Warning: This Article Contains Spoilers For Star Wars: The Last Jedi! You Are Warned.
When Rey debuted in The Force Awakens, there was not much known about her apart from the fact that her parents had discarded her on Jakku where she somehow managed to survive on her own. With her Force capabilities, audiences spent a couple of years guessing who Rey’s parents were and that’s a question which has now been answered.
Fans were eager to find out about her parents, but, the character was more focused on learning how to sharpen her skills from Luke Skywalker throughout the movie. Finally, it turned out to be a face-off with Kylo Ren which apparently revealed the real identity of who her parents were.
As stated by Kylo Ren, her parents were “nobodies.” He told her that her parents had peddled her for drinking money and were no longer alive, buried in “pauper’s graves.” Rey accepted this reply as the truth, and it seemed it was something that she also knew, but, had avoided accepting till that point.
While on the one hand, it implies that Rey’s parents were indeed commoners and there was no Jedi heritage which caused Rey to have those abilities. The very little attention given by The Force Awakens to this aspect, it is likely that the theory became such a massive mystery only because of the speculation among fans. It might also be possible that Kylo had lied to Rey to compel her into joining his ranks. Kylo’s main premise was to destroy his own past, therefore, convincing Rey into believing that her parents were nobodies who had died, would make her abandon her search for them. It could be possible that Rey’s parents are still alive and somewhere out there. They might come to fore in Episode IX. While the audience has been focusing a great deal on Rey’s parents, the cast and crew of the movie have repeatedly let the fans know that who her parents are, is not much important, compared to how finding out about her parents would impact her character.
“Whatever the answer is, I hope everyone will enjoy that moment,” Daisy Ridley told Yahoo! Japan sometime back. “I knew the answer a few years ago, but the story that Rian Johnson created was so wonderful I couldn’t believe it. Honestly, I was very moved. I think that everyone will be in that moment.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now running in theaters.