If you have not seen “The Last Jedi”, I would not read any further unless you are ok with spoilers. Everything that you are about to read are my guesses about the future of the franchise. It is all conjecture. I don’t have any inside contacts over at Disney. I’ve not seen any scripts. I am just a casual fan of the Star Wars franchise that also loves to analyze films, especially their use of foreshadowing and cultural themes. I’ve already done a general critique of what I didn’t like about the “Last Jedi.” Read it here So, without further ado, I present to you the Evangelical Libertarian’s predictions concerning the future direction of the Star Wars franchise.
First, I believe Disney is bringing the original storyline to an end in order to begin multiple new story lines. After Kylo Ren and Rey join forces to defend themselves against Snoke’s version of the Imperial Guard, they have an important, albeit brief verbal exchange. Kylo Ren’s words to Rey in that scene, along with their conversation on the way up to Snoke’s throne room in the elevator, I believe, give us the basic seeds that will blossom into the future of the franchise. Paraphrasing here, Kylo Ren tells Rey, “Let it all die. the Jedi, the Sith, the Empire, the Republic, all of it, let it all die.” I believe Disney is spelling out for us their intention. They are killing the original story line. After this series of films, I believe the Skywalker dynasty will end, as well as most of the links to the original films, except maybe legend references. These movies are Disney building a bridge out of the past and into the future. They are going to expand the franchise and create multiple story lines and merchandising opportunities. I’ll get into that next, including how I think the new story lines will come about.
Rey’s origins I believe were only partially explained in the “Last Jedi”. I think Kylo Ren’s vision of her past was accurate but incomplete. Rey, I believe is like Anakin, a force conception. In the cave, when she looked into the glass, she only saw herself. The people Kylo Ren saw in his vision and assumed to be her parents, will turn out to have been only her mother, likely being forced to sell her child in order to get drinking money for her husband because she was not his child and he knew it.
Here is the whopper prediction everyone. I believe Rey is the new Anakin and Kylo Ren is the new Vader. Wait, Kylo Ren the new Vader (sarcasm), everyone knows that EL. Hang with me a second here. Rey and Kylo are two sides of the same character, or the Force if you will. Rey is born on a desert planet into difficult circumstances, lonely, afraid, and different from everyone else because she is Force conceived. In her early years she will be, like Anakin, the hero and display fantastic powers. But, in the end she will become the villain. I think this will happen in the next film. Both Rey and Kylo’s visions of each other’s futures were accurate. He will turn back to the Light and she will turn to the Darkside of the force. When she first used the Force, she went straight to the darkside. Luke was shocked that she did not even resist. In contrast, Kylo could not kill Leia, and I believe he saved her by using the Force when she should have died. This will come out fairly early in the next film as well. The first two films, “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” have gone out of their way to focus on Kylo Ren’s moral conflict. Rey tells Luke as she leaves to go to confront Kylo Ren in an attempt to turn him that he (Kylo Ren) is the Rebellion’s best hope now.
Though the original storyline is being ended, multiple new story lines are going to be established. I believe Rey is not the only force conception. This was foreshadowed at the very end of “The Last Jedi” when the orphan child that had helped Rose and Fin reached for the broom and drew it to himself without touching it. We are watching Disney let the old Jedi Order die to give birth to a new one. It is time for it to die, Luke tells us several times in “The Last Jedi.” Yoda confirms it by destroying the Tree that contained the ancient Jedi texts. He also confirms that it is time for the Jedi to die when speaking with Luke. Luke points out the arrogance of believing that the force would vanish with the original Jedi Order while training Rey. He tells Kylo Ren that “every word that he had just spoken was wrong,” that he, Luke would not be the last Jedi. The old Jedi Order will die and a new order will arise from force conceptions throughout the galaxy.
Lastly, I believe Rey and Kylo Ren will possibly kill each other as the climax of the next film. I think Rey will turn and do what all Sith do when they turn. Like Anakin and Kylo Ren before her, she will plan an attempt to kill all the young Force conceived Jedi in order to wipe out the new order before it can begin. I think Rey and Kylo Ren’s final fight scene will be Kylo Ren’s redemption scene, and it will involve him stopping her from hunting the new force conceived Jedi down in order to kill them. Rey and Kylo may join forces briefly in the next film, but in the end, she will be the villain and he will be the hero. Both will die to make way for new story lines that will involve all the new force conceptions. Also wherever there is light there is dark. We will also see some of these Force conceptions birth a new Sith order. Snoke tells us in the film that he knew that as Kylo Ren grew in strength, that there would be one among the Jedi who would rise with more or less equal power. Snoke assumed it was Luke, but it turned out to be Rey.
Another theory I have is that only Kylo Ren dies, slain by Rey’s hand, but in doing so he saves the Rebellion and the new Force conceptions. Rey, a non-Skywalker, lives on to train a new Sith Order to match the rise of the New Jedi Order.
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