A huge mystery was introduced in The Force Awakens -- episode 7 in the Star Wars saga -- which centered around Rey: Who were her parents and why did they abandon her? After all, she seemed to be filled with the Force, just as young Luke Skywalker was in A New Hope, and we know who his father turned out to be.
You may recall the scene in TFA in which Rey touches Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and is transported to a hellscape where the dark side seems to be winning over light.
"That lightsaber was Luke's and his father's before him. And now it calls to you."
Pretty big setup, right? But then in The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren -- the son of General Leia Organa and Han Solo who has taken to the dark side -- just kind of shuts all that down, telling Rey that she in fact comes from nothing. No hidden princess, no 'Luke is your dad!', no curveballs a la the first trilogy. Just a couple of junkers who sold her off and ditched her backwoods planet.
While some seem to think this makes the Star Wars saga a lot more interesting, it's inspired some superfans to posit their own theories.
Ok listen. Rey is cloned from Luke’s hand when it was found on Bespin with his blue lightsaber. That’s why she didn’t see her parents in the cave - she’s Luke’s clone (has no “parents”). That’s why she has his Force Powers and his saber ‘spoke’ to her.— Ottawa Deadpool (@OttawaDeadpool) January 1, 2018
Well, director Rian Johnson has finally weighed in on the subject in an interview with The Huffington Post.
“What’s going to make life hardest on her? It would be the big ‘I am your father’ twist [from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’],” Johnson said. Luke learning Vader is his father is “the hardest thing the character could possibly hear in that moment.”
“And same thing with Rey and her parentage. The easy thing would be, ‘Yes, your parents are so and so and here’s your place in the world. There you go.’ The hardest thing she could hear would be [...] ‘No, you’re not going to get the answer. This is not going to define you. You’re going to have to find your own place in this world. Kylo is going to use that even as leverage to try and make you feel insecure, and you’re going to have to stand on your own two feet.’”
It wouldn’t be backtracking if Kylo had lied to her (which of course he would) I’d buy that much more the Mary Poppins space walk - was gutted with TLJ but that one bit would make sense to me— Tony O'Connell (@tocdorje) January 1, 2018
Its true. We could find out that Rey's parents were indeed jus scavengers but they were living off the grid bcuz they (or at least 1of em) are from a familiar bloodline. We know What Rey's parents were but we still don't know Who they Are! A full on reveal is still possible— Mike Tano (@AhsokaBendu413) January 1, 2018
The jedi supposed to not have children, all the jedi are born by nobodys except Luke , I don't know what's the big deal— goldengol (@mt_goldengol) January 1, 2018
Johnson said that he's "open" to other interpretations of Rey's mystery heritage, and affirmed that J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio are writing the next installment of the Star Wars saga, so it's not a sure thing in any direction.
All we can be sure of is that Rey is getting better and better with that lightsaber, so, hell, anything is possible.
H/T: Huffington Post