Why Are C-3PO’s Eyes Red In The New Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer?

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The new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer shown at D23 was released online today, and fans went crazy over the final scene which apparently reveals Rey going to the Dark Side. But another good guy is seemingly breaking bad in Episode IX, too, as one shot showcases C-3PO with red eyes. Seeing as red is a color associated with the Sith, like Rey’s new double-edged lightsaber, we’re left to assume that the fussy, comical droid is set to be possessed by evil.

In the absence of any official clues as to what’s going on here, SW fans have shared their theories on social media – some more serious than others. For instance, what if Threepio’s not possessed and it just turns out that he’s been on the Dark Side all this time?

He even had a red arm back in The Force Awakens. The clues have been there all along, people. And we thought Jar-Jar Binks was the one we couldn’t trust.

What if Snoke survived being chopped in half by Kylo Ren and is behind Threepio’s red eyes?

Or maybe this is where the droid just loses it and decides to get his own back on the galaxy that’s always made fun of him?

Perhaps the most likely theory, though, is that Emperor Palpatine is behind it. Darth Sidious looks set to play a significant role in Rise, with both the first poster and this second trailer featuring him prominently.

On the other end of the scale… Hey, maybe C-3PO is just high?

Wait, where have we seen glowing red eyes on another hi-tech individual in a different Disney movie recently?

OK, this is pretty accurate.

All will be revealed about Threepio, about Palpatine’s return, about Rey’s possible switch to the Dark Side and more when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker finally hits theaters this December 20th.

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