by Alyssa Tebbs
The beginning of the newest Star Wars Trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has had people anticipating for the newest addition, and let me tell you, it was not a disappointment. Director J.J Abrams not only kicked off the trilogy with a bang, but introduced a ton of new characters which has left the audience with plenty of unanswered questions. It’s only logical to try to fill in the empty spaces while anticipating the next movie, which has led to the development of some of the craziest Star Wars plot twists and theories explored.
Warning: There will be spoilers.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams not only brought back the original characters, but also added compelling new characters that had us questioning their background. One of the newest fascinating characters catching everyone’s attention is Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. She was referred to as an orphan who was abandoned on the desert planet of Jakku by her unnamed parents, which strongly builds her character throughout the movie. As the force awakens and Rey quickly gains it, a question teases how closely Rey may be linked to the Skywalker family.
However Rey isn’t the only new character catching eyes. Other new action characters have drawn the audience’s attention too, including Kylo Ren, Poe and Finn. With such little background on them all, the internet audience, including www.whatculture.com, have come together to make up and add onto each other’s theories resulting in some weird, yet logical arguments.
Rey will be revealed as a Skywalker
One of the most common theories circling the internet right now is whether or not Luke is Rey’s father. There are definitely a lot of coincidences between Luke and Rey as they are both without parents, drive red speeders, and grew up on a desert island. And not just growing up on a desert planet, without parents, and driving red speeders. They both not only learned the ways of the force in their respective first movies, but they also received Anakin Skywalker’s light saber and had to battle with the masked villain of the dark side.
Plenty of fans want to believe that these parallels mean that Rey is Luke’s daughter and if not that, she could turn out to be daughter of Leia and therefore Luke’s niece. Or maybe she’s not related to any of the original trilogy characters and marks the start of a new Force-sensitive lineage.
Episode VIII director Rian Johnson will surely shed some light on Rey’s parentage one way or another. This could take the form of a dialogue explanation or possibly more Force vision
Flashbacks like the one Rey had in Maz’s basement after touching the lightsaber.
Snoke will confirm he is Darth Plagueis
Supreme leader Snoke, a dark figure played by Andy Serkis, is a hologram projected somewhere in Starkiller base only to be seen a couple times throughout the movie. It’s anticipated that we will eventually see him in person as he did summon General Hux and Kylo Ren to his location at the end of The Force Awakens.
Though only appearing a few times in the movie, Snoke has enraptured the audience with his mysterious scar covering his head and other deformities scattering his face. The online community has one big theory that could explain all this: that Snoke is Darth Plagueis, the Sith Lord that trained Darth Sidious (AKA Emperor Palpatine).
In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine told the story of Plagueis to Anakin explaining how this powerful Sith could “influence the midichlorians and create life” as well as keeping “those he loved from dying” before he met an untimely demise at the hands of his apprentice, Palpatine. The online community is speculating that if Plagueis could truly cheat death, maybe he survived without Palpatine knowing.
Finn’s past will become important
Everyone who has seen Episode VII is talking about Rey’s past, especially with the movie ending on her and Luke Skywalker reunion, but what if director Abrams knew this would make us look over Finn’s past that would actually become more important in Episode VIII?
Finn stood out as he was the only Stormtrooper that we have ever seen rogue on screen. The internet is speculating what changed and why he did this. Was it really his guilt of killing the innocent or watching his friend die that made him want to escape to a completely different galaxy?
We find out in The Force Awakens that First Order Stormtroopers are raised from birth to be compliant. Finn is in his early twenty’s, so is one dead teammate smearing blood onto your helmet enough scaring to completely undo 20 years of mental training and conditioning? The more this comes to light, the more this claim seems completely bogus.
If Episode VIII expanded more on this idea, some sort of mole within The First Order could make for an interesting story angle. Whether someone in the First Order wanted to go rogue with Finn or they weaned him out of compliance could definitely be a game changer.
Vader will have a greater presence
There are a few fans that seem to think Vader is still hanging around to play a part in Episode VIII. The mysterious scene where Kylo Ren asked Vader’s decapitated head to show him the power of the dark side again would encourage some further elaboration. This has fans questioning whether Kylo can communicate with him, especially when you add the concept art designs of an Anakin Skywalker’s Force Ghost that couldn’t quite settle on the light or dark side of his personality.
If Obi-Wan’s force ghost can give guidance to the light side, why can’t the Dark Side have an equivalent? Vader’s force ghost could easily change the whole plot with either assisting Kylo or even pulling Rey to the dark side doing what Luke never did. Though this may counter his redemption arc that concluded the Return of the Jedi, this would definitely make for an interesting story.
With or without a Vader force-ghost or Finn shining to the spotlight, we’re hoping it will fill some of these holes in our knowledge with upcoming Episode VIII. Episode VIII’s release date has been moved up from May 26, 2015 to December 15 later on that year for newly revealed changes in script due to the audiences reactions to new characters. This date may potentially become serious competition with James Cameron’s Avatar 2 whose latest sequel will also come out that month.