As i had a lot of fun with the Avengers predictions I did a few posts ago, I thought id do a similar thing for the next instalment in my favourite movie franchise, Star Wars. The Last Jedi comes out this week, I’m seeing it Wednesday at Midnight, and I have heard a million and one theories on Rey’s lineage, Luke’s Beard, Snoke’s identity and what Porgs are. Here are my top 3 that I either think are quite likely, or I just like the idea of. SPOILER WARNING – I MIGHT GET SOME OF THIS RIGHT.
1 – Rey’s surname.
The identity of Rey’s parentage was a mystery right from the first trailer for Episode 7 way back at the end of 2014. At first everyone seemed to assume that she was Luke’s daughter, and many people took her reaction to touching his lightsabre to be confirmation of that. I think there is a clue in that passage from The Force Awakens that suggests someone else from Star Wars history may be a relative of her. The first voice Rey hears when she touches the lightsabre is none other than Obi-Wan Kenobi. Why would Obi-Wan be speaking to this random girl? Because he is her Grandfather.
Obi Wan’s actions between Episode 3 and 4 are largely unknown. All we know for sure is he changes his name from Obi-Wan to Ben at some point, and he has a second face off with Darth Maul which we saw in the animated show Star Wars Rebels. What if, at some time between these two episodes, whilst watching over Luke, he had a relationship and a daughter. This child then went on to have a daughter of her own, Rey, who was then hidden after Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy was destroyed by Kylo Ren. Whats more, the rumours of an Obi-Wan movie to be announced for 2020, could we see the reveal of Rey’s Jedi Master Grandfather pave the way to us seeing how Obi-Wan met and fell for Rey’s grandmother.
2 – Luke shows his power.
Luke Skywalker was my hero growing up. I watched Return of the Jedi on repeat and wanted nothing more than a Green Lightsaber. In fact a green lightsaber is still pretty high on my list. Through the original trilogy Luke goes from Farmboy to Jedi Knight, and once the Emperor is dead, he is free to focus and become the most powerful jedi in history, just like we was all told he could be.
I want to see Rey struggling to hold off a few enemies, perhaps the Knights of Ren (Kylo Ren’s buddies we saw in flashbacks), and her to seemingly be beaten by them. Then we can hear that iconic sound of a Lightsaber igniting, and see Luke Skywalker deal with them without breaking a sweat. I have been waiting all my life to see Luke Skywalker in a movie in a cinema, and after being given just a glimpse at the end of the Last Jedi, I think Rian Johnson knows he has to deliver something really special with Luke to satisfy that desire the world has had since 1983.
3 – Snoke’s Identity.
Who is Snoke, and where did he come from? Two very valid questions fans have been asking since Andy Serkis was cast, and after the Force Awakens gave nothing away, the speculation went into overdrive. Is he a disfigured Mace Windu? Jar Jar Binks having matured over the years? The stormtrooper who hit his head on the doorframe in A New Hope? Seriously, those are all real theories on youtube. There are only two real options in my head that make much sense. Snoke is simply Snoke, a new character we have no connection with, older than anyone we’ve ever seen and the Last Jedi or Episode 9 will have to explain where he was for the previous 6 films.
Alternatively, and a theory I would absolutely love to be true, he is a character referenced only by name in Episode 3, Darth Plagueis (I pronounce it Play-Gus because its easier). In Episode 3, Emporer Palpatine tells a story to Anakin about how Darth Plagueis was Palpatine’s master, and that he was the only person, Jedi or Sith, to learn the trick to cheat death. He then goes on to reveal that Plagueis was finally killed by Palpatine himself. Given that he could supposedly cheat death, what if he had somehow tricked Palpatine into thinking he was dead, when in reality he was just severely wounded, explaining the scar on his face, and was in hiding during the previous 6 films recovering his strength and now that Palpatine is gone, he has stepped back into the fold as a force.
So there’s the top I think are quite likely. There’s tonnes more, but honestly I have stayed out of the trailers so much to avoid spoilers I haven’t got much more idea what might happen. Just a couple of days left before The Last Jedi is out, and I can find out how far off the mark I was with all of the above.