Star Wars: The Force Awakens – PREDICTIONS!
This morning, I was adding to my shelf o’ Star Wars figures (pictured below) and I found myself daydreaming about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the umpteenth time. Who lives? Who dies? Why does Finn get into a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren? I’ve watched some YouTube videos of other fan predictions and I figured I might as well add to the rumor mill. Let’s jump right into it.
Where is Luke?
We’ve seen the poster, we’ve seen the trailers, but we haven’t seen Luke’s face. Why not?
At the end of his video about The Force Awakens trailer, Jeremy from CinemaSins speculates that the reason we haven’t seen Luke is because showing him would reveal that he has turned to the Dark Side and is now evil. I think that is probably very close to the truth, and J.J. Abrams (the film’s director) wants our first look at Luke to be as impactful as possible. All we know for sure is that “it’s no accident” that Luke isn’t in the trailers.
Who is Kylo Ren?
The film’s new baddie, Kylo Ren, looks cool. Like, really cool. But what’s his story? We know that Kylo Ren is not the name he was born with, and that he’s part of a group called The Knights of Ren, who are fanatical about Darth Vader. So, who was he BEFORE he became Kylo Ren? To speculate on that, we need to back up for a moment.
When Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas, they stated that all the stories in the Expanded Universe, including existing books, comics, and video games were no longer canon. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that those stories can’t be potential inspiration.
One of the now non-canon stories in the Expanded Universe involved Princess Leia and Han Solo having children. Two of those children were fraternal twins, and one of the twins turned to the Dark Side. Is it possible that in The Force Awakens, Rey and Kylo Ren are the Solo twins? I think it’s a bit of a long shot, but it could explain Kylo Ren’s connection to Grandpa Vader. It could also help explain my next theory…
In the final trailer for the film (shown at the top of this post), we see a scene where Rey is crying over what looks to be a dead character. Who is this mysterious corpse? I actually have a couple of theories about this one, but the explanation requires looking at a few different scenes.
Theory #1: In his video about the trailer, Mr Sunday Movies speculates that the dead character could be Han Solo. I think this is entirely possible. But I’m going to take it one step further: it could be that both Han AND Leia get killed in this scene. And if they actually are Rey’s parents, this could explain why she is seemingly so devastated by the loss.
This first theory could also explain why Finn is shown about to engage Kylo Ren in a lightsaber battle. In the second teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, we see a woman being handed a lightsaber. I’m assuming that this woman is Leia.
Finn doesn’t look all that proficient with the lightsaber. Perhaps what we are seeing in the trailer is what happens immediately after Kylo Ren kills (his parents?) Han and Leia; perhaps Finn picks up the lightsaber that was in Leia’s possession and attempts to defend himself and Rey. The setting where Rey is crying does look similar to the location where Finn is being attacked by Kylo Ren.
Theory #2: The scene of Leia being handed a lightsaber could actually take place AFTER the scene of Rey crying. Perhaps Luke has a change of heart, much like Vader did in Return of the Jedi, and dies defending Rey from Kylo Ren. In that case, Rey could be handing Leia the lightsaber of Leia’s fallen brother. Personally, I prefer this theory, as it follows the Star Wars theme of redemption and sacrifice.
Bring on The Force!
Those are my predictions and speculations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And they are probably completely wrong. Have any predictions of your own? Let me know in the comments section below. I can’t wait to watch the story unfold with the rest of you, when the film opens on December 18th!