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A Bunch of STAR WARS EPISODE VIII Predictions For ‘Ya!

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As a author, one among my favorite issues to do is create my very own plots for upcoming films – principally, write fan-fic. It’s enjoyable to work with characters and environments that you simply’re already in love with, and it poses a artistic problem to foretell plot developments for a narrative which you don’t absolutely know inside-and-out. It’s additionally so much simpler to get different individuals to learn your work on-line – and hey, you may even get a factor or two proper.

That occurred to me again in December 2013. Bored someday over Christmas, I made a decision to collate all the concepts I had for the then-untitled Star Wars Episode VII right into a Phrase doc – and I had lots of concepts. All through the event and manufacturing of The Pressure Awakens I tracked virtually all rumours with glee and gusto, and as they began to turn out to be increasingly correct I realised that my unique remedy (written previous to something leaking) have to be indicative of some psychic powers. A few of them have been extremely apparent to get proper, whereas others have been a little bit of a shock. Luke Skywalker was in hiding (though the seek for him was not the catalyst of the movie); one of many major characters was a Stormtrooper deserter, whom I envisioned as Idris Elba; the primary villain was Han and Leia’s son who had turned to the Darkish Aspect, and killed Leia on the finish of the movie; Luke’s daughter was the lead and was named Kira, which was truly the unique identify for Rey within the film.

As you’ll see, I didn’t get something 100% proper, however moderately basic concepts or situations half-right. A Solo child was the primary villain and he killed certainly one of his mother and father – however it was Leia, not Han. Luke was lacking, however he was discovered midway via and rejoined the plot. One of many major leads was a Stormtrooper deserter, nevertheless he was a longtime and gruff area pirate fairly than a younger, petrified child.

To proceed this little custom – and have an excuse to consider Star Wars quite a bit – I’ve spent loads of time because the launch considering about what occasions might come to move in Episode VIII. It’s now April, and my laziness considering interval is over – I’ve acquired some concrete stuff. Pfft. I’m a dependable author.

It must be famous that I don’t 100% consider that each one of these items will occur. At most I’ll get one or two issues proper, and there’ll doubtless be a number of bits in right here which find yourself occurring however another way to how I envisioned. Then there’s the bits which I feel might plausibly occur, nevertheless it’s up within the air as to whether or not they truly will.

…I ought to ALSO word that I gained’t truly spoil Episode VIII on this publish, and if I do then it’s utterly unintentional. The hearsay mill surrounding that is at present very tight, and up to now few weeks I’ve taken a step again to attempt to protect some shock. There’s stuff which I do know does occur within the movie that I haven’t talked about right here. So, don’t fear, cautious followers – that is simply pure, unadulterated fan-fiction.

With that out of the best way, let’s get cracking.

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I’m 95% sure of this.

Just about each time sure characters spawn sexually-charged fanfiction it’s right down to pure want fulfilment. Sorry, however Sherlock and John Watson aren’t truly homosexual.

That was totally different with Poe in The Drive Awakens. I, like everybody else, utterly fell in love with him, Rey, Finn, BB-Eight and so forth. Upon first viewing – I’ve seen it 5 occasions in complete – I merely loved the bromance and electrical chemistry between Poe and Finn, nevertheless once I learn all about StormPilot (their ‘ship’ identify) and watched the film once more I agreed that there was a really clear vibe coming from him which might be interpreted as gay or bisexual.

Except for the lip-bite, I feel it comes right down to the truth that if the very same relationship had performed out on display between Finn and Rey, everyone can be screaming about how they’re going to fall in love and have little Jedi infants. When it’s two guys, it’s simply “bromance”. Wouldn’t it be okay to construct a very robust friendship between them? In fact, however there’s definitely room for a romantic factor. Some might cry “PC!!! LIBERAL AGENDA!!1,” nevertheless the very fact of the matter is that there are a hell of a whole lot of LGBT individuals on the earth and it will be very foolish if each character on this universe was straight. In reality, they’re not.

Plus, Oscar Isaac principally confirmed it in an interview.

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Because of the Episode VIII manufacturing announcement, we all know that the film shall be choosing up instantly after The Pressure Awakens, which breaks from franchise custom a bit bit. There’s been a time leap between all of the earlier films, but when Rian Johnson and co. have been on Skellig Michael re-shooting Rey and Luke Skywalker’s first assembly, then certainly there gained’t be one in any respect this time?

Proper?

Usually, no one provides a shit about time on this franchise, with the one gaps of actual significance being those which separate the trilogies. Apart from that, the filmmakers simply inform the story which they need to inform and depart issues like dates to the creativeness. For instance, in The Empire Strikes Again, Han, Leia and co. couldn’t have been flying round within the Millennium Falcon longer than a couple of days, but Luke was doubtless coaching on Dagobah for numerous weeks or months. At Cloud Metropolis, the characters are all in sync once more.

It doesn’t make sense to select up the place we left Finn, Poe, Leia, Basic Hux (Kylo Ren might go both approach) and so forth. We don’t have to see Finn come out of his coma, or the First Order/Resistance gathering their power – simply throw in a time leap and stick these issues within the opening crawl. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make an terrible lot of sense to skip Rey’s preliminary coaching both. It’s the equal of getting Luke spend most of his time with Yoda off-screen, the viewers solely assembly him when he has his Vader imaginative and prescient.

I’m lifeless sure that once we decide up with nearly all of the forged round six months to a yr (it doesn’t actually matter, however my intestine says six months) may have handed. Once we meet Rey and Luke once more no time could have handed, and their storyline takes place throughout that point hole. By the point she’s completed her preliminary coaching/leaves/escapes/no matter, they’ll be all caught up with Finn and Poe and the others. Identical to Cloud Metropolis.

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What’s left of the New Republic is now absolutely conscious of how harmful the First Order are, they usually’re not going to waste any time in launching an assault. In the event that they nonetheless refuse to behave then the remaining senators will probably be fairly freaking dumb – however I doubt that may occur, thus the necessity for the Resistance is crammed. I wouldn’t be stunned if Leia turns into the brand new Chancellor (or is at the very least very high-ranking) and really leads the cost towards the First Order for what they did.

Nevertheless, this will probably be with some reluctance. I don’t assume Leia could have utterly de-attached herself from Ben Solo but and will probably be always spying for his whereabouts while she’s signing off on bombing strikes of Star Destroyers. On one hand, she needs to hope that her son may be redeemed. On the opposite, he killed his father, and she or he has an obligation and duty to steer the damaged Republic, until she needs the galaxy to fall into the arms of Snoke. VIII goes to be a very troublesome journey for Leia.

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The defining aspect of Poe’s character is his fierce loyalty to Common Leia. He adopted her within the formation of the Resistance as a result of he so strongly believed within the struggle towards the First Order. Even when he’s captured and marooned on a desert planet, he nonetheless makes his approach again to them to battle. So it’s solely pure that that’s what can be torn to shreds in Episode VIII in an effort to increase and develop his character.

How? I obtained no concept. Perhaps the Republic will begin to use some shady techniques towards the First Order which he disagrees with. I simply have a robust hunch that that is what is going to occur. A standard writing trope is to place your characters by means of the wringer by presenting them with conditions which problem who they’re. It’s additionally fairly becoming for the “darkish” chapter of the trilogy.

Poor Poe.

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Aaaaaaand poor Finn.

Within the last trailer Finn’s voiceover said that he was “raised to do one factor,” however now he’s obtained “nothing to battle for.” Properly, on the finish of The Drive Awakens he finds that. Nice, proper? Nope.

Whereas he has made his residence with the Resistance, there’s nonetheless a plethora of questions which that raises relating to his personal talents. The film made his relative incompetence into considerably of a joke; the child is fearless, however he does appear to get into a number of sticky conditions, in addition to get crushed up/walked over. That’s now led to some fairly excessive penalties in being put right into a coma, and doubtless having to get a brand new backbone. I feel that Finn will start to have a variety of self-doubt about his life and what he’s imagined to do. Is he reduce out to be a hero? Is the Resistance the proper place for him? If not, then what the hell is he alleged to do? It looks like the logical development for his character.

Finally, I feel Finn shall be a hero come Episode IX, and his journey by means of fulfilling that might be among the best elements of the brand new trilogy. Up to now all we’ve seen of our heroes on this franchise are people who find themselves both naturally heroic or have little hassle studying to be. Finn is the primary of his variety in Star Wars, and I can’t wait to see how his story unfolds.

This one is fairly apparent; it’d be a much bigger shock if these characters weren’t paired collectively for an additional storyline. Rian Johnson has to offer a purpose aside from “they’re cute,” although – why precisely will Poe and Finn be going off with their trusty droid pal?

Properly, I doubt that the Republic senators are going to belief Finn straight off-the-bat, even when he did assist blow up Starkiller Base. They’re in all probability going to be slightly cautious of a former Stormtrooper rising within the ranks so shortly and should suspect him of being a double agent. Leia is aware of the reality, however will they take heed to her? I predict a compromise will probably be made: they’ll settle for that Finn is a priceless fighter, and Poe is keen on him, however he’ll have strict orders to tug the set off on him if he drops any hints of his true allegiances – they usually belief that he’d undergo with it as he’s the “greatest pilot within the Resistance”.

There’s no probability of Finn truly being a double agent (until the First Order attempt a repeat of Order 66…) however I wouldn’t be stunned if via some mistake Poe believes him to be one and is conflicted over the way to proceed, which might match with the idea that his loyalty can be examined. Positive, all of us love watching these two lovebirds hug and woop at one another, however it’s rather more enjoyable to viciously tear them aside.

However the place precisely will they be going – and what are they doing? Nicely…

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We all know that Lupita Nyong’o shall be again as Maz Kanata, however it’s just a little tough to work out how she’ll be concerned as her fort was blown up by the First Order. Initially she tagged together with the others again to the Resistance base on D’Qar, nevertheless these scenes have been minimize, leaving her choices open. She’s been stubbornly kicking round for 1,000 years – now won’t be the time for her to lie low.

I’m fairly sure that Poe and Finn will, at first, be despatched to Maz for info/transport, and she or he’ll have moved her base of operations to a spaceship. It undoubtedly makes it simpler to remain out of Kylo Ren’s method. Aside from that, I don’t actually have a lot proof; I simply assume it’d be cool if Maz instantly picked up proper the place she left off. I feel she’ll find yourself aiding Finn, Poe and the Republic. Maybe she’ll even awake Finn’s potential Pressure sensitivity; I don’t assume he’ll comply with that path, however there’s sufficient credible proof for Rian to go both approach.

As an extremely previous and well-connected determine within the legal underworld, Maz is the right individual to go to for info – however what info may that be?

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It’s been virtually a yr since Benicio del Toro began chatting to Lucasfilm about showing in Episode VIII, and we nonetheless don’t know who he’s enjoying aside from that he’s a villain. The fandom has been pretty cut up on the difficulty, with the 2 commonest ideas being one other First Order officer or a Knight of Ren. The issue is, we have already got two villains who fulfil these roles. The Unique Trilogy had Palpatine (Snoke), Darth Vader (Kylo Ren), Grand Moff Tarkin (Common Hux), Boba Fett (Captain Phasma) and Jabba the Hutt.

That’s del Toro!

The man would nail an intergalactic crime lord position and it will additional broaden this new Star Wars universe. What position has the felony underworld performed post-ROTJ? Have they got an enormous affect underneath the New Republic? Will it develop now that Hosnian Prime has been blown to bits? Proper now we don’t have something to actually work with in that space past the struggle scene aboard Han’s freighter and Maz Kanata’s citadel.

However anyway – how does this relate to Finn, Poe and Maz?

I feel that the underworld may have massively expanded its attain within the outer rim territories over the previous few years, and may have wasted no time in increasing additional after each the Republic and the First Order suffered big planetary losses. It’ll primarily be a race towards time for the 2 events to gather as a lot help and as many worlds as potential. Nevertheless, a pure third get together emerges on this state of affairs, and that may be the criminals. Prefer it or not, each Hux and Leia have to get within the good graces of some shady individuals in change for fleets, armies, know-how, bases and so forth. We might even see Leia assembly with the Hutt’s, which was rumoured early on to occur in The Drive Awakens – might it have been pushed again to VIII?

Anyway, that’s the place del Toro is available in. The man that each side try to win over. As a result of he’s so elusive and harmful, nevertheless, Leia and co. can’t danger having any X-Wings noticed in his neighborhood. That’s why they go to Maz Kanata first – to offer them with “protected” transportation to…

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Yeah, child.

I firmly consider that we’ll be seeing Coruscant once more someday within the close to future, purely as a result of J.J. Abrams selected to not blow it up in The Pressure Awakens. It will have been a strong assertion, too: the First Order is prepared to decimate this landmark of galactic historical past for each the Republic and the Empire, which in flip highlights their power. It’s a spot which is recognisable to the followers having spent three films there, so there’s extra of an emotional sting; it will additionally make a press release that the Prequels are formally lifeless and buried.

As an alternative, Hosnian Prime – which seems to be precisely the identical – was blown up, and the Lucasfilm Story Group got here up with the “rotating capital” plot system. There’s no cause for excluding the planet from the film until they’re planning on utilizing it later down the road. Evidently I feel that’ll be in Episode VIII, however even when I’m improper I nonetheless assume it’ll pop up in IX or a novel or no matter.

It was established in Star Wars: Aftermath that, despite the fact that everybody was cheering and blowing up Emperor Palpatine statues on the finish of Return of the Jedi, the Imperial police have been preventing again towards the residents. To date, Coruscant’s position within the thirty-year time hole hasn’t been massively expanded on, besides that it was the place the Galactic Concordance (the treaty during which the Empire formally surrendered to the New Republic) was signed. It’s probably that, previous to this, there was extreme civil conflict being waged on the planet between Republic and Imperial sympathisers. As authorities was not re-established, it in all probability fell additional into chaos and dilapidation. I suppose that it might have continued to be a serious location for stuff like finance and commerce, however given the revolving nature of the Republic and the troubles which Coruscant had confronted through the years, it wouldn’t make sense to pay attention the whole lot in a single place once more – one which had been plagued with in-fighting.

Regardless of this, it’s nonetheless of giant significance to each the Republic and the First Order for apparent causes. It was the centre of the galaxy for 1,000 years – that doesn’t simply go away in thirty. The possible state of affairs for Coruscant is that it’s been overrun with crime within the absence of any additional significance, which might create some compelling imagery. Moreover, retaking it will be an enormous step ahead for each of their respective campaigns: it will broadcast a picture of power in taking the planet again from these pesky criminals, and present respect in the direction of the planet’s historical past. Whichever aspect wins again Coruscant will probably be seen because the winner within the eyes of galactic residents.

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The second film in a trilogy is nearly all the time the darkish spot – particularly with Star Wars – so it might make good sense for the First Order to make vital positive factors by the top of it. Nevertheless, it isn’t so simple as “evil wins”. The Unique Trilogy fortunately performed the narrative that the Empire was dangerous and the galaxy simply let all this evilness occur, nevertheless trendy audiences are extra accustomed to some depth. As terrible because the Prequels are, the formation of the Empire made sense; Palpatine made it obvious that the Republic was not working and that the Jedi have been harmful and proposed that he lead the galaxy to greatness once more. It’s an easy-enough story which has been performed out a number of occasions in our personal historical past – one which works.

However it labored as a result of it was a coup from inside the Republic. The menace right here is an exterior pressure to democracy hoping to reclaim former glory, and to date they appear extra involved with mimicking the Empire and inflicting as a lot injury as attainable moderately than demonstrating why they might be simpler rulers. It’s the equal of ISIS making an attempt to take over Washington DC. If the First Order do find yourself taking Coruscant, or gaining another main degree of energy, then why ought to individuals take heed to them once they simply blew up Hosnian Prime?

Maybe this can be their main downfall. Kylo Ren is obsessive about Darth Vader and is choosy about which parts he tries to emulate (word how he conveniently forgets the truth that he redeemed himself and killed the Emperor), and Common Hux appears fairly fucking insane too. Might the First Order meet their demise via a mix of galactic opposition and their lack of ability to know the attraction of the Empire past its imagery?

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A position as a bounty hunter or one thing comparable appears to be the likeliest choice for Captain Phasma’s future (she already fulfils the ‘badass secondary villain’ position, beforehand inhabited by Boba Fett). She was woefully underused in The Pressure Awakens, leaving just about everybody disillusioned after they’d purchased all their Phasma merchandise. Nevertheless, this represents a golden alternative to construct her character. She’s simply been utterly humiliated and there’s no probability that Common Hux will need the one that just about let the Resistance blow up Starkiller Base again of their ranks. Her solely choice any longer is to attempt to make it on her personal.

Like all members of the First Order, she’s utterly dedicated to their fascist ideology and has been brainwashed. Her little screw-up could have brought on her a fantastic degree of self-doubt, however given what we all know/can infer about her it’s doubtless she’ll attempt her hardest to show her value to them once more. She’s in all probability working for or with del Toro’s character, because it’s simply simpler to pair individuals collectively when you will have such an expansive forged, which can put her in direct contact with Finn…

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Finn isn’t gonna have a simple time on this film.

He broken her popularity as a profitable commander. He humiliated her and has primarily ruined her life. I’m stunned I haven’t seen extra individuals speaking about this, as a result of it’s so bloody apparent that Captain Phasma goes to make it her mission to pursue Finn and have him delivered to justice. And as I stated earlier, the second film in a trilogy is the darkest, so you possibly can assure she’ll succeed.

It’s a bit harking back to The Empire Strikes Again, however I don’t assume another route can be as fascinating or logical. Plus, the circumstances are already totally different. Han Solo was frozen in carbonite due to an previous debt to Jabba the Hutt and since the Empire wanted to make a press release. This can be a private vendetta and want for glory – though I suppose the First Order will find yourself making a press release out of Finn, to point out another would-be deserters what occurs.

Whereas I’m satisfied that is the best way the story will go, it’s unlucky that it additionally seems like additional rehashing of the Unique Trilogy – particularly since The Pressure Awakens has simply acquired a lot flak for that. I’m of the opinion that the theme “historical past repeating itself” is nice, however so many misunderstand it – the occasion can repeat, however the circumstances and reasoning wants to vary. Episode VIII might get away with telling this story if the Resistance consider Finn to be lifeless, prompting him to get himself out of there and show some heroic capabilities. Poor previous Finn is severely missing in these in the mean time.

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You could keep in mind the bucket-load of Drive Awakens idea artwork which leaked some time again, revealing a cyborg principal villain who was obsessive about Darth Vader. Clearly Kylo Ren wasn’t a cyborg, however he was obsessed together with his grandfather. It’s unclear whether or not the artists simply did this as a result of it seemed fascinating or whether or not J.J. particularly instructed them, however as each items function Vader’s broken masks – a component which made it into the movie – I’m going with the second choice.

So, what’s the large deal a few cyborg villain? Star Wars has a historical past of them, they usually function a visible metaphor for the dehumanisation which has occurred, in the identical means that the majority Sith Lords are deformed and previous. Vader appeared like coldness and brutality due to a scarcity of distinctly human options. Kylo Ren is clearly making an attempt to mimic this, however these human qualities stay. It’s strongly obvious that his arc goes to be delving additional into the Darkish Aspect, so it will make little sense for him to retain these attractiveness by the top of the trilogy.

The earlier two trilogies have seen a Skywalker endure accidents within the second film – what if that occurs to Kylo on the finish of VIII somewhat than Rey? He would lastly rid himself of Ben Solo and dedicate himself, each bodily and mentally, to the Darkish Aspect. It might additionally make him much more like Vader, which he might initially need, though I feel he’d come to see it as a curse as an alternative which might solely gasoline his anger at rage at whomever did this to him coughreycough.

Previous to this, although…

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Hear me out.

Image this: Kylo is meditating, feeding off of the Darkish Aspect and stuff, when the voice of his grandfather calls out to him. He seems earlier than him, and Kylo shortly recognises him. Anakin makes an attempt to persuade him that he was a monster, however Kylo refuses to consider it and treats it as a trick from his uncle, consequently thrashing his lightsaber about and such. He’s simply met his absolute idol, the person he’s modelled his life round and devoted his work to – just for him to inform him it’s all an enormous mistake and he wants to return residence. It could possibly be an extremely compelling scene and mirror how far Ben Solo has fallen.

In reality, there’s compelling drama to be provided from any look of Anakin. We’ve solely ever seen Luke correctly meet his father when he unmasked him. What would they need to say to one another? Would Luke nonetheless really feel some anger in the direction of him for all of the ache and destruction he induced the galaxy and the Jedi? How would Anakin view his legacy? Would he blame himself, or deal with Vader as a separate individual? Would he blame Sidious? Does he nonetheless really feel remorse? What the fuck would Yoda and Obi-Wan say to him? I’d kill for only a one-shot comedian between Luke and Anakin.

That is the primary time that we might correctly see Anakin Skywalker post-Vader, and he’d be the primary character who might supply some actual dramatic relevance as a Drive Ghost. To be trustworthy, that is the one factor on this record which I hope like hell will occur, and if Rian Johnson does it proper then it might prime a lot of ‘greatest Star Wars scenes’ lists for years to return.

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I feel this one is pretty apparent. Luke can be fairly bored if his previous buddies weren’t checking in every so often.

Talking of Luke…

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One of many issues which followers have been determined to see since 1983 is an older, battle-hardened Luke Skywalker being a professional with that inexperienced lightsaber of his. Sorry guys, nevertheless it ain’t occurring.

Just lately in Star Wars: Rebels, the primary character, Ezra, has a bit of chat with Yoda by means of the Pressure. Their dialog was pretty fascinating and contained loads of hints concerning the future path of the Jedi – test it out.

“Hundreds of Jedi as soon as there have been, then got here warfare. In our vanity, joined the battle swiftly, we did. Worry. Anger. Hate. Consumed by the Darkish Aspect, the Jedi have been.”

So, that is large. Yoda is admitting that the Jedi fucked up by turning into concerned within the Clone Wars and collectively fell to the Darkish Aspect. He then expresses some dismay at Ezra’s willpower to battle, remarking that “how Jedi select to battle” is the actual query. So what is that this selection? To me, it’s one between two extremes: battle with aggression and power by means of a lightsaber, or with mind, information and crafty. I feel it’s more and more obvious that the trail to being a “true” Jedi is to decide on the second technique of preventing.

The higher implication of Yoda’s phrases is that using violence can open up Darkish Aspect affect, and that’s backed up by what we’ve seen within the movies. The little inexperienced Jedi does away together with his lightsaber after Revenge of the Sith, and when he’s educating Luke in The Empire Strikes Again he focuses purely on utilizing the Pressure for information and turning into one with it – “by no means for assault”. When Luke is aboard the Dying Star in Return of the Jedi, he provides in to anger and hate and viciously strikes down Darth Vader, with the Emperor whispering in his ear to kill him. Luke then declares himself a Jedi as soon as he has thrown away his lightsaber. The exception to this recurring concept is Obi-Wan Kenobi igniting his lightsaber and preventing Vader in A New Hope, though there’s a debate available relating to whether or not assault and self-defence are underneath the identical umbrella.

Luke’s actions on the Dying Star are crucial, as him casting away his weapon after which declaring himself a Jedi implies that he has risen above the necessity for violence. This can be a perception which might properly have run into his educating of latest Jedi recruits; a well-liked fan principle is that the rationale his college students acquired steamrolled so simply by Kylo Ren and his Knights is as a result of they weren’t educated in lightsaber fight, however quite studied the intricacies of the Pressure and gathered information. Ben Solo would simply have been annoyed at this and would have sought out info from elsewhere on lightsabers – which additionally explains why he’s so brutal and clumsy together with his, and why it’s constructed so badly.

I see little cause why Luke would return to his pre-ROTJ methods and be in possession of a lightsaber, each as a result of we’ve seen him discard it and since, if he’s really to be probably the most highly effective Jedi, then it is sensible for his ideology to match up with the earlier title-holder (Yoda). Positive, it will be cool to see Luke wield a lightsaber in Episode VIII, however it’s much more doubtless that he’ll preach messages of peace and steer Rey within the path of pursuit of data. Whether or not she’ll adhere to that’s a completely totally different query.

Time for the grand finale…

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My view on Snoke is that he must be some determine of main significance, or else it’s going to really feel like a disappointment. The earlier six films are very a lot one overarching story with Palpatine because the villain; if this saga goes to be one big story then the villain of the sequel trilogy must be someway related to the earlier occasions or else it’s simply going to look like an add-on. Some theorists have tried to get cross this by claiming he’s going to be an historic, highly effective Darkish Aspect consumer who has returned. An intriguing concept, positive, however there’s nonetheless no private reference to the story. Palpatine didn’t work as a grand villain as a result of he was highly effective – it was as a result of each main occasion of the 2 trilogies revolved round him, as did the work of the 2 protagonists. Snoke simply being a random previous Sith/no matter is my one main worry going ahead – as is Snoke being a random new Sith/no matter.

The primary cause for wanting Snoke to be Plagueis is as a result of it might tie the franchise collectively, nevertheless there are a few the reason why Lucasfilm would need to keep away from that character. It creates a whole lot of timeline baggage, for one, and despite the fact that he was name-dropped in Revenge of the Sith I doubt that a lot of the overall viewers truly know who he’s. An enormous reveal would land with lifeless weight within the cinema. Throughout that name-drop, it’s closely implied that Darth Plagueis created Anakin Skywalker by means of the midichlorians, and I’ve a intestine feeling that this was canonized (nicely, within the previous canon) as soon as it was confirmed he was Palpatine’s grasp – however don’t quote me on that. The concept a strong Sith Lord truly began the Skywalker line is basically compelling and funky, including an entire new layer to the ‘Chosen One’ factor. Anakin wasn’t born to convey stability to the Drive: he was born to wreck it, as he did.

That was within the previous continuity. On this new one, Plagueis might merely have been some previous Sith legend versus Palpatine’s grasp, and he definitely doesn’t need to be Anakin’s creator.

However what if a Darkish Sider did create Anakin? Enter Snoke.

I don’t understand how, why, or who precisely Snoke is aside from that, however I really feel that that may tie the franchise collectively in the absolute best approach – definitely higher than simply being some man Palpatine knew. It will imply that Snoke is immediately answerable for Anakin’s path of destruction (though Palps did assist with that), and now he’s fucking again, utilizing Ben Solo as a alternative for the failed Anakin venture. Maybe it’s why he appears so afraid of Luke, who broke the mould and managed to overturn the Darkish Aspect magic shit in his father. Maybe that’s additionally why Luke went into hiding. Hmm.


Christ, this was lengthy.

My obsessive over-thinking more than likely gained’t cease right here; I’ll hold considering of latest concepts and re-developing those on this piece proper up till December 2017. Star Wars is, finally, a universe the place any type of story could be advised, and nearly all of the time these tales have been informed fairly nicely. With nothing however constructive buzz leaking out of the grand Lucasfilm ship, and a mess of thrilling story prospects to comply with, I’m tremendously, ridiculously excited to take a seat down and watch Episode VIII.

Even when I don’t get something proper this time.

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