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The first full trailer for Star Wars: the Last Jedi was finally released last night (October 9), and it hasn’t disappointed.

But before we reveal how fans responded on social media, check out the trailer for yourself:

Excited much? We don’t know about you, but we were pretty much in a state of extreme ecstasy as soon as the duh-duh-duhhh-duh-der-derrs started.

But how have fans reacted to this latest peek at the next part of their beloved space saga? The Last Jedi will be the eighth installment since the story began way back in 1977, which means it’ll have to start tying up storylines before the final outing is released in 2019.

Well, some have been quick to pick up on the movie’s apparently darker tone, thanks to Looper director Rian Johnson. The last film, 2015’s The Force Awakens, was a much more Spielbergian affair, with J.J. Abrams bringing warmth and playfulness to the remote desert planet of Jakku.

This one, on the other hand, looks like it may have more in common with last year’s gritty prequel Rogue One:

And then there’s the small matter of just who exactly the title refers to. Is Rey the last Jedi? Or could it be Finn (John Boyega)? He pops up in the trailer, but only briefly, while Rey appears to be tempted by the dark side when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) offers her his hand.

While others are a bit confused over which epic tale of good vs. evil they’re watching:

In fact, some people are upset that it gives away too much, and by “some people,” we mean director Rian Johnson, who tweeted on Sunday (October 8): “If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it.”

Wrapping things up in the penultimate film of nine also means the return of some of the original characters, from a grizzled-looking Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who was largely absent from the previous film in the series, The Force Awakens, to Chewbacca, who appears to have a new friend.

The cute little critter is called a “port,” and is already being likened to the ewoks in Return of the Jedi, or a certain clumsy, well-meaning Gungan leader from The Phantom Menace:


And then there’s General Leia, played by the late and irreplaceable Carrie Fisher. Carrie completed her scenes for The Last Jedi before her untimely death last December, but where her character will end up and how she’ll feature in the final episode is anyone’s guess.

Whatever the outcome, her inclusion in the footage caused many to express their sadness:

Then Carrie’s dog Gary Fisher broke hearts everywhere when he was photographed watching his mom in the trailer:

What do you think of the trailer?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.