STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Commentary Gives Hints To Rey’s Past

Image via Disney/Lucasfilm

Image via Disney/Lucasfilm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a lot of pressure going into its release. It was coming off the negatively-received prequels, and as such, fans were hungry for a quality entry in the franchise. Luckily for fans, the film was, to many, a more-than-worthy successor to the original trilogy. That’s not to say the movie was perfect. Audiences were left with a lot of questions, and it wasn’t always clear if it was due to bad storytelling or if they were questions that would get answered later on in the saga.

One of these questions lied in Rey, her parentage, her Jedi training, and her relationship with some characters in the story. One of the many theories surrounding her parentage is that she’s actually a Solo — i.e. she’d be Kylo Ren’s sister.

During the commentary in the Blu-ray collector’s edition set, however (via Tumblr user MummiesandLightsabers), director J.J. Abrams states an interesting in regards to the interaction between Kylo Ren and Rey:

“One of the new relationships that we were focusing on was between Kylo Ren and Rey. They’ve never met but he’s heard of this girl.”

In theory, this could put an end to speculation that she’s his sister, as it would be likely they’d have at least met beforehand at some point. Of course, it’s always possible that their family issues interfered with that, but using the logic of Occam’s razor, let’s just assume this rules out that convoluted possibility.

This comment does, however, also potentially address some criticism that Rey’s character is a Mary Sue.

One of the many questions the film gave fans was: how can Rey be so strong if she’s had no training? Abrams’ comments are enlightening. It was implied in the film itself that Kylo Ren may have heard of Rey before (he had a definite interest when one of his cronies told him about “a girl”), and to hear this confirmation is actually pretty big. If he’s heard of her, we can assume she has some previous ties to The Force,  Luke Skywalker, and The Resistance. One of my personal theories was that she was trained by Luke, but had her memory erased in order to protect her for some unknown reason. Does Kylo Ren’s knowledge of her existence prove she’s had some training in the past? I personally think so.

Of course, this is all just speculation, but I think this brings us one step closer to understanding Rey’s potential ties to being a Jedi.

What do you think? Does this change your opinion on some of Rey’s actions in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Mummies and Lightsabers

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