The Rise of Skywalker will conclude the Star Wars saga and fans are expectant ahead of its release this December. With The Last Jedi dividing both fans and critics alike - and Solo: A Star Wars Story failing to hit the heights at the box office - Disney are under pressure to deliver a satisfying conclusion to a story that has so far spanned 10 movies and over 40 years.
In order to truly make audiences leave the theatre feeling satisfied, JJ Abrams could look to solve some of the biggest mysteries that have never been solved. We now look at 10 from the movies we’d like to know the full story about having so far been kept in the dark.
10 Anakin Skywalker’s Parentage
Anakin Skywalker was basically Jesus, right? In the sense that he was, basically, an immaculate conception. In Star Wars: A Phantom Menace we meet the youngster and learn that his mother, Shmi Skywalker, conceived, delivered and raised him without the help of a father. At the time we expected answers but by the time the prequel trilogy wrapped up in 2005, we were none the wiser as to how he was brought into the world.
Recent comics have hinted that his conception was the work of Darth Sidious, who manipulated the midichlorians in the hope of creating somebody who would be a worthy asset to the dark side. While this theory seems plausible, we’d like to see it confirmed in The Rise of Skywalker - especially with Sidious back in the picture.
9 What Happened To Boba Fett?
Boba Fett is a popular Star Wars character, despite only appearing in just a handful of scenes in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In fact, he was so popular that George Lucas chose to include a younger version of the bounty hunter in Attack of the Clones. In this blockbuster, he helps father Jango Fett attack Obi-Wan Kenobi and serve under villainous Sith Lord Count Dooku.
Jango meets a sticky end, with Mace Windu beheading him during their showdown on Geonosis. And we’ve never learned what he did in all the years in between both Attack of the Clones and Empire Strikes Back. We know he had similar training to the clones but, that aside, his rise to such prominence is a mystery.
8 How Did Padme Really Die?
Sorry George Lucas, but there’s no way Padme Amidala died just because she was ‘losing the will to live.’ Plenty of people experience those emotions every day but they don’t just drop dead. Revenge of the Sith is no doubt the best part of the prequel trilogy but Padme’s death felt implausible - something that has prompted many theories in the time since.
One of those is that Darth Sidious himself drained the life of her in order to save Anakin Skywalker following his defeat to Obi-Wan Kenobi on lava planet Mustafar. And with The Rise of Skywalker poised to feature flashback sequences, it would be great if it was revealed that this was the true reason for Padme’s death. Until then, the true reason for her passing is something only to be speculated on.
7 Was Immortality Really Achieved?
Revenge of the Sith also started a mystery that is yet to be explained, when Darth Sidious reveals to Anakin Skywalker the story of Darth Plagueis The Wise. Sitting in an opera booth on the planet of Coruscant, Sidious explains how Plagueis once learned the path to immortality and was able to save even the people he cared about most from dying. There’s one problem though: Sidious was able to kill his old master.
That begs the question: did he ever actually learn the art? Or was Sheev Palpatine merely saying those things in order to persuade Anakin to turn to the dark side? Palpatine says he learned everything from his old master but he, himself, is dead. At least for now. This is certainly a mystery The Rise of Skywalker can shed some more light on particularly if, as expected, Sidious returns from the dead.
6 What Did Obi-Wan Kenobi Do On Tatooine?
There’s a big section of the Star Wars fan base who would love to see a movie on Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of the legendary Jedi one of the standout elements from the prequel trilogy. And there’s a good reason why: we know barely anything about what he did between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Even when Kenobi popped up in Star Wars Rebels, defeating Darth Maul, we don’t learn much new about the character. Why did he change his first name, and not his second, if he wanted to trick the Empire into thinking he was lying low? A planet of Tatooine’s ilk would have no doubt seen him cross paths with many rogue characters but we don’t know how he sat tight for all those years. It’s something we’d love to see on the big screen.
5 How Did Maz Kanata Get The Lightsaber?
JJ Abrams loves a ‘mystery box’ and introduced a big one during The Force Awakens. There, it is revealed that Maz Kanata had been able to acquire Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber at some point in time - the same lightsaber that was last seen in his severed hand during The Empire Strikes Back. When Han Solo quizzes her on the matter, she merely says ‘for another time.’
And this is something The Rise of Skywalker needs to address, because the lightsaber and the hand could hold the key to everything. Some have suggested the hand was used to clone Luke, which was why Rey is so powerful. But we don’t know that for a fact and it would be ideal if Abrams was able to answer a question that has been on our minds ever since The Force Awakens released four years ago.
4 Who Was/Is Snoke?
A subject that divides Star Wars fans, two years on from the release of The Last Jedi, is Supreme Leader Snoke. When The Force Awakens came out in 2015, we were introduced to basically Darth Sidious 2.0. He was similarly disfigured, had a threatening aura of authority and was a dark side user described as being among the most powerful in existence.
There were so many theories, so many questions, but then Rian Johnson killed him off in The Last Jedi, with Kylo Ren cutting him in half via some clever lightsaber work. However, there’s still so much we need to know. What were his intentions? Why was he fascinated by young Ben Solo? And was he really just Snoke or was he an old face from the past posing as somebody new? Again it’s something the Rise of Skywalker must shed light on.
3 How Did The First Order Rise?
While we know virtually nothing about Supreme Leader Snoke, where he’s from and why he’s so obsessed with Kylo Ren, just as much isn’t known about the First Order. Sure, tidbits in the comics and the Star Wars Battlefront 2 video game have provided some details about them but, two movies into the sequel trilogy, we’re still in the dark.
At the moment, they seem to only exist to be what the Empire were to the original trilogy. But we need answers. Such power must have taken years to obtain and overthrowing the new Republic is no easy feat. We’re hoping The Rise of Skywalker fills in at least some of the blanks because, if not, it’s going to mean plenty of people leaving the movie theatre feeling aggrieved.
2 Why Did Ben Solo Turn?
So The Last Jedi shed some light on Ben Solo’s turn to the dark side - but only some. We know that he turned his back on uncle Luke Skywalker after believing his family member was about to slay him in his sleep. We also know that he took a few of Luke’s old Jedi academy pupils with him as well - pupils who may end up being the Knights of Ren. But that’s just not good enough.
We need to know how Kylo Ren met Supreme Leader Snoke and why his obsession with Darth Vader started to unfold in the first place. Luke trying to kill him was bound to leave a mark - but it certainly wouldn’t lead to a full-on transformation. A new comic is poised to tell us more about the matter - but The Rise of Skywalker should as well.
1 Why Is Rey So Powerful?
The ultimate Star Wars mystery. One of the biggest complaints of the sequel trilogy is that there seems to be little or no explanation as to how Rey is so powerful. When we first meet her in The Force Awakens she’s clearly tough and battle-ready but those things don’t necessarily make you a Jedi knight. And the way she not only beat Kylo Ren at the end of the movie but resisted Supreme Leader Snoke in the next means something has to be revealed soon enough.
Most likely, it will be to do with her origins. If she’s from a Jedi bloodline - a Skywalker, a Kenobi or even a Palpatine - then her powers make sense. But if she’s merely a nobody whose parents sold her for drinking money then it seems she’s only powerful for narrative purposes. Disney can’t afford for the sequel trilogy to end without giving her character greater explanation.