UPDATE: Shortly after the post was published, several readers went straight to the source and asked Lucasfilm what they thought. Pablo Hidalgo (Creative Executive, Lucasfilm Story Group. ) addressed the rumor last night on twitter with the following:
Oh for Teedo’s sake. He says. “Face me!” And then instantly says “CURSES” because he took a hit.
While this should surely end the conversation once and for all, any official word from Lucasfilm about Rey’s origins will never appease the minds of a conspiracy theorist until after they have been officially started on film. But for now, we will consider this case closed.
Original post below:
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and potential spoilers for Star Wars Episode VIII are ahead.
As the closing credits began to roll at the conclusion of STAR WARS: The Force Awakens fans were left with a lingering feeling of uncertainty. Rey, the character that we are now invested in, is still a mystery. Over the course of the film fans were given the privilage at meeting Rey, watching her journey, and witnessing her growth, but her origins still unclear. While at times the film almost heavy-handedly pointed to her parentage as being a Skywalker, the actual truth was never established.
Rumors quickly began to circulate that she was a Skywalker, and more specifically the daughter of Luke Skywalker, with evidence pointing to key moments (the scene with the Force vision upon finding the Lightsaber) in the film but especially the narration in the initial trailer:
Luke Skywalker: The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power, too.
Other clues that people are citing are with the interactions and the looks that she was given by Han, Leia, Kylo Ren, and even Luke Skywalker to Rey over the course of the film help solidify most fans stance, but it may be the recent Disney Infinity game that rests the case one and for all.
In a recently posted and heavily debated walkthrough video showing the finale of the primary storyline for levels based on STAR WARS: The Force Awakens, some people are saying the interactions at the near end of the video between Rey and Kylo seem to end the debate once and for all.
At the 20:30 mark of the video, during the first fight between the two characters, Kylo Ren seemingly shouts ” FACE ME, COUSIN!” to Rey. Now if this is true, this key bit of dialogue may come as a shock for many people, especially due to the fact that the film itself never established this relationship (nor the characters understanding of it). But this could have a very simple explanation.
However, some people are actually stating (with near irrefutable evidence) that the video is actually Kylo Ren saying “FACE ME!” and “CURSES!” due to being hit, and the close proximity of the two bits of dialogue have left many with the impression that he is saying “Cousin.”
Often with films, and especially their games or adaptations in other media, key moments can be taken out during the final editing and saved for later installments, and what often happens is that the adaptation or the videogame based on said movie doesn’t learn of the edit until the 11th hour. Because of this videogames can often have key moments or references that are now a part of deleted scenes. This has occurred with the first Amazing Spider-Man videogame and the Batman Begins videogame. Both games included references and scenes that were clearly not in the film.
While its possible, and at this point very likely simply to remove any doubt or confusion, that Disney will attempt to remove the dialogue with a future patch update for the game to remove any doubt whatsoever, as it currently stands the game may have possibly given away a key reveal for STAR WARS: Episode VIII, that is if Kylo isn’t simply saying “Curses.”
STAR WARS: The Force Awakens is currently in theaters.