The first trailer for The Last Jedi has dropped, and while the plot of the next Star Wars movie is still unclear, there are a few things to glean from the teaser. It picks up where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey on Ahch-To with Luke, about to embark on her Jedi training. The tone, however, is much more ominous, with emo Luke saying, “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” from beneath his hood, which is probably concealing headphones blasting My Chemical Romance.
The most interesting thing to note about this new Star Wars trailer is the number of parallels between it and The Empire Strikes Back. The dark tone is just one of many examples. These similarities alone offer a number of hints at what is potentially to come. So check out the Easter eggs from The Last Jedi trailer, as well as some speculation as to what those might mean for the future of the Force.
There's a shot of Rey’s hand making pebbles levitate, hearkening back to the early days of Luke’s training. It’s almost certainly Rey's hand as well, because you can see a lightsaber sitting in her lap in the blurry background, and it definitely looks like her Kenobi-esque garb.
There are a ton of fan theories about Rey’s relationship to Kylo. Some think they’re brother and sister (or maybe half-siblings), some that they’re cousins – Luke being Rey’s father and obviously Kylo’s uncle – while others think there’s no relation at all. The reveal of their relationship hasn’t been confirmed by any means, but the parallels between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back are so prevalent, even in this short trailer, that it’s a safe bet we’ll discover how Kylo and Rey are related at the end of the movie. The similarities just can’t be accidents.
If that doesn’t happen, we better at least get a scene where Kylo says, “Luke, I am your nephew!” And then of course Luke would be like, “Well yeah, literally everybody knew that. You really are whacked out, kid.” It's nice to service the fans every once and a while, Star Wars.
This isn’t a particularly large leap, but Luke has taken on the role of Yoda, Jedi Master. Just as Yoda lived in isolation in the swamps of Dagobah, so does Luke on an island in the middle of nowhere on planet Ahch-To. Even his nihilistic line about it being “time for the Jedi to end,” brings to mind Yoda’s many chastisements of him as a young Jedi about not being ready.
In the trailer, there's a glimpse of a depiction of the Force in an old tome. This appears to be the religious book of the Jedi, canonized in the novelization of The Force Awakens, the Journal of the Whills. The vast world of wisdom contained within will probably drive forward Rey's training in the film.
Remember, however, it's important not to confuse the Journal of the Whills with the Journal of Bruce Willis, which is mostly full of entries like, “Remember that time in Die Hard when you walked on glass? Totally. You’re so badass, Bruce.”