Star Wars fans all over the world collectively lost their minds when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first announced. It not only brought Star Wars back to the big screen–a welcome change since the prequel trilogy was less than well-received–but it also introduced a whole new cast of characters and brand new storylines for Star Wars fans to eat up.
Lots of unanswered questions were left in people’s minds after The Force Awakens ended, unsurprisingly since two more movies would be following behind it. People took to the Internet to make theories about what could possibly happen in the next movie. The first trailer for The Last Jedi (which was released earlier this year) unleashed a new set of theories. And just recently, the latest trailer unleashed more theories for people to analyze.
Some of the theories shown below try to explain Rey’s mysterious origins while others try to predict which Star Wars hero is going to the dark side. And then there’s one theory which, if proven true, would destroy nearly everything we thought we knew about Star Wars. Here are 15 fan theories about Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
15. Luke Could Turn To The Dark Side
Yoda said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” And in Return of the Jedi, Luke started to tap into the dark side of the force during the movie’s climactic battle, thanks to Darth Vader using the young Skywalker’s fear and anger against him. Mark Hamill said at the Star Wars Celebration in Florida in April, following the release of the first The Last Jedi trailer, that it’s possible for his character to turn to the dark side.
In the first official movie poster for The Last Jedi, Luke is saturated in Sith red, referencing Vader from the original New Hope poster. Whether or not Luke will explore the dark side of the Force is a hotly contested subject, one thing is for sure—the Jedi Master is looking pretty jaded nowadays.
14. The Knights Of Ren Are The Jedi Luke Once Trained
The Knights of Ren is an organization loyal to the dark side that is shrouded in mystery. Not much is really known about them, except that they are dark side Force-users, they operate under the command of Snoke, the Supreme Leader of the First Order, and aren’t Sith as confirmed by the filmmakers. The theory raises the possibility that the Knights of Ren were the former Jedi apprentices of Luke Skywalker who weren’t killed when Ben Solo attacked the Academy.
Instead, they joined the dark side, and Luke, ashamed and distressed to see his former students turn to the dark side, went into exile. Snoke called Kylo Ren the “Master of the Knights of Ren,” but it’s possible that they had a former master.
13. The Jedi Order Will End And Rey Will Become A New Type Of Force-User
It wouldn’t be that far off for the Jedi Order to come to an end, as Luke Skywalker said in a trailer for The Last Jedi, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” This could mean that the Jedi Order will no longer exist, or at least not in the form we’ve previously seen. Perhaps Luke has come to the conclusion that the current stringent creed of the Jedi is no longer effective and needs to be changed.
For thousands of years, the Jedi battled against the Sith without being able to wipe them out completely. Maybe Luke thinks it’s time for a new Force-user, a person in the middle between the light and dark sides of the Force who would be a more balanced version than their predecessors. This new Jedi would be Rey, who would eventually master this middle ground.
12. Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Rey’s Grandfather
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Star Wars sequel trilogy is Rey’s origin story. Little is known about her background. There are a variety of theories, from Rey being Luke Skywalker’s daughter to her being Darth Vader reborn. But this theory states that Rey is related to Obi-Wan Kenobi. There isn’t much known about Obi-Wan’s time on Tatooine watching over Luke, and there were “lost years” between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so it wouldn’t be totally impossible for Obi-Wan to have fathered a child.
In Clone Wars, he admitted to loving Duchess Satine Kyrze before her unexpected death, and their child could have been Rey’s mother or father. It would explain how Rey is so good with the force without any training.
11. Luke Skywalker Is The Last Jedi
Well, the opening crawl for The Force Awakens does kind of say that Luke is the last Jedi (“Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed”). This theory is an extension of the theory that claims Rey will be a new type of Force-user.
Luke feels that he should be the last of the Jedi because the Jedi can be corrupted and led to the dark side. Rey would be a new type of Force-user who couldn’t be corrupted and would therefore be more powerful than any Jedi and finally be able to extinguish the Sith and vanquish evil from the galaxy.
10. Snoke Is Darth Plagueis
Another one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Star Wars sequel trilogy is the identity of Snoke. Is he someone who’s believed to be dead like Mace Windu? Or is he a completely new character? One theory says he’s Darth Plageuis. Even though J.J. Abrams and the cast and crew said that Snoke wasn’t Darth Plageuis in disguise, the fans aren’t buying it. Darth Plageuis was Emperor Palpatine’s master, an extremely powerful Sith Lord who supposedly discovered a way to cheat death.
Plagueis knew that Palpatine was going to kill him, so he led his apprentice into believing that he actually did it. The evidence for the Snoke is Darth Plageuis theory is that the music playing when Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis is almost exactly the same as Snoke’s theme in The Force Awakens.
9. Rey Is A Clone Daughter Of Luke
Some believe that Rey is actually Luke’s daughter, but YouTuber Mike Zeroh takes it a step further. He believes that Rey isn’t Luke’s biological daughter but his gender-swapped clone instead. Cloning is not a new subject in the Star Wars universe. It would account for how Rey seems to have a connection with the Skywalkers, as well as Han Solo, and why she was drawn to Luke’s lightsaber.
Another theory says that Emperor Palpatine got a hold of Luke’s severed hand, and using the Skywalker’s DNA, he was able to make a clone out of it. In the Timothy Zahn novels, a dark Jedi by the name of Joruus C’baoth created a clone of Luke using his DNA, so I guess anything is possible.
8. Luke Will Die In The Last Jedi
It’s believed that Luke is the last Jedi, and this theory takes that statement in a literal sense. Luke is the last Jedi because he’s going to die in the events of the upcoming movie. Some fans think that Skywalker will have to die so that Rey can be considered the last Jedi.
The sequel trilogy seems to be focusing on a new set of heroes, and it could be possible that the old Jedi Master’s time is a coming to end, ending the old generation and ushering in a new generation. If The Last Jedi focuses on Rey’s Jedi training at Luke’s instruction, then having a mentor taken away from her would fuel her motivation to fight against the First Order by herself.
7. Snoke Is Using Kylo Ren So He Can Possess Him
In the novelization for The Force Awakens, Snoke is described as being “tall and gaunt.” And in the movie, despite having an enormous hologram, the Supreme Leader looks sickly, on top of being deformed and scarred. He is believed to be extremely old, having seen the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire, so he’s been around for a very long time, and the effects of his long life are definitely showing. It’s possible that he would want to transfer his essence into a younger and healthier body so he can keep living for many more years to come.
Transferring consciousness is an extremely risky business, and theory claims that the reason for Snoke’s disfigured appearance is that he attempted and failed to transfer his consciousness to a new body in the past. Now he’s giving it another shot and he’s decided to use Kylo Ren as his new body. He’s only training Kylo so he can take over his body later.
6. Ezra Bridger Is Rey’s Father
For those who aren’t familiar with Star Wars Rebels, Ezra Bridger is a Jedi and renowned rebel leader in the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Theory says that Ezra fell to the dark side, as he struggled with the darkness during the show, and he joins forces with Snoke. The two of them work together to manipulate the Jedi starting with Kylo Ren, but Luke foresees this and hides Rey from her father.
Ezra gets mad and in retaliation, he, through or with Kylo Ren, destroys the Jedi Academy, forcing Luke to flee and Ezra left with no idea where his daughter is. The theorizer says that if the theory is true, it would set up Rey’s possible fall to the dark side, and with Kylo going to the good side, it would lead to a “fantastic finale” in Episode IX.
5. Kylo Ren And Rey Will Fall In Love
The theories for how Kylo and Rey may fall in love during the events of The Last Jedi focus on the fact that the two appear to have opposite arcs, with Kylo gaining redemption while Rey falls to the lure of the dark side. One Redditor believes that the pair shares some kind of special connection.
The reasons are that Rey can stand up to Kylo’s bullying (which makes him respect her); besides Han Solo, Rey was the only one who Kylo took his helmet off for; Rey was able to prevent Kylo from reading and controlling her mind (which makes him respect her even more), and towards the end of their fight, he proposes to teach her how to use the Force (because he can tell that there’s some kind of special quality about her).
4. Snoke Was Created By Darth Plageuis
Some believe that Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis, but one Reddit user believes that Snoke was instead created by Darth Plagueis. Plagueis had the ability to create life using the influence of the Force, as revealed by Emperor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. It’s believed that this process caused the virgin birth of Anakin Skywalker due to a failed experiment by Plagueis to create the perfect being.
Snoke was made by Plagueis as a sort of Force-twin to Anakin, but he came out wrong due to the Force pushing back, resulting in Snoke’s deformed appearance. Or it could be that Palpatine tried to kill Snoke when he killed Plagueis and Snoke’s messed-up exterior is the result of that. The theory explains Snoke’s unknown origins and his extremely powerful Force abilities.
3. Rey Will Go To The Dark Side
In the latest trailer for The Last Jedi, Snoke screams at Rey to “fulfill your destiny!” It’s apparent that the Supreme Leader knows a lot more about Rey than we do and that he seems to hold the key to her mysterious origins. It could be that he’s Rey’s father or that he knows something about her being deserted on Jakku. And if Rey is somehow Snoke’s secret weapon, it could mean her eventual turn to the dark side.
Kylo Ren is Snoke’s current apprentice, but it could be that he wants to upgrade his apprentice, a common occurrence among the Siths. The trailer’s final shot showing Kylo extending his hand out to Rey’s could just be an example of tricky editing, or it could mean that Rey is going to be one of the bad guys.
2. Kylo Ren Is A Double Agent
This theory states that Kylo Ren isn’t the villain that he’s made out to be but instead, a double agent who chose to go to the dark side so he could kill Snoke. Kylo is trying to finish what Anakin started before he was corrupted and turned to the dark side, which is why he talks to Darth Vader’s helmet so much. Kylo is trying to become a Sith so he can team up with a Jedi, and the personifications of the dark side and the light side will be enough to combine and finally destroy Snoke.
But in order to become a Sith fully, you have to sacrifice someone you love to death, which in Kylo’s case is his father Han Solo. He had to kill his father inside the Starkiller base towards the end of The Force Awakens for the greater good in a way. Kylo is a very tormented and conflicted person inside.
1. Luke Is The True Villain Of The Saga
Previous fan theories claim that Luke went to the dark side as far back as Return of the Jedi, citing his climactic battle against his father as the start of his darkness, and new theories claim that Luke is the mastermind behind Snoke, Kylo Ren, and the First Order. Either that or he’s working with Kylo to bring Snoke down and take over himself.
Some Star Wars fans are feeling a bit underwhelmed with Snoke as the main villain of the sequel trilogy, so maybe they think that Luke is the puppet master pulling strings behind the scenes. After all, one official poster for The Last Jedi stated that the most shocking truth in Star Wars history will “soon be revealed.” Maybe Luke Skywalker is the Big Bad after all.
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