‘Star Wars’ Theories: Who is Lor San Tekka?

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Max Von Sydow plays Lor San Tekka. (Getty)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens with a scene of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) finally meeting with a mysterious man played by Max Von Sydow, who gives him a piece of a map that might lead the Resistance to Luke Skywalker. Moments later, he is killed by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), but not before the two share a conversation that hints a history between the two.

That man is named Lor San Tekka and we know more about Supreme Leader Snoke or Rey than we know about San Tekka.

Just who is this guy? Here’s take a look at what we know about Lor San Tekka and theories about him.

1. What We Know: San Tekka Helped Luke Find More Information About the Jedi

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First off, all we know about San Tekka from The Force Awakens itself is that he is “an old ally” and that somehow, he knows Kylo Ren/Ben Solo. “Look how old you’ve become,” Ren tells San Tekka. “Something far worse has happened to you,” San Tekka responds.

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary revealed, San Tekka was born just before the collapse of the Old Republic and joined the Church of the Force in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. After the Battle of Endor, he helped Luke Skywalker find information on the Jedi Order that the Empire tried to destroy.

The galactic traveler decided to become a hermit on Jakku when Luke exiled himself. Somehow, he became such a close friend of Luke’s that General Leia Organa knew that San Tekka would be the one person who could help her find her brother.

Leia then sent Poe on a mission to find San Tekka (as outlined in Marvel’s Poe Dameron series), which leads us right up to the opening of The Force Awakens. Despite his interest in the Force, San Tekka is not Force-sensitive himself.

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2. Theory: Luke Sent Lor San Tekka to Jakku to Look Over Rey

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A Reddit theory from Reddit user halt22 suggests that San Tekka was sent to Jakku by Luke to take care of Rey, who halt22 thinks is Luke’s daughter. San Tekka would be much like Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, as he spent his time on Tatooine watching over Luke.

While the idea of Rey being Luke’s daughter is an entirely different matter, the idea that Luke wanted San Tekka on Jakku makes sense. Perhaps Luke knew that Rey would be in danger and had her stay on Jakku, with San Tekka watching over her. How could San Tekka and Rey being on the same planet be a mere coincidence?

Luke might have given San Tekka the map piece because he knew that eventually, Leia and the New Republic would need him. Skywalkers can’t stay hidden forever.

Another theory along these lines suggests that Rey is San Tekka’s grandfather. However, it’s still possible that there is no family connection between the two. San Tekka was just someone Luke trusted to watch over Rey.

3. Theory: Madds Mikkelsen’s Character in ‘Rogue One’ Is the Younger Version of San Tekka

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This theory can probably debunked by now, since we know Madds Mikkelsen’s Galen character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Jyn Erso’s father.

This theory just relies on the age difference between Von Sydow, 87, and Mikkelsen, 50. There’s over 30 years between Rogue One and The Force Awakens, so that sounded possible.

It’s still possible that Rogue One can tell us something about San Tekka, or at least the Church of the Force and others who tried to continue believing in the ways of the Force after the Republic fell. That’s because much of Rogue One will take place on Jedha, a moon treated as a “holy land” for Force believers. In addition, the planet has the raw materials needed for building lightsabers.

4. Theory: San Tekka Has Some Connection to Obi-Wan & Is Possibly His Son

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There’s a Movie Pilot theory that San Tekka is the “secret love child” of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it was pretty clear that the two had some kind of a history, with Obi-Wan doing better at holding back his romantic feelings than Anakin Skywalker did with Padme. (Sadly, Satine was killed by Darth Maul, who was brought back to life in the Clone Wars and played a key role in Rebels Season Two.)

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That same Movie Pilot theory goes off on another tangent, suggesting that Obi-Wan also had an affair with Sabe, one of Padem’s handmaidens. This writer though, believes that Obi-Wan is far too dedicated to the Jedi Order to let his feelings get the best of him by the time Revenge rolls around.

5. What We Know: There Were Two Other Church of the Force Followers on Jakku

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There was a big reason for Ren to order the Stormtroopers to destroy the entire Tuanul village when he killed San Tekka. It might have been in the hope of destroying all evidence of the Church of the Force followers at the village. There were two other Church of the Force followers at that village: the Adednedo named Ilco Munica and the human named Dasha Pormenti.

In his scene with Poe, San Tekka says that giving the Resistance the location of Luke will “begin to make things right.” We still don’t know what this refers to. It’s possible that San Tekka did something that triggered the collapse of the Jedi, or he’s just referring to the general bad state of things are in the galaxy.

You can bet we’ll learn more about San Tekka as Marvel’s Poe Dameron series continues. Luke will also have some explaining to do in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

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