Last Jedi's Rian Johnson says fan theories haven't even scratched the surface

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Dec 5, 2017

Sorry, Star Wars super fans. Rian Johnson is flattered by all the fan theories — but we're apparently not asking the right questions. Speaking to Screen Rant, The Last Jedi director voiced his opinion on the guessing game, which has been active since The Force Awakens restarted the franchise:

“I mean, [I haven't seen any theory] that’s really nailed big stuff. No, which… I love reading the fan theories, you know, having been a Star Wars fan myself and been on the other side of the curtain most of my life it’s pretty cool to be back behind, like peeking through saying seeing like I would have people guessing.”

Right now, the major theories revolve around Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents, the identity of Snoke (Andy Serkis), and why Luke (Mark Hamill) went into a self-imposed exile. Based on Johnson's statement, it would appear that Rey being born of Luke or Han and Leia is wrong. In addition, the notion that Snoke is Darth Plagueis, Palpatine, Darth Vader, or Mace Windu (yes, these are all real theories) is also incorrect.

When it comes to Luke Skywalker, however, it seems likely that he went into exile after Kylo Ren used his Jedi training improperly in order to go over to the Dark Side and shack up with the First Order. Ashamed at what he had created, Luke hid himself away so as not to make the same mistake again. 

Other, less mainstream theories have Rey and Kylo in falling love, Luke turning to the Dark Side, Rey being a female clone of Luke, Rey being Obi-Wan's granddaughter, and Snoke wanting to possess Kylo since his own body is all scarred, weak, and ugly. We're not sure how likely these are, but a cool one has to do with the movie's title. It goes that Luke is "The Last Jedi" and Rey will become an entirely new kind of Force user. With all the porg saturation on the Internet, we wonder if the cute creatures aren't just a ploy by Johnson to distract us from the real pressing mysteries.

Thankfully, we only have a little over a week to go until they're solved.