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In the last remaining months before [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158), more and more is being revealed about the upcoming film and we're finally getting an idea of what the plot will be about. Luke Skywalker's role is becoming clearer, Darth Vader might return, and yes, Ewoks will also make an appearance. It's all coming together, but there's still so much we don't know.

Since Star Wars 7 was announced, fans have been wondering whether the story will continue the previous trilogies' tradition and follow the Skywalker family. The plot of the original trilogy and the prequels focused on the Skywalker clan, and all the shifting allegiances, tragedy, and triumph that entailed. So far The Force Awakens seems to have a new set of heroes, unconnected to the Skywalker family, but new information has come to light that hints that Star Wars 7 might be a legacy tale after all...

The Next Generation

This new teasing tidbit comes to us courtesy of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who explained the difference between the new trilogy begun by The Force Awakens (known as Saga), and the interim Anthology films (Rogue One and the Han Solo movie).

"The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe."

Obviously we knew the information about the Anthology films, but what she says about Saga is veeeeery interesting...

The Skywalker clan
The Skywalker clan

The most important part of the quote is obviously "continues that generational story" - Kennedy is implying that one (or more) of the characters who leads Star Wars 7 is in fact the next generation of Skywalkers, ie: Luke or Leia's child. This was also hinted at in the trailers, through Luke's narration...

"The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too."

The hints are very clear: this dialogue echoes what Luke said to Leia when he revealed their familial connection in The Return Of The Jedi, and with "you have that power too", there's the implication that who Luke is talking to is also part of that family. So who could the new addition to the Skywalker clan be?

Rey & Kylo Ren: Long Lost Siblings?

The most popular choices for the next generation of Skywalkers, Rey and Kylo Ren have been rumoured to be the offspring of Luke or Leia since their roles were revealed over a year ago. So is this possible? Here's what we know of the characters already.

Also she has a sweet ride.
Also she has a sweet ride.

A lot more has been revealed about Kylo Ren than Rey, and their full names remaining a mystery has lead some fans to speculate that they might be Skywalkers. Kylo Ren especially seems possible to be a Skywalker, as the family have a history of leaning towards the Dark Side. Though of course they could BOTH be Skywalkers, which would add an element of that familial conflict that has been a recurrent theme throughout the Star Wars films.

But is this likely? It's possible, but some parts don't quite add up. If Rey is the daughter of legendary Skywalker heroes of the Resistance, why would she be scraping by as a scavenger? J.J. Abrams isn't likely to repeat the old "hide the offspring to protect them" gambit that was used for Luke and Leia. Kylo Ren then, seems more likely: his true name is unknown and he has a fascination with Darth Vader (possibly his grandfather).

Repeating Past Legends

But again, this is too repetitive to be plausible. The Skywalker men oscillating between the Dark and Light Side of the Force has been the plot of 6 movies so far. Not only that, but Rey being the good child tracking down the bad (Kylo) is far too reminiscent of the Expanded Universe plot of Jaina and Jacen Solo...

Jaina and Jacen's final battle
Jaina and Jacen's final battle

The Expanded Universe is the collection of books, games, and comics that explored the Star Wars story after the original trilogy ended. When Star Wars 7 was announced, Disney declared the EU non-canon so they could create new stories. In the EU, Jaina and Jacen Solo are the children of Han and Leia, and while Jaina trains to be a Jedi, Jacen succumbs to the Dark Side. Their tale is tangled and tragic, as Jaina ends up killing Jacen after he becomes the Sith Lord Caedus.

While many fans (myself included) would love to see this plot play out on the big screen, Disney has already made it clear that they want to distance the new Saga films from the EU.

So who else could the new Skywalker be? Poe Dameron already has a last name and a backstory, so he's out. The last contender would therefore be Finn (again no last name), which is entirely possible considering we don't know who Luke ended up marrying (if he married). But does this match up with Finn being an ex-First Order Stormtrooper? Maybe not, but he does wield Luke's lightsaber...

Continuing the legacy?
Continuing the legacy?

At the end of the day, none of the new characters totally match up to being the child of Luke or Leia, but any of them could be a Skywalker. But considering that The Force Awakens continues the Saga, it's likely that there will be a new generation of the family that has driven the story from the beginning. Maybe this new Skywalker will be a completely unknown character that has miraculously not been leaked!

So what do you think - does what Kennedy says prove that we'll see more Skywalkers in The Force Awakens? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!

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