The truth about Rey's parents has been a hot topic in the Star Wars universe since we were introduced to Rey in The Force Awakens in 2015. After much theorizing, we were told the truth of her origin in The Last Jedi by Kylo Ren, but was it real?WARNING: Spoilers ahead! If you haven't seen The Last Jedi yet and didn't want to know any information about the movie, see it first then come back to this article!
The Last Jedi, however, seemed to debunk all the theories spread across the internet. In a scene moderately similar to Luke Skywalker fighting Darth Vader on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back, Rey enters a pit where she asks who her parents are to her reflection. Follow through a quick series of images and Rey duplicates, the wall with her reflection reveals her parents to be herself in the end.
This led to a few more in-depth questions regarding her parentage including if she had a similar birth to Anakin where her conception was unknown or if they were going to take The Empire Strikes Back approach of leaving us wondering until the trilogy's final installment. Or what that means for Rey's flashback from The Force Awakens when Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were talking to her.
Later, Rey and Kylo Ren take on the Praetorian Guards in Snoke's throne room. Ren tries to tempt Rey to the Dark Side and reveals that her parents were just lowlives on Jakku who sold her off in exchange for fuel and other various vices which seemed anti-climactic and left a sour taste in the mouths of many fans, and for understandable reasons. But the exciting part about this is it could still be a theory. Maybe Ren was only saying this to anger Rey and entice her into the Dark Side.
While director Rian Johnson was granted 100% creative control to do what he wanted with the characters, it's still up in the air whether or not J.J. Abrams will hold onto this or extend her backstory a bit further. The full story for the sequel trilogy wasn't laid out in the beginning. Both directors are creating their own stories in different parts of the timeline. Johnson added some insight:
"I can't speak to what they're going to do. And there's always, in these movies, a question of 'a certain point of view,'... But for me, at that moment, Kylo believes it's the truth. I don't think he's purely playing chess. I think that's what he saw when they touched fingers and that's what he believes. And when he tells her that in that movement, she believes it."
When Johnson approached Rey's backstory at the beginning of writing The Last Jedi, he had these initial thoughts:
"I was thinking, what's the most powerful answer to that question? Powerful meaning: what's the hardest thing that Rey could hear? That's what you're after with challenging your characters."
Indeed, everyone expected her to come from a line of Skywalker's, Kenobi's, or Palpatine's, but it would have been expected given the history of Star Wars. If her parentage that was revealed in The Last Jedi is true, then Disney boldly decided this is the direction the remainder of the story will go, including future stories in the Star Wars universe.
One thing we do need to remember is it's okay to break away from the norm and try something new. Honestly, I was shocked when I learned about Rey's parents too. However, it was a different approach to the story that no one else thought, but could still mean very many things for Episode IX.
Back to the pit on Ahch-To, it's also a possibility that Rey is a clone. Think about it. The part where she's staring at duplicates of her in a straight line snapping her fingers. It's taking a giant leap; maybe this is foreshadowing the reality of her true parentage by discreetly stating she's a clone.
Let us know what you think in the comments about Rey's parents. Do you believe Kylo Ren was telling the truth and we won't learn anything else her backstory or do you think Abrams is going to add another spin to it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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