ByJames Buxton, writer at
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James Buxton

If you're anything like me, you've probably found yourself watching the new Star Wars trailer over and over, scanning every frame for any possible scrap of information. The trailer is packed with content, introducing our new heroes on a more personal level and giving us our first proper shot of several characters.

From what we can tell, The Force Awakens is going to be a hell of a lot darker than previous outings into a galaxy far far away, but it also looks set to be one of the most rewarding.

So I've decided to piece together what I've found throughout the trailer to try and answer some questions that have been at the back of everyone's minds.

Chewie's Arm

Remember that concept art from last year that depicted everyone's favorite walking carpet with a bionic right arm?

Remember how the second trailer debunked those rumors and showed that Chewie was definitely still in one piece?

It seems this final trailer has thrown all previous theories back into the hat as Chewbacca's only scene in the trailer shows that there's definitely something fishy going on with that arm of his. That metal band is definitely hiding something and my money's on that sleek robot arm making an appearance some time in the film.

"But wait," I hear you say. "Chewie's arm is still furry and carpet-ey. Surely he's just discovered a new Wookiee fashion and plans on keeping with the current trends?" It seems you've forgotten one small detail in that even back during the Rise of the Empire, prosthetic limbs could be designed with incredible realism. Luke's right hand (at least during Return of the Jedi) was almost indistinguishable from his left, so it's not too much of a stretch to assume that they can be produced for Wookiees too.

Han and Leia

If you didn't feel all of the feels when Han and Leia embraced briefly, then you have no soul.

Many rumors have been swirling that following Jedi, Han and Chewie left the Rebellion and returned to smuggling, leaving Leia alone to rule the New Republic alone. Fortunately, it seems that even if Han has been absent for a while, there's no love lost between the pair.

Other rumors have hinted that Rey and Kylo Ren are analogous to the Solo twins from the EU, Jaina and Jacen, implying they are both Han and Leia's children. For those of you unaware of the story of the Solo twins, approximately forty years after A New Hope, Jacen Solo fell to the Dark Side and became Darth Caedus. His sister, Jaina, was forced to oppose him, destroying the Solo family.

While the Expanded Universe stories are unlikely to be followed with any degree of accuracy, Disney have made it clear that the EU will still stand as an inspiration for new stories. Hopefully, we could see a new variation of the Solo twins story on screen soon, and if Leia's expression is anything to go by, the Solo family is never going to be the same.

The Knights of Ren

The awesome Knights of Ren made their onscreen debut in this trailer, showing off their range of helmets and Mandalorian-style armor. Their quick appearance is so cool, but the feeling is quickly replaced by fear when you concentrate on what lies at their feet.

In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it frame, dozens of motionless bodies can be seen dead at their feet, slaughtered by the lightsaber-wielding fanatics.

Darth Vader was eventually redeemed to the light side and even Palpatine himself was able to at least emulate compassion. It seems the Knights of Ren are a step above the Sith, showing no empathy whatsoever. Kylo Ren's talking action figure speaks the line "I am immune to the light," which pretty much says it all. With the Sith destroyed and the Jedi all but vanished, it looks like the Knights are holding all the cards this time around.


Much like every character, Finn had a lot of buzz surrounding him. In particular, there have been many rumors about him being born to be a Stormtrooper and that "Finn" is just a nickname he'd given himself after abandoning his post.

The new trailer seems to confirm this, as Finn is heard saying that he was "raised to do one thing, but I've got nothing to fight for." This heavily implies that Finn was in fact created to fight and do nothing else and that he's seemingly broken away from his origins.

Luke's lightsaber also plays a significant role in the movie and it could be possible that Finn is the thief who stole it from Kylo Ren's shrine to Darth Vader. Having the opening scene be his TIE Fighter hurtling through space with the lightsaber on board sounds a lot better than the previous rumor of it being Luke's severed hand.

Starkiller Base

This one may be a bit far fetched, but remember the official poster that was revealed the day before the trailer? It showed the new Death Star-esque Starkiller Base in the corner, a sleek, slightly more interesting looking battle station.

However, if the shots from the trailer are anything to go by, it could be that that base actually is a small moon. The huge artificial crevice through the snow is awfully reminiscent of the original Death Star trench. Could it be the First Order have one-upped the Empire and actually converted an entire planet into a Star-destroying beast?

Aside from the speculation, the snow base does look huge and from the sheer number of TIE Fighters we can see, it's definitely well armed. It looks like our new heroes are certainly going to have their work cut out for them this time.

The Dark Side

The Force may be gone but it's certainly still strong with Kylo Ren, seen torturing a bloody Poe Dameron in a quick shot during the trailer. This shows that while the light side of the Force remains dormant, the Dark Side is stil running rampant and is channeling itself through the Knights of Ren.

It also shows that The Force Awakens is set to be a much darker film that its predecessors, with the look of agony on Poe's face supporting this. Kylo Ren is also played out as one of the biggest bad guys we've seen so far, showing no remorse in his actions.

Vader's Legacy

Despite returning to the light side during his final moments of Return of the Jedi, it seems Darth Vader's redemption never went on record, with Luke being the only surviving witness. As a result, Vader appears to have become a martyr in the eyes of Kylo Ren, who only knew him as a Jedi killing, Imperial loyalist.

Vader was therefore always seen as a villain in the eyes of the New Republic and an unwavering hero to the remaining Imperials. At the same time, Luke Skywalker became the hero of the galaxy having killed both Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader in one go.

This would have made Vader very popular with the First Order and Luke quite the opposite. It makes sense that Kylo Ren has made it his personal mission to destroy the last Jedi and complete Vader's mission once and for all.

Kylo Ren is not Luke Skywalker!

In the final shot of the trailer, an extra clip was added to the now iconic duel between Kylo Ren and Finn. In it, we finally see Kylo unmasked, albeit from behind. However, it's clear to see that he is in fact Adam Driver and not Mark Hamill, putting all those "Luke Skywalker is Kylo Ren" theories to rest.

(He's also not Jon Snow, despite the incredible likeness from behind. I mean come on guys, just let it go!)

It also shows that unlike his hero, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren does not require his mask to live and apparently only wears it as a formality. Also, while we don't see any lightsaber clashes, Kylo's movement indicates that he's much more able than Vader, who was always physically impaired by his suit.

If the rumors of Finn being well trained in saber-combat are true, then this duel looks set to be the big hitter of the new movie. So far, these two are the only pair to be confirmed lightsaber-wielders, as other candidates Luke, Leia and Rey are yet to be shown on screen with one.

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens hits theatres December 18th, 2015.


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