My sister arrives to deliver yet another delve into the theory zone about Rey and her position in this story. This time she points to one of the greatest debates of the sequel trilogy; Rey’s parentage. Enjoy!
One of the hottest questions in the entire Sequel Trilogy has concerned the lineage of Rey, whether she is a Skywalker, a Palpatine (which is technically a Skywalker), Ezra Bridger’s granddaughter, or a clone. And I’m sure there are even more theories on her origins.
It has been such a searing query that even when it was answered in The Last Jedi via Kylo Ren, who told Rey her parents had died as “nobodies” on Jakku, the question has persisted–so much that J.J Abrams has confirmed that Rey’s “heritage issue” will be resolved in The Rise of Skywalker.
Now, here’s the thing: it’s already been “resolved”. Right? I mean, Rian Johnson seemed adamant that he wanted the revelation of Rey’s parentage to be the exact opposite to Luke’s. Luke Skywalker discovered his father was a force-wielding giant, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, whereas Rey learned her parents were filthy junk-traders who sold her to Unkar Plutt for another bout at the bar.
And many people were bummed when they heard Kylo Ren utter these words in The Last Jedi. So much, even, that they think he was lying (including my sister).
But here’s the reason he wasn’t.
In The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke has been defeated by Darth Vader in the Cloud City, Darth Vader tells him that he is his father. Remember, Luke first says, “That’s not true. That’s impossible!”
Darth Vader: “Search your feelings, you know it to be true.”
And Luke immediately understands that he is indeed his son and shouts in anguish.
It’s the same way for Rey. Remember, Kylo Ren begins by saying, “Do you want to know the truth about your parents? Or have you always known?” As he gazes at her, he realizes that she already knows, so he continues, “And you’ve just hidden it away. You know the truth. Say it.” She doesn’t respond instantly so he says it again, “Say it.”
And out of her own mouth, without any influence from Kylo Ren, no mind tricks, she states, “They were nobody.”
Then Kylo Ren begins to communicate what she already knows.
When you examine Luke’s account alongside Rey’s, they are incredibly similar. Even their dismissals of joining the Dark Side. It just so happens that because we yearned for a bigtime revelation like Luke’s, we can’t accept Rey’s which is so…lackluster. Like Kylo Ren said, she has no place in this story.
We’ll just have to see if J.J Abrams will uphold this scene in The Last Jedi and maintain Rey’s “nobody” status…which probably won’t happen considering all evidence points to the fact that she is the granddaughter, or distant relative, of Sheev Palpatine.
Whatever the case, he wasn’t lying y’all!
Now, of course, this is my sister’s theory, which actually makes a lot of sense. However, I wrote a post last June sharing my own theory about the exact same scene and why I believe Kylo Ren is lying which you can read here: I Have the Proof That Kylo Ren Didn’t Tell the Full Truth About Rey’s Parents.
I thank you for reading My Sister’s Opinion and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you.