Stephen Colbert was one of the millions of fans who turned in for the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer when it was released late last month. Like many die hard fans, Colbert developed his own theory regarding the movie's secretive plot.
Colbert is an unabashed geek with a wide-reaching knowledge of pop culture and other nerdy lore. While he is well known for his love of all things Tolkien, he has touched on Star Wars before, even using The Colbert Report to explain the cross-guard lightsaber redesign seen in the first The Force Awakens trailer. He is also no stranger to making entirely accurate predictions, once predicting all five major Oscar winners using nothing more than a word association game.
During an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he put his knowledge and skills to the test, giving "the definitive guess as to the entire plot of the movie". Colbert was sure to give the audience a disclaimer, telling them that despite his friendship with director J.J. Abrams, he has not seen any movie footage, nor does he know any details about the plot. In fact, he joked that he doesn't even know "what J.J. stands for" .
Colbert described a galaxy in chaos, 30 years after the Empire fell replaced with a "dark and mysterious First Order". The First Order will battle the Rebel Alliance, now renamed the Resistance, and which "has started a tragic shift to the dark side". He spoke of John Beyoga's character appearing in a Stormtrooper suit, saying that "it follows that the new new hope comes from the very enemy we've been trained to hate".
The entire theory has some very interesting implications, and there are others who share his interpretation of the trailer. In fact, the comic books released by Marvel and Chuck Wendig's Aftermath novel touch on this theme of the light becoming the dark. The themes of destruction and redemption have been prevalent throughout the Star Wars movies, lending further credence to Colbert's well thought out theory.
Watch the whole clip below and let us know what you think in the comments - has Colbert just spoiled The Force Awakens for everyone, or is this just one of many possible plot theories?