Kylo Ren is a murderin’ son-of-a-gun (literally, on both counts).
First things first: This article is going to discuss some major plot points from The Force Awakens in-depth, so if you haven’t seen it yet or don’t want the movie spoiled for you, turn back now. Otherwise, only pain will you find here.
So yeah, about The Force Awakens. Good Lord, the movie is fantastic. It may not be as good as The Empire Strikes Back, which is widely considered to be the best in the saga, but it’s at least in the ballpark. The action! The new characters! The old characters! The John Williams score! It was actually really funny at points! Star Wars is great again and we can all move on from the prequel debacle. Let us never speak of those films again.
If the The Force Awakens has a fault, it’s that it raises quite a few big questions without answering them. Clearly it’s trying to leave some story lines for the next two chapters. And it looks like these are some of the more likely scenes we’ll see play out in Star Wars Episode VIII:
5. Rey is Revealed to be Luke Skywalker’s Daughter
“Well, duh,” you’re probably saying after you’ve seen the film.
Yeah, The Force Awakens does everything but come right out and say Rey is Luke’s daughter. And it probably would have been revealed if Luke actually had any lines. Maz Kenata (who inexplicably has Luke’s old lightsaber) tells Rey that it belonged to Luke and his father before him and it now calls to Rey. Maz also tells her that the family she’s waiting for is in her future as she continues her search for Luke. Then there’s the obvious Force and piloting abilities that run in the Skywalker family, and the vague memories of a man dropping her off on Jakku.
Yeah, it’s pretty obvious that Luke is Rey’s father.
The more interesting question is why did Luke abandon his daughter after his new Jedi Order was destroyed by Kylo Ren? There’s no sign of Rey’s mother in the new movie. Perhaps Kylo Ren killed her during his fall the to Dark Side. That would explain why Luke felt the need to hide Rey, and it would also give Rey the same motivation to confront Kylo Ren in Episode VIII that Luke had to take on Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.
4. Finn Has Some Connection to Lando Calrissian
Kylo Ren is Han and Leia’s son. Rey is probably Luke’s daughter. It seems kind of odd then that Finn just shows up as the third lead in the new movies without any connection to an older character, especially as the series strengthens its themes of being the story of a family. It’s The Godfather in space if you will. Finn briefly mentions being taken from his family at a young age and indoctrinated as a storm trooper in The First Order. He doesn’t even know his real name, having only gone by the designation FN-2187 before Poe Dameron dubs him Finn.
There were rumors before The Force Awakens’ release that Finn was Lando’s son, and the film’s co-writer, Lawrence Kasdan, hinted that Lando will be returning in the sequels. Just don’t be surprised that if when Finn and Lando meet, Lando recognizes him as his long-lost son, or possibly a nephew or cousin.
3. Rey and Finn Fall in Love
It was nice to see that Han and Leia still cared about each other after all this time, even if their son’s fall to the Dark Side drove them apart. But when Han died at the hands of Kylo Ren, one of the best romances in all of science-fiction died with him. There’s a new hope for romance in the Star Wars universe though.
It’s subtle, but the hints of a relationship between Rey and Finn are there. It’s in the way Finn keeps grabbing her hand when they first meet and are on the run from The First Order. Finn clearly cares for Rey when he wants to rescue her from Starkiller Base. And those feelings seem to be reciprocated in how Rey goes to save Finn after her battle with Kylo Ren. Then, she promises to see him again after finding Luke. There’s definitely a spark between the two. Let’s just hope there isn’t an awkward reveal in Episode IX that they’re actually siblings.