We feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror…

If you’re hanging out to see what happens next for Rey, Finn, and the rest of the Star Wars crew, we’ve got some bad news for you — Star Wars: Episode VIII, the follow-up to The Force Awakens, will now debut on December 15, 2017, instead of May 26, 2017.

There wasn’t much in the way of explanation for the delay when it was announced overnight, but writer/director Rian Johnson is rumoured to be re-writing the script to spend more time with the new characters we loved in The Force Awakens, and less time with the new characters he plans on introducing in Episode VIII.

Ultimately, if it makes for a better movie, the delay will be worth it (The Force Awakens‘ release date was pushed back in similar fashion, and it’s hard to argue with the results of that decision, as the film completely dominated the pop culture landscape over Christmas and New Year’s).

The bad news for Disney is that Episode VIII will now have to compete with Avatar 2, but real talk — is anyone really looking forward to that movie? The original seems to have faded from pop culture altogether, just six years after it shattered box office records.

The good news is that this means Episode VIII won’t have to compete with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and that new Star Wars movies are going to become a bit of a Christmas tradition — we’re still getting the spin-off film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this December, followed by Episode VIII next December. We wouldn’t be surprised to see future entries in the franchise follow suit.

In the meantime, we’ll be waiting…

Are you disappointed you’ll have to wait longer for Episode VIII, or are you glad we’ll be getting a break from Star Wars pop culture saturation? Have your say in the comments below!

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