Star Wars: The Last Jedi “Darkness Rises, and Light to meet it”

It’s hard to keep track of the many fan theories and questions about the mega hyped sequel to The Force Awakens. Now a new trailer, The Last Jedi Awake, ramps up the anticipation even more.

At First seeing Luke Skywalker on the Millennium Falcon made fans wonder if the last Jedi has escaped Yoda’s fate in The Empire Strikes Back. Or could this be misdirection? Perhaps Luke is just scoping out Han Solo’s old ship while it is grounded on Ahch To.

Also There has been a lot of talk about the potential emergence of “grey” Jedis in Johnson’s film. But if Luke and Rey are candidates to finally align the light and dark sides of the Force, then Supreme Leader Snoke can surely be placed alongside them. “Darkness rises, and light to meet it” pronounces Andy Serkis’ prune faced freak in this new trailer. His line from The Force Awakens was: “There has been an awakening, have you felt it? The dark side, and the light.” It seems clear that Snoke is as obsessed with the point where Sith meets Jedi as everyone else in this new trilogy.

Rian Johnson’s Talk about Snoke

“We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor’” said Rian Johnson Empire in the new October issue. “He’s a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”

It seems details on Snoke’s origin story are likely to be rather thin on the ground but, quite frankly, that’s exactly how we like our big bads: mysterious and cloaked in secrecy. There won’t be a complete character blackout, though, and anyone desperate for some more information on the film’s other black clad antagonist will be anything but disappointed.

“Writing Kylo Ren is just so much fun,” says Johnson “Star Wars boils down to the transition from adolescence into adulthood. That’s the heart of these films and Rey is most obviously the one that hangs on. But it’s also Kylo. In the originals you project entirely onto Luke, while Vader is the scary other he’s the minotaur. The fascinating thing about Kylo and Rey is that they’re two sides of something. We can all relate to Kylo: to that anger of being in the turmoil of adolescence and figuring out who he’s going to be as a man; dealing with anger and wanting to separate from his family. He’s not Vader at least, he’s not Vader yet and that’s something I really wanted to get into.”

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