Star Wars: The Last Jedi was finally released this past weekend, and it answered a lot of questions set up in The Force Awakens. It might not have answered them to the liking of most fans, but that’s another issue entirely. However, there are still some loose threads left for Episode IX. Here are five questions that still haven’t been answered after The Last Jedi:
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1. What’s the future of the Resistance?
By the end of the movie, the majority of Resistance fighters are killed in battle. This happens in the opening scene, when the escape transports are shot. What’s left afterwards is decimated in the battle on Crait. In the shuttle at the end of the film, there were legitimately well under 50 soldiers left. This fact will most likely be a main plot point for Episode IX, especially after a child used the Force to pick up a broom to further signify that hope still reigns in the galaxy. But, it’s still reasonable to wonder how the Resistance can come back from these major losses.
2. Will we ever see Luke again?
Luke sadly passed on in the name of the Force, and it was a very emotionally, powerful moment. But, there’s still a chance we could see Luke in a Star Wars movie in the future. Force ghosts are a thing, so there’s definitely a chance that Mark Hamill will come back to play Luke again. It would be interesting to see Kylo Ren become haunted by Luke Skywalker’s ghost in Episode IX. Or, maybe he could guide Rey. I just don’t think we’ve seen the end of Luke just yet.
3. How will Episode IX handle Leia?
Sadly, Carrie Fisher past about a year ago, and General Leia was still alive at the end of Episode VIII. There’s only two ways to get around this unfortunate event. Lucasfilm could either recast Leia or say that she passed between Episodes XIII and IX. The latter option seems more plausible, but recasting is still possible. After all, J.J. Abrams is still figuring out the story to Episode IX.
It seems obvious that Lucasfilm’s plan was to kill Han Solo in XII, kill Luke in XIII, and kill Leia in Episode IX. Those plans clearly have to change. Carrie Fisher played a major part of the Star Wars universe, and in whatever they do, her absense will radiate through the galaxy.
4. Are Rey’s parents actually nobody?
Kylo explains to Rey that when they were connected, he saw her parents. They were apparently gamblers who sold her for money. However, Kylo is already established as an unreliable narrator, so Kylo could have lied to fill Rey with rage. It was Rey herself that said they were nobody, but might be misinformed as well. They left when she was a small child, so her memory from that time is not very clear. Personally, I think they probably are nobody. J.J. might retcon this idea in later versions of the script, however.
5. Who is Snoke?
Supreme Leader Snoke is killed by Kylo Ren when he is told to kill Rey, which might be the biggest surprise of the movie. However, The Last Jedi never goes into detail about who Snoke was or how he became powerful. It seems like he is even more powerful than Emperor Palpatine, so it would be great to know more about his character. They will probably explain this in a canon book or comic, but it was a little unsatisfying to not get any answers about his origins. We could see him again because we’ve established many things are possible through the Force, but I doubt we’ll get any answers in the movies anytime soon.
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