In a universe as vast and complex as the one in Star Wars, there’s so much life and so many stories beyond what we see on screen. For many fans of the films, making sense of this universe is a challenge, and so various theories abound about the origin and motivations of some key characters. We’ve picked out some of the most fascinating and downright bizarre theories for our favourite franchise…
Jar-Jar Binks is a Sith Lord
Perhaps one of the most famous theories on the internet, the idea of Jar-Jar Binks as a Sith Lord is laughable to most – until you hear the evidence. The unbelievably silly character is seen as nothing more than failed comic relief in the prequels, but was he meant to be the Dark Side’s equivalent of Yoda? Jar-Jar Binks seemed a clumsy oaf, but it suggests that was all a ruse, and instead he was a master in the martial arts discipline Zui Quan, or ‘Drunken Fist’. This is evidenced with his extreme efficiency at killing by ‘accident’ – the Zui Quan look to confuse their opponents with strange movements. On top of this, he appears to use Jedi Mind Control to influence what people are saying, as well as sleight of hand, seen when speaking to both Padme and to the Senate. It seems our beloved Jar-Jar may well have been on his way to the Dark Side, but George Lucas scrapped the plan early on.
Han Solo uses the Force
Only a select few are able to harness the power of the Force, and Han Solo isn’t one of these people – right? Considered by many as one of the luckiest men in the galaxy, Solo has escaped bounty hunters, carbonite incarceration and navigated through an asteroid field, at odds of 3720 to 1. As Obi Wan said, ‘there’s no such thing as luck’ – so is Han Solo actually affected by the Force? We know he’s skeptical of it, but the evidence speaks for itself: in one scene with Greedo, he has superhuman reactions to a short fired at him. Whilst there is some strong belief in this theory, others tend to just think that Han is ‘force sensitive’.
Kylo Ren as a Good Guy
Kylo Ren is undoubtedly the most exciting Dark Side character to come out of the episode The Force Awakens – but is he actually a good guy? This theory suggests that Kylo Ren, real name Ben Solo, chose to go to the Dark Side so that he could ultimately help the Light Side. The theory, originating on Tumblr, states that he killed his father Han Solo in order to fully embrace the Sith and complete his task. His plan is to team up with Rey, embodying the Light Side of the Force, to join both sides of the Force and be strong enough to destroy Supreme Leader Snoke. Could this be the way the next episode develops?
After all, how could a man be evil when he has a Twitter account like this…
my mom missed my band concert
she said she was busy leading a galactic resistance but I had a clarinet solo
— Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) April 3, 2016