The final installment of the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, seems intent on going out with a bang by bringing together elements old and new in order to offer fans an unforgettable experience in a Galaxy far, far away. And one of the best ways to do that is by exploring some brand new planets (well... "in mint condition" if you count Legends). Let's take a look at the mysterious Kijimi, which has been popping up since Episode IX's teaser trailer back in April.
Kijimi is described as a mountainous, frosty planet with a breathable atmosphere. In the trailer it appeared to be covered in frigid mist and shrouded in darkness. In Legends, its capital was Kijimi City, but so far in The Rise of Skywalker, only two locations have been confirmed: the Thieves Quarter, which is the operational base of Kijimi's Spice Runners, and the workshop of droidsmith Babu Frik.
Zorii Bliss, played by Keri Russell, is a humanoid spice runner that has ties to Poe Dameron. Her face has only been seen covered by that Slave II helmet so far. In an EW image, Zorii held up a disc made of concentric rings that looked suspiciously like the back of C-3PO's head.
For his part, Babu Frik is a tiny Anzellan male droidsmith able to bypass any robotic security measures to access or replace droid personalities. And that's exactly what he seems to be about to do to C-3PO in the final Rise of Skywalker trailer in the scene where C-3PO says goodbye to his friends -- probably because he's about to replace C-3PO's default disc with the one that Zorii holds up to Poe for inspection.
A close inspection of the images also reveals that Kijimi somehow managed to anger the First Order enough for them to send a Star Destroyer -- in one of the teaser trailer images, the characteristic Starkiller red beam of doom makes Kijimi's mountains go boom.
Taking all these elements into account, it's easy to weave a bare-bones narrative of the events taking place in Kijimi: For some reason, the trio and the droids will go to Kijimi and meet with Zorii Bliss, who has a device that they need to upload into C-3PO. To do this, they require the help of Babu Frik, who we can see at work on C-3PO in the final trailer. However, the price is C-3PO's very conscience, which he sacrifices after taking a last look at his friends, heartbroken and wrapped in heavy winter coats. It's also in this workshop that BB-8 finds the new rolling droid, D-0. However, the First Order or the Sith Fleet finds out about their plans and decides to shoot at Kijimi.
If the First Order is in charge of the Galaxy now, as was hinted at the end of The Last Jedi, there could be a million ways to justify the destruction of this frosty planet -- not that Armitage Hux needs one to pulverize Kijimi. They could argue, like they are doing in the Marvel comics, that they were harboring the Resistance, and that their status as a neutral player was a liability that had to disappear. Or they could turn the bombing into a PR campaign to show more heterodox worlds how the First Order dealt with the Spice Runners. In either case, it doesn't look like Kijimi will survive to the credit rolls of The Rise of Skywalker.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars Episode IX: 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 Dec. 20.