Analyzing C3PO’s Fate in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
[Spoilers Ahead] The eyes.
Lucasfilm’s “D23 Special Look” included a shot of a red-eyed C3PO, mysteriously staring into oblivion.
Frankly, it was creepy.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker D23 Special Look
Watch the clip:
Then, there was the photo of the protocol droid with wires sticking out of his head:
That scene is heart-wrenching:
But fans are nervous. And the they want to know what exactly will happen to “Goldenrod.”
When Disney dropped the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, fans waited approximately one second before digging into the clues it offered. The highly anticipated closing installment of the franchise is clouded in mystery, and while the trailer didn’t answer too many questions, it did leave us asking one big one. C-3PO isn’t going to really die — right?? Fans’ reactions to one of the trailer’s pivotal moments were understandably extreme — and ranged from melancholy to mutinous.
The scene in question appears to show the beloved protocol droid with his wires askance behind him. When asked what he’s doing, he tells Poe, Rey, and Finn that he wants to get “one last look… at my friends.” The Rise of Skywalker’s trailer doesn’t give us any more hints as to why C-3PO is getting ready to say goodbye. But fans were already on edge after the D23 Expo, where we first saw a glimpse of the droid with some scary-looking red eyes. And on Twitter, they went into emotional overdrive at the mere hint that yet another original Star Wars character could bite the dust.
Some fans seemed eager to watch C-3PO’s story come full circle — or acknowledged that it would serve a symbolic purpose. But other fans were ready to start a riot, or a fire, or something equally destructive if the teaser turns out to be true.
Never Tell Me The Odds
Here’s the deal, folks. I truly don’t believe that C3PO is going anywhere. Think about it; the droid would be one of the ONLY ways to tie a future Star Wars story to the Sequel Trilogy.
But what do you think? Let us know in the comments.