By: Dominic Jones
While it may seem on the surface that, given that The Last Jedi picks up immediately when The Force Awakens left off, the state of galaxy may not have changed when the next instalment in the Skywalker saga picks up. However, there are some major questions about the political state of the galaxy that were left unaddressed in The Force Awakens--specifically relating the destruction of the Hosnian System by Starkiller Base. Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net may have some answers to those questions. As always, there is a chance this may be true but, if you are trying to avoid all The Last Jedi spoilers then stop reading now. This is your SPOILER ALERT!
According to Making Star Wars, the state of the galaxy in The Last Jedi is as follows,
"For Snoke, the loss of the Starkiller Base was as significant as his wins. His forces are no longer a secret to the galaxy at large. Those who used to laugh at the idea that The First Order were a threat are either dead or no longer laughing. The cold war style stand-off is publicly over after the full on assault on the Republic and the senate. The galaxy no longer views Snoke as someone that is irrelevant on the galactic stage. The galaxy knows he and his cronies are maniacal zealots and they should be feared for better or worse. The galaxy seems to mostly understand that The First Order is eventually coming to conqueror their worlds and they have to fall in line or resist. Most understand that war has returned and the perceived era of peace is over.
Snoke understands that everything The First Order used to do in secret is no longer an option and a very overt war is on the horizon. Unfortunately, The Republic has completely collapsed after being attacked in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Starkiller Base. The galaxy is in complete disarray. The galaxy understands that everyone has to pick a side now.
General Organa no longer stands alone in her determination that The First Order is the greatest threat to freedom and democracy in the galaxy and the only choice they have left is to fight."
This certainly sounds interesting. We know that Rian Johnson had some impact on the political situation in stories set prior to The Force Awakens (specifically in Claudia Grey's novel Bloodline), so it raises questions about whether any of that will be addressed in the film. Personally, I'm really interested in seeing the relationship between what's left of The Republic and what's left of The Resistance (there was a very interesting scene between Poe Dameron and Laura Dern's character that was rumored a while back that could be a very interesting way for that dynamic to come to life).
It would also be interesting to see The First Order as something other that just a military operation. In The Force Awakens, all of the First Order scenes were set on Starkiller Base (which made sense given the plot). Now that Starkiller Base is gone, it would be interesting to see what life is like under the First Order for people non-military people (if they even exist). I would also like to see them explore the First Order as a political entity in the sense of how does Snoke govern and what are his motives. It would seem that he governs with an iron fist, given that his title is Supreme Leader, but I would be fascinated to see how precisely he wields that power.
Hopefully we'll get answers to all these questions and more when Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits theatres on December 15th.
As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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