After nine movies and 42 years, the Skywalker saga officially concluded with the sprawling Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Given that the film intended to both wrap up a nine-episode epic and pay homage to its own mythology, it makes sense that Easter eggs in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker abound. For those able to avoid distraction from the nonstop explosions and bouts of Force lighting, it almost feels as though there are hidden things in The Rise of Skywalker at every turn.
In some sense, Star Wars has always been about poetic repetition and, ultimately, restoring balance and equilibrium. Director J.J. Abrams reinforces those themes with references big and small. Star Wars: Episode IX Easter eggs include everything from Chewie finally receiving a medal to the more obvious - but still exciting - return of major characters and locations from previous films. So let's strap in and look at some of the better Easter eggs you probably didn't notice on your first go-around.
Be warned: Spoilers lie ahead.
John Williams Serves Some Drinks
John Williams is one of the main reasons you love Star Wars so much. He composed the score for every movie in the Skywalker saga. And after all this time, it's only fitting that the man get a true cameo in front of the camera.
He gets his moment in the spotlight as the one-eyed bartender Oma Tres in the bar Zorri Bliss takes the heroes into to find Babu Frik.21767Did you miss this?
The Millennium Falcon Gets Its Old Radar Dish BackPhoto: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
Lando accidentally knocked off the Millenium Falcon's radar dish during his run into the second Death Star. He had bigger things to worry about. By the time The Force Awakens happens, the radar has been replaced, but with a different rectangular dish.
Well, that dish also gets knocked off during the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi, so wouldn't you know it, The Rise of Skywalker gives the Falcon yet another radar dish that looks exactly like the original. Full circle!18785Did you miss this?
The Emperor's Throne Matches Drawings From The Original Trilogy Concept Art
While it may feel like Palpatine's return came out of nowhere, there's at least one element of his resurgence that hearkens back to the original stories.
As if this were always the plan, the emperor's throne is actually built to look exactly like some of the concept art from the Return of the Jedi production days.14578Did you miss this?
Passanna Has A Celebration Every 42 YearsPhoto: Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
When Rey and the boys head to Passanna to follow up on a lead that could take them to the Sith planet, they find themselves amid a massive celebration. It's mentioned that this particular celebration only happens every 42 years.
Well, wouldn't you know it? A New Hope first hit theaters in 1977 - exactly 42 years before the release of The Rise of Skywalker.181107Did you miss this?