Let's talk about Star Wars. All of us tend to draw up our own theory or idea on how a certain event should or should not have taken place in a movie. When it comes to Star Wars and its seemingly unending fanbase, it's safe to say all doors are pretty much open for interpretation, that is if you're ready to have your feelings completely crushed. Star Wars fan theories quite literally range in the hundreds, possibly even thousands given the now unlimited reach of Legends (otherwise known as Extended Universe pre-Disney ownership).
These are the lifeblood of Star Wars itself, generating open queries and forums for fans to enjoy speculation, concern and, ultimately, where they feel the story is headed. As seen most presently in the rise and fall of The Last Jedi, much of what we thought we knew wasn't even close to what actually is, and even that remains very much up in the air. As to the true identity of Snoke, which we may never even get, or the foundation of Rey's being, there's a variety of fan theories for which drive the essence of Star Wars more so than anything, but what of it is truly memorable, if not real? Let's take a look at the best Star Wars fan theories to see who may have gotten it right the most.
Ray's a Kenobi
One of the most stipulated of identities throughout the new Star Wars series is the new protagonist, for which fans wondered if Rey's parentage will be explained in The Last Jedi. Personally, while some may base their claims on a variety of reasons, even more so adopting a range of various identities, I think that the most obvious of personalities inherent in Rey is Obi-Wan's wise, parentage aspect.
Most tend to think that Rey is a Skywalker, a Palpatine, a Solo, was born through the force, or simply hatched from an egg, but I beg to differ. There are plenty of Star Wars fan theories that identify the evidences, from her being the only other character besides Obi-Wan to share a British accent, plus her own attire's extreme similarities with the Master Jedi, even tack on her hearing Obi-Wan's voice upon discovering the long lost lightsaber. Though it lasts nearly 20 minutes in length, this fan made video breaks it down bit by bit, and seemingly convinces viewers of this very speculative nature.
Supreme Leader Snoke's Identity
From Boba Fett, to Darth Plagueis, Snoke's true identity still reminds a mystery, despite the fact that his existence within the new series may not be so important as many fans initially speculated. Personally, I feel that the unnamed face behind Snoke may be something else entirely, quite possibly the very first of the Jedi Order (explaining his adoption of his own faction's name "The First Order"), or even the initial dark Force user in existence.
Still, while theories continuously percolate, the ideology behind the mask of Snoke continues to be drawn into question. A host of Star Wars fan theories rest on the being behind the creation of the First Order, one of which even stands as Jar Jar Binks! But, well get to that one...
Darth Jar Jar Binks
As everyone's fan-hated, Jar Jar never tends to get drawn into the limelight unless it's for something either negative, or unwholesome (like, I don't know, being the very harbinger of galactic evil). As some fans are busy drawing up potential backgrounds of Supreme Leader Snoke, there's those attempting to see the very meaning behind already-existing characters, like Jar Jar's being somewhat of an ever-involved force within the plot.
Judged by the prequels alone, specifically The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar not only can be witnessed using the Force in practically every scene, he's also seamlessly manipulating the characters so as to benefit Emperor Palpatine and himself (more so the latter). This why so many Star Wars fans draw upon a key element in that Binks may be the very brooding evil behind it all. As gargantuan of a claim as this might be, let's see what George Lucas has to say:
Storm Troopers' Bad Aim Explained
Thanks to Rogue One, and the unending sequences of missed laser rounds by crowds and crowds of storm troopers, the reasoning behind their disastrous aim is due to the fact that Force sensitivity is also a protective agent. That's right, while we may all love to rag on the Empire's supposedly elite clone force and their horrendous aiming, there may actually be a reasoning behind it that makes perfect sense.
Rogue One sees a newly introduced character of Chirrut Imwe in multiple scenes as he seemingly ducks, dodges, and strafes away from laser fire as if he were dodgeball champion of the galaxy far, far away. All jokes aside, the latter half of the film showcases him moving at an utter snail's pace to an activating recon beacon array in the midst of hellfire from every single direction. Not one of these blaster fire shots even comes close to Imwe, for which birthed one of the best Star Wars fan theories: Force sensitivity, like that seen in Chirrut, Luke, Leia, and Obi-Wan entails a sort of protective agent against blaster fire. As far fetched as it may seem, it does seemingly limit the potentially god awful aiming and/or helmet malfunctions shared by every storm trooper in the cosmos.
Boba Fett Killed Luke's Parents
In one of the most iconic Star Wars scenes, wherein the smoldering remains of Luke's home sifts amid the wind, we're also privy to one of the best Star Wars fan theories. The postulation suggests that, according to the evidence in those quick snapshots, Storm Troopers weren't the ones who gruesomely murdered of Beru and Owen, but a very pyrotechnic villain by the name of Boba Fett was actually behind them.
In The Empire Strikes Back, another iconic scene involves Darth Vader tasking a bunch of bounty hunters in the hopes to find both Luke and the Rebel alliance. Among the foray is none other than Boba Fett, and what's Vader say to him? As if sternly calling him out, like an angry mother, and even pointing his finger into the bounty hunter's face, Vader says:
Han Solo Is Force Sensitive
For a simplistic cargo-running pirate, Han Solo seemingly gets out of any and every situation imaginable (aside from his father-son rejoining at the end of The Force Awakens). From traversing through an asteroid belt that C-3PO himself said has the probability of "3,720 to 1" odds, to escaping the mouth of an interstellar beast literally by mere seconds, Solo seemingly gets in and out of trouble like he's bleeding luck.
Or, is he? One rather speculative scene that many Star Wars fans tend to miss or forget is the very first few sequences we get with Han Solo. In this scene, Solo (as usual) raves about his flying abilities and his travels across the known cosmos, ending the long quip with:
"There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny."
To which we all see Obi-Wan Kenobi make a smirking response without saying a word. Does he know something we don't? It's not that hard to see, given that Obi-Wan didn't even have the decency to tell Luke who is father really was; explaining Solo's possible Force sensitivity is just another thing Ol' Ben prolly forgot all about.
Chewbacca & R2D2 Are Rebel Agents
There's plenty of evidence that points out the truth of this theory. You can either take as evidence the simple fact that Chewbacca was among those who fought against the Clones in Revenge of the Sith, or you can accept (although fairly minuscule) the fact that Chewbacca was the one Obi-Wan first approached when searching for a way off Tatooine in A New Hope, it's pretty clear Han Solo's best man isn't at all what he says to be.
Even more so is the evidence that stacks up against our faithful R2. Not only is it rather odd that an astromech droid (used similar to our modern day Google maps) is so enhanced with many different upgrades, it's also unfound how the droid can be seen at practically every important event involving the fate of the galaxy. I mean, come on, am I crazy? This is one of those Star Wars fan theories that almost feels too real, if not strikingly obvious.
Kylo Ren Lives in Darth Vader's Mustafar Castle
One of the most interesting and, yet, saddening aspects of Darth Vader is his home base erected on Mustafar. First envisioned in Rogue One, the lava-surrounded spire looks like one of the coolest bases ever invented for a villain. The fact that it's relatively unheard of and never seen but for one rather short snippet proves it's an important piece of the Vader pathos, and has now become one of many Star Wars fan theories.
Kylo Ren, one of many new villains introduced in The Force Awakens, is postulated as living in Darth Vader's base by the end of The Last Jedi, and quite possibly may be the new headquarters for the First Order. It would make sense, given Ren's extreme (and often weirdly obsessive) favoritism for the dark Anakin Skywalker, yet it's still relatively up in the air at this point, given that the future of the franchise, like the galaxy itself, may very well hang in the balance.
Mace Windu Is Still Alive
Apart from the fact that he had severely electrocuted, had his arm sliced off, then fell out of a window for who-knows-how-many-stories (a lot), one of the most impossible Star Wars fan theories is the possible fate of Mace Windu. You may or may not remember him from the prequels (I tend to forget about that trilogy), but there's a new hope (ha) that the purple light saber bearing hero might return.
Some fan theorists even go so far as to claim Finn's heritage may have been passed down from Windu, but others tend to disagree. Is it possible, or even plausible for a Jedi (one of the strongest at the time) to survive the fall from Chancellor Palpatine's office building? Personally, I say the guy's long dead, let him rest. But, then again, it would be pretty sweet to see the hero once again, despite the fact that pretty much everyone we all knew are either dead or long forgotten, besides of course R2D2 and C-3P0.
Ewoks Are Evil
You didn't need it to be among the best Star Wars fan theories; it's pretty much a well-known fact that Ewoks are simply not to be trifled with. All you have to do is watch the end of Return of the Jedi, for which proves of their unlimited villainy, as with their capture of Luke and Han Solo. They were moments away from roasting them up and devouring the two Rebel soldiers, until C-3PO saves them (more accurately, Luke's Force abilities).
Beyond this, there's the truly disheartening realization in how the Ewoks pretty much ripped apart the Empire singlehandedly. Now, they did have the help of the Rebels, but the fleet was literally about to be crushed to bits if it weren't for their furry, human-eating, droid-praising friends. There's also a quick scene where the Ewoks play tambourines with empty Storm Trooper helmets. Sadly, I doubt any of those helmets' original owners are still alive. Simply put, while they may have helped out the good guys in the end, the truth is that Ewoks are a nasty kind of evil willing to eat anything that seems to stray upon their path.
The Force Reshapes Time
There's a plentitude of Star Wars fan theories resting on identities, places, and future events, but none seem to capture the very essence of the story as much as this amazing hypothesis. The idea inherent here is that places involving the Force, or areas in which the Force has seemingly coalesced with Force users, can seemingly alter the fabric of time.
Sounds like a lot to digest, but you don't have to be a Rancor to fit it all in one stomach. The theory comes from Yoda's training of Luke Skywalker on Dagobah, in that the immense power behind the Jedi Master could very well have slowed down time so much so that Luke's (often criticized) short interval of becoming a Jedi Knight may have actually been an extremely long period. It's not that hard to believe, either, as much of what we know about the Force is limited, if not slim. This is why more and more of the Star War pathos continues to amaze us, and if the Force somehow does have a connection with Time, it could mean a variety of cool aspects to be developed for the future of the franchise.