ByTom Tennant, writer at Creators.co
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Possible spoilers follow for Star Wars: The Last Jedi — but probably not.

We’re only eight months away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (a.k.a. Episode VIII), and fan theories are running hot and wild. Most of them involve lineage hypotheses: Rey is Luke's — or Obi-Wan's — daughter! Kylo and Rey are siblings! Jar Jar is Unkar Plutt’s third cousin, twice removed, and he's also a Sith lord who created Snoke!

And hey, those ones actually sound plausible. But other fan theories, we might generously say, are pulled straight from the business end of a sarlacc’s digestive tract.

Seems about time we take a look at some of the internet's latest theories and judge whether they should get crushed in a trash compactor or awarded a gold medallion. To be fair, there’s a kernel of possibility in almost all of them. At the very least, they try to answer a fundamental question posed by , so let's check 'em out.

1. Kylo Ren Is Named After His Dad: Han Ren

[Credit: Lucasfilm]
[Credit: Lucasfilm]

While not directly tied to The Last Jedi, one fan on Reddit set Star Wars fandom ablaze recently with his theory that Han Solo's real surname might be Ren. The theory comes hot off news that Han Solo isn't Han Solo's real name, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who told investors we'll find out the truth in Solo's solo movie.

Our Reddit fan theoriest suggests Han's son, Kylo, took his real surname, Ren, as a way to get back at his father. Maybe Han changes his name because his embarrassed by the name Ren — and Kylo's acceptance of the name is just nose thumbing at dear old dad?

However, Kylo is a member of the Knights of Ren, formed by Supreme Leader Snoke, and "Ren" may be a title, similar to Darth or Jedi. But if the mysterious Knights are actually disciples of Kylo Ren, it could be that this theory holds true.

Verdict: Gold Medallion

2. Snoke’s Name Is An Acronym For 'Sith No One Knew Existed'

YouTube theory monger Mike Zeroh first spread the notion that First Order Supreme Leader Snoke's name really means "Sith No One Knew Existed," and this idea is getting plenty of chatter. Certainly Snoke revels in the Dark Side. He is Kylo Ren’s master and a sinister, skeletal character.

But it seems unlikely that his name would be an anagram. That seems a little more Harry Potter than Star Wars. It’s more likely that his name is meant to sound like "snook" or "snake" — both evoking sneaky, slithery imagery. Plus, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo tweeted that neither Snoke nor Ren were Sith. So, there’s that.

Verdict: Crushed in a trash compactor

2. Kylo Ren Is A Double Agent, Working For The Resistance

[Credit: Lucasfilm]
[Credit: Lucasfilm]

Some fans are theorizing that Kylo Ren, Darth Vader wannabe, is actually a member of the Resistance, just deep (like, really deep) undercover.

While we’re certain that double agents exist among both the Resistance and the First Order, Kylo Ren seems like a stretch. After all, why would he kill his father, Han Solo? That would be a pretty serious commitment to the job — unless, that is, Han Solo killed himself to protect Kylo, but then why would Leia have asked Han to bring Kylo home?

Verdict: Crushed in a trash compactor

3. Snoke Is Mace Windu

I love when a fan is passionately dedicated to his or her theory, even if there is little chance that theory is correct. Such is the case with YouTuber Vincent Vendetta, who does his very best to convince us that Supreme Leader Snoke is actually a centenarian Mace Windu.

Vendetta’s bottom line is that Samuel L. Jackson, the actor who portrayed Windu in the prequel trilogy, believes Windu survived Palpatine’s attack, including the mile-long fall. And that Star Wars creator George Lucas is okay with that.

Now, certainly, Star Wars characters have lived for hundreds of years. Yoda, for example. And Jedi have survived all manner of pitfalls and tragedies. But why would Windu suddenly convert to the Dark Side of the Force? The film would have to spend a ton of exposition time explaining it, which I’m guessing the filmmakers don't wanna do.

Windu as Snoke just doesn’t make sense.

Verdict: Crushed in a trash compactor

4. Rey Is Cloned From The DNA Of Luke’s Hand

[Credit: Lucasfilm]
[Credit: Lucasfilm]

This is another one from YouTuber Mike Zeroh. Man, you gotta give that guy credit for creativity. The theory goes that, after Vader sliced off Luke Skywalker’s hand in The Empire Strikes Back, Palpatine recovered it and, using Luke’s DNA, created a clone. A clone who turns out to be Rey.

Well, you know, this one might have some merit, as crazy as it sounds.

First, remember those spoilers from a couple years ago that suggested the opening scene of would be Luke’s hand floating in space, still gripping his lightsaber? Hamill confirmed that, at one point, this was true, and that director JJ Abrams decided to go a different direction.

This at least confirms that Luke’s hand is a story element that was once in play — and may still be. Since it was meant to burn up in Jakku’s atmosphere originally, it could now be in a jar on a Star Destroyer somewhere.

Second, cloning technology is a thing in the Star Wars universe. Look no further than . So the ability to use Luke’s hand as a source to clone a Luke-alike (see what I did there?) is entirely plausible.

Third, all this obfuscation about Rey’s parents. Is she Han and Leia’s daughter? Doesn’t seem like it, since she doesn’t recognize them and they don’t recognize her. Is she Luke’s daughter? Possible. Even probable. But again, wouldn't Han and Leia know about this?

If she’s Luke’s clone, though? A daughter, per se, that Luke never knew about? A niece that Han and Leia never knew they had? That certainly complicates things. And what if it was Kylo Ren — knowing who and what she was, and his relation to her — who took her to Jakku? It all starts adding up, doesn’t it?

Verdict: Gold Medallion

5. Snoke Is The Last Jedi

[Credit: Lucasfilm]
[Credit: Lucasfilm]

A handful of fans are giving this theory a try. Assuming there must be some twist to the title, this idea proposes that Supreme Leader Snoke is actually the last Jedi, having turned to the Dark Side (or he's a Sith on his way to redemption by the end of Episode VIII). Never mind that The Force Awakens already refers to Luke as the last Jedi during its opening crawl, and filmmakers have said that The Last Jedi focuses on Luke’s story, and Jedi is plural.

Verdict: Crushed in a trash compactor

6. Rey Will Turn To The Dark Side — And Kylo To The Light

[Credit: Lucasfilm / Tumblr user Belanekra]
[Credit: Lucasfilm / Tumblr user Belanekra]

This one is intriguing. The story goes that Snoke will succeed in turning Rey to the Dark Side, while Kylo Ren battles his own inner demons, eventually shedding his evil ways and becoming Luke’s new pupil.

If there is a close familial connection between Rey and Ren — and with their names so closely resembling one another, you really start to wonder — there could very well be parallel stories. Perhaps Ren’s journey to the Dark Side is not complete; maybe Rey will meet him at that crossroad. And maybe each takes the most unexpected path laid before them?

However, Disney likely won’t want to suddenly make Star Wars’ first female lead into a baddie. Still, the theory has more merit than Darth Jar Jar.

Verdict: Gold Medallion

What's your favorite Star Wars: The Last Jedi theory? Let me know in the comments below!


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