As we grow closer to the release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, fans are desperate for any and all information the internet rumor mill has to offer us. Recently, news has been scarce, although there have been rumblings about Benicio del Toro's role, and that the first #StarWars8 banner may have contained more hints than you'd expect. But now, thanks to MakingStarWars, we may finally have some concrete plot details about #TheLastJedi.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens saw General Organa's Resistance win their first — and a very important — victory against the First Order, a militant fascist group intent on avenging the Empire and bringing the galaxy under their vicious, oppressive control.
But now, as these apparently leaked details reveal, it looks like this apparent victory really just made the First Order stronger...
A Threat To The Galaxy
As we learned from the canon books Before The Awakening, Bloodline and the Aftermath trilogy, the Empire wasn't entirely defeated after Return of the Jedi. The Emperor's most loyal advisors regrouped, and after losing multiple skirmishes against the Rebel Alliance (now the New Republic), these Imperial remnants retreated to the Unchartered Territories. There, they built up a new force, forming the First Order from the ashes of what came before.
And yet, even though they started encroaching on New Republic territory, kidnapping people to turn into Stormtroopers, and even infiltrating the Senate, very few people took the First Order seriously. Until #TheForceAwakens changed everything.
It seems that the destruction of Starkiller Base had a rather counterproductive effect. While yes, the Resistance removed a terrifying threat, this battle established the First Order as an important power in the galaxy, a new report from MakingStarWars reveals.
For Snoke, the loss of the Starkiller Base was as significant as his victories. His forces are no longer a secret to the galaxy at large. Those who used to laugh at the idea that The First Order was a threat are either dead or no longer laughing. The Cold War-style standoff is publicly over after the full-on assault on the Republic and the senate. The galaxy no longer views Snoke as someone that is irrelevant on the galactic stage. The galaxy knows he and his cronies are maniacal zealots and they should be feared for better or worse. The galaxy seems to mostly understand that the First Order is eventually coming to conquer its worlds and those worlds have to fall in line or resist. Most understand that war has returned and the perceived era of peace is over.
This makes total sense and it's a very interesting premise for The Last Jedi to explore.
The Resistance Rises
But everything isn't just peachy keen for the First Order — now that they're considered a threat, they can no longer hide in the shadows and affect galactic politics from a distance.
And as more and more people join the Resistance, the First Order is facing a brutal interstellar war.
Snoke understands that everything the First Order used to do in secret is no longer an option and a very overt war is on the horizon. Unfortunately, The Republic has completely collapsed after being attacked by Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The galaxy is in complete disarray. The galaxy understands that everyone has to pick a side now.
General Organa no longer stands alone in her determination that the First Order is the greatest threat to freedom and democracy in the galaxy and the only choice they have left is to fight.
It looks like Star Wars Episode 8 will follow the beginnings of a new, incredibly destructive war that is bound to have far reaching consequences.
This lines up with the rumors we've heard about The Last Jedi being a much darker story than that of The Force Awakens, and it seems to all be building towards an impressive final showdown in #StarWars9.
MakingStarWars also ties this together with other rumors about the "casino planet" — which is an important part of Finn's plot — as much of the movie may be concerned with financing the Resistance's forces, as well as tracking down whoever tried to assassinate Leia.
So while every apparent rumor and leak must be taken with a pinch of salt, these plot details do set the stage appropriately for Star Wars 8, and it looks like we're heading into another tumultuous chapter in galactic history. Roll on December 2017!
Tell us in the comments: What do you think will happen in The Last Jedi?