Take A Look At This ‘Star Wars’ Rey Theory

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After the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans all got together to formulate theories for what we can expect from Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII. Theories have ranged from the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), what Luke Skywalker has been up to, etc. But the theories that have been most rampant online has been related to our new heroine, Rey (Daisy Ridley). Many have been wondering where her roots are to be found. Is Rey a Skywalker or isn’t she? That has been the prevailing debate since December, and the theories keep on chugging along.

A really fascinating theory has been conjured up by a YouTuber named Vincent Vendetta (that sounds like a cool superhero secret identity), describing the possibility that Rey is actually the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. Certainly, some have probably thought of this theory before, but Vendetta put together some compelling bits of evidence that can be found from The Force Awakens as well as Revenge of the Sith to make comparisons between both Rey and Palpatine’s fighting styles.

Similarities in their fighting styles help lend to Vendetta’s theory, but another interesting perspective on this matter can be found from the film’s screenplay – in which during her climactic battle with Kylo Ren after Finn’s near-demise, Rey is described as to “standing on the edge of the dark side”. This can imply that through means of visual storytelling, the image of Rey standing victorious over Kylo Ren serves as a sign that Rey may feel tempted to the dark side of the force.

Obviously, this is just pure speculation – but it is always fun to delve into fan theories about where our new Star Wars characters are headed. I am personally on the camp of Rey not being a Skywalker, because I think that would add an interesting story dynamic that is not as predictable. But at the same time, I am open to what Rian Johnson has in store for us come Episode VIII, which cannot come here soon enough. For more bits of evidence for this Rey/Palpatine theory, you can check out Vincent Vendetta’s video below.

Source: YouTube

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  • Nathan_12thMan

    So…the lead character of the new trilogy, a trilogy of Saga movies that Lucas, J.J. and Kathleen have all said loud and clear is about the Skywalker family (bloodline), is the daughter of the most evil character in the Star Wars canon and isn’t a Skywalker?


    It would be better than her being a nobody, her being a former trainee at Luke’s academy, or the many other theories. But to me it might be obvious but the evidence both in the movie and outside of it is clear that she is the daughter of Luke.

    These trilogies are more than just movies, they are investments by Disney. Do you really think they would buy LucasFilm for $4bil and start up a new trilogy (with more trilogies to come) and invest in adding just ONE new Skywalker bloodline character? We have Leia (old), Luke (old) and Ben Solo (evil, irredeemable after killing Han Solo). Do people really think that is it? That going into episode 8 and beyond the creative team behind these movies decided it would be smart to add just ONE new Skywalker? And what’s more have him be a bad guy who kills the top fan favorite character (also his father) making him totally irredeemable?

    No, it makes more sense that they add a evil Skywalker (Ben) and a good Skywalker (Rey). She is the main character of Ep 7 (and likely 8 & 9) as Luke was of Ep 4-6.

    I just fundamentally don’t believe they’d be so dumb as to have it so when Luke & Leia are killed off there is ONE Skywalker left in the galaxy.

    • Joey Wabi-Sabi

      Why is ONE Skywalker not enough? Out of all SIX movies prior to episode VII, there was always only one main Skywalker being focused on. So I don’t see why we need more than one. You’re mentioning future Skywalker bloodlines, but i don’t see what that has to do with the current trilogy? Even if Rey is a Skywalker, it’s not like they’re going to show her getting pregnant, having a baby, and having that baby grow up within the same trilogy. Rey is going to be too busy kicking butt. She’s probably not even going to have time to get pregnant when she’s older, if she really is destined by the Force for greater things. So if you’re hoping Rey is going to be the one to procreate more Skywalkers for future movies, i just don’t see that happening. It would make more sense for the bloodline to continue through Kylo Ren.
      Also, I think it would be WAY too predictable for Rey to be Luke’s daughter. A hugee part of Star Wars has always been the unpredictability and the surprise twists. I really think they want to recreate that suprise-factor similar to the “I am your father” reveal. I don’t see how they can accomplish that with the predictable theory you posted. I actually think it would be a great twist if Rey turns to the Darkside, and Kylo Ren turns good for some reason and becomes the savior of this trilogy. (That’s probably far fetched, but would make a nice surprise). OR if Kylo Ren is actually Luke’s son and Luke joins him on the dark side at the end of the next film. I dunno, there’s lots of possibilities, but Rey being Luke’s daughter seems like the most boring predictable idea ever. Doesn’t feel like a Star Wars type of twist.

  • Sanjay

    Just a comment on the accent thing, John Boyega stated that they had his change his accent because the character’s lines just sounded too weird with his accent.

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