The second trailer for Star Wars 9 may have a big clue about Rey’s level in her Jedi training. J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will mark the end of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy and the Skywalker saga, making way for two new trilogies: one from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss, and another by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Star Wars 9 is set a year after the events of The Last Jedi, with what’s left of the Resistance still fighting against the First Order and other threats. Just like with the previous entries in the Sequel Trilogy, plot details are still unknown, and the trailers haven’t given much away – but they have dropped a few clues as to where the story could go and what the fate of some characters might be, especially Rey, who might already be a Jedi master.
In the D23 trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, there’s a quick look at Rey training in the forest. When catching the lightsaber, a red sash can be seen on her left hand. This might not mean anything to most viewers, but it has a connection with the real world: a red sash is used by those learning “lightsaber” combat at specialized academies. Like with other combat disciplines, different colors are used to show the level of mastery of each trainee. In lightsaber combat, a red sash shows a high level of speed, power, and mastery in the use of weapons.
This subtle detail could mean that Rey has already reached a Jedi Master level in her training, while also making the levels-by-colors idea canon. Rey has proven to have a very strong connection with the force, as seen in The Last Jedi, and to be a fast and skilled learner – but she also demonstrated a clear temptation towards the dark side. The Star Wars 9 trailer also teased “Dark Rey”, which could be a dream or a reality, but either way it will interesting to see how this affects her as a Jedi Master, supposing the red sash truly has that meaning.
Of course, it could also be something completely unrelated to her training, or even something completely meaningless. With no clear plot details yet and only a couple of brief looks in the trailers, everything is left to the viewer’s interpretation for now – although some theories on the previous films turned out to be true, so anything can happen with Star Wars 9 as well.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019