BySean Bailey, writer at
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Sean Bailey

Even though [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) arrives in theaters in just 4 months time, we still know barely anything about the movie. Surprisingly, there have been no leaks or pictures from the set, and J.J. Abrams has been very quiet about it. Until now, that is. Recently, Abrams spoke to EW, and revealed more about the setting, why he joined Star Wars in the first place, and the villain Kylo Ren. But more importantly, he addressed one question that fans have been asking since they saw the names of the new characters: Why do Finn and Rey not have a surname?

Abrams: I will only say about that that it is completely intentional that their last names aren’t public record

Does this mean that Finn and Rey might actually be part of a family we'd recognize? And what about Andy Serkis' character, whom we've heard little about? How does he play into this? Well, here's my answers to all those questions.


Image courtesy of EW
Image courtesy of EW

Again, not much is known about her. Based on what I've seen in the trailers and various articles about her, I can only assume that she is a scavenger currently operating on the planet Jakku. She eventually runs into Finn, which forces the two of them into a chase from the First Order that gets them in the cross hairs of Han Solo.

Theory: She is the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I know that it's a little out-there, but it makes since. We don't know what Obi-Wan was doing on Tatooine before Luke came to him in Episode IV. Plus, isn't Rey pretty similar to Kenobi already? Scouring the emptiness of her world, undetected from the First Order? Tell me I'm not the only one who sees this?!


Image courtesy of EW
Image courtesy of EW

Finn had our attention from his very first shot in the trailer, where he popped into the screen wearing a stormtrooper's uniform. Later, it was confirmed that John Boyega's character is indeed a runaway stormtrooper who joins the likes of Rey and Han Solo.

Theory: Finn is a Skywalker. I automatically assumed that he was a child of one of the characters from the original trilogy, mainly because his last name was kept secret. Now I'm 90% sure he's a Skywalker after seeing this poster from the D23 Expo.

See what weapon he's holding? Yes, it's a lightsaber, but not just any lightsaber. It looks a lot like the one Luke wielded in Episode IV, the lightsaber that originally belonged to Anakin Skywalker. Could this be a passing of the torch? And wasn't it in Bespin the last time we saw it? How did Finn get it? Maybe Lando finds it, gives it to Han, who goes looking for Luke to return it to him. Perhaps Finn comes by it when he hitches a ride on the Millennium Falcon?

Supreme Leader Snoke

Of all the new characters, Snoke is the only one we know almost nothing about. His character will be portrayed by Andy Serkis through motion-capture technology. Besides his name, all we know about him is his voice, which can be heard narrating the first trailer for Force Awakens.

Theory: When talking about Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, J.J. Abrams explained how he came by the name

Abrams: He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren.

Who are the Knights of Ren? Are they a secret order of the Sith? And if so, is it possible that Supreme Leader Snoke is their leader? By that logic, it seems that while Kylo Ren is taking the role of Darth Vader, Snoke could be the new trilogy's Darth Sidious. Remember what he said in the first trailer?

What if Snoke really is the master of Kylo Ren? Perhaps he's the one who's pulling the strings behind the curtain of the First Order.

While these may be perfectly plausible explanations for the mysteries of these 3 characters, there are still plenty more secrets hidden from us. Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Who are Finn and Rey? There's only one way to find out. We'll just have to wait for when Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens on December 18th. I guess I'll see you then.

May The Force Be With You!


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