Rey is holding another weapon other than her lightsaber in the latest final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We were all so focused on Darth Vader helmet that we somehow missed this secret knife/dagger/blade Rey is grabbing. And, if it’s what we think it is, it’s a huge connection to the canon of The Clone Wars cartoon.
Potential spoilers and speculation ahead for The Rise of Skywalker.
First of all, if you want to spot the weird dagger in the new trailer, rewatch the whole thing and pause around the 1:50 mark. This is the scene where Rey and Kylo break what might be Darth Vader’s mask. If you look at Rey’s other hand, the one that is not holding a lightsaber, it’s pretty clear she’s holding something else. It doesn’t look like a blaster. It doesn’t look like a lightsaber hilt. It looks like a dagger.
Now, if you’re someone who obsessively reads Reddit, you probably already know that this knife could be a mysterious Sith Blade which was rumored to be part of the plot of The Rise of Skywalker. The leak/theory/rumor goes like this: At some point in the movie, Rey and the gang will find a Sith blade that has some secret writing on it, which C-3PO will need to translate. But, because this stuff is so ancient and insane, they will have to reprogram C-3PO to even make it happen, which will explain the weird red eyes. But, it gets a lot better than that.
Rey is probably holding the Dagger of Mortis. This originates from the Clone Wars three-part episode consisting of “Overlords,” “Altar of Mortis,” and “Ghosts of Mortis.” In this arc, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka Tano essentially entered a metaphysical realm controlled by three people: the Father, the Son and the Daughter. These three immortal beings were, in theory, keeping the Force in balance. The Father wanted Anakin to stay on Mortis, but Anakin refused. Then things got complicated because the Son (who was pure evil) tried to kill Ahsoka with a blade called the Dagger of Mortis. This weapon is like a super-magic blade that can rob immortal creatures of their immortality.
So, if Rey has the Dagger of Mortis, she is likely trying to use it on someone who has become immortal. This could suggest that she needs to use the blade on Palpatine.
Essentially, this is a ghost-killing blade. And if Palpatine is a ghost or has achieved immortality, then this weapon is probably the best thing Rey could ask for. The question is this: Does all of this mean that a huge portion of The Rise of Skywalker take place on Mortis? And if so, how much of what we’re seeing in these trailers are Force visions? Because if this really is the Dagger of Mortis, that means that Rey and Kylo Ren have more or less entered the Force itself. Which means, this movie is about to get trippy.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out everywhere on December 20, 2019.