There are about a million things to freak out over in the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that dropped on Monday night (Oct. 21).
But for a certain subset of Star Warriors it’s all about the score. While the two-and-a-half-minute trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ final chapter in the nine-episode space saga will give fanatics a lot to dissect from now until its release on Dec. 20, it’s the latest re-imagining of legendary composer John Williams‘ iconic theme that has tongues wagging like Jabba with a chain around his neck.
After creating some of the most beloved scores in film history for George Lucas’ space epic, Williams has said this is his final trip into the Star Wars universe and from the sounds of the “re-imagining” of the main theme by trailer composer Blake Robinson, Williams’ greatest hit is going out in style. The trailer opens with a chilling theme accomanying Rey (Daisy Ridley) running through the jungle that swells with the addition of some horns, building to a climax with a chorus as the series’ latest hero confronts her darkest enemies.
Midway through, after a heart-filling message about friendship from C-3PO, Williams’ instantly recognizeable main theme bursts through, trumpets blaring, a tad slower and somehow even more majestic, with an angelic chorus amping up the drama before a slowed-down final swell accompanies the film title floating in space.
Williams recently told CBS News that as far as he understands, this is the end of the Skywalker story, which is a good time for him to “put the bow on the package” of his participation after four decades. “And it’ll probably be the end of a sort of thematic flow, which started on the first movie and ended now,” he said. “What’s wild for me as a composer of Star Wars is this has never happened — it’s my good fortune, the good fortune in the sense that I did the music for the first film. It was this, that, and the other theme. In the second film, I had this, that, and the other theme and two more themes. And so the glossary of things has expanded over all these years.”
Check out some of the best fan reactions below as well as the Rise of Skywalker trailer.
John Williams wakes up every day knowing he’s the greatest of all time.
This version of his Star Wars score is truly epic. pic.twitter.com/KzGkjOZ2Yg
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 22, 2019
It’s John Williams. Every time I try to resist this saga, the damn music swells. https://t.co/NynPFXd8lv
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 22, 2019
All Hail John Williams.
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) October 22, 2019
CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOU THE FUCKING SCORE IN THE RISE OF SKYWALKER TRAILER???? IT’S SO FUCKING GOOD! JOHN WILLIAMS IS A LEGEND AND I CAN TELL HE WILL PUT EVERYTHING HE HAS INTO THE SCORE! I LOVE JOHN WILLIAMS.
— Matt —- (@thcfastestman) October 22, 2019
JOHN WILLIAMS IS THE MOST PROLIFIC COMPOSER OF OUR TIME. THAT. KEY. CHANGE. GIVES ME CHILLS. #TheRiseOfSkywalkerReactions
— Meghan Armstrong, an Ewok (@mcamparmstrong) October 22, 2019
Is it weird to say my favorite part of the THE RISE OF SKYWALKER trailer was John Williams’ souped up/on steroids version of the STAR WARS theme? When they turned it up 11 my inner child Josh started bawling.
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) October 22, 2019
GOOD MORNING I have this gif and John Williams’ score stuck in my head and I am happy. pic.twitter.com/M7ctm00i6P
— Jane Nightwork (@NightworkJane) October 22, 2019
John Williams is a composing god. The music in the trailer guys. I- pic.twitter.com/s8Dwr5JDss
— eloïse (@Reyloise) October 22, 2019
John Williams continues to RUIN my LIFE
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) October 22, 2019
The Rise of Skywalker is John Williams’ last score before he retires. pic.twitter.com/qLphUz6DBE
— Murderith —- (@MeredithLoftus) October 22, 2019
Guys help I CANNOT get that John Williams score for the new rise of skywalker trailer out of my head because it’s so GODDAMN BEAUTIFUL pic.twitter.com/sOYuq02qZ2
— Zarif (@reservoirfction) October 22, 2019
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story failed to note that the version of Williams’ main theme heard in the trailer was composed by Blake Robinson.