(Warning - the following contains mild potential SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as possible SPOILERS for other parts of the Star Wars expanded universe, including - theoretically - Star Wars Rebels. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests is wise...)
Now, the level of secrecy that has surrounded Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens isn't exactly unprecedented - other movies have exercised a similar level of restraint with plot reveals in the past, often to an even greater extent - but that doesn't make it any less tantalizing. After all, though the movie is set to be released in just a few short days, we still know strikingly little about what to expect from its plot, or from the vast majority of its characters.
Which is almost certainly a good thing, because it's a new Star Wars movie. If there was ever a film we didn't need spoiled for us, it's this one.
That being said, though, there's no particular reason why we can't have certain elements of the characters' back story filled in for us, right? Like, for instance, finding out that...
Maz Kanata and Yoda Have History
Specifically, it seems that Kanata - a 1,000-year-old space pirate motion-captured by Lupita Nyong'o whose appearance has recently been teased, but that I'm going to leave unrevealed here - may well have met Jedi Master Yoda at some point in the past.
The reason we know that? J.J. Abrams just told us, because Mindy Kaling asked him.
Y'see, Kaling was moderating a Star Wars Episode VII press event a few days ago (y'know, as you do), and decided to ask Lupita Nyong'o straight out:
"Can you talk about your character's relationship with Yoda?"
At which point Abrams chimed in with:
"I will say this, in an attempt to save my friend Lupita from this awesomely geeky question. I do believe that Maz and Yoda at one point had crossed paths. But that is not something, of course, due to the events of past films, that happens in this one..."
At which point Nyong'o added, presumably jokingly:
"He was my first love."
The important takeaway there, then (assuming that Nyong'o was indeed joking)?
Maz Kanata and Yoda Officially Knew Each Other at Some Point
After all, if J.J. Abrams says it, it's essentially canon.
The big question now, then, is just how they knew each other. Now, it's tough to speculate at any great length before seeing The Force Awakens, especially seeing as the pair would've had Kanata's whole lifetime in which to interact, but it certainly opens up some intriguing possibilities.
A double cameo in Star Wars Rebels, anyone?
What do you think, though?