Throwback Friday: A Revelation About Rey

A while ago, I wrote a post detailing my theory on who Rey could be, which was linked to the Star Wars novel, Star Wars: Bloodline. Here’s a look back at that theory and how close I was to discovering the secret. Enjoy!

So I have just recently finished reading Star Wars: Bloodline which was really good by the way. This book is set, I think, six years before The Force Awakens and is focused solely on Leia and what she was doing at that time. Not only was it fun reading about that time period and all of its political struggles and so forth but it also gave me one of the largest hints about Rey that I’ve gotten in the last twenty months and I’m so excited to share it with you.

The Multiple Theories Surrounding Rey

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In the following months after The Force Awakens fans, like me, have tried to solve the mystery that is Rey. Who is she, who are her parents, and why is she so important to this whole story that’s unfolding? And in the last twenty months, a lot of theories have been presented. Some are downright ridiculous like Rey being a clone made out of Luke Skywalker’s hand. I think someone was talking about a theory where she was Palpatine’s evil clone or something preposterous like that. And there are the more sensible theories like her being a Kenobi or her possibly being a Palpatine.

(Present day: Yes, she was a Palpatine. A great decision that really brought her story into the heart of the Skywalker Saga, even though I did love the idea of her being a nobody and still being special.)

One theory that really stood out to me, however, involved her being one of Luke Skywalker’s pupils while he still had his Jedi Academy.

(Present day: Okay, this is WAAAAY off.)

In the events of Ben Solo turning to the dark side she would’ve managed to escape by the help of a mysterious someone, and was placed on Jakku, which I’m starting to discover is a really important planet thanks to the AfterMath trilogy. That theory would help explain why Kylo Ren seems to know her when he meets her which is all the more accentuated when you read The Force Awakens novel. There were many moments during the book when they teased the fact that he knew her. He even went as far to say when she force-grabbed Luke’s lightsaber instead of him during the battle on StarKiller Base, “It is you.”

(Present day: This just goes to show that there was a lot of confusion in the writing process of these films. I think, originally, Rey wasn’t going to be a Palpatine but they had to do something. She couldn’t be a Solo because…duh. [Her romance with Kylo.] And if she was an actual Skywalker that would be a bit boring and it’d be rather incestuous considering that Kylo would be her cousin. They had to make her related to a character that’s both incredibly powerful, incredibly important to the story, and would allow the Kylo/Rey love story to happen. Hence, Palpatine.)

If that isn’t confirmation that they’re linked in some sort of strange way then I don’t what is.

And that theory proved this point perfectly. If Rey had been a pupil of Luke’s then Kylo Ren would have known her when he attacked his fellow Jedi. Of course, she was but a child then but he would clearly be familiar with her if he saw her again, even after a decade later.

And it would also validate why she was drawn so strongly to Luke’s lightsaber. I mean, if he was her master, wouldn’t it make sense if her destiny was to return back to him to complete her training?

This, to me, was a perfect theory involving Rey and one that really made sense. And then I read Star Wars: Bloodline and that theory was completely shattered. This is why.

Rey’s Age When She Was Placed On Jakku

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During Rey’s brief but very important vision it shows Rey as a little girl being abandoned on Jakku in the hands of the disgusting Unkar Plutt. Judging from how she looks she seems to be between the ages of four and six years old. That creates a huge problem for the theory I talked about earlier and here’s the reason.

Bloodline is set six years before The Force Awakens and at that time Ben Solo was still under the tutelage of Luke, which means he hadn’t gone completely to the dark side yet. Now, if this book is supposed to be six years before The Force Awakens even happens, and Rey is nineteen when we meet her in the movie, then that means she was between twelve and fourteen years old during the events of Bloodline, which is definitely not the age she was in her vision.

That means when Ben became Kylo Ren and he destroyed the Jedi Rey was already in her teens. So that theory is completely ruined and only makes me want to ask even more questions such as how could Kylo Ren possibly know who she is?

She would’ve been but a baby if he ever met her in person so of course, that would explain why he can’t recognize her. But, considering that he spent most of his early days with his mother, Leia, if he did meet Rey was she maybe royalty? Is she the daughter of some unknown politician who knew she had the force and feared for her life, hence placing her on a remote planet such as Jakku. Or is she some other entity entirely?

Ugh, the questions could go on and on but I know that no real answer will come until I watch The Last Jedi so there’s no reason to think about it too hard.

The Unfortunate Conclusion

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So once again I’m back to the beginning in terms of solving the mystery of Rey. Now, after my revelation about her, she is suddenly all the more mysterious. Just who exactly is this girl who can command the Force to her will with uncanny ease? I can’t wait to find out.

For all of you people who were really convinced by that theory like me, I hope this post didn’t bust your bubble too much like it did mine. In fact, maybe it’s given you more insight into another theory that suddenly makes more sense.

Whatever the case, I thank you for reading and I can’t wait to bring some more Star Wars talk your way soon. May the Force Be With You.

10 thoughts on “Throwback Friday: A Revelation About Rey”

  1. I really think Daisy Ridley did so well during the Force Awakens, they gave her character such a larger, uncanny role based on popularity which didn’t go so well with a majority of the fans. I’m hopeful they can recon her character a bit to help get the fans back on board. I like the idea of Rey becoming the new master Jedi teacher for the next generation, getting advice from force ghosts Luke, Leia, Han and Ben.

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    1. I wasn’t sure when I first saw Rise of Skywalker whether they intended for Rey to be a Palpatine all along or not. However, there are interviews dating back all the way to before Ep8 where Daisy Ridley states unequivocally that she knew who Rey’s parents were, although she obviously refused to drop hints. As I’ve said before, when I rewatched Ep7 more recently, Rey’s reaction when she focuses on the Force was obviously very “dark side.” It’s like if you’d taken spoof Palp from family guy and he’d gone “something something focus… dark side!” That was basically Rey in the latter half of that duel with Kylo. She’s so manically enraged there that if you were to show that scene to someone who hasn’t seen the movie and started at that point, they’d probably think Rey was the villain.

      So yeah… I think that Rian Johnson maybe was waffling on her being nobody, but I also suspect Kylo was being an unreliable narrator in Ep8. Rey clearly was being portrayed as being of a dark side affinity from the start — perhaps in mirror to Anakin becoming Vader, she starts from the dark and comes out to the light, partly by being afraid of herself. She’s clearly covering all three big tenets of Yoda’s description of the dark: anger, fear, aggression.

      So… yeah. I’m still willing to believe that Rey was always intended to be descended from Palpatine. I just don’t buy that Palp himself was always going to come back.

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      1. Oh, yeah, the dark side influences in The Force Awakens were totally deliberate. Whether they had in mind the idea that she was a Palpatine from the beginning, however, is still very vague.

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      2. Nice interpretation! I feel like the previous three films are more like a nostalgic look back on the past. I’d like to see more of Finn, Poe and Rey in other films without dealing with the original hero’s and villains standing in their shadows.

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    2. Me too. We need to see her story continue or she will never feel complete or fully realized as a character. When Luke met his conclusion at the end of Return of the Jedi his story and arc felt fulfilled. It almost seems like the final scene in The Rise of Skywalker is a giant wink to all of us as if saying there will be more storytelling in the future.

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      1. I’m less enthused about Luke and Leia after Ep6 for a bunch of reasons. One, Carrie Fisher is dead, so they’d have to either recast if it were live, or more likely do it animated in order to avoid doing it, erm, reanimated. (Looking at Tarkin in Rogue One here…😓) The other part is… I don’t know what drama is left here. We know Luke starts a new temple and ultimately has the mother of all misunderstandings with Ben Solo that sends it all south. We’d see Snoke already knowing he’s a sock puppet for Palpatine. (Strong disapproval of that decision on Abrams’ part… 🤬)

        What’s left to know? How the New Republic’s political finaglings fumbled their own disarmament while the First Order was rising? Luke acting like a poor man’s Yoda with Ben? I’m not sure what’s left to show here, and it might be the least interesting time frame in the saga anyway.

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  2. Re: whether Palp family was deliberate… yeah, I’m just going on the known facts. She was clearly portrayed as dark, and Ridley said she knew all along who Rey’s parents were. Given the Joseph Campbell influence that has always been in Star Wars, I’d say it’s likely she was always intended to be related to somebody, and Palpatine is the only major past dark side user that makes much sense to be on that level.

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