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Lor San Tekka Is George Lucas

One of the biggest questions people have after seeing The Force Awakens is who Max Von Sydow’s character is supposed to be. We attempted to answer the question at length in our unanswered mysteries feature, but now Redditor vertical_suplex has a fun theory that claims that Lor San Tekka is simply a homage to George Lucas.

Lor San Tekka (G Lucas) is handing the series over to Poe (JJ Abrams). The more I think about it the more it makes sense that if we never learn anything about Lor San Tekka, it’s just that he was there to pass along information….. just like George passing the franchise on to the next generation. this is also evident when he converses with Kylo “You know what I’ve come for.” (the Franchise) Kylo represents Disney, coming to take the map to Luke (aka the franchise from George.)  “I know where you come from, before you called yourself Kylo Ren.” (G Lucas already wrote these stories with Vader’s grand kids in mind and here is the grand kid confronting him. Of-course Disney didn’t want to acknowledge this and wanted to continue down its own path) Then Disney (Kylo) ended Lucas (Lor San Tekka) once and for all.

And let’s not forget the first line of dialogue from the film, which is Lor San Tekka saying, “This will begin to make things right.” It’s a fun reading, but most likely just a projection by the viewer and not intended by the filmmakers (for the most part, as I’m still not sure the first line of the film isn’t a slam on the Star Wars prequels).

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Poe Dameron’s Romantic Relationship With Finn?

Hypable has published a theory suggesting that Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron could be the first gay character in the live-action Star Wars movie universe. You might recall that earlier this year, the first official out LGBT character was introduced to the Star Wars galaxy in one of the new novels. And Hypable theorizes that Dameron might be the first gay representation in the movies. They pulled the following quote from an interview Isaac did with his fellow castmates on Ellen:

“I think it’s very subtle romance that’s happening. You know, you have to just look very close — you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints. But there was.” Isaac sounds seemingly honest with this statement, then goes on to make a few jokes with the others of the ‘we can’t spoil you, so we’re getting ridiculous’ variety. However, Ellen comes back to Isaac to confirm: “So it’s subtle, but you were playing romance. When we’re watching you, that’s what we should be aware of.” Here’s where it gets good — Isaac agrees, but teases that he won’t say with which character, gesturing between Ridley and Boyega.

While Isaac could be alluding to the seeds of a potential romance between John Boyega and Daisy Ridley’s characters Rey and Finn, that seemed rather obvious to me and most people I’ve talked to (honestly, I hope they don’t go there — I like that their story is about friendship and not a romantic relationship). Hypable theorizes that Isaac is talking about Finn and Poe:

But if you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens already, you’ll know that, if Isaac was being serious, the romance that he mentioned playing as Poe was directed towards his male, not his female, co-star. There’s every chance that Isaac wasn’t even trying to hide this fact. Maybe he was outright referring to Poe and Finn’s relationship as a romance in a tongue-in-cheek fashion — he even checks with Boyega who agrees, once they start messing around. But a) at this point, we didn’t know anything about how Finn and Poe would interact in the movie, so there was no big homoerotic subtext-y in-joke to wink and nudge elbows at, and b) Oscar Isaac really doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would play up a no-homo bromance for laughs. He may make a lot of dick jokes, but this is a man who also recently called out a journalist about trying to assign gender to droids, with an approach I’m starting to recognize as his trademark — he seems to address such issues head-on with a progressive, sharp and dead serious attitude, spun with just enough of a laugh to keep it playful, before bringing it back to the genuine point he wants to hammer home.

I’m not sure there is evidence in the movie to suggest anything more than a friendship, and I don’t think there is enough in the ambiguous quote for a definitive ruling. The Force Awakens has been very progressive in its casting, especially compared to other big-budget blockbuster films, and it would be interesting if the movies pushed the envelope by including characters of not just every gender and race but also every sexuality. Hypable goes much much MUCH further into the speculation, and you can hit their site if you want to do the deep dive.

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Rey’s Name Isn’t Rey

What if the main protagonist in The Force Awakens isn’t named Rey? Redditor Patojavier speculates that Kylo Ren and Rey represent different aspects of Anakin/Darth Vader, the Light and the Dark:

Kylo, represents Anakin’s anger, fear, jealousy, etc is named Ben (Vader’s ultimate enemy) and Rey represents love, compasión, forgiveness, etc; is named Padme (Anakin’s true love, even in Vader’s state)

He goes on to say that the word “rey” means “king” in Spanish, which suggests royalty. While I love the almost surface symbolic nature of Daisy Ridley’s character’s name (a ray of light enters the darkness, an awakening in the force) it might make sense that her name was changed after she was abandoned/hidden on Jakku. While its possible that Rey isn’t her given name, I don’t think there is any evidence to support that she has another name, never mind “Padmé”.

But I included this theory in this round-up anyway because it never occurred to me that Rey’s name might not be Rey at all. I mean, if someone was hiding her on Jakku it makes sense for her to go under an alias or a name she came to herself.

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