– Will Star Wars Episode
9 retcon Rey’s origins?
It’s been one week since
we got our first look
at Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker,
and we are still going frame by frame
through the two-minute spot,
hunting for theories like Obi-Wan Kenobi
searching for the planet Kamino.
– Lost a planet Master Obi-Wan has.
– And now that we have our eyes
on the first real footage and information
about the final chapter
in the Skywalker Saga,
fans are extending their
stay on the SS speculation
thanks in large part to
director J.J. Abrams,
who spoke to ABC about one
of the sequel trilogy’s biggest questions:
Who are Rey’s parents?
– I don’t know!
– Although we though the
question had been answered
pretty well in The Last Jedi.
– They’re filthy junk traders
who sold you off for drinking money.
– It seems that the Episode 9
director had different plans.
“I will say that we knew going into this
that this movie, it had to
be a satisfying conclusion,
and we were well aware that
that’s one of the things
that’s been out there.”
Abrams then added, “I don’t want to say
that what happens in
Episode 8 didn’t happen.
We have honored that.
But I will say that there’s more
to the story than you’ve seen.”
So how will J.J. Abrams retcon this reveal
while also honoring the resolution
provided in The Last Jedi
that Rey’s parents were nobodies?
Luckily, we may have found some answers
in The Rise of Skywalker teaser.
Considering J.J. set up the
mystery of Rey’s parentage
way back in The Force Awakens,
it’s not surprising to
see it get a callback
in The Rise of Skywalker teaser.
We see a reference to The Force Awakens
with this shot of a ship descending
to a new planet which
bears a strong resemblance
to the ship we see flying
away from young Rey
on Jakku in her Force flashback.
But the bigger reveal the teaser dropped
was that Emperor Palpatine
is around in some capacity
after he decided to see how fast
he could fly down a
reactor shaft. (laughs)
If you’re gonna retcon one thing,
might as well go for broke and retcon two.
Am I right, J.J.?
– It’s ironic.
– So now that both boxes
have been reopened,
we see three possibilities
of how J.J. Abrams
could tackle Rey’s origins
in The Rise of Skywalker.
The first option we’re contemplating
is directly connected to the
return of Emperor Palpatine:
That Rey is actually Palpatine’s
This fulfills J.J. Abrams’ promise
to honor the events of The Last Jedi
concerning Rey’s parents, but also
clearly adds more to the story
and would further explain
Rey’s Force capabilities.
Perhaps Rey’s parents didn’t know
they had a connection to Darth Sidious
and really were just filthy junk traders
or maybe they did know and sold her off
to Unkar Plutt to protect her.
Now there is precedent of Palpatine
being a grandpa in the
old Extended Universe
where in The Jedi Prince
young adult novel series
the Emperor had a grandson
with the very Star Wars name of
Yes, (giggles) you read,
slash, heard that correctly.
Ken Palpatine. (laughing)
– [Crew Member] Ken.
– It’s Ken. (laughing)
It’s so, it’s so basic. (laughs)
While the Kenny Palp’s grandchild angle is
probably the least likely
explanation on Rey’s origins,
it’s worth noting that people
have been throwing around
theory from the release
of The Force Awakens with fans noticing
their similar attack style,
plus LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy
has said that there have been plans
to bring Palpatine back from the start,
so this would definitely add
value for reviving Sheev.
– Do it.
– Another potential
explanation for Rey’s origins
are that she is like Anakin Skywalker,
a convergence of the Force
created by Palpatine.
Both Rey and Anakin were
raised on desert planets,
and both Rey and Anakin were connected
to filthy junk traders, so makes sense!
– Little Ani.
– This would explain Rey’s
strength of the Force
and still allow her parents to be no one.
Now her strength is totally her own
but came from her creation and
manifestation of the Force.
Of course, there is a third possibility,
and it would prove that Kylo Ren was lying
about knowing who Rey’s parents are
and would basically retread the certain
point-of-view conversation we’ve seen
play out in Star Wars before.
– A certain point of view?
– Of course, this is total speculation,
but if Kylo was lying to
her, anything is possible.
Maybe Rey’s parents were
Force users or former Jedi.
But then they came to
Jakku to start a new life,
so they were, in fact,
nobody when they sold her,
but they did have Force powers.
– So what I told you was true,
from a certain point of view.
– In any case, J.J. Abrams
has the difficult task
of concluding the trilogy
while also allowing
the message of The Last Jedi to stand,
that anyone can be a hero no
matter where they come from,
which was directly invoked in
the reveal of Rey’s parents.
Whatever ends up happening,
we can’t wait to see this December.
But what do you folks think?
Do you have a new theory
about Rey’s parents?
Are you digging out your old EU library
to read up on Palpatine?
And knowing how J.J.
likes to give out cameos
to his TV regulars, like Greg Grunberg,
will you riot if Jennifer Garner
doesn’t make a cameo in Episode 9?
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