While Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens gave us a good idea of what the Galaxy Far, Far Away was like thirty years after Return Of The Jedi, we only got a fading glimpse at the New Republic and the status quo that it presented. A recent rumor about Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi helps explain how the survivors reacted to such a violent declaration of war and why the new conflict is more than just a repeat of the one in the Original Trilogy.
Making Star Wars shared some key information about the galaxy at large. Spoilers ahead!
For Snoke, the loss of the Starkiller Base was as significant as his wins. His forces are no longer a secret to the galaxy at large. Those who used to laugh at the idea that The First Order were a threat are either dead or no longer laughing. The cold war style stand-off is publicly over after the full on assault on the Republic and the senate. The galaxy no longer views Snoke as someone that is irrelevant on the galactic stage. The galaxy knows he and his cronies are maniacal zealots and they should be feared for better or worse. The galaxy seems to mostly understand that The First Order is eventually coming to conqueror their worlds and they have to fall in line or resist. Most understand that war has returned and the perceived era of peace is over.
On one end, Snoke is no longer able to operate on a level of secrecy where he could undermine the Republic from afar. On the other, the destruction of the Hosnian System – which served as the temporary capitol of the Republic – left the government in shambles, causing the leadership of many planets to question their next course of action. They’re faced with a significant dilemma – should they remain loyal to their fractured government and the fledgling Resistance, or secede to the First Order to avoid meeting a similarly disastrous fate?
The author of the original piece speculates that the Republic military itself will be divided on what their next course of action should be, and that Laura Dern’s Republic-aligned character will come into conflict with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) over how the Resistance should be run going forward. Showing that there’s a significant amount of division within the heroic faction of the war should easily set the Sequel Trilogy apart from its predecessor, and this conflict will likely play into the First Order’s hands in one way or another.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi rises to theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: Making Star Wars