Warning: This post contains spoilers, in that it discusses plot details from a movie you really should have seen by now.

The experience of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of sensory overload. Amid the eye candy, the lightsabers and explosions, you may not be actively interpreting the film’s music

But in the background, the music is telling you how to interpret the film — and revealing secrets about its characters.

John Williams’ score connects The Force Awakens with the previous six chapters in the franchise, invoking nostalgia and drawing the new heroes and villains into a web of operatic connections. But the music also fuels speculation about what’s to come in future installments. And it can even help answer burning questions — such as “who is Supreme Leader Snoke?” Read more…

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7 things we learned about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ from its music