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12.31.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Questions from The Force Awakens That Star Wars: Episode VIII Needs To Answer

After having watched STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS anywhere between one and a dozen times, you likely have numerous questions about what will come next in the Skywalker saga. Like any good chapter in a story, THE FORCE AWAKENS has set the stage for exciting developments to come in Episode VIII and beyond. Whether Rian Johnson's film will address everything we want to know, we will likely learn the truth to at least some of these items. Here is our list of the ten most burning questions from J.J. Abrams' film that we want to have answered. If you have another question that we didn't ask, feel free to include it in the talk backs below. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS HEAVY AND MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

#10 - What is next for the Resistance?

Very little was revealed about what the Resistance did for the last three decades after RETURN OF THE JEDI. We know splinter groups like the First Order have kept General Organa and her band of rebels on their toes. We also know that the Republic partnered with the Resistance prior to being decimated by the Starkiller Base in THE FORCE AWAKENS. With their resources vanquished, what will they do next? We know Leia's search for Luke was a top priority, but in the wake of Han Solo's death, what will they do now? And will Poe Dameron play a bigger role in the next phase of their plans?

#9 - What is next for the First Order?

The villains in STAR WARS just cannot seem to make massive super-weapons without leaving vulnerabilities easily exploited by their foes. But, once again, the bad guys are cowering and plotting their next move. Snoke, Hux, and Kylo Ren seem to have a plan for what they will do next, but what could it be? It better not be an even bigger gun because that would just be silly. They did manage to destroy the Republic which is a big blow to the Resistance, but I have to believe they have more up their sleeve than just shooting at the rebels.

#8 - What happened to Captain Phasma?

Teased as the coolest new addition to STAR WARS, Gwendoline Christie's chrome trooper was a waste of screen time. Last we heard, Han and Finn were talking about throwing her into a trash compactor. Everyone has said that Christie will be back as Phasma in Episode VIII, so I just hope she can actually live up to her potential as a villain instead of existing just to lower the shields.

#7 - How did Maz Kanata get Luke's lightsaber?

When asked how she came into possession of Luke Skywalker's lightsaber last seen falling with his severed hand in Cloud City, Maz Kanata hinted that it would be a story for another time. Well, dammit, it is time for that story. Thirty years is a good amount of time for Lobot or another employee of Lando Calrissian to find it on Bespin, but there has to be something more intriguing about it than that or Maz would have just said that. With the saber back in Luke's possession, will he pass it down to Rey?

#6 - Does the galaxy know the truth about Darth Vader?

The fall of Anakin Skywalker to become Darth Vader was not a story widely known around the galaxy outside of Obi-wan Kenobi and Yoda. But, Luke learned the truth and shared it with his sister, but after Vader redeemed himself at the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI, was his bravery touted around the known universe to those who once feared him? Kylo Ren seems to have still believed in the Dark Side tale of Vader and Han Solo still remembers the black suited villain. Does the galaxy still fear the Sith Lord or are we not getting the whole story?

#5 - What is next for Kylo Ren?

There are lots of theories about Kylo Ren. Some think he is truly good and posing as evil to help take down the Sith. Others think his tale is an adaptation of the fall of Jacen Solo who would go on to become Darth Caedus in the Legends novels. What we do know is that he killed his father, Han Solo, and that is not typically an act you can redeem yourself from. Kylo Ren has been trained as both a Jedi (as Ben Solo) and now under Snoke to use the Dark Side of the Force, but he was still bested by the rookie Rey and left with a gnarly facial scar. Will he seek revenge and complete Snoke's plan and Darth Vader's legacy? With Benicio Del Toro teased as the villain in Episode VIII, will Kylo Ren still play a substantial role?

#4 - What has Luke been doing all these years?

THE FORCE AWAKENS kept Luke Skywalker's location a mystery for all but a minute of screen time. Mark Hamill uttered no dialogue but came face to face with Rey before the film ended. Luke's face bore a knowing expression as to who Rey was, but the emotions seemed to be conflicted between happiness, anger, and sadness. Luke seems to be at an ancient Jedi temple of some sort, but has he been meditating for all these years or just hiding from Kylo Ren? Is there more to his plan than just waiting for everything to blow over? I certainly hope there is more to Luke's last decade that standing on the edge of a ruined building, waiting for someone to bring him back his lightsaber. And why the hell would he leave a map if he didn't want to be found?

#3 - Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?

Another character eliciting a ton of theories from fans, Supreme Leader Snoke seems to have quite a bit of Dark Side in him. Mentor to Kylo Ren, Snoke seems to want Luke Skywalker destroyed as much as anyone, but his true motivations are unclear. It is also unclear as to how he rose to such prominence in the First Order and we never heard anything about him in the Original Trilogy. Some have suggested that Snoke could be Darth Plagueis, mentor to Emperor Palpatine, since his theme in THE FORCE AWAKENS is eerily similar to music from REVENGE OF THE SITH. Whatever the case, I just want to know if the guy is seventy feet tall or if he just has a Napoleon complex.

#2 - Is Finn destined to be a Jedi?

Finn had the most complete arc of any new character in THE FORCE AWAKENS and yet we still know nothing about him. A brainwashed stormtrooper who turned against the First Order, Finn's family is a mystery as is whether he will become a love interest for Rey or follow a path to be a Jedi. Finn wielded a lightsaber in the film and on the posters, but he was bested by Kylo Ren and given a critical injury to his spine. Was Finn the rare non-Force sensitive user of a lightsaber or does his murky backstory hint at greater things for him?

#1 - Who is Rey's family?

Rey is an awesome successor to Luke Skywalker as the central figure in the new trilogy, but is she related to the hero of the original films? Theories range from Rey being a Skywalker to a Solo to a Kenobi, but she could easily be any of these or none of them. There is clearly a connection to the Skywalker clan teased when she touches Luke's lightsaber or when Luke, Han, and Leia interact with her, but who is she really? Things are less clear with Rey than any character in the STAR WARS saga, and it is that mystery that makes it so interesting to see if all will be revealed in Episode VIII.

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5:29PM on 01/02/2016
I hadn't considered Rey being Luke's kid. I figured Luke probably stayed celibate, like Obi-Wan before him. Two things struck me, that she was so clearly stronger than Kylo Ren, and that she wants him dead for killing Han, and wounding Finn so badly. Kylo Ren is an intriguing villain because he's trying so hard to prove he's an evil badass, but he's not (yet). Finn is alternately trying to be the good guy. Rey isn't trying to be anything. She has the Force, now all she needs is a teacher to
I hadn't considered Rey being Luke's kid. I figured Luke probably stayed celibate, like Obi-Wan before him. Two things struck me, that she was so clearly stronger than Kylo Ren, and that she wants him dead for killing Han, and wounding Finn so badly. Kylo Ren is an intriguing villain because he's trying so hard to prove he's an evil badass, but he's not (yet). Finn is alternately trying to be the good guy. Rey isn't trying to be anything. She has the Force, now all she needs is a teacher to keep her focused. And if Luke failed so horribly with Ben Solo, then how is he going to be with Rey?
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7:05PM on 01/01/2016

How many Jedi are there?

I'm curious to know if Luke is the last jedi, or has he been training others like Kylo before he turned to the dark side. Was Max Von Snydow's character one of them? The fact that he had the partial map to Luke, and was also on Jakku just like Rey, makes me think Rey is Luke's daughter. The Star Wars films have, so far, always been about the Skywalker's.
I'm curious to know if Luke is the last jedi, or has he been training others like Kylo before he turned to the dark side. Was Max Von Snydow's character one of them? The fact that he had the partial map to Luke, and was also on Jakku just like Rey, makes me think Rey is Luke's daughter. The Star Wars films have, so far, always been about the Skywalker's.
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5:36PM on 01/10/2016
I'm hoping that the notion that the Knights of Ren killed all the Jedi was an exaggeration or rouse of some sort. Would be super cool if there were still a band of Jedi secretly alive, with the world just thinking that Ren killed them all (except for Luke).
I'm hoping that the notion that the Knights of Ren killed all the Jedi was an exaggeration or rouse of some sort. Would be super cool if there were still a band of Jedi secretly alive, with the world just thinking that Ren killed them all (except for Luke).
7:10PM on 01/01/2016
they explained it in the movie. Luke is the last jedi. The Knights of ren (including Kylo) slaughtered his students after he slipped to the dark side.
they explained it in the movie. Luke is the last jedi. The Knights of ren (including Kylo) slaughtered his students after he slipped to the dark side.
4:47PM on 01/01/2016
I actually agree with the writer. I was intrigued by the look of her character, and she seemed pretty cool. I would have liked to see more about her, and see her kick some butt!
I actually agree with the writer. I was intrigued by the look of her character, and she seemed pretty cool. I would have liked to see more about her, and see her kick some butt!
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1:19PM on 01/01/2016
She could be related to Qui-Gon Jinn as well (grand-daughter ?)
She could be related to Qui-Gon Jinn as well (grand-daughter ?)
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1:17PM on 01/01/2016
Him, being Lando's son stolen at birth would be a little obvious, but would it stop them from doing it ?
That would explains why Lando's supposed to come back in Ep VIII: They test Fynn's blood and discover his connection to him, so they contact Lando who doesn't want to hear from The Rebels or Solo, because he considers his implication in the movement is the reason why the First Order took him (or he might believe he was killed alongside his mother), something like that...
Him, being Lando's son stolen at birth would be a little obvious, but would it stop them from doing it ?
That would explains why Lando's supposed to come back in Ep VIII: They test Fynn's blood and discover his connection to him, so they contact Lando who doesn't want to hear from The Rebels or Solo, because he considers his implication in the movement is the reason why the First Order took him (or he might believe he was killed alongside his mother), something like that...
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12:27PM on 01/01/2016
A "waste of screen time."

Actually no.. she was a necessary plot-point/villain to further the story along. We don't need a full flesh-out of her in this film, we just need her introduced. Sorry, but you're wrong.
A "waste of screen time."

Actually no.. she was a necessary plot-point/villain to further the story along. We don't need a full flesh-out of her in this film, we just need her introduced. Sorry, but you're wrong.
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11:24PM on 01/01/2016
This movie is great but " she was a necessary plot-point/villain to further the story along."

is just making make believe excuses. lol she might amount to more in a sequel but she was WAAAAAAASTED in this movie.
This movie is great but " she was a necessary plot-point/villain to further the story along."

is just making make believe excuses. lol she might amount to more in a sequel but she was WAAAAAAASTED in this movie.
7:39PM on 01/01/2016
Are you kidding me? I loved this movie, but she was a huge let down and every single person I've talked to has agreed. She did absolutely nothing in this movie. She walked around, ordered people to shoot the villagers, and then did nothing until she shows up at the end and is forced to lower the shields. That's it. She wasn't necessary, they could've literally grabbed any storm trooper working in that room to do what she did. I really, really hope she has more to do in the next one,
Are you kidding me? I loved this movie, but she was a huge let down and every single person I've talked to has agreed. She did absolutely nothing in this movie. She walked around, ordered people to shoot the villagers, and then did nothing until she shows up at the end and is forced to lower the shields. That's it. She wasn't necessary, they could've literally grabbed any storm trooper working in that room to do what she did. I really, really hope she has more to do in the next one, however.
7:49AM on 01/01/2016
I blindly watch a first viewing of Force Awakens thinking she was one of the twins and looking for signs of it. But after watching it a second time, she's definitely Luke's daughter. They show a doll in her home, that looks like Luke when he was dressed as a X-Wing fighter. I think she knows her dad fought for the Rebel Alliance which is why she's so fascinated by it. Additionally her "family" was supposed to return for her but never did. Luke went into hiding and never came out. The signs add
I blindly watch a first viewing of Force Awakens thinking she was one of the twins and looking for signs of it. But after watching it a second time, she's definitely Luke's daughter. They show a doll in her home, that looks like Luke when he was dressed as a X-Wing fighter. I think she knows her dad fought for the Rebel Alliance which is why she's so fascinated by it. Additionally her "family" was supposed to return for her but never did. Luke went into hiding and never came out. The signs add up. The Force brought the two together.
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6:27PM on 01/01/2016
"see Luke tear up, b/c/ he knew he left her behind on Jakku all those years ago"

close but no cigar.

I believe Kylo Ren left Rey on Jakku. However, she would've only known him as her cousin Ben Solo as he wouldn't be wearing the mask that he wore when he slaughtered the new Jedi. It was the lightside in him that spared her life because she was family. After they killed her mother and the other new jedi he took her and hid her and wiped her mind, which is why she couldn't remember any of
"see Luke tear up, b/c/ he knew he left her behind on Jakku all those years ago"

close but no cigar.

I believe Kylo Ren left Rey on Jakku. However, she would've only known him as her cousin Ben Solo as he wouldn't be wearing the mask that he wore when he slaughtered the new Jedi. It was the lightside in him that spared her life because she was family. After they killed her mother and the other new jedi he took her and hid her and wiped her mind, which is why she couldn't remember any of her training (which obviously was awakening) and to hide her from the Knights of Ren.

Thats why Maz said her family was out there but whoever left her there wasnt coming back.

As well as that is why Kylo force pulled and choked that First Order officer when he told him a girl got off Jakku!

"WHAT GIRL!!!!!" why else would that piss kylo off?
4:34PM on 01/01/2016
Yes, I forgot to include that hint about Luke's facial expression. When I first saw the movie it didn't make sense b/c like I said I was thinking Rey and Ben were supposed to be twins. But when I saw the movie again, Luke's expression totally made sense considering Rey is his kid. And yes using the Force the first name that comes to Rey's mind after Maz's question, is Luke. And on top of that, Rey being a Skywalker, IMO of course she's going to kick Kylo's ass. I would expecting nothing less
Yes, I forgot to include that hint about Luke's facial expression. When I first saw the movie it didn't make sense b/c like I said I was thinking Rey and Ben were supposed to be twins. But when I saw the movie again, Luke's expression totally made sense considering Rey is his kid. And yes using the Force the first name that comes to Rey's mind after Maz's question, is Luke. And on top of that, Rey being a Skywalker, IMO of course she's going to kick Kylo's ass. I would expecting nothing less from the offspring of Luke, who became an extraordinarily powerful Jedi. Grand master Jedi, I believe.
12:36PM on 01/01/2016
Agreed, great explanation. Also when Maz Kanata tells here she's been looking for "someone out there", and asks her who, Rey [with tears] answers Luke. Plus at the end we see Luke tear up, b/c/ he knew he left her behind on Jakku all those years ago - he didn't want the possibility of her being swung to the dark side. If you think about it, the couple times Rey in the film really harnesses the Force, it's almost like her father Luke is being awakened in her. Hence the "Force awakening". Awesome
Agreed, great explanation. Also when Maz Kanata tells here she's been looking for "someone out there", and asks her who, Rey [with tears] answers Luke. Plus at the end we see Luke tear up, b/c/ he knew he left her behind on Jakku all those years ago - he didn't want the possibility of her being swung to the dark side. If you think about it, the couple times Rey in the film really harnesses the Force, it's almost like her father Luke is being awakened in her. Hence the "Force awakening". Awesome story arc if you ask me.
7:38AM on 01/01/2016
Also, is Finn force sensitive? This is one of the biggest questions I came across on the internet. I hope Finn becomes a Jedi. I actually thought he was before seeing the movie. I knew he wasn't going to beat Kylo and I knew he was the one laying on ground in front of crying Rey. But I was expecting him to get stronger then become a Jedi. I hope he does, it would be nice contrast to see him build his strength, as opposed to Rey who learned the Force so quickly.
Also, is Finn force sensitive? This is one of the biggest questions I came across on the internet. I hope Finn becomes a Jedi. I actually thought he was before seeing the movie. I knew he wasn't going to beat Kylo and I knew he was the one laying on ground in front of crying Rey. But I was expecting him to get stronger then become a Jedi. I hope he does, it would be nice contrast to see him build his strength, as opposed to Rey who learned the Force so quickly.
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2:10AM on 01/01/2016
I liked him as a villain, and would like to see more from him. I would imagine he is not just pretending to be a villain. I mean he killed his father! What good guy would do that? I hope if we do see more from him then we get some back story as to why he would turn from the light and murder his own father. Also, hopefully he become a little more menacing as Darth Vader was. His own men didn't seem to be afraid of him. They even talked back to him.
I liked him as a villain, and would like to see more from him. I would imagine he is not just pretending to be a villain. I mean he killed his father! What good guy would do that? I hope if we do see more from him then we get some back story as to why he would turn from the light and murder his own father. Also, hopefully he become a little more menacing as Darth Vader was. His own men didn't seem to be afraid of him. They even talked back to him.
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10:26PM on 12/31/2015

Not sure why...

But I feel Finn is not going to be a good guy
But I feel Finn is not going to be a good guy
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