(Warning - the following contains a GIANT POTENTIAL SPOILER relating to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, one which -- if true -- could require you to be sitting down to read this. If you don't want to know any major plot-points for the movie when you sit down to watch it in December, then you might want to avert your eyes...)
Now, just in case the SPOILER warning above didn't quite convey the seriousness of what's to come, I'm going to to throw one more in here. What comes below is, if you're a Star Wars fan (and honestly, why wouldn't you be), one of those trademarked 'big deals' we hear so much about. It is, in short, HUGE.
So if you don't want to know something massive that might just happen in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, then the next few paragraphs might just not be for you...
Still With Us?
Well, then let's get to it.
With the release of a brand new, full-length trailer for Episode VII, fans around the world rejoiced at the chance to grab one final look at our heroes before beginning the long, hellish wait till the movie's December release. After all, just look at it. It's a thing of wonder...
There is, though, something of a problem. Y'see, round about the 1:45 mark in the trailer...
Some Fans Spotted Something Very, Very Wrong
Which, in a frankly horrifying turn of events, looks a heck of a lot like Rey crying over the body of a very much deceased Chewbacca. Note the prone, furry body, with what looks an awful lot like Chewie's trademark bandolier...
...which it just so happens we know he's still going to be wearing in the movie:
Now, suffice to say the internet's reaction was...not great:
And while some folks got pretty darned emotional...
...others pointed out that some fans' vengeance would be ruthless and swift:
The big question, though?
Could It Really Be True?
Well, on the one hand -- absolutely. Chewie's a beloved fan-favorite, but one who arguably isn't all that integral to the Star Wars saga's plot -- making him a perfect candidate for a tragic death that would move us all to tears while not actually screwing up too many narrative arcs.
On the other hand, though, our assumption of his shocking murder (the location of the scene would seem to suggest that he was killed by Kylo Ren) is still only based on a single, largely obscured shot in a trailer that will likely have been more carefully edited than the average full length feature film. Which in turn means two things:
1. It's entirely possible that the body we're seeing is either not Chewbacca's, or that it is indeed him, but that he's not dead. After all, we can't really see enough to work out exactly what's going on.
And, of course:
2. There's a pretty good chance that J.J. Abrams is just messing with us. After all, it'd be pretty odd for a movie that's spent a whole lot of time and money on keeping its secrets from the public to accidentally reveal such a major moment as the death of Chewbacca in a trailer designed to be pored over by fans.
In other words?
There's a Pretty Good Chance That the Trailer Is Just Subtly Trolling Us
Though, honestly, it's pretty hard to tell whether or not I actually believe that, or I'm just trying to convince myself that Chewie can't be dead.
Because honestly? THAT IS NOT OK.
The final big question, then?