With each passing day, we move closer and closer to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the last Star Wars film in the beloved Skywalker saga.
And, with each passing day, we get new TV spots for the ridiculously anticipated movie...but these two most recent TV spots in particular have fans FREAKING. THE. HECK. OUT.
The first TV spot, which was released earlier this week and is titled "Fate," shows new footage of the Resistance fighting the good fight:
This included a voiceover from Mr. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself, explaining the true path of a Jedi...
...As well as a few shots of our heroic trio including Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) back together again.
But in the second TV spot, which was released today and is titled "Duel," things quickly went ~to the dark side~:
In the trailer, we get a brand new voiceover by Sheev Palpatine/The Emperor/Darth Sideous* (Ian McDiarmid), ominously calling for the end of "the story of Skywalker."
We also got a new shot of a hooded Rey standing in front of a burning TIE fighter.
However — out of all of this — one very big thing stood out to fans: The use of "Duel of the Fates" blended with the iconic "Imperial March" music.
Why is this such a big deal? I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED. You see, "Duel of the Fates" is the music used during the best scene in all of the prequels (fight me) — the lightsaber fight between Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Making this one of the first MAJOR references to the prequels we've seen in the newer trilogy — heck, even the titles of the TV spots directly reference this music — and it has fans losing their minds over what it could mean:
Forget your Christmas music, I'm going to be blasting this soundtrack until the film's release (and probably still after):
Also, may I just point out that this is an especially super-interesting choice of music given the similarity between Darth Maul and Dark Rey's weapons, as shown in the D23 sneak peek for the movie.
So uh...yeah, there ya have it. Between these incredible TV spots and the mere existence of our lord and savior, Baby Yoda, the Star Wars fandom has a whole lot to be thankful for this year!