Whether it’s Boba Fett surviving the Sarlac Pitt, Han Solo having a wife or the last member of a skinny robot quartet hacking into the second Death Star, Star Wars has an ocean of stories buried in the expanded universe. Since many of these stories have been wiped clean and stored in the legends category, it has given the universe a degree of narrative flexibility, opening the floodgates for many fan theories. Here’s several of my favourites.
What If…Jar Jar Binks Was A Sith Lord?
“You know, I find that Jar Jar creature to be a little odd.”
It took a surprisingly long time for the idea Darth Jar Jar Binks to even appear. The prequels were well over a decade old before Star Wars fans toyed with the concept of the bumbling gungan covertly manipulating the minds of those around him, covering his malicious intentions with his infamously silly persona.
The “evidence” of this are key moments in Episodes I and II, mostly involving subtle lip and hand movements, alluding to Jedi Mind Tricks. These are easily boiled down to casual gestures and character designs that coincide with his general alien goofiness, but also consider that it was him who convinced the senate to provide Chancellor Palpatine with Emergency Powers, allowing the construction of the army sleeper agent clones. Combining all the pieces together paints a very malevolent picture of the floppy eared klutz.
What If…Obi-Wan And Padme Were Secretly Dating?
“She seems to be on top of things.”
Attack Of The Clones is a mixed bag for many Star Wars fans. I’m sure I’m not the only kid who watched Obi-Wan’s investigative adventure while fast-forwarding Anakin and Padme’s romantic scenes. Remember; nothing wins a woman’s heart like pretending to get trampled to death, mass murder and casually advocating for a dictatorship.
Although not even slightly hinted at, viewing the prequels as if Obi-Wan and Padme are in a secret relationship adds immediate depth to their actions, most effective of which is Padme’s realisation that the two men she loves are going to kill each other and it’s all her fault.
What If…Luke’s Second Lightsaber Was Qui-Gon Jinn’s?
“Ah, yes. A Jedi’s weapon, much like your father’s.”
Many find it confusing that The Force Awakens revealed Maz Kanata possessing Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, but what I find stranger is why so much focus is on one lightsaber when Luke used two? One was lost with his hand and a green one was then used throughout Episode VI.
A deleted scene from Return Of The Jedi shows Luke finishing his construction of this second lightsaber, but since that footage didn’t make it to the film, a new theory emerged which, I feel, adds a depth to the films that connects them in a quick, simple and beautiful way.
We never get to see what happened to Qui-Gon’s lightsaber after he was jabbed by Darth Maul, and even though it’s a shame Anakin’s lightsaber was sliced away from Luke so soon, given its lineage, this theory repairs that. Since Obi-Wan died in Episode IV, Luke was never made aware of any other trinkets inside that box at Kenobi’s home on Tatooine, so maybe after returning there to warm up a bit after Hoth, Luke comes across another lightsaber. A green one.
What If…Mace Windu Survived?
“The oppression of the Sith will never return. You have lost.”
One of the most prevalent theories within Star Wars is the loser of a battle intentionally failing for a secretly higher purpose. Mace Windu’s survival of a seemingly fatal fall can only live on in the expanded universe.
Considering the theory of Mace Windu avoiding a messy splattering onto Coruscant’s chrome street floor, he joins characters like Grievous, Dooku and Asajj Ventress, who can do little but play within the cracks of the movie saga, resulting in stories that must be intrinsically less interesting than the films, lest they accidentally overshadow them.
Windu’s story has the potential of being extremely solemn, serving as a fly-on-the-wall perspective, with a lone Jedi observing Order 66 and forcing him to hide away from it all without hope. He would live a short, nomadic life and die a quiet, unceremonious death. Honestly, it’d make a gritty comic book.
The timeline of Star Wars covers thousands of years and there are stories covering every nanosecond of it. Star Wars may never truly end as much as it’ll simply re-invent itself, allowing interesting theories to rise and fall. For now, let’s just keep wondering who Snoke is. Face it. You’re probably all wrong.
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