The internet is a great place for sharing theories about your favorite franchises. In the recent past, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Nolan, and Lisa Joy have claimed that fans have guessed several of their mysteries' outcomes well ahead of time. Remember when fans were going crazy trying to figure who the Yellow King was on True Detective? Remember when True Detective was a thing?
Well, nothing gets fans more riled up than new Star Wars content. Though most of the old Expanded Universe is no longer considered canon, it’s obvious that there are pieces of it being adapted in big and small ways. Thrawn has shown up in the Rebels series, Kylo Ren looks like a Revan cosplayer (and yet we can’t get Mara Jade, but that’s a different rant altogether).
With The Last Jedi teaser trailer’s recent release, all kinds of theories are creeping out of the woodwork now. Some of them are based in Expanded Universe lore, some of them are quite reasonable, and the others are crazier than a fever dream. And those are our favorite kinds of theories.
So, put on your tin foil hats as we take a look at 15 Crazy Last Jedi Theories.
15 Rey Kenobi
It’s been said that that Rey’s parentage is important to the future of the sequel trilogy. If she were to be Obi-Wan’s granddaughter, it would be a great slice of fan service. The decision would give Rey a binding connection to the old trilogy and give Obi-Wan a relevance that he’s not often afforded.
Looking at The Force Awakens, if true, Rey’s battle with Kylo Ren, Anakin Skywalker’s grandson, has a greater symbolism and cyclical poetry that fantasy epics like Star Wars definitely go for.
Clone Wars establishes Obi-Wan in a relationship with a Mandalorian named Satine. The following series, Rebels, finds a character named Sabine, who stands by a portrait of Obi-Wan and Satine, pointedly, leading to speculation that she is their daughter—and Rey’s mother. However, Dave Filoni, the supervising director of Rebels shot down the theory. Of course, would you think he would confirm this even if true? Disney doesn’t stand for leaks or spoilers.
Other pieces of evidence include Rey’s Force vision that had a voiceover from Obi-Wan, her penchant for Jedi mind tricks, and her robe, which is strikingly similar to the one he wore in The Phantom Menace.
14 Snoke is Anakin's Evil Twin
If the family dynamics in Star Wars weren’t dysfunctional enough, one theory suggests that Supreme Leader Snoke is Anakin Skywalker’s evil twin. The problem with this is that Anakin wasn’t a great guy to start with. Remember the whole wiping out thousands of people and enslaving the galaxy thing? How much more evil can you get? The answer is none. None more evil.
According to Revenge of the Sith and the EU, Darth Plagueis had attempted to create life by manipulating the Force, but failed. The fan theory suggests that the failure wasn’t in his ability to create life, but that the life he created looks like an emaciated burn victim with the personality of a hornet. Since Emperor Palpatine murdered Plagueis, it would make sense that Snoke was hiding for all these years, waiting for fellow not-so-good-looking baddie Palpatine to be assassinated. There really isn’t much (or any) evidence for any of this in the movies or books, but as we all know, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Now somebody get Snoke some aloe vera.
13 Kylo Ren is a Double Agent
While not very likely, this theory is just all kinds of cool. The story goes that Kylo Ren is working undercover, trying to get close to Grand Nagus Supreme Leader Snoke to assassinate him. If true, that would make Ren’s murder of Luke’s students a potential twist—that they’re the Knights of Ren and have been in hiding, waiting to strike alongside him against the First Order.
The major problem with this is that Ren killed Han Solo, his father, in The Force Awakens, which either nullifies the theory or means that Kylo Ren is a Daniel Day-Lewis-level method actor. It would easily be the darkest thing Star Wars has ever done. Granted, Anakin mowed down a whole roomful of younglings, but we didn’t actually know any of those characters (or care all that much about them). In turn, Anakin didn’t care about them. The undercover Kylo Ren would’ve still deeply cared about his father, but he went along with the plan for the greater good.
If true (though it almost certainly isn’t), it would actually give Han’s death a lot more bite.
12 Luke Skywalker Goes to the Dark Side
Going by his appearance at the end of The Force Awakens and the dialogue in the Last Jedi teaser, it’s clear to anyone that Luke could use a valium. Mark Hamill has said he was initially unsure about his character’s brief appearance in Episode 7, feeling that it could be perceived as "a cheat.” When pressed if it was likely Luke turned to the Dark Side, Hamill mused that it was possible (which is, admittedly, a canned answer).
Fans have long desired a Luke Skywalker heel turn (how would it be any different than Anakin’s?), and there is a place for it in the Expanded Universe. During the Thrawn Trilogy, an evil clone of Luke was created. They called him Luuke, because of course they did. Surprisingly, Luuke didn’t have a goatee to symbolize his evilness. He was created after Vader found Luke’s hand and lightsaber following their fight in The Empire Strikes Back.
Luke’s Force vision in Empire where he fights a hallucination of Vader only to see his own face beneath the mask is also used as evidence of a possible heel turn. While in the original film, it was meant to foreshadow the reveal that Vader was Luke’s father, some fans have come to believe its meaning could be more literal, suggesting that Luke will indeed turn evil.
11 Rey and Kylo Ren Fall in Love
This would hopefully be in the version of the story where Rey isn’t a Skywalker --which would make this pretty icky -- but between Star Wars’ history with this stuff and the interests of some shippers, one can never be too certain. Among other things, Star Wars loves a good redemption tale. The theory here is a simple one: Rey turns Kylo Ren good again through the power of love. This would fit nicely into the Star Wars mythology as an inversion of the story of Anakin and Padme where their love couldn’t save them, and serve as an interesting complication thrown into the already troubled mind of Ren.
Of course, Rey would have to ignore Kylo murdering her only mentor and father figure (and the villain’s actual father) in front of her, and that would be just nutty. Plus, let’s face it, Star Wars doesn’t have a great track record with love stories.
10 Snoke is Darth Plagueis
We hope you like Snoke theories, because we have plenty of ‘em. In an earlier entry, we referenced the idea that Darth Plagueis created Snoke. Here, Darth Plagueis survived Palpatine’s assassination attempt, but was critically wounded which would explain why Snoke looks like Mason Verger from Hannibal. Similar to the Evil Twin theory, Plagueis spent the next few hundred years in hiding, waiting for Palpatine to die so he could reclaim leadership of the bad guys. The change in name is to distance himself from the humiliating loss of getting beaten up on by his student.
This isn’t a terrible theory by itself, but it requires the moviegoer to remember this single mention of Plagueis from a movie that came out in 2005. Of course, the true fans will remember, and some probably read the book about him, but the common moviegoer isn’t going to remember or care if this revelation comes around.
9 Rey is Luke’s Daughter & The Chosen One
In this theory’s defense, on of the major hallmarks of the franchise is child neglect and abandonment, so Luke might be carrying on the time-honored Skywalker legacy. Yeah, this one just doesn’t work. Luke’s status as a good guy would be forever marred by abandoning his young kid (especially on a desert planet—if anybody knows that hell, it’s him). Granted, he’s not looking too good abandoning his sister, his nephew, and his friends to go talk to rocks for twenty years, but, hey, consistency is difficult.
Then there’s Leia. She would’ve taken the kid in if Luke decided to go be a monk. Even if she didn’t, she’d probably recognize Rey through the Force, if not by Rey’s features.
Related to this is the idea that Rey is the Chosen One. Of course, Anakin was the Chosen One who brought balance to the Force, which means that Rey is Anakin’s reincarnated self, and was willed into existence by Obi-Wan, explaining his “more powerful than you can ever imagine" line even though that was clearly about becoming a Force Ghost. Which, come to think of it, isn’t really powerful. They have the ability to sit down and give advice. That stinks.
8 Snoke is Palpatine's Clone
We’re tempted to have you guys at home play a game: drink every time you read the word “clone." But we’re not in the business of causing permanent damage to our readership; we like you too much. Star Wars loves using clones more than Spider-Man, and, for the most part, Star Wars has used these clones every bit as poorly as Spidey did. In the EU, Palpatine had well over a dozen clones of himself made. He would just move from body to body whenever the old one was killed (or the writers ran out of villain ideas).
It’s possible the Emperor also had the ability to Force Ghost and just drifted into a cloned body, which continued to decay like in the EU stories, but that just creates a plot hole. You can bring everyone back if those Force Ghosts can just climb into new bodies. Considering the way the things break down, someone could make a fortune selling clone bodies like used cars.
This isn’t out of the realm of possibilities (Snoke being Palpatine, not the used car/clone body thing). However, with all the flack The Force Awakens received for being so reliant on and derivative of A New Hope, it’s more likely--admittedly, we’re really just praying)--that Disney wants to move in an original direction.
7 Rey Skywalker: Clone Daughter
According to this one, Rey is made from—you guessed it—Luke’s lost hand recovered after his fight with Vader in Empire. This possibility walks around the fact that if Rey was Luke’s daughter, Leia would have recognized her; the explanation being that Rey resembled whomever her mother was, and Leia isn’t prolific a Force user as Luke.
In this reading, Luke does actually recognize something in Rey as family when he sees her at the end of the movie. The look on his face is confused bemusement, which is a reaction to the Force telling him that Rey is his daughter—which he knows shouldn’t be possible. Of course, in all likelihood, this isn’t the case. Luke is looking at her like that because he hasn’t seen another human being in years and this stranger just came up to him and hands him the lightsaber his father used to kill children with. It’s an awkward situation.
It's also overly complicated. Through Finn in The Force Awakens, we learn that the First Order has stopped using clones to fill out its ranks; rather, they just kidnap and brainwash children. Rey is young enough that all she remembers is the First Order existing, and she would have been born after it formed.
6 Mace Windu is Snoke
This is the last Snoke one. Promise. This conspiracy theory is peak Jesse Ventura. Here, Mace Windu survived his battle with Anakin and Palpatine from Revenge of the Sith, but was badly injured by the force lightning, which would account for Snoke’s disfigurement. After recovering, Mace—who already walked the line between Jedi and Sith—turned to the Dark Side out of a desire to get revenge against the Skywalker clan, since it was Anakin’s betrayal that led to the fall of the Jedi Order and the death of everyone he loved.
Also, both Mace and Snoke are bald and have sorta pointy ears. Yep, that’s the long and the short of it.
This theory has too much conjecture and too little evidence to back up its claims. While not out of the realm of possibility, there are other things going against it. Namely that it would likely preclude any chance of a Mace Windu spin-off, something that Samuel L. Jackson has expressed interest in doing, and something Disney has not taken off the table. And, honestly, don’t you want to see that purple lightsaber again?
5 The End of the Jedi is a Long Time Coming
“It’s time for the Jedi to end.” And with that, millions of fanboys suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. It was brought up in Episode 7 (and easily gleaned from the mythology itself) that there is always light and darkness. There are always forces attempt to counteract each other; each is just a redux of the one the came before. The Sith became the Empire became the First Order. The theory is that some Force users—Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn and Luke Skywalker—all figured out the binary choices of darkness and light offered no freedom, no choice but to continue to struggle against whoever the enemy is.
All three of these characters are clearly disillusioned with their choices. Dooku betrayed Yoda to live as a Sith because he felt boxed in as a Jedi. Qui-Gon couldn’t stand the Jedi Order anymore than he could the Trade Federation. Luke…has spent the last twenty years on a barren planet. These aren’t people feeling fulfilled in their jobs.
The problem with this theory is that Luke would be advocating to surrender, either by killing off the remaining Force users or just giving up to the First Order. Either way, evil would end up winning without the Jedi running around to protect the weak.
4 The Gray Jedi
Let’s face it: the Jedi and the Sith are religious extremists on each end of the spectrum. They shun all but the most absolute of one side and want to get rid of everyone who doesn’t toe the line. That’s where the Gray Jedi come in.
The Rebels TV series and the recent book Dark Disciple introduce the concept. They’re neither Jedi or Sith, light or dark. They have all normal emotion, rather than taking advantage of just a handful to fit in with whichever club you’re in.
Here, Luke’s “It’s time for the Jedi to end” line doesn’t mean the end of all Force users. Instead, he was talking about the end to the binary choices of all good or all evil. He wants to create something that is new that isn’t as limited in choice as Jedi and Sith are. There are Gray Jedi in the new canon—Quinlan Vos and Ahsoka Tano—who have the powers of Force users, but they aren’t involved in either side.
There’s also the rumor that Vos is going to be introduced to the live action movies as well—either in the main story or in one of the anthology films, which lends credence to a Gray Jedi adaptation. The only drawback to this is that it will be the heavy exposition in explaining this to the uninitiated, but, then, exposition didn’t kill the franchise last time (despite its best efforts).
3 Rey and Kylo Ren Trade Places
Star Wars is very cyclical. A less diplomatic way of saying that would be that the franchise tends to rehash the same story again and again. If Rey goes dark and Kylo returns to the light, it would introduce an audacious new story into the lore. Or, at least it would be a decent reversal of the same old concept.
Rey would be seduced by the power she has now; going from sad, orphaned scavenger to incredibly powerful warrior could entice her to seek more and more power so she’ll never need to feel afraid or weak again.
Kylo, meanwhile, would be dealing with guilt over killing his father. As he goes to complete his training, he’s visited by the Force Ghost of Anakin (oh crap) who tells his grandchild not to do what he has done—spending his life in sin and misery being evil and cleaning Snoke’s permanently open wounds.
The drawback to this theory is its scope. It’s probably too audacious of a story, and too much of a risk to the status quo The Force Awakens forced down our throats worked hard to achieve organically.
Add that to the fact that Disney would be taking their best female character and turning her evil. That wouldn’t exactly send out the sort of positive, family friendly image that the Mouse house likes to promote.
2 Anakin and Yoda Will Return (Sorta)
Rumors about Hayden Christensen reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker have been going around since Episode 7’s announcement. Given that the actor is suddenly more visible at Disney and Star Wars themed events—chilling out with Mark Hamill at step and repeats—have given these rumors substantially more credence in recent months.
Yoda is also rumored, and that makes sense, since he’d be easy to render in CGI. However, neither appearance would make much sense. Lupita Nyong'o’s Maz Kanata is primed to take over the Yoda position as the tiny creature who never gives the protagonist a straight answer.
Second, Christensen isn’t actually needed. James Earl Jones is still alive, and having him as this disembodied voice is a much more effective device, one that can be used to underline Kylo Ren’s instability and desperation to finish what Darth Vader started. Also, do the die hard fans want to be reminded of the prequels? Does Disney want to spend the money double-checking its fire safety protocols due to how wooden Christensen is onscreen? Probably not.
1 Rey Hatched from an Egg
Oh, internet, you never disappoint.
When George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney, the Mouse’s first order (tehe) of business was to publish Star Wars comics through their other major acquisition: Marvel. These comics are considered continuity. Regardless, the writers have decent space to add to the franchise mythology, and, lacking a budget to worry over, they don’t have to limit their ideas.
In Poe Dameron’s comic, there’s a species called the Creche (their name suggests some sort of combination of crepes and quiche, though they’re likely not as delicious). They worship a blue egg that they believe will birth their savior, a being that will protect them and rid the universe of evil. The theory goes that this egg-born Messiah is Rey. The mental gymnastics to make this plausible is exhausting, and the common fan—hell, probably even the fanatics as well—would react to this like they were the Second Coming of the Midi-chlorians.
Still, if there’s room in this franchise for Anakin to be willed into existence, then there should be room for Rey to come into this world like the Easter Bunny.
We know there are plenty of crazy fan theories out there. Did you hear that one about Rey Palpatine? Which are your favorites? Which ones did we miss out on? Let us know in the comments.