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“Have you felt it?” No, not an awakening in the Force. We’re talking about the final countdown to The Rise of Skywalker. Soon, the saga of the most famous family in the galaxy far, far away will come to an end. Are we emotionally ready for it? Not even a little bit, but not for lack of trying. We’ve spent the last two years writing about all of the news and theories we could find. We know it can be hard to keep track of everything, so to help you prepare for Star Wars: Episode IX, here’s everything you to need to read and watch ahead of the movie’s release on December 20.

And make sure to come back, because we’ll keep updating this post with new articles and videos until then.

TRAILERS AND POSTERS

There’s nothing quite like a Star Wars trailer, and the teasers and promos we’ve seen for The Rise of Skywalker have not disappointed.

The Final Trailer: The film’s last teaser was an emotional one that also seemed to include a major Rebels Easter Egg, as well as a very surprising B1 Battle Droid.

How the Final Trailer Teases Palpatine’s Plan: The last look at the movie also hinted at the Emperor’s master plan.

Title Announcement and First Teaser: It was a big day when the movie finally got an actual title and teaser at this year’s Star Wars Celebration.

A Shot-by-Shot Breakdown of the First Trailer: It had us putting on our detective stormtrooper helmet to look for every clue we could find, and when we were done breaking it down we went searching for the internet’s best clips from it: The Best GIFs from the Teaser

New Footage Teases Dark Rey: Vision? Omen? Surprise ending? We don’t know yet, but we do know “Dark Rey” gave us something else to obsess over.

Poster Shows Palpatine in Full Force: Is it weird to be excited to see the most evil person in the galaxy again? No… right?

NEWS AND REPORTS

Disney and Lucasfilm have done a good  job keeping its biggest secrets under wraps, but there’s still plenty of info about the movie out there, both official and unofficial. Here’s everything we’ve learned so far.

Triple Force Friday Drops New Details: Some people play with toys; we use them to learn more about upcoming movies.

J.J. Abrams Confirms Fan Theory About Kylo Ren’s Helmet: Not only do we know fans already got one theory right, it’s a really cool one.

The Rise of Skywalker’s Ending Was Planned From the Beginning: So much for “Lucasfilm didn’t have a plan.”

9 Things We Learned from Vanity Fair’s Cover Story: There were tons of goodies in Vanity Fair‘s big spread, and we found the most interesting ones.

The Movie Will Finally Bring Our New Star Wars Trio Together: This generation’s trio of heroes, Rey, Finn, and Poe, will finally get screen time together in the last film. We don’t think they will all be involved in the same romantic angle though, but some characters will be: John Boyega Teases a “Love Pentagon” at Celebration:

D23 Expo Display Reveals New Jet Trooper: A new Star Wars movie means a new stormtrooper, but The Rise of Skywalker will feature at least two. Jet Troopers can fly, but their red Sith Trooper counterparts could reveal a lot more about the plot: What Sith Troopers Tell Us About the Movie

John Williams Writing 135 Minutes of Music for The Rise of Skywalker: The legend himself will be back to score the final film in the franchise.

The Rise of Kylo Ren Comic Will Give the Knights of Ren a Backstory: After teasing them in The Force Awakens, the Knights of Ren will finally get a starring role in The Rise of Skywalker. Who are they though? We have you covered: Everything to Know About the Knights of Ren

First Look at New Characters (and Lando): Billy Dee Williams is back and looking great, as are many of the other new cast members. But who exactly are two popular actors playing? Matt Smith Joined the Movie, and Dominic Monaghan Is in the Cast too, but in what roles?

Cast Will Include Mark Hamill and Unused Carrie Fisher Footage: No surprise Mark Hamill will appear despite what happened to to Luke at the end of The Last Jedi. So will the late Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away in 2016.

Carrie Fisher’s Brother Says There Are “Many Minutes” of New Leia Footage that was available for J.J. Abrams to use. Might there be enough she could even help another young heroine. Will Leia Train Rey?

Mark Hamill Shares His Feelings on Carrie Fisher Appearing in The Rise of Skywalker: Mark Hamill reflects on what it will mean to see his late co-star a final time. But if that wasn’t emotional enough for you, her daughter Billie Lourd sang an emotional tribute on her late mother’s birthday.

Meet Babu Frik: The newest alien in the galaxy has a particular set of droid-altering skills.

Admiral Ackbar’s Son Gets His Own Comic: The late general’s son Aftab might have been spotted in the final trailer.

Disney Tours Reveals New Locations: That’s no forest moon of Endor. It’s a water moon.

THEORIES

For as much as we know about the movie there’s even more we don’t, but trying to figure out all those mysteries is a big part of the fun. These are the best, most enjoyable, and wildest theories we’ve either come up with or came across.

Does The Rise of Skywalker Hint That “Clone Rey” is Real? Could “Dark Rey” actually be a second Rey? :dramatic music:

7 Possible Locations for the Final Scene: Kevin Smith’s secret set visit points to a famous setting for the film’s final scene, but where could that take place?

What Unused Star Wars Art Could Tell Us About Episode IX: “No one’s ever really gone,” and neither is good concept art.

Could The Rise of Skywalker Give Us an Original Trio Reunion? Return of the Jedi did give us an Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda reunion despite them all being dead, so we’ll just leave this right here: Does the Teaser Hint At More Force Ghost Jedi?

What the Color Scheme Tells Us About The Film: What do you get when you combine blue and red? A good color theory.

A Guide to Every Theory About Rey’s Parents: The topic of Rey’s parents won’t end until we see The Rise of Skywalker, but in fairness to those who don’t accept Kylo’s claim they were nobodies, J.J. Abrams Originally Had Different Plans for Rey’s Parentage.

What Keri Russell’s Character Could Tell Us About Rey’s Past: The answer to that question could be answered by Keri Russell’s new character (who also has an amazing costume).

Who’s Really Wearing Kylo Ren’s Mask? “Who is buried in Grant’s tomb,” but for important space wizards.

Does This Jedi Prophecy Predict the Return of Palpatine? We love lore. We love Palpatine. We love prophecies. So yeah, we love this.

How The Death Star and Palpatine May Impact The Rise of Skywalker: It’s the end of the saga. How could it NOT involve a Death Star?

Could the movie Return to Tatooine? We’d bet a lot of credits on this happening.

This Rumor Says Someone Is a Traitor: A First Order frenemy could derail Kylo Ren’s plans to rule the galaxy.

Unpacking Star Wars Fan Theories About the Anime Your Name: The highest-grossing anime film of all time could connect to The Rise of Skywalker in more ways than one.

Could the Extended Universe Set Up Rey as a Palpatine? Rey as Palpatine seems pretty wild, but the wildest theories can be the most fun.

This Kylo Ren/Snoke Fan Theory Might Make Your Head Explode: And what’s more fun than having your head explode?

Does This Image Contain A Clue About C-3PO’s Fate: The final trailer certainly made this theory look like it was on the right path.

“REYLO”

Will they or won’t they? (Also what is it they will or won’t do?) The nature of Rey and Kylo’s possible relationship has been a major topic of discussion around the movie.

The Last Jedi Digital Release Confirms Romantic Tension Between Rey and Kylo Ren: You know, in case you somehow didn’t notice when you saw the movie. (But yeah, we noticed: The Last Jedi Is The Horniest STAR WARS Movie, Actually)

Rey and Kylo Will Have a “Deeper” Connection in Episode IX: The link Snoke created between the two will only grow stronger.

Did the First Trailer Confirm a Rey/Kylo Team Up? From the footage we’ve seen from the movie it certainly seems possible, and the final trailer only strengthened that connection.

The Case for Reylo: Lots of fans want to see Rey and Ben end up in each other’s arms, and there’s a very good argument for it happens. Of course, there are nearly as many who hope they don’t, and they have a compelling case too: The Case Against Reylo

What the Cast Had to Say About Reylo: Fans aren’t the only ones with strong opinions about the possibility.

“BENDEMPTION”

Unless Rey turns Dark, Kylo Ren will have to remember what it means to be Ben Solo, in a possible return to the Light Side known as “Bendemption.”

Why Kylo Ren Should Be Redeemed: Not everyone is rooting for Ben Solo to find his way back to the Light Side like his grandfather Anakin did, but there are good reasons for why that’s exactly what should happen.

How the Death Star Could Be the Key To Kylo Ren’s Redemption: Will that happen the same place Darth Vader found his?

Does This New Star Wars Comic Hint at a Path to Redemption for Kylo Ren? Or does this comic book show us the path forward for Ben?

Does Avatar: The Last Airbender Hold the Key to Kylo Ren’s Redemption? It’s even possible Kylo’s salvation might mirror another beloved story about powerful people.

Does The Rise of Skywalker Art Book Hint at Kylo’s Redemption? We might be able to find what we’re looking for in art for the galaxy far, far away.

COLUMNS

We think about Star Wars a lot, and that includes the past, present, and future of the franchise. These are some of our best ideas, histories, and reflections on what could happen in The Rise of Skywalker and what it could all mean.

How the Movie Could Tie Together All Nine Films in the Saga: The Rise of Skywalker won’t just end a trilogy.

Why Rey Should Go Dark In The Rise of Skywalker: Will she become a Sith? Even if she doesn’t Rey should at least explore the Dark Side.

Rey’s Double-Bladed Lightsaber Has a Dark History: It might be new to the big screen, but Rey’s double-bladed lightsaber isn’t new to Star Wars.

How Rey and Kylo Ren’s Fight Recalls Vader’s Origins: That epic fight amid the waves of the broken Death Star looks a lot like Anakin and Obi-Wan’s fight on Mustafar.

Rey’s Flip Could Have Mythological Implications: “Paging Joseph Campbell, Joseph Campbell please return to the Star Wars stage.”

How Episode IX Redefines “Skywalker”: The title of Skywalker could soon refer to someone who isn’t a relative.

Rey’s Hair Pays Tribute to Leia: A touching tribute to our late general and her famous hairstyle.

Star Wars Could Easily Bring Back Han Solo for Episode IX: Harrison Ford finally got his wish to die in a Star Wars movie, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still return.

The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Force Ghost: Obviously not just anybody can become a Force Ghost, so what does it actually take to return like Obi-Wan and Yoda?

What Does Star Wars Rebels‘ Big Reveal Mean for The Rise of Skywalker? A huge revelation from the animated series’ finale could have huge ramifications for its cinematic counterpart.

Where’s Rose Tico: Why is one of the Resistance’s best heroes being omitted from official merchandise? And what was up with that incomplete calendar?

INTERNET FUN

Sure, the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake in the final showdown between good and evil, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be so serious.

The Trailer Is Still Epic in 16-Bit: You know a trailer is good when it still looks good as an old Super Nintendo game.

The Teaser Set to Spider-Verse’s ‘What’s Up Danger’ is Perfection: Two of our favorites get mashed up for an epic crossover.

Some Guy Predicted The Rise of Skywalker 6 Years Ago: No, it was not J.J. Abrams. That wouldn’t be a big deal.

Actor Domhnall Gleeson Sings “Happy Birthday” As General Hux: Pleasant? No. Funny? Yes.

Rey’s Flip Syncs Surprisingly Well with Every Song: An amazing flip over a speeding spaceship is like a black dress –  it goes with anything.

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