Now, there are a whole lot of Star Wars fan theories out there – and some are definitely more plausible than others. After all, for every one that suggests R2-D2 was secretly a rebel all along – which was, recently, totally made canon – there’s another that he was secretly…Luke’s father. Which wasn’t.
Similarly, while the idea that Boba Fett killed Luke’s aunt and uncle makes a surprising amount of sense, the idea that Obi Wan was actually a clone called OB-1? Not so much…
There are, though, a whole lot of other theories out there – and some of them are a whole lot more plausible than others.
So, here are five that make a surprising – if moderately childhood-denting – amount of sense…
5. Chewbacca Was a Rebel All Along
Yup – that’s right. Just like R2-D2, Chewbacca was totally working for the rebels the whole way through A New Hope. He just didn’t tell Han that.
After all, back in Revenge of the Sith, Chewie was a pretty senior Wookiee – and totally met Yoda.
So when he ‘runs into’ Obi Wan Kenobi, it’s kind of interesting to note that he totally seems to know the Jedi.
It’s almost as though he was a rebel agent all along – Yoda having communicated to his allies that he could be trusted after the events of Revenge of the Sith – and that he had arranged for he and Han to be on Tatooine, just in case something went wrong with Leia’s ‘diplomatic mission.’
The best part? All of Chewie’s incomprehensible grunts suddenly become him delicately manipulating Han into becoming a rebel legend…
And yet he still didn’t get a goram medal…
At least Chewie was secretly even more of a hero, though – after all, it’s possible that…
4. Qui-Gon Was Secretly a Sith
Yup, that’s right – there’s a train of thought that suggests Qui-Gon Jinn himself is, in actual fact, a Sith lord.
He was, after all, originally trained by Count Dooku – and was the one who pushed for the Jedi Council to train Anakin, despite that clearly being a terrible, terrible idea.
Now, that’s not all that conclusive – and, barring a weird Episode VII reveal where Liam Neeson turns out to be alive and well, it’s not likely to ever become any more so – but it sure does seem like Qui-Gon was up to something.
Or, y’know, he was just terrible at his job.
3. Emperor Palpatine Was Secretly a Hero
Now, this one kind of requires the Expanded Universe in order to work – so bear with me – but even so, it does explain one of the biggest plot holes inReturn of the Jedi (the terrible logic of Han’s rescue remains unexplained…).
That hole? Why the hell The Empire decided that the best solution to that whole ‘the rebels blew up our Death Star’ problem was to just build another one.
Well, if you buy into this particular theory, it’s because Emperor Palpatine had a way bigger threat to deal with – a hugely destructive alien race called the Yuuzhan Vong, who turned up a few decades after the end of Return of the Jedi.
Now, who they are is a whole other story, but suffice to say they were a far tougher opponent than the Empire ever was – as in, they killed a good few hundred trillion people…
So, the theory goes, The Emperor must have predicted their arrival, and started building super-weapons to counter them. That whole ‘taking over the Old Republic, destroying the rebellion, and oppressing the galaxy’ thing? All a necessary evil, done in order to save lives.
So, in other words, he’s less the ultimate evil-doer, and more a Game of Thronescharacter you love to hate.
Plus, that cute bear-species he was clearly trying to eradicate? They weren’t all that cute…
2. The Ewoks Are Way Darker Than You Think
Specifically, they’re totally happy to eat people.
And by people, I mean Han Solo.
Who’s plan here is TERRIBLE.
Who they were totally going to cook and eat that one time.
And remember the ending of Return of the Jedi?
Y’know, the bit where they celebrate defeating the Empire by using the helmets of stormtroopers as drums?
Now, the thing is – they probably don’t actually care all that much about blowing up The Death Star – seeing as until earlier that day, it was probably an abstract concept they’d never even conceived of.
They do, however, obviously really appreciate the fact that they just killed enough food to survive what is – you’d have to imagine – going to be a tough winter.
I mean, a moon-sized space station just exploded above them – they’re not going to see the sun for a long, long time…
My personal favorite, though?
1. Han Solo Had a Huge (and Awesome) Secret
That secret? He was totally a Jedi.
I mean, he didn’t realize it – but all of that talk of being a great pilot and smuggler, despite him spending pretty much the whole of the Original Trilogy making terrible decisions and almost being killed?
It sure seems like someone was watching out for him – and if it wasn’t Chewie, it had to be…himself.
The logic goes like this: Han was force sensitive, without ever realizing it. So, when he’s magically surviving 3,720 to 1 odds of death in asteroid fields, or somehow shooting Greedo despite not (ugh) drawing first…
It’s still just not quite right…
…he very much seems to be unconsciously using the force to give himself an edge that he writes off as luck.