Questions We Desperately Want Answered In 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After the longest two years of our lives, sci-fi’s biggest hit Star Wars returns with Episode VIII. 'The Last Jedi' finally reaches ODEON cinemas at midnight on 14th December and here are five burning questions that have been keeping us awake at night.

1. Who are Rey’s parents?


What we know so far...

We knew, from the moment Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended, that a chunk of The Last Jedi would involve the Jedi Master potentially training his new Padawan. Though, we also know that Luke lost several young Jedi in a scene that is referenced in the last trailer and he seems worried about Rey's potentials.  Will Luke be able to train Rey?

The big one. We know that Rey was wrenched from her folks and left to flog space-junk on Jakku, but their identity has fuelled forum debates ever since The Force Awakens. The knee-jerk conclusion is that she’s a chip off the old Skywalker block, which would explain her powers and urge to track down her old man.

But more imaginative fans have speculated that Rey is a Kenobi, while it’s even whispered she could be the fruit of Emperor Palpatine’s diabolical loins. We demand answers....


2. What is Supreme Leader Snoke’s history?


Andy Serkis’s craggy hologram loomed over The Force Awakens, bossing Kylo Ren around like the line manager from Hell, but we left the cinema with no concrete explanation of how he came to occupy the corner office at the First Order.

With the rumour-mill spinning at full-pelt – some fans insist he’s actually Emperor Palpatine’s mentor Darth Plagueis – Last Jedi director Rian Johnson desperately needs to fill the gaps and flesh out the family tree.

What we know so far....

"When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that... something truly special."

Those are the opening, growling words from Snoke that we can hear in the last trailer.  Is he talking about Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who is in some of the opening shots? Or is he actually talking about Rey? At the end of the trailer, we see Snoke apparently torturing Rey before she says: "I need someone to show me my place in all this."  Although we're not really sure what's going on, it looks like we will see some exciting face-to-face.

3. What’s the deal with Luke’s lightsaber?


What we know so far....

Last time we didn't actually see Luke accepting his Lighsaber from Rey,  but now we're sure he will, even if he's quite nervous about it. And we can see Rey practicing with it and at some point Finn is using the lightsaber too. So the real question now is...what about Luke?


It was a central plot device in The Force Awakens, conjuring nightmarish visions for Rey and symbolically passed to Luke in the final frame. Now, for better or worse, something tells us that Skywalker’s glowstick will be the key to The Last Jedi, used to either save or annihilate the galaxy.

Back in the 2015 film, Maz Kanata noted that the question of where the weapon has been all these years was a “story for another time”. That time is surely now, right?

4. How did Kylo Ren go bad?


We’ve had hints at the roots of Adam Driver’s conflicted villain, but to maintain his allure, the backstory needs some serious meat on its bones. Most of all, we’d like to see Ren’s transition from Han and Leia’s blue-eyed boy to a grille-faced Slipknot lookalike, and understand what drove him to destroy Luke’s Jedi Academy.

It’s down to The Last Jedi to tell us, because Driver’s lips are sealed: “The things about that character that I find painful, that I really relate to, I kind of prefer to keep to myself.”  



What we know so far....

He dispatched his dad, Han Solo, in the last film. Will Leia meet the same fate?  In The Last Jedi,  Kylo Ren  has to 'let the past die ' in order to complete his path to the dark side. And in another possible face-to-face suggested by the trailer,  Leia is silent but furrowed of brow, as you might look if you fear you might be killed by your son...

5. Is Luke the ‘hero’ we’re expecting him to be?


What we know so far....

Toward the end of the new trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker says “This is not going to go the way you think.”

The trailer implies that the franchise’s poster-boy will train Rey to paid-up Jedi status. But perhaps that’s just what Johnson wants us to think. After all, Skywalker men have a habit of dipping into the dark side, and back in 2005, actor Mark Hamill himself suggested to Star Wars executives that his character should go bad.

When the trailer concludes with Luke’s ominous voiceover – “It’s time for the Jedi to end” – the theory that he’s Palpatine’s evil heir starts to ring true. All will be revealed on 14th December!

The trailer certainly reflects this statement. Nothing is as it seems. But we will have some answers, because Luke is definitely a bigger presence in Episode VIII and the film will take some time to fill in the missing years and discover what Luke has been up to...

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