The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker shows another surprising team up between Rey and Kylo Ren, only this time their aggression isn't focused on a person, at least directly.
No, they're seen destroying an inanimate object -- namely, a statue of Kylo Ren's late idol and grandfather, Darth Vader.
While it's apparent from the trailer that the object is a black statue of some kind, nothing short of a frame-by-frame viewing could identify the statue as bearing Vader's likeness. That identification is confirmed on this week's episode of The Star Wars Show.
Rey's part in the act is understandable, but why would Kylo partake in the destruction of a shrine to his idol? The film will presumably have the answers, but it appears that Kylo -- now again wearing his Vader-esque mask -- has done an about-face regarding his grandfather.
Kylo's loyalties have been tested before. While he killed his father Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he hesitated to take fatal action against his mother Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And in that previous film, Kylo killed Supreme Leader Snoke and then teamed up with Rey to take out Snoke's Praetorian Guards.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams. The film arrives on December 20. Advance tickets are available now.