Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead
Towards the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) finally tells Force-sensitive Rey (Daisy Ridley) who her parents were: nobodies - "filthy junk traders who sold you off for drinking money." This revelation comes as something of a bombshell after of two years of fan theories and speculation about Rey's heritage, and some fans believe that Kylo Ren might have been lying. After all, he is the bad guy.
When Disney/Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams revived the storied sci-fi franchise in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a whole host of new characters were introduced to the galaxy far, far away. The war between good and evil had resurfaced, this time between the Resistance and the First Order, with each side having a young Force-user positioned for a major role in the trilogy. In the case of the First Order, that's Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) who turned to the dark side after an incident with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
For the Resistance, their greatest hope is Rey, whose parentage was a huge talking point among fans after The Force Awakens. Theories bandied about online that Rey was a Skywalker or a Kenobi, with many fans operating on the presumption that she must be the daughter of a previously introduced Star Wars character. We knew going into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, that the question of Rey's parents would be addressed in the film. Now that Rian Johnson's Star Wars installment has hit theaters, we seemingly have an answer to who Rey's parents are - or do we?
Throughout The Last Jedi, Rey and Kylo Ren form a Force bond through which the two can communicate, and the pair learn more about each other. During the course of her Jedi training on Ahch-to Rey also ventures into a dark cavern and has a vision about herself. While she doesn't see her parents, Kylo Ren later tells her that he had a similar vision that did reveal Rey's parents. However, it's not until Kylo has betrayed Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and asked Rey to join him that he reveals who her parents are. So, should we take his revelation at face value, or is Kylo Ren lying to Rey about her parents?
What Exactly Does Kylo Ren Tell Rey?
After Kylo kills Snoke, and he and Rey fight off a room full of Praetorian guards, he tries to convince her to join him. Kylo, effectively disillusioned in the First Order, refuses to order Snoke's forces to stop firing on what's left of the Resistance. Instead, he wants to "let it all die." He wants to let Snoke, the Sith, the Skywalker line, the Jedi, and the Rebels all die so that he and Rey can rebuild a new world order with them as leaders. Rey, of course, understands this moment is Kylo rededicating himself to the dark side, and pleads with him not to go down that path.
But, he does. And Kylo tries to convince Rey to follow him, using what he knows of her parents as a means to do so. In an effort to win Rey over to his side, Kylo tells her:
Kylo: Do you want to know the truth about your parents? Or have you always known? And you've just hidden it away. You know the truth. Say it. Say it.
Rey: They were nobody.
Kylo: They were filthy junk traders who sold you off for drinking money. They're dead in a paupers' grave in the Jakku desert. You have no place in this story. You come from nothing. You're nothing. But not to me. Join me. Please.
So, Kylo very explicitly tells Rey - and viewers - that her parents were nobody. They don't have any connection to other characters within the Skywalker Saga, and Rey is just a girl with nameless parents who happens to be Force-sensitive. Kylo suggests within his revelation that because Rey's parents were nobody, she doesn't need to have a stake in the battle between the First Order and the Resistance - but, of course, she does. Kylo's revelation doesn't manage to sway Rey to his side like he hoped. However, considering he only told Rey about her parents in an effort to win her allegiance, it's unclear if we can trust what he said.
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- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019