Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens released, fans were full of questions: Where is Luke? Who is Kylo Ren? Why is that Stormtrooper a good guy? Thankfully, after seeing the movie we now know the answer to all of those – but a bunch of others have taken their place. Is Ren now irredeemable? What’s the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke? And, the question we’ll be focusing on today: just who is Rey?
As brilliantly played by Daisy Ridley, Rey was the beating heart of the aforementioned film – a modern day Luke Skywalker and a new female hero in a world where blockbusters still don’t have enough of those. It’s a testament to how great the character is that streams of people have been flocking to the internet to theorize about her identity.
Unfortunately, The Force Awakens didn’t give us much to work with and what it did was conflicting – we know she’s a natural pilot like Han, but then she had an X-Wing helmet like Luke’s – so fans have come up with ideas that vary wildly, in both detail and plausibility, about who Rey was before she was abandoned on Jakku. These range from everything to her being the reincarnation of Anakin to being a descendant of Obi-Wan.
It’s looking like Star Wars: The Last Jedi will shed more light on this, but until it arrives, the theories will continue to run rampant and today, a rather intriguing one that’s been around for a while is now picking up some more traction. It puts forth the idea that Rey is actually a Palpatine and YouTuber Vincent Vendetta has added more fuel to the fire, explaining why he thinks this could turn out to be true.
Intriguing, right? While we do admit that he does bring to light some pretty compelling evidence here, we’re still having trouble buying into it. Sure, Vendetta makes good points with the fighting styles and whatnot, but if we had to put our money on one fan theory, we’d go with Rey being a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Still, if nothing else, this video is yet another timely reminder that The Last Jedi will delve deep into the character’s past, her parentage, and likely how she wound up on Jakku in the first place. Plus, there’s also that moral ambiguity to consider, but can we really expect Daisy Ridley’s budding Jedi to succumb to the dark side and, by effect, Supreme Leader Snoke?
Expect those questions to be answered on December 15th, when moviegoers will be flocking to theaters in order to see
the porgs Star Wars: The Last Jedi.