Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters a few weekends back, and with it, it brought a whole slew of answers to questions fans have had since The Force Awakens hit theaters a couple years back. Unfortunately, there were some answers that many fans did not like.
Perhaps the biggest one had to do with Rey’s parentage reveal. Rather than be someone like Han and Leia or Obi-Wan and Woman X, Johnson took a different route with his film. Throughout the story, he connected Rey and Kylo Ren via the Force, and in those moments, Kylo Ren delved into her being and revealed something fans weren’t ready to hear — that her parents weren’t someone we knew, but a bunch of nobodies that sold her off for drinking money.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Johnson discussed his reasoning behind it all — and it all had to do with not giving Rey an easy out to her own desires (i.e., having someone to show her her place in the world):
“What’s going to make life hardest on her? It would be the big ‘I am your father’ twist [from The Empire Strikes Back]. [That would be] the hardest thing the character could possibly hear in that moment. And same thing with Rey and her parentage. The easy thing would be, ‘Yes, your parents are so and so and here’s your place in the world. There you go.’ The hardest thing she could hear would be […] ‘No, you’re not going to get the answer. This is not going to define you. You’re going to have to find your own place in this world. Kylo is going to use that even as leverage to try and make you feel insecure, and you’re going to have to stand on your own two feet.’”
Those who read my extensive coverage of the film on the site know that I personally think this was a bold, interesting, and rewarding answer to the question (of course, you may think otherwise), but there are more than a few people who think that Kylo was lying. Perhaps her parents are someone interesting and established in the Star Wars canon. While Rian Johnson’s own film seems to point in the other direction, he’s not ruling out that possibility.
“Anything’s still open, and I’m not writing the next film. [J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio] are doing it.”
Boo. Honestly, that answer doesn’t seem to jive with the logic in the film. From what I understand, Kylo Ren wasn’t telling Rey anything she didn’t already know, but making her verbalize her worst fears that she already knew to be the case. But, okay, we’ll have to wait and see what Abrams and Terrio have in mind before we can set that in stone.
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post