Star Wars Mysteries

Unanswered questions from a galaxy far, far away.

Mystery has been part of Star Wars from the very beginning.

In A New Hope, we were met with a big mystery right off the bat when hints were dropped about the dark fate of Luke Skywalker's father. It wouldn't be confirmed until the next film, three years later -- but that film raised another question. Who was the "other" that Yoda spoke of that could be the galaxy's final hope should Luke fail? (Leia, of course.)

There are plenty of mysteries, unanswered questions, and dangling plot threads yet to be resolved in the Star Wars universe, so let's take a look at them.

A word of warning. "Whatever happened to _____?" is not what I'd consider a proper mystery (with maybe one exception -- see #4). Sure, I want to know what became of Darth Maul after The Clone Wars ended, or what happened to Luke between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. I'm dying to know what sorts of adventures Ahsoka had in the 14-year gap between The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

But a character being off-camera doesn't constitute a mystery. Their lives go on whether we can see them or not, and that's okay.

One last thing: Don't bother pointing out that some of these questions have been answered in the Expanded Universe. That material is no longer canonical, so it doesn't count.

There are major spoilers below for several Star Wars storylines, including films, novels, and Star Wars Rebels.

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Who are Rey's parents?

Daisy Ridley as Rey
Daisy Ridley as Rey in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

The biggest and most important question asked by The Force Awakens is Rey's parentage. Rey tells BB-8 that her parents left her on Jakku with instructions to stay put, because they would return for her. But Maz Kanata later reveals what Rey knows to be true, deep down: whoever left her on Jakku won't ever be back to get her.

Since the movie's release, one theory has risen to prominence, because it's the explanation that makes the most sense. It goes like this.

Rey wasn't left on Jakku by her parents; she was left there by Ben Solo, after he'd become Kylo Ren. There are subtle clues to this hidden in The Force Awakens if you watch closely, but the thinking is that after Kylo slaughtered Luke Skywalker's entire Jedi academy, he found Rey there as a small child, alive and crying on the battlefield (just as he zeroed-in on her in her Force vision). Something about seeing this innocent little one stirs his good side, and he shows her mercy.

But he can't have Snoke, the Knights of Ren, or anyone in the First Order know that he spared one of Luke's students. So he takes her to a distant, backwater planet and implants memories in her of her parents dropping her off on Jakku for her own protection, with a promise to return.

As for her parents, most fans want to believe she's Luke Skywalker's daughter with an unknown partner. The biggest evidence pointing to this is Luke's old lightsaber, and the fact that it called specifically to her via the Force. It had previously been owned by both Luke and Anakin, so it would make sense that its connection to the Skywalker line would extend to Luke's daughter.

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Why did Ahsoka Tano stay on Malachor in the Sith Temple?

Ahsoka Tano on Malachor
Ahsoka returns to the Sith Temple on Malachor. Lucasfilm Ltd.

At the end of the Season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels, after her climactic fight against Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano's fate was left unresolved. Showrunner Dave Filoni says this was intentional, because if we see Ahsoka again, it won't be anytime soon. Because her part in the Rebels story is pretty much done.

But viewers who watched closely caught a tiny glimpse of a figure turning away from the camera and descending into the collapsed Sith Temple on Malachor (the site of her fight with Vader). He left the planet, but she stayed behind -- and she looked pretty darn alive (and uninjured) to me.

In my mind, it's not a question of whether or not she's alive -- or even whether or not we'll see her again. We will someday.

The real question is, why did she stay on Malachor and return to the Sith Temple, while Vader escaped? Did she realize she'd dropped one of her lightsabers and ran back down to grab it before leaving? Was she withdrawing from the world because of the pain she felt at seeing what her former master had become?

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What species does Yoda come from? Where are the rest of his people?

Yoda in 'The Empire Strikes Back'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Be honest: you don't really want an answer to this one, do you?

Whatever race Yoda comes from, they're either reclusive or almost extinct. Only one other of his kind has ever been seen: Yaddle, a female who appeared on the Jedi Council in The Phantom Menace. But she never said or did anything; she was basically a prop.

Part of our fascination with Yoda is that he's one of a kind. Can there possibly be an answer to this question that lives up to the limitless possibilities in our imaginations?

Only if someone at Lucasfilm can cook up an answer that's even more compelling than the question, should this mystery ever be resolved.

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Who is Snoke?

Supreme Leader Snoke
Supreme Leader Snoke. Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Supreme Leader of the First Order is one big enigma. We know almost nothing about him, but have plenty of questions.

Who is he?
What species is he?
How big is he?
Is he a Sith?
How did he come to be in command of the First Order?
What happened to his face?

Did I miss anything?

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How was Anakin Skywalker conceived?

Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker
Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Hints were given about this in the prequel films, but a definitive answer remains illusive.

It takes two to tango, and assuming Shmi Skywalker was telling the truth, all Anakin had was a mother. The Prophecy of the Chosen One suggested that he would be conceived by the Force itself, via the Midi-Chlorians, to bring the Force into balance (which is important for reasons that have never been clear). But that opens a huge can of worms -- namely, that the Force is sentient and capable of thinking, deciding, and taking action.

The other possibility is that someone used the Force to create the Chosen One -- someone with the ability to create life by using the Force. Sound familiar? Palpatine said very similar words to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, prompting many to believe he was basically confessing to having been the Force-user in question. Or he could have been referring to his old master, Darth Plagueis, who was obsessed with immortality.

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Who are the Knights of Ren?

The Knights of Ren
The Knights of Ren. Lucasfilm Ltd.

What is this group, this collective of dark warriors? We know there are seven of them, and that that number is very specific and possibly important. We also know that Kylo is their "master."

But there's so much more we need to know about them. Who are they? Where did they come from? Are they all Force-users? What's their history?

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Who made the Prophecy of the Chosen One?

Anakin Skywalker
Anakin Skywalker sees a vision of his future on 'The Clone Wars.'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

You get the impression in The Phantom Menace that the prophecy was pretty darn old. Maybe even ancient.

So who made that prophecy, and when? There's a story to be told there, and I hope that someday it is.

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Why did Maz Kanata have Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber?

Luke Skywalker's lightsaber
Maz Kanata gives Luke's lightsaber to Leia. Lucasfilm Ltd.

When his father cut off his hand on Bespin, Luke lost his lightsaber. It fell along a similar path that Luke himself followed moments later, suggesting that it would have been lost within the gas planet, as Luke would have had he not grabbed that antenna thing at the last second.

So either it fell into the planet and someone, against all odds and logic, found it there. Or it ricocheted off of something during that fall and wound up at a different destination than Luke did, probably somewhere in Cloud City's lowest levels.

Either way, how did Maz Kanata get it? And how long has she had it?

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Did Boba Fett survive being swallowed by the Sarlacc?

Boba Fett
Boba Fett in 'Return of the Jedi'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

He fell in, sure, but he still had his jetpack and all of his weapons. It's actually harder to believe that he died inside the Sarlacc than to believe that he escaped.

George Lucas himself has stated that Boba Fett survived and escaped from the Sarlacc pit, though that story has never been told in-canon.

If this were a less popular character, it wouldn't matter. But this is Boba Fett, and it's been over 30 years, for crying out loud.

We need to know.

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What was Lando's "maneuver" at the Battle of Taanab?

Lando Calrissian
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian in 'Return of the Jedi.'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo notices that Lando Calrissian has been made a general in the Republic. Lando, in his humblebragging way, remarks that "Someone must have told them about my little maneuver at the Battle of Taanab."

What was this battle, and how was Lando involved? What did he do there? Did he help the Rebels win a victory against the Empire?

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Are Ezra Bridger's parents alive?

Ezra Bridger
Ezra Bridger in 'Star Wars Rebels'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

It's one of the biggest, most foundational mysteries that Star Wars Rebels is built upon. What happened to Ezra Bridger's parents? Why did they abandon him on Lothal when he was just a little boy? Could they be alive? If so, where are they and why haven't they returned for him?

The logical conclusion, assuming they're alive, is that they're being held prisoner by the Empire. We know they were fledgling rebels themselves, after all, broadcasting anti-Empire propaganda before they disappeared.

Answer: This question was answered in the Season 2 episode "Legacy." They never abandoned Ezra; they were imprisoned by the Empire. The Bridgers very recently died while leading a mass escape of Rebel prisoners -- an escape inspired by Ezra's own message of hope broadcast throughout the Outer Rim.

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Why did Sabine Wren leave the Imperial Academy? And who is her mother?

Sabine Wren
Sabine Wren on 'Star Wars Rebels'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Here's another one that will definitely be explored and resolved on Star Wars Rebels. It's established on the show that Sabine was born and raised on Mandalore, and then opted to join the Imperial Academy at the appropriate age.

But something happened, something big that gave her an intense hatred for the Empire and prompted her to sign up with Hera and Kanan's crew of rebels.


The Season 2 episode "The Protector of Concord Dawn" peeled back one layer of Sabine's story, revealing that she is part of Clan Vizsla, and that her mother was a member of Death Watch.

Dave Filoni subsequently hinted that her mother may be none other than Bo-Katan Kryze, sister to fallen Mandalorian leader Duchess Satine Kryze (and Obi-Wan Kenobi's unrequited love). If true, there's much more of this story to come, since Bo-Katan was last seen betraying Death Watch when Darth Maul assumed control. (More was planned for Bo-Katan before the end of Clone Wars.)

Regardless of her identity, is Sabine's mother still alive?

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What is the Inquisitorius?

The Seventh Sister
The Inquisitor known as the Seventh Sister (voice of Sarah Michelle Gellar). Lucasfilm Ltd.

Star Wars Rebels features a group of Dark Side users called the Inquisitorius. The Grand Inquisitor was its top dog in Season One; Season Two introduced the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother. These operatives of the Empire were tasked with hunting down the Jedi that survived Order 66.

According to Lucasfilm's Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo, most details about this cult-like organization are being kept secret for the time being, "for good reasons." Filoni also noted that the Grand Inquisitor, though now dead, was someone that appeared on The Clone Wars.

Later, at a special screening of the Season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels, Filoni revealed the backstory: the Grand Inquisitor was one of the Jedi Temple Guards who arrested Ahsoka Tano and later Barriss Offee. He turned to the dark side after being deeply affected by Barriss' speech about the Jedi losing their way (at the end of "The Wrong Jedi").

A second season episode of The Clone Wars titled "Children of the Force" revealed that Darth Sidious was plotting to kidnap Force-sensitive children, to build an army of Sith-ish spies to combat the Jedi.

Could the Inquisitorius be the culmination of that plan?

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What is the Empire's 5-year plan for Lothal?

The planet Lothal on 'Star Wars Rebels'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

In the first season episode "Empire Day," Sabine stumbled across some restricted Imperial files inside the cybernetic mind of Tseebo. She didn't get far enough to see any details, but she saw that the Empire has a five-year plan for the entire Outer Rim, a plan that seems to center around Lothal.

In the second season premiere, "The Siege of Lothal," Minister Tua decided to defect from the Empire. While negotiating with the Rebels, she made reference to the Empire's "plan for Lothal," which she said was not what the Rebels suspected. Sadly, she was killed before she could reveal it to the Rebellion.

Five years, incidentally, is the exact amount of time between the start of Rebels and A New Hope. Is this plan related to the construction of the Death Star? It's being built out there somewhere, right now, in Rebels' timeline.

Add to that the fact that Lothal is rich in Kyber crystal deposits below the surface. These are the incredibly powerful crystals inside lightsabers -- and a huge one will eventually live at the heart of the Death Star's superlaser. The Empire has already shown interest in harvesting Kyber crystals on Lothal.

Add all of this up and it looks like the humongous Kyber crystal used inside the Death Star might just originate on Lothal.

But that doesn't explain the five-year plan. (The Empire can't know it will take five years to find the right crystal for the Death Star.) So what is the Empire planning?

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Who were the three entities on Mortis?

Father on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Back in the third season of The Clone Wars, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka visited a metaphysical world called Mortis, where three god-like beings lived, all of whom were incredibly strong with the Force.

Daughter embodied the light side, Son embodied the dark side, and Father maintained the balance between them. He tried to get Anakin to take his place, in what might have been the fulfillment of Anakin's role in the Prophecy of the Chosen One. But Anakin refused, and before the story arc was over (major spoiler alert) all three entities were dead.

It was a polarizing storyline, delving into the nature of the Force itself, but it provided frustratingly few answers. Who were these three beings? Where did they come from? Were they as old as the universe, or had they inherited their jobs from other, similar entities? And if they really were avatars for the Force, shouldn't their deaths have had a detrimental affect on it?

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Who is the unnamed Admiral at the end of 'Aftermath'?

Star Wars: Aftermath book cover
Cover art from Chuck Wendig's novel 'Star Wars: Aftermath'. Scott Biel / Del Rey Books

Near the end of Chuck Wendig's novel Star Wars: Aftermath, an Imperial Admiral appears who clearly has a much bigger part to play in the post-Jedi story. The novel is intentionally cryptic about him; Wendig wants us to question the character's identity.

There are several other mysteries sprinkled throughout Aftermath, such as the Acolytes of the Beyond and their search for Darth Vader artifacts. Or the late Emperor's belief that his Dark Side powers originated beyond the edge of the galaxy. (Where did he get such an idea? What happened to the expeditions he sent out there?)

But this Admiral is the one the book most wants us to ponder.

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