STAR WARS Episode IX Rumors: Is There A Traitor in the Midst?

[Warning: Article contains possible spoilers for Star Wars Episode IXRumors continue to fly around the set of the upcoming Star Wars film. One, however, is starting to sound a little bit familiar. In the “where have I heard this before” category, it seems there’s to be a traitor in the midst.

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[HINT: you heard it here -> That Hashtag Show <- from me. Over a month ago.]

Of course, the latest rumor of a traitor among the First Order ranks gets into a little bit more detail. According to Movie Web, it goes like this:  “Kylo Ren is suspicious of an individual in the First Order handing out information to the Resistance. Part of the Episode 9 storyline will have a cat and mouse element to it, similar to Revenge of the Sith where the Jedi were trying to find out who the Sith is, which turned out to be Palpatine.”

Is General Hux a Traitor to the First Order?

Traitor
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Now, I have a couple of issues with this latest “rumor”. First, the connection to Revenge of the Sith is tenuous at best. In fact, I don’t think the two story lines are particularly similar at all. Conversely, the only similarity is that the both feature a traitor and betrayal. The Jedi weren’t even looking within the Republic for the Sith Lord. They almost happened upon him by accident.

If this rumor is true, Ren will actively be looking for the mole in the First Order’s midst. Hux is the only logical choice, which brings me to my second issue with this rumor. Is this really a “rumor”, or simply common sense? The sequel trilogy has been setting up the divide between Kylo Ren and Hux from the beginning of The Force Awakens. At the end of The Last Jedi, Ren has killed Snoke and has come completely unhinged. Hux’s hatred towards Ren is palpable.

What will JJ Abrams do with Hux?

If Rian Johnson was directing Episode IX, then I’d probably say something different. Something like… Hux was actually adopted and is Mara Jade’s son and kills Kylo Ren in his sleep, or some other expectation-subverting nonsense. Bu that’s not JJ Abrams’s style. The set up here is fairly obvious, and I expect Abrams to follow it through. I don’t even have a problem with it. Frankly I’d embrace it. After being relegated to laughing stock in The Last Jedi, Hux needs a bit of character building.

Plus, I think they’re trying to turn the exclamation “traitor!” into this trilogy’s “It’s a Trap!” How’s that for a theory?

Star Wars Episode IX opens in December, 2019.

Source: Movie Web