After months of waiting, our patience has finally been rewarded, as today saw the release of the trailer for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. And it’s awesome.

Take a look at the new Last Jedi trailer, and then read through our breakdown below:

“When I found you…I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special.”

We begin with the familiar strum of a harp, and the First Order is preparing for something big. Snoke’s words echo, as we see AT-ATs line up, and First Order soldiers marching. On a backdrop of crimson, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) picks up his lightsaber, in this moment he is just as his grandfather was before him – he is firmly planted on the Dark Side. However, when Snoke reaches the moment of ‘something truly special’, we cut to Rey (Daisy Ridley), still marvelling at her lightsaber.

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She is where we left her, Ahch-To, site of the First Jedi Temple – presumably beginning her training. The music swells. Because Star Wars.

“Something inside me has always been there…but now it’s awake. And I need help.”

Face-to-face with the shaggy Jedi himself, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Rey asks for his help. We see our young adventurer trekking through the mist, into caves, over hills – though she’s not yet carrying Luke on her back, so clearly her training hasn’t begun in earnest. She then works on her saber-swinging, proving she has the power as she stops before hitting the mountainside, the mark of a true Jedi, obviously. The rock cracks beneath her, and we see that Rey’s power is greater than we could have imagined (cough, cough, she’s definitely a Kenobi, cough) and as she focuses, the very ground begins to rise beneath her touch.

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“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

Suffice to say, Luke is not a fan of this power, as he stares wide-eyed at his apprentice, getting full PTSD flashbacks to his time with Kylo Ren. There’s fire. It’s not good. A lot of people died. So, it’s understandable that he doesn’t want to do this again. He’s the Last Jedi for a reason.

“Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.”

Kylo’s still out for blood, but this time, he’s got a gnarly scar across his face, finally giving him enough reason to wear the helmet…and yet, now, he doesn’t. ‘Killing the past’ is clearly a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to the untimely death of his father, and as he homes in on the Resistance base, we see a concerned Leia (Carrie Fisher), so we can only assume that his plan is to eliminate his remaining parent. If only he could pull the trigger…

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“We have a spark, that’ll light the fire, that’ll burn the First Order down.”

Chewbacca flies the Millennium Falcon – presumably with someone else, though we are purposely kept from seeing his co-pilot. But, there’s little time to dwell as next we see a determined Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) ready and willing to take down the First Order, before we get a brief glimpse of Finn (John Boyega) going head-to-head with the chrome-clad Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) – clearly holding a grudge after the whole trash compactor thing. It is, however, nice to see Finn awake in this trailer.

“This is not going to go… the way you think…”

Back to Luke, soaking wet and squinting up at someone in the rain. Possibly Rey, possibly Kylo, who knows, it’s dark. But it is clear that Luke is still dealing with a very raw trauma, desperate not to see it happen again.

There’s also a glimpse of Leia looking very regal, but concerned – it doesn’t give us a lot of information, but she looks amazing and we need to acknowledge that.

Rey dives into deep water, before climbing out to face an ominous Luke stood in a dark fog. A lot of fog on Ahch-To.

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“Fulfil your destiny.”

We hear the growling words of Snoke (played by the always-wonderful Andy Serkis) over the sight of the First Order’s troops, and aircraft crashing in battle, and finally a look at his creepy sunken face.

And a snippet of Rey going a little Exorcist on us.

“I need someone…to show me my place in all this.”

Rey faces Kylo in the glow of a fire, asking for help in her journey. He holds out a hand for her, and we are once again in the hero’s never-ending battle between the light and the dark. Hell, it wouldn’t be Star Wars without it.

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And thus ends our exciting first look at this Christmas’ most anticipated movie, and while we don’t get a look at newcomers Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro, from this glance at least, it seems that Star Wars has pulled it out of the bag once again.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released on December 14th in the UK, and December 15th in the US.

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