Star Wars Episode VII is out in theaters and breaking records across the world, but the one thing it isn’t doing is filling in all the gaps from the 30 or so years that passed between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. As savvy movie goers, we know that not everything is going to be explained in the first of three new Star Wars films, but some of the Star Wars The Force Awakens setups are too big to not discuss. Like, who are Rey’s parents? And what’s up with Luke? Did he retire? Is there a Jedi 401K? You’ll find these questions and more on this very curious list of Star Wars The Force Awakens unanswered questions.
With a (mostly) brand new cast of characters popping up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there are also a slew of mysterious backstories to wade through, and questions that may or may not be answered in Episodes XIII and IX. We wouldn’t be so worried about whether or not our questions would be answered if J.J. Abrams didn’t also make Lost, which answered like, none of the questions. Some of the questions on this list are definitely going to be answered in the following films, but we’re worried that a few things (like the construction of Starkiller base) might go unanswered forever. Although, we’ll take a few unanswered questions if it means we get three more awesome Star Wars films.Vote up the unanswered questions in Star Wars Episode VII that you most want to see answered, and leave us a comment with your own burning questions from The Force Awakens.
What Happened Between Luke and Kylo Ren?
During the flashback sequence in The Force Awakens we get a little bit of backstory about Luke and Kylo Ren, but it's hardly comprehensive, and it asks more questions than it answers. We're not asking for a prequel trilogy about a young Ren being trained by Luke, but a little more exposition would be nice. It's possible that Luke "had a bad feeling" about Ren and refused to teach him any of that dark force magic.
Who Are Rey's Parents?
This is probably the biggest question on everyone's mind. Is she Luke's daughter? That would explain her mega Force powers. But seeing as how this is Star Wars and they love doing the whole two kid thing (see the expanded universe for proof of this), she could also be another one of Han and Leia's kids that he doesn't know about. Or maybe she's the daughter of Yoda's ghost. PROVE US WRONG!
What Has Luke Been Up To?
We know he had a jedi school at some point, and that he spent the entirety of The Force Awakens chilling on an island, but how did he get to that point? And why did he leave so many clues as to his location? Was he hoping that Rey would find him? Or did he even care who showed up? It seems like Luke is going through his Ben Kenobi/Yoda phase, and that in either episode XIII or IX we'll see the final appearance of Luke Skywalker.
Why Did Maz Kanata Have Luke's Lightsaber?
Most of the chatter about The Force Awakens before the film was released concerned the fate of Luke's lightsaber, and the most interesting thing is that so much of the film WAS about his weapon, but not the way we thought it would be. How did the weapon make its way to Maz's place, and how did she know what Rey saw when she touched it?