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Warning: do not read on if you have not seen Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
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After two long years of waiting, The Last Jedi is finally here, answering many of the questions we had from The Force Awakens. We know that Snoke is not a giant; we found out what Luke’s been up to for the past 19 years; we finally seemed to get an answer about Rey’s parents. But the latest film in the Skywalker saga also threw up a load of other questions. Here are the ones we most want answers to in Star Wars Episode 9.
1. Who actually is Snoke?
In a huge twist, Kylo Ren offed the second of his father figures – Snoke – immediately after he brought Rey to him. This removes any real opportunity we have to learn much more about Snoke: we still don’t know where he came from, how he became so powerful, or how he managed to corrupt Kylo Ren. Director Rian Johnson seems to think that’s fine though: “We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to,” he said prior to the film’s release. Frustrating.
2. What was Leia’s flying scene all about?
After the bridge of her cruiser was destroyed, Leia was flung out into space along with the rest of the Resistance leaders. But she didn’t die out there: she appeared to use the Force to bring herself back to safety. We know she has a connection to the Force, in her communication with Luke from the original trilogy – but we’ve never seen her use her powers physically. If she’s so strong, why did she never train in the ways of the Jedi? And why did no one talk about how she’d saved herself from death in space? Everyone just carried on like it was totally normal.
3. Where is Lando?
So many original-trilogy characters have come back for the new trilogy that it’s a bit weird not to see Lando Calrissian among them. In 2015, Lando actor Billy Dee Williams reprised his role for the animated series Star Wars: Rebels – so why not the films?
4. What happened to DJ?
Just before Finn and Rose escaped capture by the First Order, Benicio Del Toro’s shady character, DJ, had wandered off with a ransom for handing them in. Did he manage to make it off the ship before it blew up, and will we be seeing him again in Episode IX?
5. Were Rey’s parents actually ‘no one’?
Kylo Ren told Rey that she was nobody: that her parents were scumbags who had abandoned her on Jakku. She seemed to believe him – to admit that he was right, even – but was he just lying to her to manipulate her? Until we get confirmation from Rian Johnson or Episode IX director J.J. Abrams, fans will probably continue to ask the question about Rey’s parentage.
6. Will Luke be a Force ghost now?
At the end of The Last Jedi, Luke disappears, becoming ‘one with the Force’ like Obi-Wan Kenobi did in A New Hope. That scene wasn’t the end of Obi-Wan: Alec Guinness returned as a ghost in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and Yoda has shown up as a Force ghost more than once now too. Does this mean Mark Hamill could return to play Luke in the next film, providing advice to Rey, or Kylo Ren? Remember: he warned Kylo that if he struck him down in anger, Luke would never leave him. Perhaps he’ll play a key role in Kylo’s redemption in the next film.
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7. Is Kylo Ren really the main villain now?
Kylo Ren’s murder of Snoke was a thrilling surprise, but it changed the game completely. Snoke was the trilogy’s ‘big bad’, a job that now falls to Kylo – but Kylo is more complicated than that. We know he still feels tempted towards the Light, and Rey told him that she sees him turning back from the Dark side in a vision. Will another, greater threat emerge for Episode IX, or are we heading for a simple showdown between Kylo and Rey?
8. Why do Poe and Rey still not know each other?
The character of Poe was originally set to die in The Force Awakens, which is why he goes missing for a large portion of that film. At its end, he is on the Resistance base with Rey, but they don’t share any scenes. At the end of The Last Jedi, he introduces himself to her, as if to tie up the question of whether they’d met off-screen in TFA. Is there any significance to the fact that they’ve only just met?
9. Will there be a time jump before Episode 9?
Lucasfilm has confirmed that the late great Carrie Fisher will not be digitally recreated for Episode IX, suggesting that Leia will not appear at all in the next film. This means that either that the character will be kept ‘busy’ on a project off-screen, or Leia will be killed off before the film begins. If the latter option is taken, it’s likely that there’ll be a larger time gap in the narrative between The Last Jedi and Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas now.