Star Wars: The Force Awakens the most obvious plot leak so far. Warning: Possible Spoilers ahead!
*EDIT* Have you seen the film now?
If you've seen The Force Awakens, you'll know by now that this theory was COMPLETELY wrong! However, I've got two new theories that are definitely wroth a read! Kylo Ren and Rey, show yourselves...
And unrelated to The Force Awakens (kinda), have you heard about who may be playing the next, young version of Han Solo? If not, you can get up to speed by taking a skim of this rundown of the actor shortlist. I know who my money's on...
Does Finn lose his hand in the new Star Wars film?
There are 2 definite things in life, and those are spoilers and taxes.
And there are 2 different types of people who are awaiting Star Wars: The Force Awakens to finally hit cinema screens on Thursday. Firstly, there are those who sit on their phones at night searching repeatedly on Google, the some old phrase: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens leaks'. Squeezing every last drop of spoilers-goodness out of the internet any beyond, these people want to know absolutely everything there is to know about the new Star Wars films and the new generation of galactic heroes.
On the other hand, there are the people who have installed every single Star Wars spoiler-coverer-upper app and browser extension in existence. They've holed themselves up in a cave, like many expect Luke to have done in The Force Awakens, avoiding human contact wherever possible, avoiding all plot spoilers at all costs. And there have been so, so many...
Star Wars theory: Finn will lose a hand in The Force Awakens
When the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was released, there was one shot in particular, that sent the internet in to meltdown, fan websites in to chaos, and my housemate in to an emotional and mental breakdown.
The shot of Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) crying over what looks to be someone's body has become one of the most talked-about shots of all time. Theories on whose body she may be crying over are mainly focused on Han and Chewie. In fact the internet is full of possible leaks, spoilers and theories pointing toward us having to wave goodbye to one of the Star Wars saga's original heroes. Avoiding these conversations honestly feels harder than resisting the Dark side.
But like Kylo Ren, I cannot resist the temptation...
I recently read an article that referenced an interview with J.J. Abrams, in which he said of the newest addition to the Star Wars series: 'history repeats itself'. Now those 3 words got me thinking deeply, and I had to have a chinwag with my housemate over a cup of morning coffee, about just what J.J. was hinting at.
Bringing up the 'history repeats itself' comment with my housemate led to a helter-skelter of wild theories, guesses and predictions about the plot of The Force Awakens, all of which were completely eclipsed when my friend remembered seeing a photo of John Boyega, who plays Finn, wearing a black glove at the world premiere.
A hurried Google search of 'Finn black glove', 'John Boyega Star Wars Finn' and 'Star Wars Force Awakens Finn loses hand' helped cement the idea. We seem to have stumbled upon something... a very plausible, key part of the plot [POTENTIAL STAR WARS SPOILER ALERT]: Finn loses his hand in a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren.
In the snowy forest we have seen in trailers, Finn, Rey and Kylo appear to have a stand-off at one point. This climaxes with what I hope will be one of the major lightsaber fights in the film. Our theory is that Finn loses the fight to Kylo, having his hand cut off by the mysterious, hooded Vader fanboy. This would explain Rey's crying over a body in the trailer. The scene looks to be the same setting, and it would simply make sense: Finn fights Kylo, Kylo wins (he is far more experienced with a lightsaber) and cuts off Finn's hand to disarm him.
Rey then runs over to help Finn, crying as she reaches him on the forest floor. Rey will then take the lightsaber, and taking on Maz Kanata's words of wisdom 'just let it in', allows the force to do what it does best, and she successfully fights off Kylo Ren (which explains the recently leaked Star Wars: The Force Awakens Walmart figure!
The fact that John Boyega has been walking around with a random black glove on one hand surely confirms this theory even more so. It would be an incredible way to give a 'nod' to the original trilogy, plus fits in well with J.J. Abrams' 'history repeats itself' comment.
But will the original trilogy be mirrored too much? We'll have to wait and see... Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in UK cinemas on 17th December 2015. Only a few more days to go!
Finn's Lightsaber Duels!
Update: I've seen The Force Awakens
After seeing The Force Awakens (three times), it's safe to say that my theory was wrong, and Finn most definitely did not lose a hand. But here's hoping we see a prosthetic hand for one of our characters in the next film in the trilogy!
What I will say is that I was right in thinking that Finn would not be able to defeat Kylo Ren, and that, in the end, it would be Rey who overwhelmed our new favourite Star Wars villain.
If you've seen The Force Awakens then you'll have a couple of new questions that you'd like answering in the next film (if not before)...
- Who are the Knights of Ren?!?!?
- How big is Supreme Leader Snoke?!?!?!?
- Who on earth are Rey's parents?!?!?!?
Click the links above to check out the possible answers to each. What do you think? Do you have the same ideas as we do on these topics? We'd love to hear from you!