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Potential Star Wars 7 spoilers will follow. Proceed with caution.

Another day, another round of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens rumors and, yes, potential spoilers. If you want to go into Episode 7 with no prior knowledge - you're in the wrong area, my friend.

The busy bees at Making Star Wars have dropped another basket of Easter eggs for the fiendishly spoiler hungry Star Wars Episode 7 fans. Like many of these rumors, this one is elaborating on some previously established, though unconfirmed of course, plot leaks based around the idea that there will be some competing super-weapons in Star Wars 7.

Star Wars 7: The Catapult vs The Sledgehammer

According to recent rumors, the Imperial forces have something being referred to as The Catapult up their sleeves while the Republic has been working on a weapon of their own that is being dubbed The Sledgehammer in these leaks. If the name The Sledgehammer sticks and actually ends up being said on screen in Star Wars Episode 7 I'll eat my hat. (Same goes with Captain Phasma.) You can quote me on that.

The Catapult may be going by that name as there are some clues to this device that point to it possibly using a planet's gravitational force as a propellant to cause some mass destruction. Star Wars 7 News had someone make an artists rendering of the device that was seen on set, a console that was on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, and it looks something like this.

The Catapult super weapon of Star Wars 7.
The Catapult super weapon of Star Wars 7.

The Sledgehammer, on the other hand, doesn't have any witness character sketches but it has been rumored to be something like a new Death Star for Star Wars Episode 7 - possibly constructed by the Rebels in secrecy. While the name causes some eye rolling, I have taken to the idea that Princess Leia, or Queen Leia as she is being referred to these days, having to make some thematically ironic and morally dubious decisions about potentially destroying a planet with what is essentially a new Death Star.

Destroying the Star Destroyer

The newest rumor is focusing on a battle that is set to take place in and around a "snowy planet", possibly the same planet where the heavily referred to "evil castle" is located - could it be a return to Hoth? According to the rumor this would seem to also be location where an epic lightsaber battle would occur between Kylo Ren, Finn and Rey.

A return to mountains and snow in Star Wars 7.
A return to mountains and snow in Star Wars 7.

Putting together the scenes of this Star Wars Episode 7 plot leak, it sounds like a battle is raging above the planet as the Empire unleashes an attack that uses their new weaponry to obliterate all of the X-Wings and TIE Fighters that were in the middle of a dogfight, except for Poe Dameron who is able to dive down into the planet's atmosphere to avoid the attack. It's possible Domnhall Gleeson's "The General" is the perpetrator of this attack - and his duplicitous agenda may be reflected in him taking out both sides of this aerial battle at once.

But when the Queen Leia tries to retaliate by using the Sledgehammer, it causes a Star Destroyer to come crashing down onto the snowy planet - which could relate to the "crumbling mountainside" that is supposedly be the stage for the fight between Kylo, Rey and Finn. This concept art does seem to depict an uneven, snowy battleground for this scene. A massive Star Destroyer crashing to the ground could be exactly what causes the landslide.

Kylo Ren, Rey and Finn battle in Star Wars 7.
Kylo Ren, Rey and Finn battle in Star Wars 7.

Millennium Falcon to the Rescue

This scene in Star Wars 7 is set to come to an end when a combination of Poe, Han Solo and Chewbacca and a repaired Millennium Falcon come to the rescue to save Rey and Finn from falling off the side of this crumbling mountaintop. At least that's how I'm putting these puzzle pieces together.

This scene of the falling Star Destroyer and the lightsaber fight do seem to be connected in these rumors and the setting of the snowy mountain top have been confirmed outside of the concept art. A while back none other than former James Bond, Roger Moore himself confirmed this setting in a BBC interview.

What do you think? Are these rumors coming together to paint a cohesive picture of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) or are these new rumors getting more and more confusing for you? Let us know in the comments below!


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