Heads up, there will be some spoilers for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in this story! Keep that in mind before reading.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters, which means that this new trilogy of Star Wars films is over halfway finished! Like any good middle point in a trilogy, The Last Jedi answers some lingering questions (and occasionally doesn't answer them, in this case) while introducing some new ones. Episode IX should tie a little pretty bow on the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. There are a number of plot threads still left hanging by the end of The Last Jedi, and here's hoping that J.J. Abrams can find a satisfying way to finish them all off.

Rian Johnson's Star Wars is interesting for a middle chapter in the sense that it doesn't really leave any clues as to where we can immediately expect to go for Episode IX. The Empire Strikes Back left the cliffhanger of retrieving Han Solo at the very least, but right now, J.J. Abrams isn't locked onto any certain path (which I think is a good thing). But he's going to have to provide answers and conclusions to long-running plot threads that he began all the way back in The Force Awakens. Here are six plot threads that need to be wrapped up in Episode IX.

First Order

Defeat The First Order

It seems pretty obvious, but The Resistance still has to defeat the main bad guys of the series. The First Order may be a can of Diet Empire, but they are still active by the end of The Last Jedi. They outnumber and outgun The Resistance 10 to 1, and now Kylo Ren is calling the shots, meaning they should be more unpredictable than ever. However, the spark of the rebellion has been lit thanks to the efforts of Luke Skywalker and the Resistance isn't through yet. In Return of the Jedi, the Empire wasn't really technically defeated, only the guy running the show was taken out. We can't say for sure if the whole First Order will be dismantled by the end of Episode IX or if they'll only be left leaderless, but The Resistance will have to come out on top all the same.

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