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Rogue One Secretly Introduced A Major Last Jedi Plot Point

This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The rebels of Rogue One may have lit a flame of new hope for the rebellion through their theft of the Death Star plans, but if they knew what was going to go down with the Resistance in The Last Jedi, they probably would've grabbed every Imperial hard drive in sight.

As the $220 million worth of people who have seen the movie by now know, a significant chunk of The Last Jedi's plot involves new technology that allows the First Order to track Resistance ships through hyperspace—a technique previously thought impossible. 

But the new technology didn't just appear out of the blue. Just like tech in the real world, it was in development for years before it ever saw a public use, and the rebels of Rogue One actually happened across the plans for it while searching for the plans for the Death Star.

The Rogue One connection gained major traction after being posted on Twitter on December 17 with user @kyleauxren drawing attention to the moment that connects the two movies—that being Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso finding details of the game-changing tech in the giant data bank on Scarif. Obviously, these not being the plans she was looking for, she brushed off the discovery as insignificant. That's hindsight for you.

The connection was confirmed as being intentional by Pablo Hidalgo, the Lucasfilm creative executive who has the final word on matters of canon. According to Hidalgo, the tech was the invention of "the secret Imperial think tank known as the Tarkin Initiative".

Shared universes, y'all. Don't you just love them?