The Star Wars Trailer Has Fans Spinning Theories About Leia’s Fate

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This is it: The final trailer of the final movie in the Skywalker saga.

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After 44 years, fans have one last chance to whip up some Star Wars Episode 9 theories before these historic storylines come to a definitive end. However, there's one goodbye we'll definitely have to say in theaters this December: to General Leia Organa, played by the late Carrie Fisher. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, she appears posthumously via unused footage from previous films, but fans are worried a darker fate awaits the longtime character.

We first get a glimpse of Fisher in the trailer sharing a hug with Rey (Daisy Ridley), which we've seen before. It's the end of this new trailer that has people losing it, when a voiceover of Luke (Mark Hamill) says "The Force will be with you," and Leia adds, "Always."

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Not only did it hit fans right in the heart, it also has their brains whirring for possible ways to end Leia's story. Unfortunately, many think Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will contain the character's death.

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Others think it's possible that, yes, Leia dies, but she remains alive in spirit (literally) as a force ghost alongside Luke to help guide Rey.

In a way, that would be a fitting end to Fisher's legacy as well — someone whose physical form is gone, but who will forever live on in the lives of those who love her (real or fictional).

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters December 20.

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