SPOILERS AHEAD: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you want to read our spoiler-free review, click here. The rest of you, read on… but know that you have been warned.

The first Star Wars movie involved chasing a droid with a vital piece of data. So does the new one. This time, however, it’s not the plans to the new battle station, it’s a piece of a map that will lead our heroes, or our villains, to the location of Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi in the galaxy. But what’s the map all about? It might be more important than we realized. Let’s break it down.

While the magical map that leads to Luke Skywalker is far from the first convenient coincidence in the history of the Star Wars franchise, this one feels a little too convenient. But what if it isn’t? What if it actually all makes perfect sense, but simply looks wrong because we’re all seeing it from a certain point of view? We think that we may have figured at least some of it out. It all starts with taking the initial premise about the map and throwing it out of the airlock…

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It’s Not A Map To Luke Skywalker
Kylo Ren tells Rey that the First Order already has most of the map, that they got it from the archives of the Empire. But how is that possible? While 30 years have passed since the last movie, Luke hasn’t been gone that whole time. Han and Leia had a child and Luke began to train him. He grew up and began to embrace the Dark Side. Only then did Luke Skywalker disappear. Whatever was left of the Empire after The Return of the Jedi was dust by this point, so how did they get any of the map? We think it's because they already had it. But for a different reason than "finding" the missing Luke Skywalker. Let's piece this together.

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