With Disney set to conclude the Skywalker ennealogy with the release of the aptly-titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, fan speculation is rampant as to how J. J. Abrams and company will choose to end the series. With the previous two mainline box office offerings failing to meet audience expectations, it's fair to assume that drastic measures may need to be taken in order to deliver a satisfying conclusion.
From C-3P0 defecting to the First Order, to Kylo Ren and Rey somehow being two halves of the same person, there have been quite a few wild ideas tossed around over the past few months. Yet, the following twenty fan theories are just crazy enough to actually pan out.
20 Snoke And Emperor Palpatine Are Connected
Suffice it to say that speculation concerning the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke has been going on since The Force Awakens debuted in 2015. That said, the confirmation that Emperor Palpatine will somehow make a return in The Rise of Skywalker seems to indicate a connection between the two baddies. Exactly how this will work, we can't say, though it seems like too obvious of a connection to ignore.
19 Rey Will Turn To The Dark Side
This doesn't seem quite as likely as other Rise of Skywalker theories, but it's not impossible. It's obvious that there's more to the Reylo dynamic than what we've previously been made privy to, and some fans seem to think that, in order to make that connection complete, Rey will be persuaded by Kylo to go bad. It may sound weird, but early drafts from Return of the Jedi actually had Luke joining Vader's side, so it's not unthinkable.
18 Finn Is Force Sensitive
This would be a bit of a weird twist, but some Star War fans have tossed around the idea that Finn is much closer to the Force than he seems to be. He was shown to at least be semi-capable with a lightsaber in The Force Awakens, but we have yet to watch him perform any moves truly worthy of a Force-sensitive Jedi.
17 The "Skywalker" Will Replace The Jedi Order
Given the film's title, it seems likely that the name "Skywalker" will have an all-new meaning by the time the credits roll. Some believe that, rather than re-igniting the Jedi Order, Rey, or perhaps other Force-sensitive beings, will declare their new religion to be the Skywalker Order. Fun fact: in the Star Wars expanded universe, the Chiss referred to some Force-sensitive navigators as "sky walkers."
16 Luke Will Return As A Force Ghost
It's been confirmed that Mark Hamill, the legendary Luke Skywalker actor, will make an appearance in the upcoming Star Wars film. We don't know the capacity to which he'll be used, but, given the mixed reaction to his character's fate in The Last Jedi, it's nice to know that Luke will get one more chance to set things straight.
15 General Hux Will Defect To The Resistance
General Armitage Hux played a pretty significant role in the previous two sequel trilogy films, serving as the right-hand man to Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. That said, actor Domhnall Gleeson has garnered quite a bit of popularity among Star Wars fans, and some seem to think that Hux will betray his First Order allegiances to appease viewers.
14 The Millennium Falcon Will Be Destroyed
Han Solo's iconic space-faring freighter is perhaps the most obdurate thing in the Star Wars universe, having eluded destruction dozens upon dozens of times. That said, the Skywalker saga is officially coming to an end, and, sad though it would be, seeing the Falcon go out in one final blaze of glory would lend a definitively conclusive air to the film.
13 Lando Will Die
Fans were astounded to hear that original Lando Calrissian actor Billy Dee Williams would return to the Star Wars universe after a more than thirty-year hiatus. Based on the trailers, his character seems to have a pretty pivotal role in the film, and some believe he'll be the most shocking death in the movie, following the in the footsteps of his friends Han and Luke.
12 Rey's Parents Weren't Nobodies
The previous two sequel-era movies heavily emphasized the idea that a great lineage need not be a pre-requisite for greatness. However, fans mainly rejected the idea that Rey's parents weren't important to the Star Wars universe. With J. J. Abrams having wrenched control of the franchise from Rian Johnson, it seems likely that he'll opt to retcon this controversial move and bring Rey's parentage back into the fold.
11 C-3P0 Will Have His Memory Wiped
The recent Rise of Skywalker final trailer raised even more questions, and fans are desperate to know exactly what C-3P0 was referring to when he stated that he was "taking one last look" at his friends. Some believe that the loyal protocol droid will have his memory wiped or be captured by the First Order, while others still think that he'll finally be meeting his demise after all this time.
10 Rey Will Wield The Dagger Of Mortis
First introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, the Dagger of Mortis is an ancient weapon said to be capable of killing an immortal being. In the most recent trailer, Rey is briefly seen gripping a very ominous-looking blade of a similar description, and, given its power, it seems like it may come in to play in the fight against a resurrected Palpatine.
9 Ahsoka Tano Will Make An Appearance
Speaking of the Star Wars: The Colone Wars animated series, fans have long speculated that Ahsoka Tano, one of the lead characters on the show, will make some sort of appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Unfortunately, there's not much proof to go on, and her total absence following the Clone Wars, which canonically took place about a generation before RoS, seems to indicate that she's gone for good.
8 We'll See How The Skywalker Bloodline Came To Be
J. J. Abrams has stated that The Rise of Skywalker will tie together each of the franchises three trilogies, and some fans took that to mean that he'll plug some of the plot gaps introduced in the prequels. Fans were notoriously unhappy about Anakin Skywalker's Virgin Mary origins, and it could be that RoS will definitively state what happened and show how the Skywalker bloodline took shape.
7 Rey Is Somehow Connected To Palpatine
The return of Emperor Palpatine to the Star Wars mythology caused tons of speculation as to his ambitions and possible lineage, and some seem to think that Rey will somehow be connected to Vader's former master. While it's not clear how that could be possible, the Star Wars expanded universe did elaborate on some very Sith-y things that went down on Rey's home planet of Jakku, which could somehow implicate her in the Emperor's doings.
6 Hayden Christensen Will Return As Anakin Skywalker
As previously mentioned, Rise of Skywalker won't shy from prequel continuity, and some have speculated that Anakin Skywalker will return to offer advice to Rey. With that in mind, it only seems natural that Hayden Christensen, the actor who portrayed the young Jedi in the final two prequel trilogy movies, would make a comeback, if only for a small cameo.
5 Kylo Ren Will Turn To The Light
As far as speculation goes, this is perhaps the most likely theory to come true. Kylo Ren is a former student of Luke Skywalker and very obviously in flux regarding his allegiance to the Dark Side of the Force. It seems likely that Ren will be turned toward the light in some form, but things could possibly turn out differently should Disney opt for a more unexpected path.
4 Luke Kept In Contact With His Father After Return Of The Jedi
The redeemed Darth Vader may have met his end after turning on his master at the end of Return of the Jedi, but that doesn't mean he's gone from the story. In fact, some fans posit that Luke communicated with the Force ghost of Anakin much as he did with the postmortem version of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
3 Emperor Palpatine Had A Contingency Plan In Case Of His Death
Much of the non-canon Star Wars Expanded Universe lore deals with thwarting the Emperor's postmortem plans, and this was also seen in EA's Star Wars Battlefront II campaign. That said, we don't quite know what Palpatine is plotting for The Rise of Skywalker, but, based on what he's concocted in the past, it can't be good.
2 The Film Will Double Down On The "Morally Grey" Concept
Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy doesn't take many risks, but it did gamble a bit in terms of character ambitions. Good and bad are obfuscated in some senses, particularly when it comes to Rey and Kylo Ren. It's one of the most interesting dynamics presented in the new movies, and some believe that Abrams will choose to double down on it and produce a morally complicated end to the Skywalker saga.
1 Kylo And Rey Are Actually The Same Person
Alright, this one is a bit out there, but hear us out. While it's hard to imagine these two literally being the same being, some fans believe that Rey and Kylo Ren will be revealed to be two sides of the same whole, two parts of one larger entity. It's a strange idea, but it could be worth exploring, and the Force's mysticism does leave room for such a scenario.
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