The Rise of Skywalker had more than its reasonable share of lumps, nonetheless it closed-out an era of an enormous team, plus some followers nonetheless think it’s great. Regardless of the views from the movie, co-writer Chris Terrio recently offered even more understanding of your choices they made when creating the movie. More especially, he touched in why Rey’s parentage shifted from exactly what Kylo Ren revealed in The Last Jedi. MAJOR spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker ahead.
First off, Abrams added Palpatine back to the storyline since it will have already been “weird” without him
A significant critique for The Rise of Skywalker was whether Palpatine ended up being essential to restore after he therefore plainly passed away in Return of this Jedi. For manager, J.J. Abrams, it had been. “As [Abrams] stated, it would nearly be unusual for Palpatine to not take a way in this film,” Terrio informed IndieWire on Dec. 30. “Because when we discover Rey, she’s literally living in the wreck of the old war, the previous war, that literally the landscape of Jakku is scarred with evidence of the war that came before. I think what we wanted to say in this is that, that war never really ended.”
And not just did they would like to connect it in while using the various other trilogies storywise, also for the balance’s benefit and, you might say, symbolism with Anakin Skywalker. “Every generation has to fight for the balance again,” Terrio proceeded. “We were moved by the idea that the person who should have to fight to regain the balance that Anakin Skywalker gained was the descendant of his greatest enemy who corrupted Anakin Skywalker in the first place.”
Rey’s lineage gave her the “worst” development she could easily get
So, why did Rey need to be linked to Sheev Palpatine? The worst villain of them all (fundamentally)? It came right down to Abrams wanting to give Rey the worst feasible development he could. “[Abrams] constantly thought that she should have the worst feasible development. In a way, the worst feasible development for the Rey of Episode 8 is that she actually is only a kid of junk dealers, which will be real,” Terrio stated. “That’s not contradicted by what you learn in this film, but that she’s the descendant of someone who represents the opposite of all that the Skywalkers represent.”
Terrio additionally explained that Rey ended up being eventually aware of the Resistance, as soon as she realized her grandfather was Palpatine, she had been distraught in the connection, but also at what Leia and also the other people would believe. She didn’t like to drop her family members once more, and also this ended up being worse news than her parents becoming nobodies, of training course.
But Rey is much more than what’s in her own blood
In the end, though, Abrams and Terrio desired their particular tale to pay attention to why is each individual great. It’s maybe not about just who you’re related to, but about whom you basically tend to be. Which will have struck residence only a little little bit more difficult if Rey had held “Palpatine” as her final title, but we digress.
“Other than scavenging, the first thing that we see Rey do in the trilogy is perform an act of kindness and compassion for BB-8,” Terrio stated, pointing on just how Rey is sort to her heart, irrespective of lineage. “She sees BB-8, who’s an underdog, a weak droid, becoming exploited by somebody, and without lacking a beat, she stacks up for him. And that instantly said whom Rey had been right back in Episode 7.”
Luke seems it, Leia seems it, as well as Han Solo understands just how great she actually is in The Force Awakens. “Han even not being Force-sensitive,” Terrio records. “He spent a few minutes with Rey and thought, ‘This is my heir, this is who I want to inherit the Falcon. This is who I want to fly with me and Chewie.’”
So regardless of whom Rey ended up being linked to all along, it performedn’t matter. Rey ended up being Rey, and she finished her goal whilst not straying too far towards the Dark Side.