We’re just a couple of months away from the biggest cinematic event in the last couple of years: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With the newly released trailer coming out yesterday, fans are beyond hyped for this next instalment in the Skywalker saga and the buzz has gone up tenfold. Everyone is buzzing about the insane scenes we witnessed in that trailer. But, like with every Star Wars film, speculation about who’s going to do what is half the fun, and that’s why we’ve scoured the internet in search of the most logical and most plausible fan theories about The Last Jedi. While there are hundreds of theories out there concerning the characters and storylines of the next film, these are the fifteen that make the most sense.
Will Yoda show up in The Last Jedi? Is Rey related to Obi-Wan Kenobi? Will Darth Vader return somehow? Check out this list to find out and see which one of these theories you think is most likely to happen,
15 Yoda Appears As A Force Ghost
Fans have speculated for the longest time that Yoda will make his much-anticipated return to the Star Wars universe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There’s just one big hurdle standing in his way: he’s dead. But fans of the lore know all too well that death doesn’t keep a good Jedi down, and surely someone as powerful as Master Yoda has already learned the ways of manifesting himself as a Force ghost. Heck, we saw him do it at the end of Return of the Jedi. So what’s keeping him from popping up in this one?
With Luke Skywalker bent on the idea of the Jedi coming to their inevitable end, and Rey showing up as a powerful wielder of the Force (possibly the most powerful Force user since Darth Vader), it only makes sense that she would be able to tap into the mystic side of her newfound power and communicate with the wise old Jedi guru.
14 Rey Is Obi-Wan’s Granddaughter
Ever since Rey showed up in The Force Awakens and hinted at her parentage that’s still shrouded in mystery, fans have wondered who exactly this new Force user could be. There’s the obvious theory that states she’s simply the daughter of Luke Skywalker because of how she was introduced to the series and how she may have been abandoned for her own protection. Then there are the theories that link her with a much older Jedi like Qui-Gonn Jin, who could be her great-grandfather. There’s also the idea that Rey was conceived much like Anakin Skywalker was: a child of the Force itself, the Force incarnate.
They all seem to make sense in some way, but the most compelling theory says she’s none other than the daughter of one Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan’s voice can be heard in Rey’s “Force flashback” in The Force Awakens. And with Lucasfilm officially announcing an Obi-Wan spin-off movie in the works, there’s no reason not to believe that Rey’s parentage won’t be explained there, with the truth about why she’s so sensitive to the Force revealed in The Last Jedi.
13 Snoke Is…
Much like Rey’s lineage, the idea of who the mysterious Snoke is has been a subject of intense debate and countless memes and spoofs ever since The Force Awakens came out. Who is this ominous figure? How does he have such power? How did he twist the mind of Ben Solo and morph him into Kylo Ren? The theories range from highly plausible to mind-numbingly absurd. Some say he’s Mace Windu. Others claim he’s an ally of the Emperor. But more realistic theorists link him to characters only seen in the books, admirals and enforcers of the Empire who have lain low since the fall of the Emperor, only to rise again thanks to remnants of the dark side of the Force. Whatever it is, fans believe that the origin of Snoke will be revealed in The Last Jedi. However, director Rian Johnson might have other plans. The visionary filmmaker has said more than once that the origin of Snoke will only come to light if it serves a purpose in this film… so it remains to be seen if we’ll finally get the answers to Snoke’s mysterious history.
12 The Sith Will Be Reborn
We know that the Force has risen and is felt through new Force users like Rey. We know that she wants to be a Jedi, but Luke Skywalker doesn’t share her enthusiasm, and who can blame him, when both his father and his nephew were seduced to the dark side and committed horrible acts of genocide and barbarism once they had betrayed the light.
But with Luke Skywalker, a Jedi, coming into the fold again, it begs the question: Does that mean the Sith shall rise again as well? It only makes sense. Fans believe that Kylo Ren’s final training that was hinted at at the end of The Force Awakens will finally see him completely fall into the abyss and emerge as a new Sith Lord. Based on the new trailer, there’s also speculation that Ren isn’t the bad guy in this film, and Rey’s turn might be the big twist similar to the one in Empire Strike Back. Either way, the return of the Sith is a completely plausible scenario.
11 Kylo Ren Goes Rogue
As mentioned above, the latest trailer for The Last Jedi alluded to many twists and turns in the characters of Kylo Ren and Rey. Some believe that their roles will be swapped, and Rey will serve under the tutelage of Snoke. While we think that’s pretty ridiculous, because it would completely undermine the events of the last film and render Han Solo’s merciless killing at the hands of his own son pretty pointless, there is the possibility that Ren abandons Snoke and goes rogue. We’ve see Kylo Ren’s crushed helmet in the trailers. We’ve also seen that Captain Phasma has returned. There’s a chance that during an altercation with Snoke, Kylo Ren may abandon the old git and walk away as his own man, with Knights of Ren in tow.
With Luke Skywalker denying Rey the title of Jedi and Kylo Ren denouncing Snoke’s orders, it could mean a new era for both the light and dark side of the Force. In this future, Jedi and Sith might not exist, but the war between good and evil will continue to rage on.
10 Rey Will Be A New Kind Of Jedi
There’s something called “the Grey Jedi” in Star Wars lore, and fans have wanted to see it come to life ever since the concept was introduced. Unfortunately, the concept of a Grey Jedi actually came from the Star Wars video games because game designers wanted an easy way to get players to be both good and bad at the same time. It’s a flimsy concept, but some argue that Qui-Gonn Jin is the best example of a Grey Jedi. Speaking of which, apparently Rey could also fall under the same concept: a Jedi who knows how to tap into the light and the dark, much like Anakin Skywalker did, and now Kylo Ren.
In a world where antiheroes are more revered in pop-culture than standard do-gooders, it makes sense that Star Wars would follow the same pattern and give fans heroes that are inherently good or evil, but have them dabble in the tendencies of the other every once in a while. Maybe there’s no place for a morally-rigid mindset like the Jedi anymore.
9 Finn Is Lando Calrissian’s Son
While fans are busy speculating about the origins of Rey and Snoke, a lot of people tend to forget where exactly Finn came from. Much like the former two, his origins also remain a mystery. We know that he isn’t a clone because Kylo Ren alludes to using clones again in The Force Awakens, much to the chagrin of General Hux. So who exactly is Finn?
While the possibility of Finn being genetically manufactured is still there, many speculate that he could be the son of Lando Calrissian, the old buddy of Han Solo. While we hope that isn’t the case, because it would paint the expansive Star Wars universe as an extremely small place where the odds are way too bizarre, we could see Disney and Lucasfilm taking this route to give Finn more depth in the series, as well as a background story. It would also give us a clue to his actual birth name, if he ever had one.
8 Kylo Ren Will Become Darth Vader… Literally
When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced us to Darth Vader’s castle in Mustafar, fans were certain that we would revisit the iconic location in future movies. Now with The Last Jedi merely months away, rumors of the castle making an appearance in the film are rampant on the internet. But why would the film need to take us there again? For one, Kylo Ren is not only the grandson of Darth Vader, he’s also a hardcore Vader fanatic, and he has personified the dark motives of the former Sith tyrant to incredible levels. It would only make sense for Ren to find solace in his grandfather’s old fortress. But, there are also rumblings that the reason Kylo Ren is never seen with his helmet in the trailers is because he will abandon it for another: Vader’s helmet.
This is probably the most bizarre fan theory on this list, but there is a very real possibility that if Kylo Ren resurrects the order of the Sith, he would need to take on the title of Darth. While some speculate he will become Darth Revan in a twisted version of the old non-canonized lore, the bigger theory is that he will don the apparatus of his grandfather and become the new Darth Vader, to finally finish what Anakin Skywalker started.
7 Snoke Was The First Jedi To Turn To The Dark Side
Here’s another plausible Snoke theory. Many have wondered how the mysterious figure successfully turned Kylo Ren, protégé and nephew of Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. According to some, the reason Snoke is so good at the art of manipulation is because he was once a Jedi himself! Think about it. If Snoke – an ancient entity that probably predates the Emperor and goes back to the age of Yoda – was once a Jedi, full of promise, who was then corrupted by the dark side, he would know all too well how to seduce others using its power again. There’s also speculation that Luke Skywalker knows of Snoke’s origin and knows of Snoke’s Jedi history, and thus wants to end the Jedi order for good.
It would also make sense that with a title like The Last Jedi, we would get to see more than one Jedi – ex or otherwise – battle it out until that race is wiped out or transformed for good.
6 Anakin Skywalker Will Return… As A Force Ghost
With everything that’s going on in the Star Wars universe, it would be a bit weird if Anakin Skywalker didn’t show up as a Force ghost in The Last Jedi. Everything about the movie goes back to him in some form or fashion. Kylo Ren is devoted to Darth Vader’s ideology, Leia lost her son to that side of Anakin, and Luke Skywalker’s supposed failure to train Kylo Ren harkens back to Anakin’s fall to the dark side. With so much revolving around the old Sith tyrant, it would only make sense for him to actually show up in the film. The question is… who will he show up as?
Old concept artwork from The Force Awakens showed Anakin’s force ghost as a hooded, robed figure with portions of his face shrouded by Vader’s helmet. Apparently, Anakin’s soul was far too corrupt and poisoned to ever go back to just being a Jedi. This power to dabble in both the light and the dark is present in Luke Skywalker to some extent, and is strong in Kylo Ren. The only way all of this would come full circle is if Anakin Skywalker actually showed up to communicate with either one of them.
5 The Knights Of Ren Were All Once Luke Skywalker’s Padawans
With all the mystery surrounding this new Star Wars trilogy, very little is known about the Knights of Ren, Kylo’s gang of soldiers who evidently burned down Luke’s Jedi temple. Or did they? What really happened on that day? There’s a theory that the Knights of Ren were all students of Luke Skywalker, corrupted one by one by Snoke, and then Kylo, and so on and so forth. But why? While that question is up in the air, there’s a very real chance we may get to finally get a better picture of these mysterious Knights and who they are, and why they serve Kylo Ren. Maybe they’ll help him overthrow Snoke. Maybe they were never evil to begin with. We honestly hope we see them at least once in The Last Jedi. The idea of the Knights is very interesting, and it’ll be nice to explore their origins a little more in this film.
4 The Journal Of The Whills Will Be Explained
George Lucas originally called his movie The Journal of the Whills before it was renamed to Star Wars to make it sound more appealing to the box-office audience. These journals were hinted at in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but there was no in-depth exploration. In the earlier trailer for The Last Jedi, we see Rey looking at a stack of books in the light, and many believed those were the legendary Journals, the first books written by the Jedi themselves, detailing powers and history that is long lost and hidden. Will these Journals finally be explained? There’s a possibility that after studying these ancient books, Luke Skywalker himself came to the conclusion that the Jedi had to end for their own good. Or maybe there’s something about a new type of Force wielder in there, one that Rey is about to explore. This could set in motion the future of Star Wars not just for this trilogy, but for the many, many trilogies that are yet to come.
3 Finn Is Force Sensitive
How did Finn wield a lightsaber in The Force Awakens? Why was he compelled to betray the First Order when he had been trained, since birth, to obey them without question? There are many questions like this surrounding new fan-favorite Finn, all of which point to him possibly being Force sensitive, much like Rey, but on a lesser level. That’s not to say Finn isn’t powerful; he might just need more training when it comes to using his gift.
While filmmakers could have simply allowed Finn’s character to use the lightsaber to throw the audience off the true protagonist of the story, Rey, it doesn’t explain why they put so much effort into alluding to the fact that only those who are connected to the Force are able to harness a lightsaber’s energy. But then again, Finn being Force sensitive opens up a whole new bag of questions. How does a Stormtrooper end up with these abilities? What is Disney and Lucasfilm not telling us?
2 General Organa Will Be Removed From Her Position Of Power
While General Organa is still an iconic role behind the Resistance, rumors have started to swirl that her position within her own organization may be in jeopardy. Theorists suggest that Laura Dern’s character will come to challenge Leia’s authority, and due to her supposedly reckless decisions, we may see the end of Leia’s role as leader and General of the battalion that has fought the Empire and its remnants for so very long.
Then there’s also the issue of real life events that need to be addressed in fiction. With so much happening in and around the world of Star Wars, it only makes sense for Leia’s character to go through some changes in the series. Heck, for all we know, we could see the destruction of the Rebellion in the next film, as Snoke and the First Order rise to power and form a new, stronger Empire.
1 Luke Skywalker Will Become One With The Force
Anyone who’s a Star Wars fan knows what this means. If history is any indicator, this is the last time fans might get to see Luke Skywalker in a Star Wars film, other than him being a Force ghost. There are several indicators pointing to this inevitable outcome in The Last Jedi. The first, obviously, is the name of the film. Luke is, and has always been, the last of the Jedi, even though apparently “Jedi” in the context of the next film’s title has a plural connotation.
Two, Luke’s arc within the Star Wars saga is almost complete. He has gone from being a humble farm boy to the most powerful Jedi this side of the galaxy, and now in this next film, he has paralleled himself with the trajectory of his own mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. While there’s every possibility that Luke Skywalker makes it into the next film, there’s also every reason to believe that this may be the end of the Skywalker story, until Rey is revealed to be, in some way, shape, or form, a Skywalker.