Warning: The following post contains SPOILERs for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally blasted its way into theaters, and the general consensus is that it has brought balance to the Force (for now). The franchise picked up decades after Return of the Jedi and successfully introduced the galaxy far, far away to a new generation of Star Wars fans.
However, as much as everyone loved The Force Awakens, the films still left numerous unanswered questions: Who is Rey? Is Finn Force-sensitive? Is Supreme Leader Snoke an ancient Sith Lord? While not every one of these questions will be answered before Episode 8, we can now confirm a few pieces of post-Force Awakens debate. As it turns out, the film's script and tie-in novelization provide answers to a few hotly-debated questions.
Thanks to an in-depth breakdown over at /Film, the original script pages and companion novel both offer a bit more info, buried in the prose, that clarify key Force Awakens plot points - including insight into how Luke Skywalker feels when Rey suddenly shows up on his island of isolation.
Unlike the film, the script identifies the mysterious water planet at the end of the film. Branded "AHCH-TO," the name of the planet does not match any known location previously established within the Star Wars mythos. /Film's report notes a couple of possibilities for where the name comes from - including the assertion that AHCH-TO could simply be a play on words: the planet is where "Act 2" of the new trilogy will commence. A deeper look into the name reveals that "ahch" means "brother" in Hebrew - which has lead to speculation, albeit thin, that the planet could tease the presence of another Skywalker sibling in the galaxy aside from Luke and Leia.
The script for The Force Awakens also sheds light on the scene in which Rey and Luke actually meet on AHCH-TO. What exactly Rey or Luke will say in the moments following the closing of Episode 7 has been a major source of fan debate: would Rey have to explain herself and her reasons for seeking Luke out? According to the book, Luke won't require heavy-handed exposition to get caught up - he already knows why Rey has interrupted his exile: “[Luke] doesn’t need to ask her who she is, or what she is doing here... his look says it all.” However, whether Luke knows Rey personally, or simply knows her through some sort of Force intuition, is left ambiguous.
The script also clarifies Rey's long-time connection to Jakku parts dealer, Unkar Plutt. As we had previously suggested, and the script confirms, while the film makes Plutt out to be little more than a crabby pawnbroker that Rey deals with in order to survive, the screenplay reveals that Rey was in fact left in Plutt's care as a child by whomever abandoned her on Jakku (making it Plutt's hand that young Rey is seen holding).
Lastly, the script and novelization also shed light on pivotal moments during the film's climax.
For starters, the script reveals that Kylo Ren actually feels weaker not stronger after he murders his father Han Solo and is horrified by his own actions - in stark contrast to the promises of Supreme Leader Snoke (who asserted that love was the thing that ultimately led to Darth Vader's downfall). It is also revealed in the audio-book that Snoke tries to seduce Rey to the Dark Side after she bests Ren in their lightsaber battle, urging her to "Kill him.” She ultimately resists the urge - but it goes without saying that fans can expect Rey's pull to the Dark Side could come into play in the future of the franchise - especially if she is a Skywalker.
While this definitely clears more than a few things up, there's still many more questions that need to be answered in the coming installments. /Film's write-up includes a few smaller details that we did not cover here, so be sure to check out their full report - and, until Episode 8 arrives, we'll be sure to keep readers updated as further revelations are dropped.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now playing in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.