7 Highly Probable Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points

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We don’t know any confirmed Star Wars Episode 7 plot points, but we can make some (intelligent?) guesses from clues found in episodes one and four.

Star Wars has always been circular. We know George Lucas followed Joseph Campbell‘s writings and teachings. Campbell’s monomyth calls for a return as part of its structure. We can see this structure repeated throughout the series, and what we can also see are elements from each existing trilogy reflected in their counterpart.

Assuming it’s not a rumor, look at the speculated working subtitle: The Ancient Fear. It falls in line with the previous titles’ structure: The Phantom Menace and A New Hope. The Star Wars universe has certain patterns built in. We thought it’d be fun to use these similarities to predict what it could mean for Star Wars Episode 7’s plot, if it does indeed prove to be a pattern.

Though a few may seem general at first, we forced ourselves to find specifics to each one that were echoed in Episode I and could be echoed again in Episode VII. We tried hard to make the opposite of “there will be… wars in stars” or “lightsabers will be used–mentioned at least!” Hopefully we succeeded.

Without further ado, here are 7 highly probable Star Wars Episode 7 plot points.

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #7:

The Hero is Introduced to The Force

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - The Force Explained

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn tells Anakin about midi-chlorians and feelings. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke all about hocus pocus and feelings. Either way, in episodes one and four, there’s a crash course about The Force.

We’re going to get the same in Episode 7. It will have been a decade since Revenge of the Sith, the last Star Wars movie, and more than 15 years since we had our last tutorial. Longtime fans aren’t like to forget, but a lot of retelling has to be expected to bring everyone else up to speed. It’ll be interesting to see from which version J.J. Abrams and company pull from and how they make it their own.

Probability: 100%
Possible Lines: The force is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #6:

The Belly of the Whale

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - Monsters Below

In The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar takes Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon down to the underwater city Otoh Gunga, to escape a firefight on the surface, then they’re nearly eaten by a monster when leaving by submarine. In A New Hope, Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca escape down a trash chute to escape a firefight, then they must kills a monster in the garbage and stop the walls from crushing them alive.

Something along these lines is very likely to happen in Star Was Episode 7. Retreating only to find out that where you’ve retreated is far worse is an action/adventure story trope because it works. It’s also very much a part of Star Wars in general, not just the first movies of either trilogy. It sort of works with the middle “descent” portion of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, which Lucas used as his compass, as well as providing a change of scenery.

Probability: 80%
Possible Line: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” — Han reprises his line from the trash compactor

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #5:

An Enemy Ship Hovers Above a Planet (in the Opening Scene)

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - Ship Orbit Opening

In The Phantom Menace, we started by seeing Saak’ak, the big horseshoe with a ball in the middle, otherwise known as the Federation’s flagship. A New Hope starts with the Star Destroyer chasing the droids’ ship, Tatooine hanging below.

Well, this one is all but a given for Episode 7. It’s a space opera. There’s going to be a space scene at the beginning, and the only way life forms get into space is through spaceships. Because filmmakers and audiences both like establishing shots, it’s reasonable that we get an outside view. Also, J.J. would forfeit his paycheck if there wasn’t a text crawl at the beginning, and those really work great over the blackness of space. The only alternative would be to start the movie with some kind of action, but that would be far too risky.

Probability: 70%
Possible Line: *pew-pew* *pew-pew*

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #4:

A Plucky Pilot Blows Up a Big Ship

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - Big Ship Explosion

In The Phantom Menace, we saw Anakin pratfall his way into blowing up the Trade Federation Ship over Naboo. In A New Hope, we saw Luke hit a teeny weeny vulnerable hole.

In Episode 7, then, is it not reasonable to expect that a big ship is going to blow up? Something intimidating has to get wrecked, and probably by a young’un fighting against the odds. I’m not expecting another planet, though Naboo wouldn’t be missed, or a Death Star. Just something big. In space. Where these “wars” take place.

Small note, it might be neat to have the “big ship” in question here a chain of ships, or some kind of fleet that can be destroyed by chain reaction. Would be different yet reminiscent.

Probability: 80%
Possible Line: “Use the Force.”

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #3:

A Master Dies Protecting His/Her Student

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi - A Master's Death

Qui-Gon got struck down and became… dead but still very much important. Obi-Wan got struck down and became more powerful than Vader could possibly imagine.

Will Luke die at the end of Episode 7? It doesn’t have to be a Jedi. The pattern of it being a mentor could actually be better established if it breaks from the mold of using a Force user. It could be Han who dies. But some kind of mentor or master will die and spur the hero on to be his or her own person.

This seems nearly certain. Not only does it make good sense in keeping with the Star Wars tradition, it’s a pretty classic storytelling technique.

Probability: 99%
Possible Lines: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #2:

The Heroes Get Rewarded

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - Awards Ceremony
At the end of The Phantom Menace, our heroes are rewarded with a big shiny ball of light (Globe of Peace) being raised to the heavens by a fat Gungan. In A New Hope, Princess Leia does the honors for Luke and Han before the Rebel Alliance.

It’s the literal interpretation of going out on a high note, and Episode 7 will more than likely follow suit. The first movie in both trilogies are hopeful. All of Star Wars is optimistic. It would make a good fit.

We feel this is a bit self-explanatory, but it’s not a sure thing. The Empire Strikes Back broke a ton of rules when it comes to how movies are supposed to end, and this movie is being penned by the same guy (Lawrence Kasden). So there’s always a chance that he’ll leave Oscar Isaac’s character screaming, locked inside a meat cellar, or something equally crazy.

Probability: 85%
Possible Line: No words, in keeping with the original, but maybe Chewie actually gets a frickin’ medal this time.

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Point #1:

The Original Three (and a Wookie?) Reunite

Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Points - The Gang Gets Back Together - Original Cast

Now that we have absolute confirmation that the original main cast is back in its entirety, we know there’s going to be a group photo moment. Some brief exchange or breath of air in the movie, probably before the halfway point, that makes fans happy.

This will probably be early-to-middle act two stuff. People will be scattered on different planets, doing their own thing, at the start. They have a galaxy to work with, so they’ll be exploring that as they set up characters. But the main cast, the head trio if nothing else, will come together for at least 15 seconds.

There’s also the possibility that the film starts with them. We could be led into this sequel trilogy by familiar hands right from the start. In The Phantom Menace, we didn’t see Anakin Skywalker right away. Imagine Luke, Leia, and Han playing the same roles Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan played. Either way, there will still be that “aww” moment where they appear on screen together for the first time.

Probability: 100%
Possible Line: “Somebody get this walking carpet out of my way!” – Leia Solo (callback to Episode 4)
OR
“Never tell me the odds.” – Someone other than Han


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