Last week, the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered during Monday Night Football, revealing Kylo Ren sporting some kind of bandage we haven't seen before in Star Wars. While director Rian Johnson warned about spoilers, fans who watched the trailer generally found that it generated more questions than answers. Luke Skywalker, Poe Dameron, Finn, Leia Organa, and Supreme Leader Snoke all figure into the trailer, along with a short clip of Chewbacca and his new Porg friend. But it's Rey and Kylo Ren, and the parallels between them, that take center stage in the trailer.
In some of the shots of Kylo Ren in the trailer, he appears with a black band on his face, apparently covering a scar. This band had some fans take to Twitter, making fun of apparent bandage because it looked like tire tracks or a child's Band-Aid.
— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) October 10, 2017
Am I the only one question WTF is on Kylo Ren's face? I get it you have a scar but why put race tracks on your face?
— l a n n e (@cupofinsanity) October 10, 2017
— Peter Sark (@petertheleader) October 10, 2017
The bandage is a result of Kylo Ren and Rey's fight on Starkiller Base at the end of The Force Awakens. Rey ends the fight with a sweeping blow with her lightsaber that slashes Kylo Ren across the face. Some fans took issue with the placement of the bandage and Kylo Ren's scar in The Last Jedi, saying that director Rian Johnson changed the location of the wound from The Force Awakens. Between the scar's location and its bandage, Kylo Ren's face is causing a surprising amount of controversy.
However, this visual marker actually helps us to construct a timeline of some of the trailer's events. In our breakdown of The Last Jedi trailer, Kylo Ren's "space sutured" face appears when he is flying his TIE Silencer through a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The trailer also makes it seem that Leia is present at the battle, and that Kylo Ren will have an opportunity to kill her.
Kylo Ren's bandage actually allows us to learn quite a bit about this scene in the trailer. Given that his wound hasn't fully healed yet, it's likely that this battle is taking place soon after the events of The Force Awakens (2015). This space battle, then, is occurring directly or soon after the events of The Force Awakens, making it likely that Kylo Ren is flying with the First Order to attack the Resistance base at the planet of D'Qar.
In contrast, the later shot of Kylo Ren in the trailer, along with his picture in many of the posters and promotional shots for The Last Jedi, shows his scar without the bandage. For instance, when Kylo Ren seemingly (depending on the honesty of the marketing) extends his hand to Rey, his scar is dramatically uncovered. The scar makes it clear that these events are not a flashback, but definitely occurred after the events of The Force Awakens. This also at least gives the impression that more time has passed and his wound has healed to a greater extent than when we saw him in his TIE Silencer.
Knowing that Kylo Ren has a bandage while flying his TIE Silencer but not later in the film, it seems logical that the space battle depicted in the trailer happens early in the chronology of The Last Jedi. If you were at all worried about the fate of General Leia while watching the trailer, Kylo Ren's bandage should comfort you. It seems unimaginable that Leia would be killed early in the film, especially given that The Last Jedi will be the last performance of the late and great Carrie Fisher. While it remains to be seen how Leia's journey will conclude in the sequel trilogy, director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm will want both Leia and Carrie to be properly celebrated in The Last Jedi.
Regardless of how you feel about the appearance of Kylo Ren's bandage, it ends up being a helpful hint for fans who are trying to navigate the events depicted in The Last Jedi trailer.
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