Sometimes, it’s easy to forget exactly what made the Star Wars movies so special in the first place. Aside from the pure spectacle of it all, one of the greatest aspects of the saga was the intense mystery and curiosity that it evoked in fans. What happened to Luke’s father? Who was Darth Vader? Where did Obi-Wan’s body disappear to? Will Chewbacca ever find true love? These questions and more kept fans theorizing and arguing for years (sometimes coming up with some really awful stuff), until the (often less-than-satisfactory) answers were revealed in subsequent films. Although the fans were temporarily pleased to gain the much-desired knowledge, it also helped to take some of the sheen off the beloved franchise.
This is a major part of why audiences have responded so positively to the new generation of Star Wars films, including The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Finally, the Star Wars universe once again has more questions than answers surrounding it, and the fans are much better off for it. Who are Rey’s parents? Why did Luke Skywalker go into hiding? What’s the deal with Snoke? Why is Kylo Ren so sad and angry all the time? Seriously, what is the deal with Chewie’s love life? The answers to these questions (and more) will undoubtedly be answered in future films, but for now, the fans are experiencing the thrill and excitement of wild, rampant speculation. But the truth, as they say, is out there. Pretty sure that’s the wrong franchise, but whatever, nerds.
K2SO Doomed His Entire Line Of Droids
One of the breakout stars of Rogue One was K2SO, the pleasant-yet-sinister droid voiced by Alan Tudyk. K2SO was formerly an Imperial droid, but was reprogrammed to serve the Rebellion. The ending of Rogue One, however, ensured that the Empire now had a pretty good idea of which type of droid played a role in the Rebellion’s victory.
This would likely lead to the Empire shutting down production of that line of droids, due to their susceptibility to hacking. We never see any similar droids in the “later” films, which means K2SO probably doomed his droid line to obsolescence. You know, since Rogue One really needed to be sadder. Shout out to Reddit user u/garrusnogarrus for supplying this theory.
Obi-Wan Totally Recognized R2-D2 And C-3PO
If the in-film canon and Expanded Universe (now Legends) of Star Wars have proven anything, it’s that R2-D2 and C-3PO are around for basically every important event in the galaxy’s history. That’s what makes it so confusing when Obi-Wan appears to not recognize the droids when he encounters them in A New Hope. Or does he?
The crafty old Jedi responds to Luke saying R2 belongs to him with, “I don’t seem to remember ever owning a droid,” which is technically true, because Obi-Wan never did “own” R2 or C-3PO. Furthermore, Obi-Wan makes a comment that suggests he’s more than aware of R2’s impressive capabilities. Pointed out by Reddit user u/sjogerst, Obi-Wan casually mentions that R2-D2, “should be able to interpret the entire Imperial network,” when he plugs him into the docking bay control room. That’s an insane thing to assume about a random astromech droid if you had never met him before.
So, why then did Obi-Wan never tell Luke the story of R2-D2 and C-3PO? Maybe he’s just saving Luke from having to listen to the story of the prequels. Honestly, it would probably have turned Luke off the whole “Jedi” thing altogether and sent him back to the moisture farm.
Chirrut Imwe Shows Why Storm Troopers Have Bad Aim
People love to laugh at Storm Troopers (at least the outer space kind). For an elite military force from an evil, galaxy-spanning empire, the Storm Troopers are ridiculously incompetent. They go down easily, and they can’t seem to hit anything on their way down. Their fancy, high-tech blasters might as well shoot glitter. Troopers are great at incinerating Luke’s foster parents, but somehow fail to hit a single protagonist throughout the entire series.
Thankfully, Rogue One’s Chirrut Imwe may have finally explained why this is. As explained by Reddit user u/drewgarr, Imwe makes a bold stand against an onslaught of blaster fire at the climax of the film, walking through it unharmed while chanting about the Force. He avoids getting hit until he accomplishes his goal, while his partner Baze Malbus gets shot pretty much immediately afterwards. Imwe was Force-sensitive, while Malbus was not.
Therefore, the Force may provide a shield of sorts that is particularly good at deflecting blaster bolts. This would explain why Storm Troopers can’t seem to hit Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, and other Force-sensitive individuals throughout the series.
Darth Vader Learned A Terrible Truth During His Battle With Luke
Some of the best new theories regarding Star Wars aren’t directly related to The Force Awakens or Rogue One, but are simply inspired by the new focus the series is getting. For example, a new theory from Reddit user u/REdd06 explains how Darth Vader was so easily overpowered by his then sort-of wimpy son, Luke, at the climax of Return of the Jedi.
Luke had recently learned that Leia was his sister, something that was obviously weighing on his mind as he battled Vader. It’s hard to imagine that a powerful Force-user like Darth Vader wouldn’t have picked up this thought from Luke, a revelation that had to hit him like a ton of bricks. Not only did Vader learn he had a daughter, he also would have realized that he had already tortured her and blew up her home planet. That would be enough to distract anyone, let alone Anakin Skywalker. That dude was always sort of a whiny tool.
Kylo Ren Lives In Darth Vader’s Sick As F*ck Lava Castle
One of the coolest reveals in Rogue One was that Darth Vader lived in a sweet, Mordor-esque castle on Mustafar, the planet where he lost his legs and most of his skin in a duel with Obi-Wan. While this goes a long way towards reminding us of what a badass Vader is, it may also hint at where Kylo Ren is heading after the events of The Force Awakens.
Ren is obsessed with his grandfather’s legacy, and a fan theory by Reddit user u/Animation_Bat posits that it makes sense that the mopey giant would hole up in Vader’s former abode. The fact that the heavy metal castle fits perfectly with Kylo Ren’s gothic sensibilities is just icing on the cake.
The Asteroid Field From Empire Strikes Back Was From A Death Star Test Planet
To some (such as Reddit user u/greatgerbil), the asteroid field that Han Solo deftly navigates in Empire Strikes Back seems a little… off. After all, the crew of the Millennium Falcon soon learn that the asteroid they land on houses a giant space-worm. So, you know, that’s super weird. Seriously, asteroids are just hunks of dead rock floating around space, and they generally can’t harbor life.
However, it might make more sense if the “asteroids” were actually chunks of a recently exploded planet. We saw in Rogue One that the Empire tested the Death Star a few times before destroying Alderaan, so maybe the asteroid field was the result of another such test.
Chewbacca And R2-D2: Spies?
Han Solo was a loner who had to be cajoled into joining the rebel cause, but his furry co-pilot Chewbacca may be a different story. After all, it is Chewbacca who Obi-Wan first approaches in the Cantina when seeking a ride to Alderaan. Chewbacca is seen fighting alongside Yoda in Revenge of the Sith, and there’s a good chance he was actually an agent of the Rebellion all along, unbeknownst to Han. This theory has been kicking around the Internet for years. People just love that Wookie.
It’s even easier to believe (and perhaps more plausible) that R2-D2 was a secret agent as well. The droid conveniently happens to be around for everything of importance, and Leia entrusts him with an incredibly precious mission. Also, R2 seems, like, aggressively upgraded for an astromech droid. You don’t need that kind of hardware if you’re basically a glorified GPS.
Darth Jar Jar
This is perhaps the ultimate Star Wars fan theory, because it manages to take something wildly unpopular, Jar Jar Binks, and justify his existence in a truly awesome way. The Darth Jar Jar theory by Redditor u/Lumpawarroo posits that Jar Jar was actually a Dark Force-user the entire time, and that he secretly used his powers to influence the events of the saga. He is the one who eventually convinces the Senate to give supreme power to Palpatine, and can often be seen idly moving his big, stupid mouth in the background as characters make key statements.
The greatest piece of evidence of all is the scene in which Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Jar Jar flee from a giant carnivorous fish in a badass space-submarine. Jar Jar appears to pass out, and shortly thereafter an even larger fish (with Jar Jar-colored eyes!) shows up to conveniently eat their pursuer. Then Jar Jar immediately wakes up, smacking his lips. Case closed.
Darth Plagueis Is Snoke
If Snoke does turn out to be a Sith Lord, many believe he’ll be a Sith that we already know. Some have speculated that he is actually Emperor Palpatine or even Darth Vader (somehow), but the best candidate seems to be Palpatine’s former master, Darth Plagueis.
Plagueis, as you’ll recall if you didn’t fall asleep during the prequels, reportedly discovered the secret to extending life and preventing death. Palpatine apparently stole this technique when he murdered his mentor. But how does one truly kill someone with power over life and death? Perhaps Plagueis lived on to continue spreading the gospel of the Dark Side as Supreme Leader Snoke. According to Adam Underkofler’s Youtube channel, one needs only to listen to their theme music to hear the truth.
Rey Is A Kenobi
Easily the most discussed mystery coming out of The Force Awakens was the controversy around Rey’s identity. Who were her parents, and why was she abandoned on Jakku? While most theories involve Rey’s supposed connection to Luke Skywalker, others have gone with a different elderly Jedi.
Some have posited that Rey is actually a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, more specifically his granddaughter. Obi Wan was once a rebellious young Jedi, and it was his voice who called out her name during her lightsaber-induced vision. The full list of well-thought out evidence can be read here, provided by Ben Ostrower. The real question, though, is who exactly was Old Ben doing the nasty with? There’s only, like, five women in the galaxy.
Darth Vader Didn’t Go Fully Dark Until After Episode IV
The Darth Vader seen in A New Hope is a bit different than the one who shows up and chops off his son’s hand in Empire Strikes Back. The Episode IV Darth is seen being almost cordial with his Death Star co-workers (one light Force-choking aside). Rogue One helps explain why Vader got even darker after the events of A New Hope.
As detailed by Reddit user u/Prufrock451, he let the Death Star plans slip through his fingers twice, and was unable to prevent the rebels from destroying said Death Star. Even worse, he found out his son was the one responsible for destroying it. Oh, also that his son was alive and the Emperor had been lying to him for decades. No wonder Episode V Darth Vader is way meaner.
Rey Is A Palpatine
While fans are clamoring to find out who Rey’s parents are, it’s possible they won’t like the answer when they get it. There’s some reason to believe that Rey is actually a Palpatine, making her a Sith descendant and at least half Shar-Pei. Vincent Vendetta’s Youtube channel provides a well-researched and compelling case for Rey’s villainous ancestry. After all, Sith don’t adhere to the same moral code as Jedis, which makes it entirely possible Emperor Palpatine was “creating life” all over the galaxy.
Rey employs a few lightsaber techniques that are characteristic of Palpatine’s fighting style (in fact, they’re almost identical), and her musical score bears some similarities to his. Unfortunately, this theory also requires us to imagine the Emperor having sex, and that’s not a pleasant thought.
Rey Is The Villain Of The Series
Some viewers found it more than a little convenient that three more morally-upright friends (Rey, Finn, and Poe) happened to find and befriend one another en route to a heroic victory. Perhaps it isn’t that simple, however. After all, the original trilogy furnished us with one of the greatest twists in cinematic history.
Maybe one of the three will end up being the villain of the saga. Some theories point to Rey as the best candidate. There is her possible link to Emperor Palpatine, and the fact she shows some serious anger at various points in the movie. Maybe she was abandoned on that desert planet for a good reason.
Rey Is A Solo
Perhaps Rey is a Skywalker by blood, but not by name. Some (like Reddit user u/TeddyBdaGoat) have speculated that Rey is actually the daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa, which would make her the sister of Kylo Ren. Kylo does freak out when he hears mention of “a girl,” and Rey does seem to bond with supposed father Han very quickly.
She even shows a real aptitude for piloting the Millennium Falcon, and maybe there’s a genetic component to that. Of course, if this is true, it creates a further question of why Han and Leia abandoned their daughter on a desert planet. Maybe she was just, you know, a super annoying toddler?
Boba Fett Is Snoke
Supreme Leader Snoke is a font of fan theories. Hell, after Rey he’s the character audiences are the most curious about. Besides the fact that he has an exceptionally silly name and is probably not a giant, we really don’t know much about the leader of the First Order.
We do know that Snoke appears to be horribly disfigured, almost as if he’s been half-digested . What if he was? According a Reddit user appropriately named u/TheReturnOfBobaFett, Snoke could be Boba Fett returned from the depths of the Sarlacc Pit. This would explain why Snoke seemed to make such a specific effort to corrupt Han Solo’s son, as Boba has pretty good reason to want revenge on Han. Incidentally, it would be super rad if he still traveled around via jetpack. Who wouldn’t follow a guy with kickass rockets sticking out of his back?
Grammar And Another Skywalker Brother
The Empire may be based on the Nazis of 1940s Germany, but modern day grammar Nazis may have cracked the code on the newest Star Wars installment. The iconic opening title crawl of The Force Awakens features a mention of Leia and “her brother Luke,” which should actually be written as “her brother, Luke.”
It may seem like a small difference, but the missing comma implies that Leia has more than one brother. Now, that would be pretty buckwild. Anakin did have a pretty adventurous youth, so who’s to say he didn’t father more than one set of kids. Or hell, maybe Padme got bored hanging out in her weird water palace. It’s also possible this undiscovered Skywalker has ties to Rey or Snoke. Or maybe he just works at Space McDonald’s. It’s even plausible that J.J. Abrams and co. just don’t really give a flying fig about grammar. In the world of Star Wars, anything can happen.