Maz Kanata's castle Star Wars: the Force Awakens

During Monday Night Football last night, Disney and Lucasfilm premiered the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t already, you can click here to watch the final Force Awakens trailer. Then hit the jump to read our in-depth Force Awakens trailer analysis, where we dig into all the new visuals to try to uncover clues about the film.

Warning: Speculation of possible spoilers may follow based on the imagery shown in the new trailer.

Maz Kanata's castle Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Maz Kanata’s Castle

Han Solo leads a group consisting of Rey, Finn, and BB-8 past a never-before-seen robot into a courtyard filled with flags. I believe this is Maz Kanata’s castle.

Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata

Thats right, Lupita Nyong’o performance capture character, who we have heard is a female pirate on Takodana who has hosted travelers, smugglers and other riffraffs.


Notice the Jiang Skull, better known as the symbol of the Mandalorians, among the flags outside Maz Kanata’s castle. She must have hosted some Mandalorians over the years — like possibly some famous bounty hunters? Does this mean that Maz Kanata is a bad guy who shouldn’t be trusted?

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The Visual Style of J.J. Abrams

And J.J. Abrams gives us his version of hyper speed, like we have never seen before in a Star Wars film. But Abrams has shown that he is attracted to a lot of the same visual styles in his films.

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Some film fans might have noticed that the Millennium Falcon hyper speed shot looks similar to the warp speed shots J.J. created for the Star Trek films.


This shot of an explosion on the bridge of an imperial ship (look at that mouse droid in the bottom middle of this shot)…

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Might be reminiscent of shots from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek as James T. Kirk’s father “went down with his ship,” the USS Kelvin.

Speaking of the visual stylings of J.J. Abrams, everyone and their mother must have noticed the huge lens flare in the following shot. I’m sure we’ll never hear the end of this, because people love to complain about J.J. Abrams’ lens flares. This one in particular is massive and blinding.


What Does Kylo Ren Want? What Is He Looking For?

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) stands on the bridge of a Star Destroyer and a trademark J.J. Abrams lens flare radiates though the windows as Imperial First Order offices man their stations.


What is Kylo Ren looking at outside the window? The lens flare pretty much engulfs the entire view, but for a quick frame we can see what’s above outside the window. It looks like a structure of some kind, which could mean this isn’t a Star Destroyer at all but maybe the bridge of Starkiller Base?

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We hear Driver’s distorted voice for the first time (outside of the toys). He says in voiceover, “Nothing will stand in our way. I will finish what you started.” Meanwhile, the camera cuts to the same shot of Darth Vader’s destroyed helmet that we saw in the previous trailer. What exactly did Vader start? The hunt of the Jedi?

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Kylo Ren tortures poe dameron Star Wars: the force awakens

In a previous footage, we saw Resistance fighter Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) get taken into custody. Here we see him being interrogated by Kylo Ren, who seems to be using some kind of Sith powers to try to get information. But information about what? We know Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader, so maybe it has to do with Anakin Skywalker’s lost lightsaber, which we’ve seen is in the possession of Rey and Finn.

Is Kylo Ren trying to use Sith powers to influence Dameron or is he projecting imagery into his brain as the edit suggests?

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Also, who are the people surrounding Kylo Ren in this shot? The Knights of Ren?

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