Disney knew what they were doing. They and Lucasfilm crafted the teaser for The Last Jedi knowing full well that fans would pore over every atom of any footage from Star Wars: Episode VIII. It's a little cruel and manipulative, but at the same time it's kind of a fun treasure hunt for fans. After all, Disney will have made sure that every image in the trailer is significant in some way. So let's look at some of the good stuff here.



1. Luke collapsing in front of a burning Jedi Academy

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One of the biggest mysteries of The Force Awakens was, well, Rey's parents. But besides that, we got very little info on Luke and what he's been up to for the decades in between trilogies. We heard something about his Jedi Academy failing and his pupil Kylo Ren going rogue, but we never got anything amounting to a real flashback (besides a quick shot of the Knights of Ren during Rey's visions). Then came this moment in the trailer. A hooded figure breaks down, falling to their knees in front of a burning temple. Judging by the presence of R2-D2 and a certain Jedi's fondness for hooded robes, it's safe to say that's Luke, and it's not a stretch to suggest that's his Jedi Academy at the moment of its destruction. Disney isn't really hiding anything here, but it is nice to know that we might get a better look at the past in The Last Jedi.


2. The Walkers in the background

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For just a few seconds we get a couple quick shots of a ramshackle assembly of vehicles skipping across the desert, kicking up red sand. If you're anything like me, you might have been too busy trying to decide if they look more like Naboo fighters or pod racers the first time you watched the teaser. But check out where this squad is headed:

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Yep, that's straight into what seems to be a big group of Imperial walkers of some sort. This is getting into SPOILER territory so turn back now if you want to go in super-pure, but TLJ rumors persist that these new walkers will be fearsome beasts reminiscent of gorillas. You know what, I retroactively take back my spoiler warning -- if this rumor is true, then there's no way Lucasfilm isn't busting out these bad boys for future trailers. 



3. The Jedi Order symbol

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Big fans of the series will know this one right off the bat, but at one point we see a hand caress a faded symbol. It's unambiguously the same symbol that represents the Jedi Order. 

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It's tough to say exactly, but you could speculate that this is one of Luke's last remaining Jedi artifacts after the Knights of Ren purged almost everything. So what does it mean, exactly? Well...




4. A sacred book that's important to Jedi lore

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This one's a bit harder to prove than everything else, but if it's true it has some pretty tantalizing implications. Those who have been following Star Wars lore for a long time will probably have heard of the "Journal of the Whills," a galactic diary of sorts that chronicles major events in the universe. It has its origins dating way back to Lucas' original drafts of the first Star Wars movie, though it has since faded in and out of continuity. But there's a pretty interesting part in The Force Awakens official novelization that takes an excerpt directly from the Whills, confirming its existence. The passage itself is may well prove very important to this new trilogy:

"First comes the day
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray
Through refined Jedi sight."

This lines up with a lot of theories about a sort of "gray Jedi" that stays in between the Light and Dark sides of the Force. Rey could very well be this gray Jedi, splitting the difference betwen Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren. Heck, look at how she's splitting them down the middle on the official poster:

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Luke did say the Jedi have to end. So maybe he wants to start something not so strict as the Light Side and not so dickish as the Dark Side. Or maybe he just wants to continue living on a rock in the middle of nowhere.



5. Kylo Ren's strange scar situation

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No doubt one of the standouts of Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is as compelling as he is hateable. We only get one look at him in this teaser and well... something's kind of off. Remember, the last time we saw him, Kylo was looking a little worse for the wear. 

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That scar seems to have healed pretty nicely -- you can barely see anything but a mark above his eye. Then again, he is covering his face. Maybe Kylo is self-conscious about the deformity we don't see on his right cheek. Either way, the scar on his right eye looks a little familiar:

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As Twitter user Joshua Yehl points out, Kylo now shares a facial feature with his idol and grandfather: Anakin Skywalker. It's kind of ironic that someone who so idolized Darth Vader would grow to resemble him in ways he never intended. I don't wanna tell anyone how to live their lives, but if I was Kylo, I might make sure I stay on the high ground. 



Tristan Cooper can be found on Twitter.