Here are some landscapes of the galaxy scenarios I dreamed up while writing this article. This is in no way supposed to be exhaustive. Anything can happen in Star Wars Episode VII. I’m likely no where near the mark on any of these and that’s the fun of it. The beauty and the fun of this next trilogy is we really don’t know what is going to happen at this point. For years, thirty years in fact, we pretty much assumed the Empire collapsed and our heroes, Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Chewbacca, and the droids went on to live happily ever after. In October of 2012, we learned that was probably not the case, as we are getting Star Wars Episode VII. So that leaves us with two possibilities: the old threat was never defeated or a new threat emerges some years later.
Potential Landscape One: The Prison/On the Run Scenario
Our heroes celebrated the love, but the fight never ended. What if our heroes end up on the run and or in prison?
Sure, the Galactic Empire lost its rule by Sith Lords at the Battle of Endor. But as the inhabitants of Earth can tell you, you do not need mystical powers to convince people dictatorships and tyranny are for them. We humans do it all the time. It wasn’t like Rome had one Caesar and when he died so did their empire. Surely more emperors could have arisen in the aftermath of Endor and the death of Palpatine.
What if the Galactic Empire never collapsed with the death of Emperor Palpatine and his stooge, Darth Vader? What if our heroes remained on the run for years. They could still have children and live a little. Eventually they could be imprisoned, never getting to really know their children. Perhaps Luke is exiled somewhere or in captured in a place like The Citadel (seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a place to imprison rogue Jedi). Han and Leia’s relationship could not be sustained while she tries to fight on and he is burned out, eventually returning to his life of smuggling and gambling. Hope is lost as the Rebellion sees their victory at Endor did not change the game at all.
It is not until around Star Wars Episode VII‘s era that “Rachel” and “Thomas” come into their own and rectify the situation once and for all? Hiring a “40 something” mercenary to break their parents out of prison, the adventure begins.
Potential Landscape Two: The Empire Falls after Endor.
Luke Skywalker establishes a new Jedi Order. The Jedi return as peacekeepers to the Galaxy. Luke is getting older and needs to pass on the Jedi Order to the next generation. A new threat emerges and “Rachel” and “Thomas” are somehow the key to meeting the new threat head on. Along their journey, the new heroes utilize the knowledge of past heroes to guide their way.
This scenario has the least amount to add to it and seems to be what we know of the film right now.
Potential Landscape Three: Luke Skywalker Refuses “to get involved.”
After Luke Skywalker throws down his weapon and refuses to fight the Emperor, he sees that the Jedi were wrong all along. The key to victory is not through violence, but via love. Skywalker sees the Force as something that should not be used as an extension of the government and vows to live a peaceful life where he only helps those in need, only using the Force to protect those in danger. Luke Skywalker does not use laser swords or laser guns. He simply teaches the ways of the Force and waders the galaxy like as a sage. However, a new threat emerges convincing Luke Skywalker the Jedi are needed and there is a time to fight. The Jedi Order must be restored and “Rachel” and “Thomas” fall under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker.
Potential Landscape Four: The Expanded Universe
Maybe the Star Wars Expanded Universe as we know it is what we will see. We catch up with Luke Skywalker as heroes “Rachel” and “Thomas” find him after the events of Star Wars Crucible.
What’s your guess as to what the galaxy might look like in Star Wars Episode VII?