Well, The Last Jedi comes out officially tomorrow (though I'm going to see an early showing this evening), and there are no shortage of fan theories about what's going to be revealed in the film. You've probably heard a good deal of them, but I want to break down what I think are some of the most (and least) plausible fan theories so far. We'll have to see if I'm right tonight, but let's dive in, shall we?
Plausible: Luke trained the Knights of Ren
This one I could definitely see, and I'm actually going to go out on a limb and conjecture that this will be confirmed in the movie.
If Luke trained Kylo Ren (at least partially), then it definitely seems possible that he could have trained the other Knights of Ren. Kylo could have easily convinced other padawans to join him in his treachery.
That said, Han Solo tells Rey and Finn that Kylo Ren "destroyed" everything that Luke had worked to build up. Rey's vision confirms this statement, showing Kylo Ren running a Jedi student through. Wouldn't he have destroyed all of Luke's students? And if there were others involved, why would Kylo get all the credit?
A few things could potentially explain this. For one thing, the Knights of Ren are seen in Rey's vision--could be a coincidence, but it also could be that they were present for the slaughter. Now, even if they were present, it could be that the Knights of Ren were a preexisting organization that helped Kylo carry out the deed. The origin of the Knights is nebulous at best. However, if Kylo Ren is the "master of the Knights of Ren," as Snoke describes him, it seems odd that he would rise to the rank of master so quickly in an established order such as the Knights. If, however, he was a central figure in their founding, it makes much more sense; further, as a leader of the group, he would naturally receive credit for the massacre.
Plausible: Rey is a Kenobi
This one's a tough one to deem true/false before the movie. While I personally think the Palpatine granddaughter theory is credible, too, the Kenobi granddaughter one isn't outlandish.
Let's talk about what we have to go on. We know that Obi-Wan speaks to Rey in her vision in The Force Awakens: "Rey, these are your first steps," he says. This could be from the lightsaber's memories, as it were, or indirect connection to Obi-Wan; however, it could also very well be because Rey has some connection to Obi-Wan herself. If it was a mere "memory" of the lightsaber, it seems odd that Rey would personally be addressed in the vision.
Also, Daisy Ridley, Rey's actor, said she thought Rey's parents were obvious in the seventh film. As such, we have to assume that some kind of clue was dropped in The Force Awakens to tip us off on who her parents were. Her vision, and Obi-Wan's message to her, could very well be one of those tips. Of course, plenty of other theories exist, which is why I'm hesitant to predict that this will be confirmed in The Last Jedi.
Not Plausible: Rey came from an egg
Yep, this is actually a real theory. And I'm going to say that, since Daisy Ridley thought her parents were obvious in The Force Awakens, this one's a huge no--I'm pretty sure I didn't see a giant chicken in the film. The theory doesn't actually suggest that her parents were chickens (it's a little more complicated than that), but this one's so outlandish, I'm not going to bother trying to explain it.
Not Plausible: Snoke is Jar Jar
I hate to weigh in on Snoke's identity, because I'm almost getting the feeling that he isn't from the known Star Wars universe, but...
Disney would have to revive the reviled Jar Jar Binks at their own risk. I'm going to give this one a big NO.
Not Plausible: Kylo Ren is a double agent
I'm also incredibly doubtful of this one, but I realize that this could seem possible at first glance, so I'm going to go a bit more in-depth with this one.
Some say that Kylo Ren is just pretending to be this psycopathic guy essentially so he can get in good with the Supreme Leader. Evidence of this consists of his apparent struggle against the Light Side at several points in The Force Awakens.
I agree that Ren has his struggles with the Light Side vs. the Dark. For the sake of argument, I'm going to pretend that a double agent would commit such a horrific act as massacring Jedi to get in Snoke's good graces. However, this theory would not explain why Kylo Ren would be speaking to Vader's charred mask, in private, asking him to show him the power of the darkness. People typically don't keep on their facade in private.
I'm not saying that Ren may not have a transformation at some point in the new trilogy, but I think that the notion of double agency is farfetched.
That's all I've got...let me know your favorite/least favorite The Last Jedi theories!
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