible detail, this new chapter in the story of a Galaxy Far, Far Away hasn't been as secretive as its predecessors. Thanks to that openness, we just got an interesting tease for a big event in the story.
The movie hits theaters in only four months (not that I'm counting) and Disney and Lucasfilm are hard at work on the post-production process. The director, #RianJohnson, took to Instagram to share a picture of the sound mix process. The picture had a nice surprise for fans, though, because it included a cryptic shot of a massive explosion. Check it out:
One explosion by itself might not be a big deal. Explosions are fairly common in the #StarWars universe. But what's the story behind the disaster?
Two Words: Space Battle
It's going to be difficult to figure out what's going on in that image without a whole lot of speculation, because that could be from any point in the movie. Nonetheless, I'm curious to know what it teases, and thankfully we have an idea. If you look closely at the top left corner, you'll notice the outline of a planet peeking out. Going by Star Wars rules, it can only mean one thing: A gigantic space battle.
The first trailer for The Last Jedi showed a vicious battle between the First Order and Resistance taking place in space, so Johnson's picture could very well be the chaos following this scene:
As to which side scored the explosion against the other, it's almost impossible to know with the little information at our disposal. However, The Last Jedi will show the Resistance in a tough place after the casualties it suffered courtesy of Starkiller Base during #TheForceAwakens. Knowing that the good guys are weakened could be a clue for which side is most likely to lose such an enormous combat scenario.
On a side note, it's entertaining to see how the people in charge of bringing these blockbusters to life know how excited fans will get with a picture as cryptic as this one.
We'll get a better idea of what's going on in Johnson's picture once The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. While we wait, check out the trailer:
What do you think this picture means for The Last Jedi? Let me know in the comments!