Buckle up Star Wars fans, it’s going to be a long two weeks. The Last Jedi is almost here.
In 2015, we gave you our predictions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here’s how we did, and it’s actually quite impressive if I do say so myself. On to Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. As I said, buckle up and get ready! This is completely spoiler free, as we have not witnessed any part of the film, so fear not.
Kylo Ren does not kill General Leia.
Yep! Heavy hitter incoming right off the bat. Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo does not kill his mother, General Leia Organa. If you recall from the final trailer, we are 100% led to believe that Kylo destroys the Resistance flagship that Leia is in, sealing her fate and proving once and for all that Kylo is a soulless monster. It just seems too perfect. How could a Star Wars trailer give us that much accurate information? No way. The unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher is such a talking point with regards to the way that Leia is phased out of the saga. Would Lucasfilm show their cards up front? I say no, and my next prediction ties beautifully into this one.
Kylo Ren abandons his training with Snoke.
Ben Solo has been feeling like a child left behind his entire life. His parents, Han Solo and Leia Organa, were too busy with their own causes to have time to focus on their son — Han with his smuggling and Leia with her leadership in Galactic Politics and the Resistance. Despite that resentment, I believe enough is enough. After killing his father in The Force Awakens, I predict that Snoke gives Kylo the dreadful task of destroying Leia, his very own mother. It is clear that Kylo was conflicted with having to murder his father, and oh my goodness, how could you even entertain the thought of doing so to your mother?! This is the final straw for Kylo, and he now understands, after having gone through both the light and dark side of the Force, that a new avenue must be found. Remember that scene in the trailer where Kylo destroys his mask? Take this for what it’s worth, but he does not have that mask while flying his Tie Interceptor. Or at least, we don’t think he does.
Luke refuses to complete Rey’s training & she turns to Kylo Ren or Supreme Leader Snoke.
Luke Skywalker is clearly apprehensive about training Rey in the ways of the Force. Despite seeing some of this training take place, Luke is frightened at the seemingly limitless possibilities of Rey’s natural Force abilities. Rey says in the trailer that she needs someone to show her place in all of this. That leads me to believe that if Luke won’t do it, she decides to pursue other options. When Luke says “This isn’t going to go the way you think,” I believe Rey threatens to leave Ahch-To, much like a young Luke leaves Yoda on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back to confront Darth Vader before he was ready. If she ends up being a Skywalker, it makes all the more sense that she is headstrong and arrogant, rushing to jump to the next phase before she is ready.
To take it a step further, perhaps Rey escapes the clutches of Snoke. She’s now seen the light and the dark and, like Kylo, decides that there must be an alternative.
Rey & Kylo Ren team up to form a new Force-defined user, such as a Jedi or Sith.
Rey & Kylo Ren seem to have a lot in common. Both abandoned in some way, both naturally powerful beyond belief, and both wanting more out of life. Goodness, I hope Rey is a Skywalker or Solo. The Gray Jedi theory has been around for ages, and appeared numerous times in the Star Wars Legends. It feels like the right time for this to enter the new Star Wars canon, with uber fan and Director of Episode VIII Rian Johnson writing the story. Having been abandoned or abused by their former mentors in Snoke and Luke, I predict that Rey seeks out Kylo, recalling what he said to her during their Lightsaber fight on Starkiller Base. “You need a teacher. I can show you the ways of the Force.” I think the temptation to join “forces” is there for both Rey and Kylo, and I might even venture to say that this is the way the film ends, with Kylo extending his hand to Rey. If the character of Leia Organa is not killed off, perhaps she utilizes Rey as a means of bringing her son back to the light side. Daisy Ridley recently mentioned that there is a scene with Rey and Leia that happens toward the end of The Last Jedi, so this is one possibility. Another is that Leia is a Force ghost. Don’t forget, Leia could have been a Jedi too, if she had wanted to pursue that life after the events of Return of the Jedi. Speaking of Force ghosts…
Anakin Skywalker or Yoda make an appearance.
In the cave on Ahch-To, it seems clear in the first trailer for The Last Jedi that Rey wasn’t ready for what she saw. Remember when George Lucas said that the Star Wars trilogies should rhyme? If that’s any indication, Rey might see or hear the Force ghosts of Anakin or Yoda. Remember, early concept art had a hellish version of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader appearing in The Force Awakens with the help of one Hayden Christensen. Luke saw the ghosts of Anakin, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of Return of the Jedi, so it stands to reason that he would have had contact with them and even trained with them during the 30 years between ROTJ & TFA. Much like Qui-Gon Jinn trained Yoda and later Obi-Wan Kenobi in the ways of life after death, I’d love to see this happen again with Luke’s own father, Anakin. Furthermore, the theme of The Last Jedi seems to be about the middle ground, about the “gray” area. If Anakin had gone through both the light and the dark side, along with Ben Solo and even potentially Rey, it would make sense that he would be around to show his son, Luke, his point of view on the nature of the Force. Also, it’s not out of the question that Luke is talking to the ghost of Anakin when he says “I’ve only seen this raw strength only once before.” Lastly, Disney’s new Star Wars Land “Galaxy’s Edge” is rumored to have a cave that park-goers can visit that will feature the influence and voices of both Yoda and Anakin.
Rey has another Force vision like she did in The Force Awakens.
As I mentioned above, it seems that Rey is catching her breath after venturing through a dark cave of sorts on Ahch-To. Luke tells her to “breathe,” which I think is a bit ironic, considering that his father was well known for doing that very thing. I truly hope that Rey’s vision is not of the destruction of the Luke-led Jedi Temple, though I wouldn’t be upset if we were able to see it in full. However, I think we’ll see that often shown flashback in a different part of the movie…
The film starts with a flashback sequence.
In somewhat breaking Star Wars tradition, I believe that we will begin with a flashback that helps to explain why we’re where we are. We know that in the timeline, the movie is to begin with Rey handing Luke the blue Lightsaber that he used to own, along with Anakin Skywalker during the prequel trilogy. After the crawl, I believe we’ll see a cut-away to space, where the newly anointed “Kylo Ren” is landing his ship on the planet that occupies the new Jedi Temple. This is where we’ll see the Knights of Ren destroy the Temple, along with every other Jedi and Padawan. After we see most of this play out, we will cut back to the present day cliff hanger that graced our presence in The Force Awakens–Rey handing Luke the Lightsaber.
Rey & Snoke’s respective backgrounds are not revealed.
Part of being a Star Wars fan includes speculation, and it is one of the most exciting parts about weaving through a new trilogy. Ask almost any fan and they will tell you that the hottest topics out there include the heritage or backgrounds of two central sequel trilogy figures — Rey & Supreme Leader Snoke. Whether you think that Snoke is new or that he is Darth Plagieus, or some weird, alternate version of Darth Vader or Palpatine (what? Oh, theory incoming, stay tuned!), Rian Johnson has told us this — we’ll find out exactly what we need to know of Snoke in Episode VIII. That means to me, I think, that we’ll come to understand what drives him, what he needs (to live, even), and why he seeks revenge. All of that is a best case scenario for The Last Jedi.
The other major discussion is that of Rey’s parentage, which is elusive as ever. It was originally stated that we wouldn’t learn of Rey’s lineage until Episode IX, but that could have changed with the passing of Carrie Fisher. Regardless, I think it’s beneficial and even likely that we won’t learn about Rey’s famous Skywalker or Solo family or lack thereof until December 2019, where JJ Abrams gets the pleasure of revealing this major mystery. Though we learned that Luke was the child of Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, don’t forget that we got another major reveal in Return of the Jedi with Princess Leia’s familial ties. I’m sorry! It’s going to be another two years of theories and predictions. Just know, Disney — the longer you wait, the more important it had better be.
We find out that Luke can plant memories.
If Kylo Ren can pull information from the mind of an individual, why couldn’t Luke, one of the most powerful Jedi to ever exist, place false memories into someone’s mind? It’s something that I have been pondering since The Force Awakens came out nearly two years ago. We see that Kylo Ren has an extraordinary ability to pull secrets and see visions in the minds of some of the strongest heroes in the Saga, including Poe Dameron and Rey. Kylo is able to get out of Poe that a BB unit droid has the map to Luke Skywalker, while he gets bits and pieces of this info from Rey on Takodano before returning to Starkiller Base.
So what if Rey’s memories of being left on Jakku as a little girl are all a lie? What if she was taken there by Luke, along with the promise of her “family” returning? Perhaps her family isn’t important after all. Or maybe it is, and Luke was afraid that knowledge of her family would lead Rey down a dark path. It’s established in the novel Bloodine by Claudia Gray that Ben Solo doesn’t know that Darth Vader is his grandfather until much later in life, with the fear that it would be a detriment to his livelihood. Well, they weren’t wrong.
Snoke is referring to Rey when he mentions “raw power” in the trailer.
In the final TLJ trailer, we are led to believe that Snoke is talking to Kylo Ren about his “raw, untamed power,” although I think he is actually talking to Rey here. This begs the question — how did he find her? And how did he lose her? Does this tie into my theory about Rey in the point above? When and if Rey decides to seek out Snoke, this could be part of their conversation before Snoke tortures her with the same freeze ability that Kylo Ren possesses, or it could even be a type of Force harvesting, which is a topic for a different article.
These are our predictions, but what are yours? Which of ours have a chance of happening? Tell us in the comments below and may the Force be with you!
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