The highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now just over a week away, making it an exciting time for many people, including the writers here. If you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie, now’s a good time to get on board. I promise you’ll like them more than you think you will. We are keeping up with the Star Wars theme here and several Top 10 lists will be released over the next week. The first of these details my favorite theories revolving around the Eighth saga installment and its characters. I can’t take credit for any of these. I’m not smart enough to come up with them but the internet is. And be warned, everything on the internet is obviously true, so spoilers ahead here.
I’m obviously kidding, but there are spoilers for The Force Awakens. You’ve been warned.
10. Rey is a Palpatine
The mystery of Rey’s parents are at the forefront of the new trilogy, and this reflects that. This first of many Rey theories is my least favorite, and in my opinion the least probable. This one says that Rey is a descendant of the Emperor. Seems like a pretty big stretch to me.
9. Rey is a Skywalker
This is one of the most prominent theories and one of the more likely ones. I’m not a huge fan of it just because it seems too easy. This was one of the first things everyone thought when The Force Awakens was released. I would rather the mystery have a bigger payoff.
8. Kylo Ren turns to the Light Side
Star Wars has a bit of a history of redeeming its villains. I hope this is not the case with Kylo. One, it would feel too similar too the original movies. Two, KYLO KILLED HAN SOLO… HIS OWN FATHER…There is no redeeming taking out the best Star Wars character in the saga or your own dad.
7. Rey turns to the Dark Side
Rey is one of the most likeable characters Star Wars has to offer. So, a turn to be completely bad would seem out of character and ruin her appeal a bit. Definitely not my favorite theory, but the trailers seem to point a bit in that direction.
6. Rey is a Solo (and Kylo’s sister for the slower people out there)
A strong possibility. Her interactions with Leia and Han in TFA seem to both support and go against this theory. While not my favorite Rey theory, I wouldn’t hate it either.
5. Snoke is Darth Plagueis
The identity of Snoke is another huge mystery surrounding these newest movies. One of the most probably theories is that he’s Darth Plagueis, who was briefly mentioned in the Revenge of the Sith as the most powerful Sith to ever live.
4. The Knights of Ren are all Luke’s trainees
While we know for sure Kylo is one of Luke’s former apprentices, it is possible that the Knights of Ren, mentioned and shown briefly in TFA, are also former trainees. More of his disciples turning against him would increase Luke’s failure and lend further credence to why Luke went into hiding.
3. Rey is a Kenobi
This is my favorite Rey theory, that she is a descendant of Obi-Wan. It seems a little unlikely- Obi-Wan for the most part usually followed the Jedi rules- it would further connect the characters throughout the saga.
2. Luke turns to the Dark Side
Another very popular theory that I really like. Luke never finished his Jedi training properly in the original movies, and he does defeat Darth Vader in a bit of a rage after Vader mentions Leia. Anger leads to the dark side and failing in training a new Jedi order could push him over the edge. It would certainly add to the complexity of Luke’s character.
1. The Grey Jedi
My favorite theory is that Rey (or Luke) becomes a Grey Jedi, a Jedi that uses both sides of the force to create a better balance. While a turn to the Dark Side ruins her character in my opinion, the idea of Rey being a “grey jedi” makes her even more relatable. No real person is all good like the Jedi. We have positive and negative feelings and Rey learning to use and control both sides is an awesome idea.
What do you think? One of the best things about Star Wars is all the theories out there about it that we can speculate on. Let me know your favorites in the comments.
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