BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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BEWARE - All who venture forth are entering POSSIBLE SPOILER territory.

You have been warned!

Each week seems to add more rumors to sift through for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), and this week is no different. I've written a lot on our classic heroes of Han, Luke and Leia and where we'll find them in the 30 years since Return of the Jedi - with a fair amount of focus on Luke, our Jedi in hiding. But what have we heard about the bad guys?

Who are the Inquisitors?

Characters in hiding is a common theme in these rumors and plot leaks for Star Wars Episode 7. One of the more interesting elements that is popping up again and again about Episode 7 and the new trilogy is the focus on The Inquisitors, who are rumored to be at the helm of the new Empire.

Inquisitor troopers on patrol!
Inquisitor troopers on patrol!

The Inquisitors are a nasty saber-wielding bunch who specialize in rounding up Force-sensitive individuals and might even have some massive machine in the galaxy that points them in right direction. Supposedly, this one of the reasons Luke is turning all hermetic and Han and Leia's daughter, Kira (or Rey), is under protection on Tatooine using an assumed identity.

Concept art for the lightsaber used by Inquisitors.
Concept art for the lightsaber used by Inquisitors.

Is Episode 7 Installing Chrome?

The leader of these Inquisitors is the character played by Gwendoline Christie, an Imperial who is not one to be trifled with, apparently. Apart from the possible Sith Lord that Andy Serkis plays - and his pupil in Adam Driver's character, Christie is the other main antagonist of the movie. She has that classic bad-guy boss tendency to rule with an iron fist and treat her underlings in a less than favorable way. Or should I say, chrome fist?

There's been a lot of bits and pieces leaking out about the possibility of a Chrome Trooper outfit showing up in Star Wars Episode 7 - and this is sounding more and more likely to be the uniform Christie's character wears. On top of that, the thing sounds like it will come with a cloaking feature as well. Should come in handy!

Concept art for Gwendoline Christie's character.
Concept art for Gwendoline Christie's character.

Our hero Finn begins the movie as a Storm Trooper under Christie's command. In his efforts to defect from the Empire, who are rumored to have abducted him as a child after killing his family, he ends up on Tatooine, meeting Kira and attracting the attention of the Inquisitors and requiring a call for some Han Solo Millennium Falcon assistance.

Concept art for the Inquisitors' battleship.
Concept art for the Inquisitors' battleship.

Darth Vader Flashback?

What is being reinforced recently is the possibility that we may see our first flashback in a Star Wars film in Episode 7. And this would happen in a way to help explain that the Inquisitors started as a plan of Darth Vader's - to rid the galaxy of all Force-sensitive people. It sounds like we may get to see a little bit of Vader's shiny dome in Star Wars Episode 7 after all.

Star Wars Rebels featured Vader and The Inquisitor.
Star Wars Rebels featured Vader and The Inquisitor.

While there have been some reports that Lucasfilm has stated they don't like to use flashbacks - remember, this is primarily Disney now and from the sounds of things, George didn't have too much say in Episode 7.

Getting a small bit of Darth Vader on the screen may just be a bit of fan service, but it does sound like the best kind of fan-service to me. It also makes sense to give a scene that explains the lineage of the Inquisitors and maybe even how this device the Inquisitors use, which may or may not be called The Mirror, came to be. The Star Wars movies (especially the prequels) have always been heavy on the exposition and explanation of things - if a well-placed flashback featuring Darth Vader can be implemented rather than a lengthy speech, I'm all for it.

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