The world is going crazy right now because Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens has finally been released, and it's all kinds of amazing. Not only is Adam Driver every bit the hot and creepy bad guy you'd expect him to be as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega make the best team ever as Rey and Finn — and Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are in perfect form as Han Solo and Leia Organa. Hopefully you've seen the film already and, if you have, you likely have as many questions as I do. Beware, Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers ahead! We need to examine the movie in as much detail as possible, especially all of those crazy cliffhangers it left us with. After all, director J.J. Abrams sure knows how to tease an audience.
While lots of obvious questions are swirling around my brain such as "How long do I have to wait until Star Wars: Episode VIII ?" and "Will my favorite hotties be back for the next movie?", there are some pretty major cliffhangers which need to be discussed immediately! The Force Awakens has restarted the series in a truly exciting way, preparing us for the new movies ahead, including two more direct sequels, as well as plenty of standalone spin-offs including the upcoming Rogue One . But what are the biggest cliffhangers that Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens has left us with?
1. Is Rey Luke's Daughter?
Some pretty major clues hint at the possibility that Luke is Rey's father. The lightsaber was calling to her specifically, after all, and she has a natural ability with the Force. It certainly seems likely that Rey is Luke's daughter.
2. Is Han Solo Really Dead?
While he was murdered pretty brutally with a lightsaber by his son Kylo Ren (why, Adam, why!?), I'm still holding out a little hope that Han Solo fell into that abyss and landed on a giant pillow at the bottom of it and was totally fine!
3. Is Finn Injured?
Finn is unconscious at the end of the movie, and Rey kisses him goodbye on the forehead. When he wakes up — which I'm hoping he does — will he have sustained any injuries?
4. How Is Rey More Powerful Than Kylo Ren?
Rey can stave off Kylo Ren's mind control, and has a pretty impressive grasp of the Force despite being a total novice. How is she so powerful without any training? And why, in comparison, is Kylo Ren so flawed?
5. What Woke R2-D2 Up?
At the start of the movie, C-3PO told us that R2-D2 hadn't powered up in years, yet by the end he was totally switched on. Was it the Force that woke him? Did Luke summon him? Was it Rey's presence — considering she might be Luke's daughter — that awoke him? Is there a mystery behind why R2 was powered down for all that time?
6. What Did R2-D2 Call C-3PO? Are they still cool?
C-3PO smacked R2 down for calling him something. What remark did R2 make, and will BB-8 come between them? Surely not!
7. What Has Luke Been Doing On That Island All That Time?
Standing silently on a cliff edge on a deserted island, has Luke Skywalker been alone all this time, or are there other people with him? How has he been spending his days? Has he taken up some hobbies? I need answers!
8. What Is Finn's Connection To The Force? And How Can He Use A Lightsaber So Easily? I Thought Only Jedi Could Do That?
Finn uses a lightsaber with surprising ease, despite being a Stormtrooper for the longest time. What's the deal?
9. Is Finn A Jedi?
Is Finn a straight-up Jedi?
10. How Important Is Poe Dameron?
It looked as though Poe Dameron was dead, but luckily he survived! Yay, Oscar Isaac! How important will he be to the story moving forward?
11. Will Leia And Chewbacca Be Back?
Both Leia and Chewbacca are in for some major mourning now that Han Solo is gone. Will they be back for the other sequels, and what part will they play in the story without Han Solo? Can Leia talk Kylo Ren round to the side of the light — and will she want to after what he's done?
12. Are Finn And Rey Connected?
Are Finn and Rey connected somehow? They're sure to cross paths again. But does their connection run deeper than their obvious attraction/kinship.
Most of all, the biggest cliffhanger is what the plot of the next movie will be. Unfortunately, we have a two year wait on our hands before we find out, which gives everyone plenty of time to rewatch The Force Awakens a million times to look for clues!
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