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What shocks await in 'Force Awakens'? Bentley puts on his 'Star Wars' Speculation Hat

Chewbacca and Han Solo will be part of surprise moments in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Chewbacca and Han Solo will be part of surprise moments in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” AP

The following is based completely on speculation, conjecture, imagination and a late-night battle with some bad fish that gave me nightmares. You are about to read some of my predictions for what is going to happen in “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

Let’s be clear. I have not seen the movie. This doesn’t come from any special inside knowledge, These ideas can not be called spoilers because they aren’t based on events that are certainly going to happen.

But, please stop reading now if you are afraid even the rants of a “Star Wars” fan might taint your viewing pleasure.

Stop now. Please stop. OK, you’ve been warned. Here’s are some of my guesses at what’s going to happen.

Offsprings: The “Star Wars” franchise has always been about family. Fathers. Sons. Siblings. An aunt and uncle brutally murdered.

That’s why it is not a leap to think Rey (Daisy Ridley) is the daughter of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher). The fact Han comes to her rescue and the way he speaks to Rey suggests a fatherly tone.

Others have made this suggestion. The real shocker would be if Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is the son of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). This would fall into the legacy story lines that have been so prominent in the franchise.

It would not be that farfetched to think that Ren has followed in the dark ways of his grandfather because his dad was never around.

Wouldn’t it be great if at the end of “The Force Awakens,” Luke Skywalker looks at Kylo Ren and says. “I’m your father.”

Someone must die: There has never been an hesitation in the “Star Wars” universe to kill of major characters. Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin’s mother, Luke’s aunt and uncle, Darth Maul, Mace Windu, Padme Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi have all died.

The top candidate is Chewbacca. His death would be the kind that would rally troops to fight evil. It would be horrible to have Chewbacca killed but such is the “Star Wars” universe.

Dark side: There has been a lot of talk about Luke going to the Dark side. That seems less likely than him having to deal with a son who has gone bad.

Surprise guest: Somewhere along the way, a character from the past “Star Wars” movies will pop up. It wont be an Ewok or Jar Jar Binks. But, don’t be shocked when a familiar face (or helmeted face) makes an appearance.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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