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Director Of 'The Last Jedi' Just Responded To Backlash About Rey's Parents

Director Of 'The Last Jedi' Just Responded To Backlash About Rey's Parents
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Updated 6 months ago

Major spoilers in this article, proceed only if you've seen The Last Jedi...

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.

Once Rey snaps out of it, Maz observes:

"That lightsaber was Luke's and his father's before him. And now it calls to you."
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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. 

For example:

Well, director Rian Johnson has finally weighed in on the subject in an interview with The Huffington Post.

He reveals that we should not necessarily take Kylo's words as gospel:

“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.’” 

As is their wont on the Internet, people have some thoughts about this...

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.