Here are all the major canon events that have been revealed since The Force Awakens was released.
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In Empire’s End we find out that Leia was plagued by nightmares of the Dark Side manipulating her unborn child, an eerie prediction of the fate awaiting him. She can also sense the presence of the Force in the fetus. The villagers from the beginning of The Force Awakens, also known as the Church of the Force, make their pilgrimage to Jakku here. But perhaps the most important part of the whole Aftermath trilogy is the revelation that the First Order was created as a contingency plan by the Emperor and was formed by Brendol Hux and a group of children soldiers kidnapped from Jakku. This plot involved seeking out a mysterious “dark presence” in the Unknown Regions of space. A presence which had always fascinated the Emperor…
Also, a fun fact: Ben Solo was born the day the Galactic Concordance was signed, signaling the end of the Galactic Civil War and of the Empire.
In the novel Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson, we get the origin story of the chrome captain, detailing her birth on the post-apocalyptic planet Parnassos, her eventual betrayal of her people, and her rise through the ranks of the First Order. We learn that Phasma grew up in a very primitive tribe and had to learn to fight dirty in order to survive. Her cunning helped her become her tribe’s co-leader (the other leader being her brother). When Brendol Hux landed on her planet, Phasma took the opportunity to join something greater and in the process betrayed her whole tribe. Once in the First Order, General Armitage Hux help Phasma kill his father, while also making it so no one would know about her humble upbringings. The novel also covers Phasma constructing her chrome armor out of material from Emperor Palpatine’s Naboo yacht.
While the Phasma novel went into the captain’s past, the Captain Phasma limited comic series takes place immediately after the shiny warrior was dropped into that trash compactor in The Force Awakens. After escaping the compactor, Phasma attempts to purge any record of her traitorous involvement in lowering Starkiller Base’s shields, only to find that another First Order officer already checked the logs and knows she was responsible. The comics follow Phasma as she tracks down the unlucky officer to make sure he doesn’t talk, and eventually explain why she’s still kicking with the First Order and General Hux in The Last Jedi. Read more about the Phasma comic here.
This may be a children’s book, but we had to include it here because it has a section on Supreme Leader Snoke. It’s also technically the first Star Wars product to discuss his Elite Praetorian Guard, a squad of eight humans sworn to protect the Supreme Leader. Styled after the Emperor’s guards from Return of the Jedi, but with more of a samurai edge to them, they work in shifts to make sure Snoke is always guarded while on his Mega-class Star Destroyer, the Supremacy.
Poe Dameron may have been a bit underutilized in The Force Awakens, but since then he’s been the star of his own comic for 20-plus issues and counting. The series takes place prior to that movie and follows Poe and his Black Squadron as they attempt to locate Lor San Tekka, the Church of the Force member — and keeper of the map to Luke Skywalker — who he finally found in the opening moments of Force Awakens.
Additionally, in the comic Shattered Empire, we learned that Poe’s mom planted a Force tree in their yard and that the boy grew up in the presence of the mystical plant. Could that be why he’s such an ace pilot…?
Battlefront II is the new videogame that follows Iden Versio, the leader of the elite Inferno Squad as she fulfills the Emperor’s final orders: Operation Cinder. The game shows how the Empire’s last grasp at power fails, while also covering the liberation of Kashyyyk and the Battle of Jakku.
The companion novel, Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, explains a lot about the star of the game’s campaign and actually ties in closely to the film Rogue One. After the death of Saw Gerrera on the planet Jedha, members of the resistance fight on, inspired by the fallen extremist and using his tactics. Inferno Squad is brought together in an attempt to counter the new insurgents.
So there you have it — the key points on what you need to know from the new canon stories before seeing The Last Jedi. Let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorite moments from the recent books, comics and games, and as always, may the Force be with you…
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