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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains MASSIVE spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet, I highly recommend you not read this. Seriously, you will get spoiled.

SPOILER ALERT!

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There is something special in the Skywalker bloodline. That’s the lie we’ve been told for generations in the Star Wars franchise, and that’s the lie that Lucasfilm was more than happy to push while promoting this film. This main saga of movies is supposed to have the Skywalkers front-and-center, right?

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you know that isn’t the case. After two years of speculation as to Rey’s parentage, it was revealed that her parents are a couple of nobodies her sold her off and left her to rot on Jakku. Kylo Ren even broke the fourth wall slightly in this moment, telling Rey that she had “no place in this story.” And going by fan’s expectations, she really did have no place in the story.

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Countless fans assumed one of two things: that Rey would be revealed as a Skywalker, or that Kylo Ren would turn light, Rey would turn dark, and Kylo Ren (a Skywalker) would take the lead in the final film. Given that we’ve been conditioned to see the Skywalker clan as “special” ever since A New Hope, it makes sense we’d feel this way. Hell, even in The Phantom Menace, it was driven home that Anakin was special, and we can only assume that made his entire bloodline special.

Our former lead character, Luke Skywalker even believed this lie. Once he died, there’d be no one else left to train Jedi, and they would come to an end. But even he, with all his knowledge and experience, seemed to misunderstand what the Force is.

By the end of the film, it was not only clear that Rey had no special lineage, but that the Force will always find a way to reach people, no matter where they come from. The stableboy on Canto Bight was just as much of a nobody as Anakin first was, and the Force came to him. Contrary to what we’ve been told, the Skywalkers aren’t the only ones in the galaxy with the potential to use the Force — they’ve just been the ones positioned to capitalize on it since the Empire took hold.

So not only with the Jedi live on in one form or another, but the film almost does look to the audience and tell them that these films — despite being saga films — are not just about one family anymore. It is a beautiful subversion of expectations, a beautiful subversion of what many of us felt Jedi were, and something of a passing of the torch from the Skywalkers to Rey. Jedi aren’t just made by the knowledge they gain from teachers, but rather by their innate abilities and oneness with the Force, which does not discriminate by bloodlines.

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  • Wait till I get some popcorn, this debate is going to be entertaining. 😂

  • Russ

    The first thing my gf said when we got in the car after the movie was “well one thing is obvious, Kylo lied to Rey about who her parents are. He just wanted to make her feel like he was all she had”. That hadn’t occurred to me until she said it, but after she said I thought it very well could be the case.

  • Film Fillet

    This article doesn’t really say anything most Star Wars already understand. Padawans have always been around, and from what we gather, many don’t have any special lineage – plucked from families at a young age when they have shown ‘abilities’ and trained at the Jedi temple. There’s tons in the prequels! Plenty of different species too. Star Wars has focused on the Skywalker story, but most fans know Jedi can come from any lineage. I have no idea why RJ tried to tell the story he did – it basically shits on everything set-up in TFA and the OT in my opinion. Even Admiral Ackbar gets killed…might as well, seeing as Han, Luke, Snoke, Phasma etc have all bitten the dust. RJ and JJ seriously have conflicting views on where the story needed to go. TLJ will go down as a decent movie, yet a TERRIBLE Star Wars movie.

  • Bruce Norris

    Despite everything Luke experienced, he still had doubt?! His story arch involved him relearning shit he already knew?! What growth of character is that?!

  • CrystalClearTruth

    The only thing this movie proved is that I don’t care for another trilogy from the “visionary” Rian.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.