Not a lot of people know this, but in addition to being a super busy music teacher and music business owner, in my spare time (I have it!), I’m also an extreme Star Wars nerd. Go ahead, ask me who my favorite Star Wars character is. You’ll never guess. Or maybe you will.
It’s John Williams.
John Williams created not just the soundtrack to the Skywalker saga (and countless other movies) but the soundtrack to mine, and I’m sure, many other childhoods as well. He’s created a rich and vast universe of music to pull from when scoring his Star Wars movies, from the original trilogy, the prequels, and now, finally, the sequel trilogy.
Say what you will about the final three movies, I personally feel that his music game was 100% on point. In these final films, he continued to create new, moving pieces as well as bring back some old familiar favorites to flesh out the story. In the process, he may have also given away an incredibly major plot point.
Or maybe it’s just a coincidence.
SO LOOK MY FRIENDS – FROM HERE ON OUT, IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE RISE OF SKYWALKER OR EVEN THE FORCE AWAKENS, YOU NEED TO STOP, BECAUSE THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS TO SHARE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT A SPOILER.
When “The Force Awakens” first came out, I picked up on this detail immediately and was surprised to not find one bit of commentary regarding it on the internet. So I thought, ok, maybe it’s just me. As I do with so many things, maybe I’m just overthinking it. And I didn’t really share my thoughts then. First of all, because if it turned out to be true, I didn’t want to be the one to spoil it, and second, if I was wrong, well, I just didn’t want to be another crazy fan theorist. Even though I kind of am.
However, whether John Williams meant to or not, he DID spoil a major plot point in The Rise of Skywalker. so let’s talk about it.
I’d like to bring your attention back to one of the few brief exchanges we see between Han and General Leia. It’s right after they meet for the first time. You can start the youtube video so you can have the music playing in the background while you read on.
First, they talk about losing Ben to Snoke, and we hear Princess Leia’s theme (why they couldn’t put Han Solo and the Princess in there, I don’t know, but it’s fine, this is fine. We heard that theme when they were reunited anyway).
Then, as they talk about the aftermath, and how they both reacted, we hear Kylo Ren’s ominous theme.
It’s this next part that gets very interesting.
Leia talks about redeeming Kylo. She says “we can still save him, me… you…” and as she says this, the familiar Force Theme plays.
Let’s stop here a minute. The Force Theme is only ever played in reference to Jedi and force users (obviously). During the original trilogy, it was a theme associated with Luke and Obi-Wan. And because Han immediately brings up Luke, one might think that is why the sound cue is present. Except when you focus on their conversation, Leia reiterates the point that Han is the one who could save him, that Ben Solo is still in there somewhere.
Then they get interrupted and the scene ends.
Now. Dat Force Theme Do. We don’t hear it because of Han, he’s not a force user. Leia has a theme, Kylo has a theme – we just heard them. Luke is not the focus of the conversation. So, whether it is a coincidence or not, what one might extrapolate from the presence of this haunting melody during this conversation is that…
But mostly Han.
Are going to be the ones to turn Kylo Ren back to the light so he can redeem himself to become Ben Solo once more.
Which, well, you know.
So. Am I crazy? Was it a coincidence? DID JOHN WILLIAMS TELL ME A SECRET THAT I LITERALLY KEPT FOR LIKE FOUR YEARS?
I think the correct answer is probably…. a little bit of all three.