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What Do We Learn About Rey’s Parents in THE LAST JEDI?

Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Either come back after you’ve seen the movie or proceed at your own risk. 

After two years, we finally(?) know where Rey stands among the Skywalkers, the Kenobis, the Solos, and hey, maybe even the Palpatines. Because as much as the thought of the Emperor having a kid makes us shudder, that was a real theory. Star Wars: The Last Jedi cleared up some of the mystery about Rey’s parentage that The Force Awakens only hinted at. But can we really trust the source of that intel when it’s Kylo Ren? Today’s Nerdist News is all about whether the man formerly known as Ben Solo told Rey the truth.

Join host and Canto Bight’s third best codebreaker, Jessica Chobot, as she goes over the big reveal: Rey’s parents were simply junk traders who left her behind on Jakku. In other words, Rey isn’t a child of destiny, she’s a nobody. “A diamond in the rough,” if you want to go full Aladdin. At least that’s what Kylo Ren would have have us believe, as he made his pitch for Rey to join him and rule the galaxy side-by-side. Given the tension between them, it’s probably a good thing that she’s not his secret sister/cousin.

 

Another thing we have to wonder is if this was always the plan for Rey. Did J.J. Abrams have this in mind when we saw the brief flashback of young Rey getting abandoned by her parents on Jakku? Or was this twist something that Rian Johnson came up with for this chapter? Because within the context of the film, it really worked. Now, the greater powers of the Force aren’t limited to the Skywalker family and their close circle of friends and foes. Random people and even children from across the galaxy can access the Force, although Rey and Kylo Ren appear to be the most powerful Force users of the current generation.

If Abrams has a different vision for Rey’s backstory, it’s entirely possible that Episode IX will walk back that revelation. It wouldn’t even be much of a stretch to suggest that Kylo Ren lied. He probably would have said anything to cement his alliance with Rey after they essentially pulled off a First Order coup. Or perhaps Kylo Ren saw what he wanted to see. The ending of the film even suggests that their connection in the Force remains strong despite the death of the one who claimed that he brought them together. Either way, Rey and Kylo Ren are gonna have one hell of a reunion in two years when the new trilogy comes to an end.

Do you think that Kylo Ren told Rey the truth about her parents? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!

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