The blockbuster hit, The Force Awakens, was everything a Star Wars fan wanted: It was better than the prequels.
But not just that, it was an amazing movie with a great cast, lovable characters, heartbreaking scenes (Han Solo died if you haven’t heard yet), and amazing cinematography.
However, it left us with a lot of questions. Who is Snoke? Who are Rey’s parents? Who are the Knights of Ren? Why did Leia comfort Rey and not Chewbacca?
So we compiled a list of popular internet theories that try to answer these questions which we will hopefully know by the movie’s release on December 15.
The Luke Theory – The most popular theory is that Rey is Luke’s daughter. The whole saga has revolved around the Skywalker family so far, Rey is the successor of Anakin and Luke.
This theory would also explain why she is a naturally gifted pilot, extremely strong in the Force, and why Luke’s lightsaber calls out to her in “The Force Awakens.”
Problems with this theory is that, for starters, extremely obvious, but also that Jedi are not allowed to have romantic relationships. Luke is forbidden by the Jedi Code to procreate with a partner.
Han and Leia – Before Disney bought out Star Wars, the post Return of the Jedi canon was that Han and Leia had twins where one fell to the dark side.
There’s also the fact that during a table read, where actors are seated to the relationship of their character to others, Daisy Ridley (Rey) was seated between Harrison Ford (Han) and Carrie Fisher (Leia). That’s a very peculiar arrangement.
Also, Adam Driver called Rey a “princess” implying that she is royalty just like Leia and she also has good pilot skills like her father sooooo…
It’s still could not be true. Han and Leia never even hint that they had another child and shouldn’t Rey have at least recognized them a little bit? She wasn’t that young when she was abandoned.
Iden and Del Meeko – These characters may be unheard of if you have not played EA’s Battlefront 2. In the latest installment of the series, the game’s campaign centers around Iden Versio, an elite Imperial special forces commando who defects to the Rebellion not long after the Battle of Endor in Episode 6.
Long story short, she has a romantic relationship with her fellow squadron and defector, Del Meeko. The second to last mission has them embracing each other on Jakku (Rey’s home planet), and the very last mission is an epilogue where, decades later, Kylo Ren captures Del Meeko for the map to Luke Skywalker and mentions that he had a daughter.
This would make the most sense, we know they had a daughter, we last saw them together in Jakku, and the timing of all this would fit with Rey’s age. The most glaring problem is that it’s extremely unlikely that Disney would reveal such a high-level mystery through a video game, but you never know.
WHO IS SNOKE?
Darth Plagueis – In Revenge of the Sith, there is a scene where Darth Sidious told Anakin the story of how a Sith Lord –who was actually his master– named Darth Plagueis, tried to manipulate the force in order to cheat death and even create life but was eventually killed by his apprentice, Sidious himself, in his sleep.
Sidious’ delivery of the story heavily implies that this was how Anakin, born from a virgin birth through the force, was conceived.
Could Plagueis have actually survived and now has come back as Snoke?
Sidious and Kylo both referred to him as being very wised and Snoke’s open wounds make him look like he just got out of the grave. More strikingly is that theorists have noted that the music in Sidious and Anakin’s scene closely resembles Snoke’s theme song.
There are two major flaws with this theory, one being that JJ Abrams firmly denied that Plagueis was Snoke. Stating explicitly, the director said:
We don’t want to be talking about story too much too soon, but I will say… no.
But can we really trust JJ? After all, he went to great lengths to lie that Khan wasn’t in Star Trek: Into the Darkness.
However, a recent exclusive Empire interview with The Last Jedi director, Andy Serkis said that “[Snoke’s] definitely not a Sith, but he’s certainly at the darker end of the Force.” But maybe he is in on JJ’s deception as well.
A New Character – After Plagueis, there is no good theory that Snoke is any other recurring character. It could very well be someone we have not met before and might pose a greater threat than anyone before him.
Who are the Knights of Ren?
Former Jedis – The Knights of Ren were briefly seen in The Force Awakens in one of the flashbacks Rey has. The masked warriors are accompanied by Kylo Ren of course where they are supposedly in the ruins of the First Jedi Temple. It could be that these were former students Skywalker that Kylo brought down with him to his corruption to the dark side.
However, we don’t really see any of them wielding lightsabers or at least using the force.
The Acolytes – In the new post-Return of the Jedi book trilogy Aftermath, which deals with the war between the New Republic and the remnants of the Empire, and recently concluded with Aftermath: Empire’s End; We are introduced to a group known as the Acolytes of the Beyond
They set out on a mission to retrieve Vader’s lightsaber and were revealed to be led by the Emperor’s former advisor, Yupe Tashu.
They were collecting Sith artifacts and the members were apparently experiencing visions of the dark side and ancient Sith lords. They also had a penchant for masks – much like those worn by the Knights of Ren and Vader himself.
When Will We Know?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15, it is certainly going to be the biggest movie of the month and very likely for 2017 as a whole. Hopefully, the great mysteries are revealed or maybe there’s some more in store.