Luke Skywalker captured countless imaginations in the Star Wars original trilogy. His heroic journey from naive farm boy to wise Jedi Knight is one of the most iconic narratives in cinematic history. Such a legacy left major questions of how the new films in the Skywalker Saga would handle Luke’s character. The Force Awakens boldly chose a story that revolved around Luke’s legacy and whereabouts, yet the character didn’t appear until the very end of the film, and with no dialogue to boot. The ensuing two years between The Force Awakens and its sequel, The Last Jedi, has inevitably created endless speculation about Luke. The mystery and speculation has only intensified as canon content outside the films barely featured his life after Return of the Jedi until recently. Despite his intriguing appearances in novels, video games, and comics set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, fans still know precious little about the man he’s become in The Last Jedi.
Everyone has heard the theory that Rey is Luke’s daughter, a theory that answers much not only about Rey, but also about who Luke has become. However, as that once exciting theory grew tired and stale, much wilder speculation has emerged on Reddit and other corners of the Internet. Some are outlandish, but carry elements of plausibility. Others seem downright insane. Most of these Luke Skywalker theories revolve around Luke’s past and future with Supreme Leader Snoke, Rey and Kylo Ren. Here are the 15 Craziest Fan Theories About Luke Skywalker.
15. Luke Will Become Supreme Leader Snoke
This theory posits that Snoke is a form of energy that uses the Force to inhabit others’ bodies and survive. He is basically a body snatcher. The deformed physique seen in The Force Awakens is the body Snoke currently inhabits, but that body is dying and he seeks a new, more powerful body. That new body is Luke Skywalker, as his strength with the Force makes him a perfect candidate. Taking control of Luke’s body was Snoke’s plan all along and why he was so determined to find him in The Force Awakens. From there, Luke would die and Snoke would take control of his body. This would lead to a disturbing twist as Leia, Rey and everyone else thinks they’re dealing with Luke, but it’s actually Snoke in Luke’s body. It would certainly be a dark ending if Rey and the Resistance believe they defeat Snoke and thereby the First Order in The Last Jedi, but it’s only Snoke’s former body that’s defeated as he lives on in Luke’s body. The heroes could believe Luke is still their ally when in reality he’s dead. Mark Hamill would play Snoke in Episode IX and could try to destroy Rey and the Resistance from within.
14. Luke Is Controlling Snoke And The First Order
Instead of Luke becoming Snoke’s victim, this theory argues that Luke is actually the one controlling Snoke and the First Order. The First Order and Snoke are powerful forces that seemed to come out of nowhere. But what if they came from Luke Skywalker? The Force Awakens opening crawl includes the lines “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire.” As Yoda feared, Luke fell to the Dark Side like his father before him and Snoke is not the big baddie of the sequel trilogy. Luke is the real big baddie. while Snoke and the First Order are just puppets for his evil schemes. This leads to Rey and other characters trying to bring Luke back into the Light in Episode IX, similar to Luke’s journey to bringing his father back to the Light in Return of the Jedi.
13. Luke Already Fell To The Dark Side Because The Skywalker Family Is Cursed
If Luke has fallen to the Dark side, it’s important to understand why. The wise Jedi Knight who brought his father back to the Light and thereby defeated Emperor Palpatine couldn’t have been tempted easily. This theory creates a scenario where the Emperor is still causing the Skywalker family to suffer. Palpatine placed a taint on the Skywalker family when he created Anakin through the Force. This curse not only caused Anakin to fall to the Dark side, but it is also responsible for Ben Solo’s transformation into Kylo Ren, and now the fall of Luke Skywalker as well. Realizing he was consumed by the Dark side, Luke exiled himself to Ahch-To to protect the galaxy from his evil nature. The theory doesn’t account for Leia and how she’s avoided the curse on her family, though.
12. Luke Hunts And Eats Porgs
Fans are bitterly divided over the cute creatures native to Ahch-To. They’ve been compared to Jar Jar Binks and Ewoks, some of the most hated creatures in a galaxy far, far away. The Porgs may be subject to a much darker fate than Jar Jar or the Ewoks, though. Luke may hunt and eat porgs. Their tastiness is up for debate, but it may just be that they’re the most ample food source on Ahch-To. Luke might not even feast alone as he hunts Porgs and shares their meat with Rey and Chewbacca. Maybe a deep-fried Porg sandwich is the perfect comfort food as Luke, Rey, and Chewbacca continue to grieve over Han Solo’s death. Han probably wouldn’t mind chowing down on Porgs if he could.
11. Luke Is A Gray Jedi
Over time, the Force has become a lot more complicated than the straightforward Jedi and Sith dichotomy. Many different sects of Force users and worshipers have been introduced, including the concept of Gray Jedi. Gray Jedi do not follow the rigid structures of the traditional Jedi Order. Instead, they immerse themselves in both the Light and Dark sides of the Force and everything in between, believing they shouldn’t just be constricted to the practices and beliefs of the Jedi Order. Luke as a Gray Jedi could balance out the Jedi Knight from the original trilogy and all the theories of him turning evil. It would also explain his line “It’s time for the Jedi to end” in that the traditional Jedi Order needs to go and should be replaced with the way of Gray Jedi.
10. Luke Will Discover The True Nature Of The Force
There’s always been a certain degree of a mysterious, magical, and vague nature concerning the Force. No one seemed to like the prequel trilogy’s scientific approach to explaining the Force through Midi-chlorians. To an extent, The Force Awakens seemed to return to the Force as something mysterious, magical, and vague. But there were hints of ancient truths being discovered with Luke’s journey to find the first Jedi Temple. The pattern continued in Rogue One with the Guardians of the Whills and Jedha. Canon outside the films seems to be dropping a lot of hints about the history of the Force as well. Instead of being a Gray Jedi or falling to the Dark side, Luke will continue his heroic journey as he discovers the true nature of the Force. This will allow him to bring true balance to the Force, truly fulfilling the Chosen One prophecy. Through this journey, Luke remains the definitive hero.
9. Snoke Is Luke’s Grandfather
True hero status may be hard to maintain with a major blight on the family tree. One fan believes that the real question isn’t who Rey’s parents are, but that we should still be asking about Anakin’s father. Anakin being conceived through the Force is not part of the canon and the movies leave the events behind his birth vague enough that he could still have a father. One fan suggests that Snoke is Anakin’s father. This would make Snoke the grandfather of Luke and Leia, and the great-grandfather of Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. Even if Rey isn’t a Skywalker, this would create even more family drama and make the Skywalker Saga name even truer. The real question is whether Snoke is upset about Kylo Ren opening up to his dead grandfather’s burnt helmet while calling his great-grandfather “Supreme Leader.” Will Luke fight both his nephew and grandfather?
8. Snoke Wants To Destroy Luke Because Snoke Is Leia
Grandfather vs. grandson is a meek Snoke-Luke theory compared to this one. This theory dares to argue that Snoke is Leia. Like the Emperor and his double identity of the politician Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Sith lord Darth Sidious in the prequel trilogy, this theory says that Snoke is Leia’s other identity. Like Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the world knows and trusts General Leia Organa, leader of the Resistance. Few truly know her evil identity as Snoke. Not only is Star Wars continuing to tell the story of the Skywalker family, but of the original Skywalker twins Luke and Leia. Luke embodies the Light and Leia embodies the Dark. Luke’s apprentice and child Rey and Leia’s apprentice and child Kylo Ren have faced each other and will continue to battle it out, thus determining the future of the Force and whether or not Luke or Leia will triumph.
7. Luke Killed Some Of His Padawans
Many fans are still scratching their heads over how Kylo Ren presumably killed all Luke’s padawans while Kylo was defeated by the inexperienced Rey. Luke may be just as responsible as his nephew for those deaths. The theory suggests that Snoke not only manipulated Kylo and turned him to the Dark side, but he used Kylo to turn other padawans to the Dark side as well. Kylo and the ones he influenced became the Knights of Ren and they killed all the other padawans before Luke knew what was happening. Luke killed all the Knights of Ren in retaliation and thus some of his own padawans. Only Kylo escaped as he sought out Snoke, trained under him, and began operating within the First Order. Even though the Knights of Ren committed an atrocity, Luke still feels guilty about killing some of his padawans, influencing the decision to go into exile on Ahch-To.
6. Rey’s Father Led Kylo Ren Towards The Luke Skywalker Map
The latest popular theory surrounding Rey’s identity is that her parents are Iden Versio and Del Meeko from the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Part of the game seems to show that Del Meeko helped lead Kylo Ren towards Jakku, and thus the map to Luke Skywalker. Kylo tortures Del Meeko and gets him to reveal the name “Bayora.” This is the key to Kylo taking the First Order to Jakku and Lor San Tekka, setting off the chain of events that creates the story of The Force Awakens and the entire sequel trilogy. If Del Meeko is Rey’s father, it’s fascinating that he also sets Kylo on the path towards Rey. Perhaps Rey will be able to see into Kylo’s mind as he did to her in The Force Awakens and she will learn what he did to her father.
5. Rey Will Become More Powerful Than Luke
Following Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker became one of the most powerful Force users to ever exist in Legends materials. Even with his post Return of the Jedi-life largely a mystery in the canon, Luke is still an incredibly powerful Force user. But Rey’s affinity with the Force is already incredible. Among her impressive feats, she successfully performed a Jedi mind trick without ever seeing one done before and defeated the powerful and trained Kylo Ren her first time ever wielding a lightsaber. The Last Jedi trailers have already shown that Luke recognizes her raw strength with the Force. For better or worse, Rey is poised to become even more powerful than Luke. If this comes to pass, only time will tell what her astounding power means for Luke Skywalker.
4. Rey Already Met And Trained With Luke
Many fans refuse to chalk up Rey’s impressive feats to having a lot of raw strength with the Force. They believe that Rey trained under Luke and with his other padawans, including Kylo Ren. After Kylo and the Knights of Ren attacked, Luke brought Rey to Jakku in order to protect her. Under the watchful eye of Lor San Tekka, Luke hoped Rey would be safe. He likely wiped or altered her memory so Rey forgot these crucial details of her past. This would explain why Rey is already so skilled with the Force and a lightsaber. She believes she’s meeting Luke for the first time at the end of The Force Awakens, but she’s already met with and trained under him. This theory can work regardless of whether or not she is a Skywalker.
3. Luke’s Severed Hand Is Rey’s Father
When Luke’s blue lightsaber resurfaced at Maz Kanata’s castle in The Force Awakens, fans had to wonder what happened to the severed hand attached to it. Until Rey opened the chest and touched the lightsaber, the legendary weapon hadn’t been seen since Darth Vader cut off Luke’s hand as it went flying downward with the weapon. This theory asserts that Rey is a copy of Luke grown from his severed hand. This would make her the child not of the Luke Skywalker we know and love, but of a clone created from his severed hand. This could mean there’s multiple Luke Skywalkers running around the galaxy, and even the possibility that the Luke seen at the end of The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi isn’t the Luke we know but the clone that is Rey’s father. There’s also the question of who cloned Luke via his hand in the first place. It’s a plot twist in the vein of Legends to be sure!
2. Luke Killed Rey’s Parents
Rey seeks guidance and training from Luke, but what if he’s the man responsible for much of her suffering because he killed her parents? There’s not much on why Luke might’ve killed her parents and it can be difficult to speculate with their identities still a mystery. The theory focuses more on how this revelation is the catalyst for Rey turning to the Dark side, providing one of the major twists of The Last Jedi. As Rey falls prey to the Dark side in this scenario, Kylo Ren begins embracing the Light, adding another layer to the major twist. Regardless of Kylo’s path, it would certainly be a cruel twist of fate to see Rey seeking guidance from Luke, only to discover that he killed her parents and condemned her to a life of isolation and desperate scavenging on Jakku.
1. Rey Will Kill Luke
Building on the theory that Luke killed Rey’s parents and she begins falling to the Dark side, arguably the boldest theory is that Rey will kill Luke. Consumed by the Dark Side and the revelation that Luke murdered her parents, Rey retaliates by slaying Luke. Similar to Palpatine and his promises of preventing Padme’s death, the theory also posits that Snoke will tempt Rey with promises of bringing back her parents. Snoke will also emphasize that Luke could’ve brought back her parents, but chose not to. Believing that Luke not only killed her parents but also prevented their return from death could be enough to force Rey over the edge and kill her teacher. It would be a depressing and shocking ending for the story of Luke Skywalker.
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