First things first, in case you didn't gather it from the title, there shall be significant spoilers for Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens within this article, so if you haven't seen it... well, go see it, because it's pretty good. If you have seen the film however, stick around, but also feel free to go see it again, because if a good Star Wars film can't knock Avatar off of its box office throne, then there is no hope for the human race.
*Once again, SPOILERS for Episode 7 - read at your own peril*
So, if you're still reading, that means you've seen the film and won't mind if we talk where the film/franchise is going. But if you haven't and are just reading this anyway, then leave, shoo, go see the film or something and then come back here. Or don't, because you'll probably forget after seeing the movie.
Anyway, the main premise of the film is that pretty much everyone is trying to find Luke Skywalker, either to kill him or to try and bring him back to the world in order to bring balance to the galaxy. Poe Dameron locates a section of a map to his location, driving the plot along. The movie then ends with Rey finding Luke himself and presenting him with his old lightsaber. I had a little bit of an issue with how this came about though. See, it was just a coincidence or two too far that R2-D2 just happened to have the map that they were looking for, and that R2 randomly turned back on at the end of the film. So I thought about it a little bit, and after a second viewing I had an idea that might just fly...
It was the First Order's doing
Mayhap that sounds like a long shot, but let me go deeper. At the point where Kylo Ren has Rey kidnapped he mentions that the First Order has recovered the remainder of the map to our favourite Jedi Knight. Then, General Hux says to Supreme Leader Snoke that he has located the Resistance base as he has managed to follow a reconnaissance ship back to their planet. What this means, is that it isn't actually much of a stretch that Hux, Kylo Ren or Snoke planted someone within the Resistance base to insert the main chunk of the map into R2-D2 and then turn him on. After that, they could tail Rey to Luke's sweet island in order to kill him.
But what does this mean for our story?
Well, assuming that this is true, it leaves us with a pretty interesting starting point for Episode 8, as it could well open with the remnants of the First Order assaulting Luke and Rey. Where we would go from here is completely open, with either Luke dying, or the two having to go on the run while Luke trains Rey as they try to avoid their death. Honestly, I don't know what this would change, because unfortunately I'm not on the writing team. But I reckon this would be an interesting twist which would set an interesting stage for the future of the trilogy.
What do you think of this idea? Do you think it's plausible, and more than that, do you like the idea? Either way, let us know what you thought down in the comments. Also, if you enjoyed this article then I'd be honoured to see you over at my website where we create other great article about movies over at Fixing Hollywood.