WARNING: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.
Movies in the Star Wars canon are notorious for leaving fans asking more questions from film to film, but one of the biggest questions that emerged after The Force Awakens and still looms after The Last Jedi has fans puzzled and taking sides: Just who the heck are Rey’s parents?
Not only do we not know the identity of Rey’s parents by the end of The Last Jedi, but Kylo Ren complicates matters further by telling Rey that he saw her parents in a vision and that they were nothing more than common drunkards who abandoned her on Jakku.
“You come from nothing. You’re nothing,” Kylo tells a tearful Rey in a pivotal scene where he tries to convince her to leave the Resistance to join him, adding “but not to me” as he tries to convince her to join him on his destructive mission. Even Rey agrees with him that her parents were nobodies and that her quest to be trained by Luke Skywalker is just her way of trying to find a sense of place and belonging, but the question is, can you believe Kylo Ren?
Fans are split online, with some siding with Kylo and others firmly believing that he was just manipulating her because he knows that Rey’s past is her weakness.
There are countless fan theories around Rey’s parents, including that she’s the daughter of Han Solo and Leia, or that she’s the offspring of Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Collider‘s interview with the film’s writer and director Rian Johnson points to the fact that Kylo Ren isn’t lying.
Regarding Kylo’s statement that Rey’s parents were nobodies, Johnson said:
“That’s what Kylo sees and that’s what he tells her and I think he’s not lying in that moment. That’s what he saw and she seems to believe it when she hears it . . . I’m not writing the next film, we’ll see how they handle it going forward, and as we all know in these movies, there’s always a certain point of view that’s involved. But, for me, I’ll tell you that was the . . . I can understand why that answer doesn’t feel good. It’s not supposed to feel good. It’s supposed to be the hardest thing she could possibly hear in that moment.”
Based on how family lineage is used in the Star Wars universe, it’s surprising that a character as powerful as Rey would be the offspring of nobodies, but the decision speaks to a new direction that illustrates that anyone can rise to greatness, regardless of their background.
Whether Rey’s parents are significant or not can’t take away from the fact that she has become the ultimate badass. No matter her heritage, no one can argue that the force is indeed with Rey.