**The Force Awakens Spoilers are strong with this one… so you’d best just bookmark the page and come back when you’ve seen Episode VII**
1. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?!
We’re honestly not sure – but here’s everything we know so far about Episode VIII.
2. Who is Lor San Tekka and how did he know who Kylo Ren was?
When first we encounter Poe Dameron he’s dropped by Lor San Tekka’s place on Jakku to pick up a piece of a map to Luke Skywalker. He’s an old ally according to the opening crawl, and we’re not long discovering that he knows Leia’s backstory – and Kylo Ren.
The pair go way back, actually, so Ren strikes him down without so much as a breath.
But who is the mysterious old man? Well, according to some of the books that accompany the film, he’s a space explorer. And some believe that he was a member of the Church of The Force – an underground faith made up of worshipers of the Jedi ideals.
3. Who is Kylo Ren and why did he turn to The Dark Side?
Ben! Solo! Aka The Force Awakens’ answer to Jacen Solo, Leia and Han’s force sensitive Expanded Universe son, who was tempted to the Dark Side despite uncle Luke’s best efforts to train him in the ways of the light.
Ben’s got a fierce internal battle going on, though – as Rey revealed when the pair had a mental battle – and he’s afraid of never living up to his grandfather’s reputation. Fear, as Master Yoda once said, leads to anger, anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering.
Is it fear that forced Ben to fall under Snoke’s wing? It wouldn’t be the first time a Skywalker’s fear made them a bit impressionable… Or did it have something to do with Leia’s decision to send her son away?
4. Why aren’t Han and Leia living happily ever after?
If ever there was a pair of star-crossed lovers, it was Han Solo and Leia Organa. The chemistry between the two sizzled in Empire Strikes Back, before they finally copped on and got together in Return of The Jedi.
And when we see them FINALLY reunited on screen in The Force Awakens, it’s clear that something really rather painful has transpired between them. Leia laments that she lost Han and her son when she decided to send the lad away to train with his uncle Luke – but is there more to the story?
And why did she send Han on what was effectively a suicide mission – ‘bring back our son’ she commanded, as if the boy was merely down the pub, in need of a clip round the ear from his daddy who’d been trawling the streets in the car to find him.
5. How did their son get Darth Vader’s helmet?
Last time we saw it (in historical order), it was burning atop a pyre on its owner’s head. So how did his grandson manage to get his hands on the mangled piece of metal/plastic? It appears to be resting on what looks like a pile of ashes, so either Luke held on to his dad’s headgear or Kylo Ren/Ben sought it out.
There’s always the possibility that Snoke picked it up somewhere too, though. Answers on a postcard, please!
6. Who is Supreme Leader Snoke and how did he nab Ben Solo?
There’s very little we know about Andy Serkis’ Big Bad, including his size – is he as large as he appeared in that hologram, or was that just the scale of projection?
The questions rage on. Is Snoke a Sith Lord who rose after the death of the Emperor, or some sort of other Dark Side figure who emerged from the shadows to rebuild the Empire as the First Order? Could he be the Emperor himself, raised from the dead with some minor injuries or in a new body (as often happened in the Expanded Universe Star Wars novels)? He certainly looks a lot like the original concept art for the Emperor drawn by Ralph McQuarrie for the first trilogy (below).
Alternatively, it could be that Snoke is a Jedi-turned Dark Side lover just like Kylo Ren. After all, as far as we know the only force users out there post-Return of the Jedi were those trained by Luke – could Snoke be a student who turned against him? It would certainly explain how he had the access to fellow student Ben Solo to turn him into the mopey Kylo we all know and love, and why Leia and Han seemed somewhat familiar with the Supreme Leader (and vice versa).
Plus, Snoke does have that diagonal scar on his face– could he have battled a Jedi (possibly Luke) at some point after betraying the new order, explaining the injury? It does look an awful lot like the lightsaber scar Kylo Ren ends up with by the end of the Force Awakens.
Hopefully, we’ll find out more about Snoke in Episode VIII – as well as some other mysterious Dark Side fellas…
7. Who or what are the Knights of Ren?
Apparently Kylo Ren is “Master of the Knights of Ren”, and we see some similarly dark figures standing with him in Rey’s vision of the Jedi massacre – but who are this group, and what do they want?
We reckon it could be that these are other dark side pupils of Snoke. Official Star Wars fact files have revealed that Kylo isn’t Snoke’s only apprentice (just his most powerful), and Snoke seemed to have respect for the group implying some sort of association with him.
Perhaps these are even other pupils (Jedi “Knights” turned bad) who decided to join Kylo. That said, it doesn’t seem like any of them have lightsabers except Kylo, instead favouring other weapons – but why would he join (or found) a group that wasn’t related to the dark side in some way?
Of course, it could be that they’re all just fans of 90s Nicktoons. Kylo Ren and Stimpy, anyone?
8. Who is Rey?
This is really the big unanswered question from The Force Awakens, that will likely rage over the next couple of years. Here at RadioTimes.com we’ve previously theorised that she could be the daughter of Han and Leia, and we’re still not entirely convinced that’s not the case. In the official novelisation of the film Kylo Ren recognizes her, and throughout the film it’s suggested that he’d been worried about the appearance of a force-sensitive girl who could derail his plans. Who better than the sister sent away to be protected?
There are also a few guilty looks thrown her way by Han Solo, while she seems to have an instant bonding moment with Leia at the end of the film despite never apparently meeting her before. Could this be her parents keeping her in the dark, or something else entirely?
Of course, the other theory is that Rey is instead the daughter of Luke Skywalker himself, explaining her connection to his old lightsaber, her piloting/mechanical skills and her intuitive Force abilities. Perhaps Luke left her on Jakku to be raised in secret just as he was on Tattooine, though taking the extra precaution of not leaving her with relatives or, you know, letting her keep the surname Skywalker.
It’s even hinted that Rey might have already known where she’d find Luke at the end of the movie. When reading her mind, Kylo found that she dreamed of a huge ocean with a small island on it – just like where Luke turned up. Do we even need to throw in the fact that R2-D2 woke up with Luke’s map just as she arrived at the Resistance base? (We will, later!)
Or you know, she could be a random person who’s strong with the force. That might be cool too.