Star Wars: The Force Awakens is mere weeks away and, at long last, we have witnessed all three theatrical teaser trailers, a bonus international trailer, and a TV spot that (seemingly) gives a way a lot. J.J. Abrams and crew have kept things incredibly close to the chest, as we know little-to-nothing about the plot. In this day and age, that is quite impressive. Everything seems to get spoiled. But not this. Here’s what we think we know via our predictions and theories of who’s who and what happens in the long awaited sequel to Return of the Jedi. Be advised, this article could contain potential spoilers from the Star Wars Legends and new official Canon.
Rey is a Solo.
While this might not exactly be a ground breaking bet, we would put our money on Rey being the offspring of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. The trailers present Rey as the new heroin, along with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) being the new heroes. In the final theatrical trailer, she is portrayed as a potential rags-to-riches character, seemingly dreaming of being among the stars (or perhaps hiding and on the run, depending on your theory). Where have we seen this before? Oh right, with grandfather Anakin and Uncle Luke Skywalker. Anakin and Luke pined to get off of Tattooine, while Rey appears to be a junker on the newest desert climate planet, Jakku. Rey is talking to someone in the final trailer – it sounds like Lupita N’Yugen at first, then Leia after. If this is indeed Leia, she is telling Rey to let the Force in, because it is calling to her.
If you remember, Han was quite the rebel before being a Rebel was cool. Recall his line in A New Hope regarding hokey religions and outdated ideals. He didn’t believe in the Force. His views changed upon joining up with Luke, Leia, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. In the trailer, Han notably says “it’s all true. The Force, The Jedi. All of it.” Is he convincing his daughter that shares his naive view of the Force and “myth” that Jedi ever existed? Don’t forget, it is possible she has never met Luke, who appears to be in hiding in The Force Awakens.
If you haven’t noticed, Rey highly resembles both Leia and the woman that would be her grandmother, Padme Amidala. Go back another generation and I say she resembles Shmi Skywalker the most, and have thought so since Daisy Ridley was first announced as a lead.
Lastly, we only know that she is referenced as “Rey.” This might not even be her name. It certainly isn’t her full name. JJ Abrams played coy in mentioning during production that he had left out certain characters’ full names. Don’t forget, Abrams flat out denied that Kahn would be making an appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness, claiming Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was a new creation with a unique name. Nothing is out of the question with Abrams at the helm.
Or a Skywalker.
I know, Rey is technically both a Skywalker and a Solo if she is the offspring of Han and Leia, but I’m referring to Luke here. Growing up, I always assumed Luke was the virtuous Jedi that would ignore or fight the temptations his father faced. But not so fast – Star Wars history likes to repeat itself. It’s entirely possible that Luke had a daughter or is even married. We don’t see him anywhere in the trailers, the TV spot, or the poster (save for one quick scene in Trailer #1 in which we assume that’s Luke’s mechanical hand on R2-D2). That trailer stresses family, that his family is force sensitive.
Two more recent and seemingly major developments support my theory. First: The international trailer that just released features Rey claiming she is waiting for her family. Well come on! That has to be a hint. Or maybe Abrams is toying with us, which I can see. This fact doesn’t point to her necessarily being Luke’s daughter, but it does imply that Luke is far off and away, which goes right along with the trailers. Second: TV Spot #1 features Maz Kanata’s voice again, saying “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people.” The shot shows Rey before changing to Han. I feel it is noteworthy enough to mention that Finn is shown immediately after, possibly teasing the rumors that he is related to Lando Calrissian and could tie into the rumored cameo of Billy Dee Williams in either Episode VII or VIII. To close, the spot shows the text “every generation has a story.” Generation?! Has to be Luke’s or Han’s daughter. Isn’t there a little Skywalker aggression in that staff swing?
Han or Chewbacca or both die.
Harrison Ford was notorious for wanting George Lucas to kill off his character in Return of the Jedi. The fact that Disney and Lucasfilm were able to get Ford to come back for another film speaks volumes to the revitalization of the franchise since Disney’s takeover in 2012. We have nothing in any trailer that necessarily points or eludes to Han’s death, save one moment that is clearly meant to be unclear: Rey crying frantically over somebody that is down on the ground. It doesn’t look like this is an “Oh no, someone got injured!” cry. The character laying down appears to be wearing brown, perhaps a coat. Or fur.
My initial reaction is that it was fur. Despite pausing this frame and changing the lighting around, it is inconclusive who is depicted. Wouldn’t this help explain Leia and Han’s embrace, along with Leia’s distraught look of worry and distress? I had read a theory somewhere via social media (I apologize, I am searching for the link and source! If you see it, please notify me.) that stated a leak of dialogue had been heard in which Leia says that she doesn’t know how “he” will get along without him. Take this with a grain of salt, because as it stands, this is a rumor of a rumor. But I don’t think it should be left out. Everything needs to be considered when discussing rumors for the most heavily anticipated sequel in decades.
Could Rey be crying over her deceased father? My opinion is that Chewbacca is the character she is shedding tears over. If she is Han’s daughter, wouldn’t it be completely devastating for her to lose her family’s closest companion? Chewbacca represents the family pet here (albeit a much more deadly, skillful one), likely having helped raise or at the very least been apart of Rey’s life during her early years. Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) has not been in good health in recent years, and this could be his final appearance in a Star Wars film.
If that is indeed Chewie, then my prediction is this: Han dies in a blaze of glory, sacrificing himself during a battle towards the end of the film (perhaps the Battle of Jakku or a dogfight in the skies over Sullust). Wouldn’t it only make sense that Han would die to save his friends or family? It would be quite the journey from his selfish persona in A New Hope. I believe he will go down with the famed Millenium Falcon. If not, that goes to Rey, accompanied by Finn and Poe (and BB-8 of course!).
Another scenario is that Han dies in hand-to-hand battle. Chewbacca, having witnessed the death of his best friend, his freer, loses it and lets Wookie rage take over. Perhaps we finally get to see Chewie pull the arms off of a Storm Trooper. No matter the outcome, tears will be shed.
Kylo Ren is Rey’s twin.
Star Wars history repeats itself, remember? We know next to nothing about Kylo. Lets consider what we know from the trailers, including a potentially major reveal in the international trailer. Kylo is obsessed with Darth Vader, as he vows to finish what “he” started while gazing upon Vader’s half burnt mask. Kylo is from the Knights of Ren, a mysterious group we know next to nothing about. It sounds somewhat like what Count Dooku aka Lord Tyrannus was from the prequels – Dooku was his name, the “Count” portion is from his family and home planet. So we don’t know that “Kylo” is his name, though we know “Ren” is an add-on. Perhaps it was taken from the “ky” in Skywalker and the “lo” in Solo. Entirely possible.
We know that Kylo wears the Vader-influenced mask but also that he appears not to need it for life support, but rather intimidation and out of reverence for Vader (his grandfather?). We don’t know that he built that Lightsaber, but it seems that he would have, as most if not all Jedi/Sith create their own as a form of passing the “Trials.” The Sith have been extinct since Palpatine and then Vader’s deaths, so maybe the Force awakened and Kylo dove into learning about it without a mentor. That would explain his crazy awesome yet unstable Lightsaber. Seriously, watch a slow-mo video of it or a screen shot – that sucker looks ready to blow. Those mini exhaust ports are likely necessary to keep it from overheating.
In the international trailer, we witness Kylo holding his blade to Rey. Maybe he is using Luke’s daughter to find Luke? It is believed that Luke is in hiding and I say it’s from Kylo Ren.
Family history would dictate that the Skywalkers are susceptible to the temptation of the Dark Side, right?
I love the idea of Kylo being a Solo/Skywalker, but I love the idea of him being a far-off worshiper that has no real connection to the families. It would inject some new blood into the franchise on this front. Lastly, notice the official movie poster of The Force Awakens? Rey and Kylo are next to eachother and are posed in almost identical ways, a possible subtle nod to being siblings.
Darth Vader isn’t dead. Or Kylo is trying to “Awaken” him.
Maybe this one is far fetched but you have to admit the idea is incredibly intriguing. Rumors have floated around that Hayden Christensen was reporting for duty for Star Wars: Episode VIII (via inquisitir.com via The Hollywood Reporter) and that certain aspects of Vader’s iconic armor were being built for the shoot. I do jump ahead to Episode VIII a bit, but the seeds would need to be planted in VII for this to happen.
I have a few different avenues of thought here.
1. Kylo Ren is so obsessed with Vader that he tries to bring him back to life to teach him the ways of the Force and to “finish what he started.” It’s not incredibly likely that Kylo has a Sith Lord to teach him the ways of the Force. It’s also possible Luke began training him, but he found the Dark Side more appealing. People would lose their minds if Vader came back (and lose their minds in a bad way if Christensen came back, which I wouldn’t completely oppose if executed properly). Given all that Disney has done to try and distance themselves from the prequels, I’d say this might not be the likeliest of scenarios. Don’t forget that the Empire didn’t immediately die out after Return of the Jedi, as the propaganda across the galaxy and the far reaching hand of the Empire were too strong and too built up to have its flame go out so abruptly. Thus, Kylo may not have known that Vader again became Anakin Skywalker before his death.
2. Luke is trying to bring back Vader to help the Resistance quell the threat of Kylo Ren and the First Order. Again, probably not likely, but imagine the power and awe of Luke and Anakin teaming up to defeat evil once and for all? Well, until Episodes 10-12 come out.
3. Luke speaks to the ghost of Anakin Skywalker. For Episode VIII, shooting has begun and it is believed that Luke is navigating some sort of cave. We all remember what happened last time Luke ventured to a cave. Perhaps Anakin is giving his son guidance so as not to repeat the same mistakes he made. I think this is the scenario we see. It’s most logical and a part of me really wants to see it happen.
Luke Skywalker is on the run from Kylo Ren a la Ben Kenobi style.
As mentioned before, Luke is only in the trailers for mere seconds (minus his voice-over). Mark Hamill is the only actor confirmed for Episode VIII that will appear in VII at this time, along with Oscar Isaac (Poe). This leads us to believe that Luke is in hiding or on the run, presumably from Kylo Ren. Maybe Luke is watching from afar. Either way, I would venture to say that we don’t see Luke until the very end of The Force Awakens.
In traditional Star Wars style, Finn loses a hand (probably the right).
Finn is seen wielding the blue Lightsaber previously held by Anakin and Luke Skywalker. It appears that Finn is on the run after either being a Storm Trooper or pretending to be one. Maybe the Force is calling to him too.
In the trailers, we see Finn about to engage in battle with Kylo. Kylo doesn’t seem to be the most stable fighter and how much could Finn possibly know about Lightsaber dueling? How much training in the Force could he possibly have?
Anakin fights Count Dooku in Episode II before he is ready, during his time as a mere Padawan. Right hand, gone. Luke rushes off to fight Vader in Episode V, against the advice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Right hand, gone. Is Finn rushing off to fight Kylo before he is ready, with that very blue Lightsaber?
Rey finds Anakin/Luke’s blue Lightsaber.
Rey is a scavenger on Jakku. Why she is there, away from her family, we aren’t sure. I wonder if she is looking for that valuable relic? It’s clearly in Finn’s possession at one point, but we don’t know where that fits in the timeline of the film.
We are scheduled to see (hopefully) one more look into The Force Awakens, this Thursday, November 12, at 8:00 PM. I truly hope they don’t show us anything we haven’t already seen.
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Josiah LeRoy is The Geekiverse’s Senior Editor and honorary member of the Jedi Council. Follow him on Twitter.