Warning: Potential spoilers for "The Rise of Skywalker"
The trailer, which you can watch at the Deseret News, shows the sequel trilogy characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) working together to do… something. We’re not quite sure what, but there are theories.
But one of the clips from the trailer shows the heroes looking across a body of water at what appears to be the remains of the Death Star. It’s unclear, of course, if it’s the first or second one.
The last time we saw the Death Star was in “Return of the Jedi” when the Rebel Alliance brought it down with a serious explosion. See the epic moment below.
So why would “The Rise of Skywalker” bring back the Death Star? Well, apparently it’s been in the works for a while as a potential MacGuffin — a plot device that gets the plot moving — for a "Star Wars" film.
According to SlashFilm, director J.J. Abrams wanted to bring back the Death Star in “The Force Awakens” as a location the characters would visit.
Specifically, Rey was going to dive underwater and loot the remnants of the fallen battle station.
“We even saw concept art of Rey diving through the Emperor’s throne room, which was completely submerged in the water. While the details have never come to light, I think the original plan was for her to find something, a MacGuffin of sorts, that sends her off on this adventure,” according to SlashFilm.
Polygon reports that the book "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has a concept art photo of the Death Star scene called "Death Star trench underwater."
“So when the adventure’s over, Kira [who’d later become Rey] finds a hidden map inside the Emperor’s tower of the second Death Star. And the map tells you where the Jedi are and where Luke is hiding," the book reads, according to Polygon.
And, according to SlashFilm, this could be the kickoff of the new film, too.
“This is certainly in line with what we’ve heard — that Abrams has created a film that ends the arc not just for this trilogy, but the Skywalker saga as a whole,” according to SlashFilm. “Returning to this location hints that possible secrets from the Empire could be part of the core of this story.”
So what happened after the destruction? Well, according to Wookiepedia, a fan-sourced information website on all things “Star Wars,” the Death Star II exploded and created a wormhole in its wake. Some of the wreckage traveled into a wormhole — including Darth Vader’s glove, which was explored in the “The Glove of Vader” book, which is no longer considered material for the “Star Wars” universe — while other parts of the wreckage ended up on Endor. Of course, that is all according to the non-canon stories that existed before Disney bought Lucasfilm.
Still, it’s unclear if that’s wreckage from the Death Star at all. It’s possible it’s leftover from the Starkiller Base, which was obliterated in “The Force Awakens.”
As Abrams told Entertainment Weekly at the time of “Force Awakens,” the two battle stations are incredibly similar.
“It is very much — and it’s acknowledged as such in the movie — apparently another Death Star,” Abrams told EW. “But what it’s capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power.”
“The Rise of Skywalker” will hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.