The highly-anticipated “Star Wars” film, “The Last Jedi,” is nearly here! Can you believe it!? As a die-hard fan boy, I get butterflies just thinking about it. I know you can relate. We Star Wars fans love everything about this saga; the space battles, light saber duels, the Skywalker family drama, you name it.

The series is a collection of motion picture masterpieces (except for “Attack of the Clones,” but we’ll let that one slide) but I honestly think that Episode 8 in particular has the potential to be THE GREATEST FILM IN THE FRANCHISE. That’s right, I didn’t stutter. Now before you come at me with guns blazing, reminding me of the majesty of “The Empire Strikes Back,” let me explain myself.

A LOT of the future of the Star Wars universe hangs in the balance of the outcome of this film. Will Kylo Ren make a transition back to the light side as his grandfather did? Or will he go on to become the greatest villain the galaxy has ever seen? Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? What will become of Princess Leia, given Carrie Fisher’s untimely death? Who are Rey’s parents, and what are her origins? And just who is the last Jedi?

As you can see, there are more factors to take into consideration with “The Last Jedi” than there have been with any other installment of the franchise to date. Even Mark Hamill alludes to it having quite possibly the most surprising twist in Star Wars history. That’s quite the statement coming from the mighty Luke Skywalker. But just what is the twist going to be? This may be a far-fetched fan theory, but I’m gonna throw an idea out there, so bear with me.

Anakin Skywalker is NOT the father of twin siblings, Luke and Leia. OBI-WAN IS! Why would I make such a ludicrous assumption? Lets look at the evidence. Go back and watch the prequels and pay close attention to the relationship between Anakin, Obi Wan, and Padm’e as the story progresses. Maybe it’s just me, but I sense a hint of jealousy in Obi Wan when it comes to Anakin’s hot wife. He is CONSTANTLY over-protective and concerned for her well-being… much more so than you would think if they were merely intergalactic, platonic co-workers. And just look at the passion-fueled light saber duel on Mustafar between Obi Wan and Anakin. There is SO MUCH pain and resentment between the two former besties that (in my opinion) it makes it significantly easier to imagine that there is more going on in their personal lives than what we see on the surface. This potential twist would not only change the future of the saga, but it would change the context of EVERYTHING that has happened in Star Wars past! It’s far-fetched, but hey I can dream can’t I?

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” comes to theaters Friday, December 15th, 2017, with special early showings Thursday night in designated locations. Be sure to bring a box of tissues. There are sure to be some dark and painful twists.

Good luck. And May the Force be with you.

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