We’re getting ever closer to the December 16th release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, aka the first Star Wars prequel that might actually be any good. We’ve learned a great deal about the film’s plot in recent months thanks to a series of new trailers and TV spots, but while we know the basic structure of the film and even how it will end — ‘Spoiler’ Alert: the Rebels get the Death Star plans, allowing the first Star Wars to happen — there are many things we still don’t know about Rogue One.
Fortunately, Star Wars fans are a dedicated bunch and have assembled a plethora of theories about plot details and potential connections to other films in the franchise. I’ve rounded up some of the best of them and while some are certainly more plausible than others, I think you’ll agree that each one of the following fan theories are thought-provoking in their own way.
There’s also no mention of Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord anywhere, so that’s a plus.
Snoke Will Make An Appearance
While it is certainly plausible to assume to that Disney would want to include Supreme Leader Snoke, the mysterious new villain introduced in The Force Awakens, in Rogue One somehow, this specific theory operates on the assumption that Snoke’s true identity will also be revealed. The leading theory right now is that Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis, the former master of Darth Sidious aka Emperor Palpatine’s whom Palpatine claims to have killed.
As Redditor Snakie113 points out, a specific shot from the Rogue One trailer could be a clue to Snoke / Plagueis’ involvement. We see a figure in a black hood and cape standing before a column that looks like a Bacta-tank, a device used to treat injuries. The figure in the hood is most likely Palpatine, but is it possible that Snoke is the one in the tank? Snakie113 posits that Palpatine could be keeping Snoke’s body as a trophy and/or is studying him to try and find the secret to immortality.
Theory Rating: Possible. It’s doubtful that we’ll get any mention of Plagueis but there is a decent chance that Snoke will get a nod.