Ah, the Rey Skywalker line, what a beauty! At the end of The Rise of Skywalker, for some unknown reason Rey heads back to Tattooine. Rey then buries the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker next to the homestead that Anakin never lived in, on the planet he hated. Then, when asked who she is by a wandering woman, again for some reason, Rey responds, “Rey Skywalker”.
Why Rey would decide to take the name of Luke, who wasn’t much of a mentor to her is never explained. Fans have had an issue with this ending since they saw it. For one, Rey seems far closer to Leia, who despite being a Skywalker by blood, never used the name. She also becomes weirdly romantically involved with Ben Solo. Again, Ben has Skywalker blood, but his name is Solo. Frankly the scene never felt earned. Instead most fans seems to think this was Disney’s way of leaving a back door open if they ever wanted to carry on the Skywalker Saga.
I think Rey telling the old woman her name was Rey Palpatine would have been better. Psychologically it would feel like Rey had accepted her name was not important, only what choices she made. Kinda one of the themes of the movie after all, if you could call it that. To be honest the entire scene was ill advised, but here we are.
Daisy Ridley, and the other cats members may have towed the Disney line whilst the movie was being promoted, but since things have changed. John Boyega has been critical of how his character was sidelined following Episode 7. Oscar Isaac simply doesn’t like to talk about it. Daisy Ridley has been very quiet, but recently was interviewed by Josh Horowitz. You can see the full video in that link, but here is the relevant quote.
“Technically it should be Rey Palpatine,” Ridley said of the line. “But I was mentored by Skywalker even though he was kind of a dick to me. So yeah, Rey Skywalker. That’s me.”
Ridley hits the nail on the head here, whilst not going too far. It just made no sense for Rey to take on the name Skywalker in the context of this movie. Leave any thoughts you have about Ridley’s comments below.