I used the search bar, but all of the threads on this topic are either really old or merely speculation in the Episode VII section. If there is a better place for this discussion to be held please move or merge the thread as needed. Anyways, as a fan who sees the films the be-all, end-all of Star Wars, I have barely ever paid attention at all to the Whills. I know they were a concept in Lucas' original scripts (R2-D2 is telling them the story or something like that...), and maybe they had a role in the EU, but I don't read any of the books. Recently, after reading an excerpt of the Revenge of the SIth script in which Qui-Gon Jinn mentioned learning his new ability from the Shaman of the Whills, they have been on my mind a lot more. What do you guys think the Whills are, exactly? And what is there connection to the Force? Personally, I have a very hard time imagining them as an alien species akin to what is commonly presented in the Star Wars saga...to me (assuming they even exist in the continuity of the films beyond adandoned concepts in scripts) they would have to be much more in line with the 'aliens' in 2001 A Space Odyssey...they have no tangible body or language and communicate with other life forms in ways that should be incomprehensible under any normal circumstances. Perhaps they master the Force in ways that the Jedi and Sith have barely scratched the surface of, and the Shaman of the Whills passed but a mere fraction of their knowledge on to Qui-Gon after his death.