Rumor/Theory: The Hunt For Luke Skywalker In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By Jake Buchanan

The Hunt for Luke Skywalker

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Plot Theory


When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer debuted during Monday Night Football on October 19th, 2015 it goes without saying it sparked excitement and awe across the entire globe, and not to mention nearly broke the Internet as millions more searched for the trailer online while also buying tickets for the movie in advance. 

What’s absolutely brilliant and phenomenal about The Force Awakens” trailer is it didn't give anything away about the plot and since then there has been numerous speculations surfacing online of the potential plot, but I personally believe the entire story of “The Force Awakens” to be focused on the hunt/search for Luke Skywalker.  

Three major factors that further this plot theory of the search/hunt for Luke Skywalker is that The First Order and Kylo Ren leading his knights may be hunting Luke, and then there is Rey with her companions (Finn, Chewbacca, and Han Solo) searching for Luke to be trained in the ways of the “Jedi”

When it comes to the potential reasons for Rey and Finn wanting to be trained as “Jedi’s” may have to do with the actions or interactions throughout “The Force Awakens” between Kylo Ren and his knights, but the training probably won’t begin until “Star Wars: Episode 8” due to Luke probably resurfacing at the end of “The Force Awakens”

With how The First Order fits into this hunting plot theory is that in the trailer there is a robotic hand placed on R2-D2 (speculations are its Luke Skywalker) looked to be in the same location where The First Order invaded that community in which looks to be destroyed and set to flames by an attack led by Captain Phasma with an army of Storm Troopers. The First Order would want Skywalker ether captured or exterminated do to Luke being a powerful “Jedi Master” who can oppose them, and eventually stop them from achieving their goals by taking over the galaxy.  

Now the other reason why “The Force Awakens” plot might be driven by the search for Luke Skywalker is that in the trailer there is a voice-over and scene in which Kylo Ren swore to the melted Darth Vader helmet “I will finish what you started" which leaves few possibilities of what Kylo Ren will be taking on as his crusade to honor Darth Vader.  Kylo Ren has made it his mission to finish what Darth Vader had started which was the extermination of all “Jedi”, and this might be Kylo Ren’s motivation throughout “The Force Awakens” which may most likely be to hunt down and kill the last known remaining “Jedi” who is Luke Skywalker.   

This potential plot theory of Luke Skywalker being hunted/searched for makes sense with Kylo Ren and The First Order being in allegiance with each other furthering why both parties would ether be looking to capture or obliterate the last remaining “Jedi” in existence, and why Rey with her companions are searching for him to battle this new threat in the galaxy.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18th.