This article contains some Star Wars Extended Universe spoilers.
With the second trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropping, we were treated to a truly phenomenal trailer that has set the excitement levels to maximum.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out our full trailer review and breakdown.
Now, not all the things we cover in this Easter Egg article may come to pass, or even be correct. There is plenty of speculation and guesswork on these Star Wars trailer nuggets.
Go For The Legs
There’s no denying that the invasion of Crait is very Hoth-esque. You have the Walkers marching towards an enemy base, with low-flying spaceships taking them on. But it may just be that The First Order have learned some lessons from their Imperial cousins.
We know little about the technical specs of the new AT-M6s (Gorilla Walkers), but we do know that they are heavily armoured. But it’s the legs we are going to focus on. The downfall of the AT-AT was the tow cable, but if you look closely at the legs of the AT-M6 you’ll notice some new features. Could these slits be an anti-tow cable measure? Maybe they a defensive mechanism like a saw that will actually cut through any cable that tries to wrap around it? Pure speculation of course, but there may be more to those gnarly looking legs than meets the eye.
Hand Of The Jedi
Take a closer look at Luke’s hand as Rey passes him his old lightsaber. See that large dent? While this could be a wound from a more recent conflict than that in Return of the Jedi, it does look identical to the blast damage Luke took whilst fighting off Jabba’s goons on The Khetanna.
We can also assume that after the attack on the Jedi Temple by the Knights of Ren, Luke’s synthetic flesh was burned off. In this trailer we see Luke’s hand go full ‘Shredder’ out of the ruins. So the skin could have burned off in the fire, exposing the dent that he sustained all those years ago.
I’ve Got The Moves Like Kylo
During Rey’s training montage, we see her perform a very familiar pose, ending with her holding the lightsaber close to the rock she is practising with. You only have to go back to Kylo’s capture of Rey on Takodana in The Force Awakens, to notice the obvious mirroring.
Rey could be using that experience as part of her training, even pretending the rock is Kylo, preparing for her next encounter with him. Or it could just be a nice little nod back to a memorable moment from The Force Awakens trailer.
Fern Gully The Last Forceforest
In the comic series Star Wars: Shattered Empire, set after the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker meets Shara Bey, Poe Dameron’s mother. Their mission is to retrieve two branch fragments from The Great Tree, formerly found on Coruscant. Luke takes one with him, giving the other to Shara who, with her husband Kes Dameron, plants it on Yavin 4.
The idea of ‘force sensitive trees’ seems to have worked its way into The Last Jedi. In the trailer we see Rey approaching what appears to be tree stumps, and in the cave scene, there are tree-trunk roots. So the idea of force trees seems to be finally making its way onto the big screen.
I Am One With The Force
And the force is with me… Sorry, couldn’t help it!
In Rogue One, we are introduced to Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus who are former ‘Guardians of the Whills’. This setup for ‘The Whills’ seems to be paying off now that it is apart of The Last Jedi.
We see Rey entering, what appears to be, the resting place of the ‘Journal of the Whills’. This ancient text could hold many answers that Rey might be seeking. But how much they go into detail about ‘The Whills’ remains to be seen. There does seem to be an obvious focus on it, but at the same time, it may end up not be as important as we think.
Hey, Is That?
Now this one is a stretch. I’ve watched the trailer 100+ plus times already and I just couldn’t escape this notion of a cameo in the trailer.
It’s out of focus and I could be totally wrong, but that does look like Rogue One director Gareth Edwards. I’ve met him before, and the resemblance, even unfocused, is very striking. We know that he has a credit this time, rather than an uncredited cameo. While I don’t expect the part to be a speaking role, it does appear that we may see him popping up onboard Leia’s flagship.
2 Fast 2 Damerious
We know that Poe gets an added extra on his X-Wing, and we finally get to see it in action!
The boost has been described as a ‘short burst’ upgrade which will allow Poe to obtain greater speed in combat. Given how skilled a pilot he is, we can only hope they give us some awesome Poe dogfight scenes similar to that in The Force Awakens.
So there you have it, our top Easter Egg picks from the second trailer for The Last Jedi.
Are there any that you spotted? Are we totally incorrect in what we’ve said? Let us know in the comments below!