Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit theatres after two years of anticipation. Many fans criticized The Force Awakens for playing too safe and essentially being a soft-remake of A New Hope, so it made sense that the eighth entry in the franchise would be something completely different. Ever since Rian Johnson was announced as the director and writer of the film, fans knew that the film would be divisive and venture off into unknown territory. These sentiments were cemented when the marketing machine for the film began, teasing Rey and Kylo Ren’s force connection and Luke’s reluctance to teach Rey.
The Force Awakens ended on a literal cliffhanger and raised more questions than answers, which meant that everyone and their mother started theorizing where the next entry in the franchise would go. Even the marketing for The Last Jedi played with fan expectations and added further fuel to the already widely popular theories.
Now that Episode VIII is out and the hype has slowly started to settle, audiences now know which of their favorite theories came true and which ones completely missed the mark. With that in mind, let’s dive into 7 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Theories That Came True (And 8 That Were Completely Wrong).
15. Completely Wrong: Snoke Is Darth Plagueis
Ever since Supreme Leader Snoke was announced as a character, fans rejoiced at the idea that he was the evil Sith Lord Darth Plagueis, the master of Darth Sidious. Considered by many to be the most powerful villain in the Star Wars franchise, fans found parallels between Plageuis and Snoke, with the biggest hint being Snoke’s facial scars.
It also made sense that Lucasfilm would want to keep Snoke’s identity a mystery as they would build him up throughout the sequel trilogy. However, fan expectations were let down when it turned out that Snoke didn’t really receive a backstory at all. In The Last Jedi, Snoke is merely shown toying with both Rey and Kylo Ren, but nothing regarding his past is revealed.
In the film, Snoke was killed by Kylo Ren, so it’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever find out who Snoke was, but it’s certain that Snoke isn’t Darth Plagueis The Wise because it’s truly doubtful that Lucasfilm would kill one of the most prominent Siths in the franchise so quickly.
14. Came True: Luke Dies
Ever since The Force Awakens was released, many speculated that Luke would die in the next installment, making his importance as the final Jedi even much more prominent. When the title of The Last Jedi was announced, fans took notice that the title pointed towards Luke dying, thus rendering the Jedi no more. While the Jedi order still prevails through Rey, fans were right to assume that Luke would die, though they were wrong as to how he would die.
Luke truly became one with the force in the finale of the film when he projected himself all the way to Crait, thus sucking the light out of him. One of the main reasons fans speculated that Luke would die was because his death would release the world of the past of the Jedi, thus ushering in a new generation of force users that weren’t bound down to the laws and rules of the past. This seems to be the case as Luke’s death has ignited a new spark in the Resistance/Rebellion and many force users, including Rey who is truly the Last Jedi.
13. Completely Wrong: Rey Is A Skywalker/Kenobi
Even before The Force Awakens came out, fans were theorizing the parentage of Rey, the heroine of the sequel trilogy. Seeing as Rey is just as – if not even more – powerful than Kylo Ren, fans deduced that she must have some sort of Force heritage background. All signs pointed to Rey being Luke’s daughter because the legendary Skywalker blue lightsaber called to her, of all people, and beyond that, she resided on the sand planet Jakku, which is eerily similar to Luke’s home planet of Tatooine.
In regards to Rey being a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, fans paid attention to Rey’s British accent, which Obi-Wan also possessed. Beyond that, during the scene where Rey had the force vision when she touched Anakin’s saber, Obi-Wan told her that these were her “first steps.”
12. Came True: Rey Is A Nobody
While many fans were on the side that Rey was a Skywalker or Kenobi, some were adamant about Rey being simply another random force user who just so happened to be in the right place at the right time. Many doubted that Obi-Wan Kenobi would have a child, as he never had a love interest in the prequel trilogy and was a reclusive hermit in A New Hope.
Her being Luke’s child would have been interesting, but it was doubtful that Luke would drop off his child on Jakku and give her a miserable life as a scavenger. But according to Kylo Ren, Rey was simply a nobody who was sold by her parents for drinking money.
Rey being a “nobody”- someone who came from nothing – who can harness the Force in such a powerful, profound way is poetic. It emphasizes that the Force is everpresent and exists in everybody, not just those who inherit it from their lineage.
11. Completely Wrong: Undercover Kylo Ren
In The Force Awakens, Kylo was tempted by the light side. A fan theory that came out of this was that he was always on the light side and merely undercover to get closer to Snoke and The First Order, and bring them down.
Right before Kylo Ren killed Han solo, he asked him for help… and then he jammed his lightsaber through his own father. Fans took this please as Kylo essentially asking his father if he could kill him to become closer to the dark side to overthrow Snoke.
The marketing for The Last Jedi also hinted at this theory, teasing his redemption and joining Rey on the light side. For a few moments, this theory almost came true when Kylo killed Snoke and brought down his guards with Rey, but it turns out that he simply wanted more power. After taking control of The First Order and launching an attack on the rebel base of Crait, it was clear that Kylo Ren had fully assumed his role as a dark Force user.
10. Came True: Yoda’s Return
A Jedi can never really be dead, as they become one with the Force once they pass away, essentially becoming Force ghosts. Many theorized that we would see the return of at least one Force ghost in The Last Jedi and they were completely right. By sheer virtue of the process of elimination, fans assumed that Yoda would return since Alec Guinness was no longer alive to portray the ghost of Obi-Wan. In addition, it made sense that Disney wanted wanted distance the prequels, which is likely why Hayden Christensen didn’t return in the film to portray Anakin Skywalker’s ghost.
After Rey leaves the planet of Ach-To, Luke is confronted by Yoda, who tells him to have faith in the young scavenger. He also burns down the tree that holds the sacred Jedi texts, knowing that Rey already took them. Many were delighted to see Yoda return to the big screen, especially as a puppet portrayed by the legendary Frank Oz. During the film’s production, it was rumored that Frank Oz visited the set, which added further credence to this theory in its initial stages.
9. Completely Wrong: Luke Is The Last Jedi
In Return of the Jedi, Yoda explicitly told Luke that he would be the last Jedi. Despite Yoda’s words, Luke continued to train a new generation of Jedi, but that didn’t turn out so well; they were either corrupted by Kylo Ren or were killed by him. Ever since the title of The Last Jedi was announced, many assumed that Luke would truly be the last of the Jedi, with the religion becoming obsolete.
Many assumed that the Jedi order would no longer exist and that Rey would be a part of a something much different that didn’t abide by the old laws of the Jedi. Despite Luke’s reluctance to train Rey in the ways of the Jedi, she did gain essential skills from him, as well as the sacred old Jedi texts that she stole and stowed away on the Falcon.
8. Came True: Luke’s Reluctance To Train Rey
Audiences knew something was wrong with Luke at the end of The Force Awakens when he looked shocked when presented with his blue lightsaber. Everyone remembers Luke as a plucky, adventure-hungry youth in A New Hope who slowly became a powerful Jedi by the end of Return of the Jedi, but his enthusiasm was completely lost in The Last Jedi, with Luke becoming more of a broken war hero.
Seduced by the dark side, Luke’s nephew Kylo Ren burned down the temple in which Luke trained a new generation of Jedi. So, when Rey showed up asking to be trained, it was obvious that Luke wanted no part of that. The marketing clearly showcased Luke training Rey gracefully, but some fans theorized that the Jedi master would be reluctant to train a new padawan, especially after the horrors he faced years ago.
7. Completely Wrong: Kylo’s Redemption
Kylo Ren’s redemption was hoped for by many fans. After all, it was heartbreaking that the son of Han and Leia would fall so low, especially given that he was trained by the legendary Luke Skywalker.
The marketing for the film heavily teased Kylo being redeemed and joining Rey on the light side, or at least become much less dark. Fans theorized that Kylo would become good once more thanks to Rey’s sheer optimism. It turned out they were wrong, as Kylo went further down the dark side rabbit hole, killing Snoke not to overthrow him, but to take his place as the leader of the First Order.
It’s hard to imagine Kylo Ren ever being redeemed at this point, especially after he tried to kill his uncle and mother on Crait, but it’s possible that he may dabble with the light side in Episode IX.
6. Came True: Kylo kills Luke
Kylo Ren and his master, Supreme Leader Snoke, have been adamant in the fact that they want Luke Skywalker gone for good. It was theorized by many that Kylo Ren would end up fulfilling his wish by battling his uncle and former master, with the fight ending with the Jedi dead.
It turns out that Kylo’s wish came true and fans’ expectations were met when he and Luke battled on the planet of Crait. Kylo Ren was literally no match for Luke Skywalker on both occasions when he tried to kill him. Firstly, Kylo tried to kill him with the lasers of the AT-ATs, to no avail. Secondly, Kylo fought Luke using his lightsaber, but even that didn’t work as it turned out that Luke was merely projecting himself to the battle.
In the end, Luke did (sort of) die because of Kylo, as he passed away due to the Force projection. The only reason Luke projected himself to Crait was to confront his nephew and not give him the satisfaction of killing him directly.
5. Completely Wrong: Leia Dies
The world was shocked and saddened when Carrie Fisher passed away in December of 2016, leaving many worried about what would come next of her beloved character of Princess Leia. It was rumored that Leia would be a major player in Episode IX.
In the marketing of The Last Jedi, it was teased that Kylo would kill his mother, and in the film he hesitates before backing down. Despite his efforts, a few TIE Fighters take the shot he was meant to take, which left General Leia in a coma for a majority of the picture. Fans assumed that the graceful way of saying goodbye to Leia’s character would be to kill her on (or off) screen, or send her on a mission.
During the film, many assumed that Leia would stay in her coma, but that turned out to not be the case. In the finale of the film, Leia was alive and as strong as ever, leaving her fate in the Star Wars universe uncertain.
4. Came True: Finn and Rose Romance
There was no major romance component in The Force Awakens, except for Han and Leia, though that felt much more like older parents bickering. Fans assumed that Finn and Rey would get together, but as of now they are just friends. Fans also petitioned for Finn and Poe to share a romance but that theory may have to be shot down as Finn may have found a new lover in Rose Tico, one of the latest characters to join the series.
Throughout their subplot, Finn and Rose displayed a sense of romantic tension which was further cemented at the battle of Crait, where Rose singlehandedly stopped Finn from crashing into the First Order’s laser cannon. Crashing into his speeder to prevent Finn from dying, Rose sustained a number of injuries. Before she passed out, she and Finn shared a beautiful moment together which later led to them kissing.
3. Completely Wrong: Lando Cameo
One of the biggest reasons fans were excited for the sequel trilogy was the fact that many of the original characters – whom we hadn’t seen in 30 years – would return to continue the story that George Lucas began. Everyone’s favorite players returned, from the main cast to characters like Admiral Ackbar. However, fans were a bit confused when it was announced that Billy Dee Williams wouldn’t reprise his role as Lando in The Force Awakens.
Many assumed that after the backlash of Lando not being in the film, he would return in The Last Jedi in some capacity. Lando’s return could be narratively symbolic as well, seeing as how he would be reintroduced in the second film in the trilogy, just like he was in The Empire Strikes Back.
Fans will have to wait a bit longer for Lando to rejoin the galaxy far, far away as there was no sight or mention of him in The Last Jedi, though the cast and director have expressed that they would like to see him in IX.
2. Came True: Luke’s New Powers
Audiences hadn’t seen Luke Skywalker for over 30 years, which meant that he certainly did a lot of learning and practicing off-screen. Fans theorized that we would see Luke Skywalker in his Jedi prime in The Last Jedi, along with a few new tricks up his sleeve.
The wishes of the fans to see Luke in a much stronger state came true when he demonstrated Force projection. Essentially, Luke was able to project himself across the galaxy using only the will and power of the Force, which only the most adept Force users can do, as it literally sucks the life out of them. Despite the shock of Luke passing away hitting fans, many were more than glad to see him showcase his new powers, both mentally and physically, before he became one with the Force
1. Completely Wrong: Knights of Ren/Ach-To Battle
Fans have been patiently waiting for the Knights of Ren to make an appearance in the trilogy after they were briefly teased in The Force Awakens’s Force vision sequence. Seeing as Kylo Ren is their leader, many assumed that they would be further fleshed out in The Last Jedi but that clearly wasn’t the case as they were never mentioned.
During production, there were rumors that Kylo Ren, along with the Knights of Ren by his side, would visit Ach-To to fight Luke Skywalker. The validity in these rumors stemmed from a few camera shots that showcased a battle on the island, but nothing of this sort played out in the final product. Fans will simply have to wait and see if the Knights of Ren will make an appearance in Episode IX.
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