Can Kylo Ren's Revelation Be Trusted?
Now the question becomes whether fans - and Rey - can take what Kylo revealed about her parents at face value. There are a number of factors about the scene in which the revelation takes place that cast doubt on his integrity. First of all, though Kylo and Rey have formed a bond over the course of The Last Jedi, we know he's not necessarily above manipulation to get what he wants. We saw that side of him in The Force Awakens, when he was interrogating both Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and later Rey. Kylo plays on the emotions of those he's interrogating to get what he wants - in the case of Poe, that meant feeding the pilot's arrogance, and for Rey, that meant appealing to her loneliness. When Kylo is attempting to persuade Rey to join him in The Last Jedi, he falls back on those same emotionally manipulative tactics in an effort to get what he wants.
It's also evident that Kylo is desperate for Rey to join him. At that point he's lost everything. His first master - Luke - turned on him, and he killed his second master, Snoke. He killed his father, and for all Kylo knows, Leia is also dead. Rey is the only person left in Kylo's life and Kylo is desperate to make sure she doesn't leave, so he tries all the tricks in his book. It's possible that simply means he reveals the truth about her parents to Rey, that they're nobodies who wound up dead on Jakku. Or it's possible he thinks a lie about her heritage will be more likely to win her to his side. Though, of course, considering how quickly this scene plays out, Kylo may not have had time to decide to lie and come up with that lie.
In terms of what we know from The Last Jedi about Kylo's truthfulness, he is more honest with Rey about the incident that turned him to the dark side. Rey - and the viewers - get three versions of the night that Ben Solo turned against Luke and became Kylo Ren. In the first, Luke misleads Rey by leaving out his moment of weakness in which he considered killing Kylo Ren. Rey first hears about Luke thinking about murdering his nephew from Kylo and though Luke eventually tells Rey the truth, Kylo was honest from the start. Since he was honest with Rey all throughout The Last Jedi, it certainly seems likely he's honest with her about the identities of her parents. But, of course, the circumstances in which he tells Rey about her parents - especially the fact that he desperately wants something from her in that moment - cast doubt on his integrity.
Looking at the overall story, thematically it makes sense for Kylo to be telling the truth about Rey's parentage. Throughout The Last Jedi, writer/director Rian Johnson makes a point of highlighting the so-called nobodies of the Resistance. Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) is a maintenance worker who becomes a hero, and her sister was depicted as a hero during the evacuation of D'Qar. Further, the final scene of The Last Jedi hammers home the film's point that anybody can become a hero of the Resistance - and anyone can be Force sensitive. Rey having insignificant parents thematically ties into The Last Jedi, especially when contrasted with Kylo, since he's the son of Han and Leia, and the nephew of Luke. So, if we look at what Johnson aims to be achieve with The Last Jedi, it would indicate Kylo can be trusted when he reveals the truth of Rey's parents.
Ultimately, there are elements introduced over the course of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi that suggest Kylo could be telling the truth, and that he could be lying. Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether they believe Rey's parents are insignificant junk traders who have no bearing on the latest trilogy in the Star Wars saga or if there's more to the story. Since there are two years until Abrams closes out this trilogy with Star Wars: Episode IX, fans have plenty of time to debate the truth of Kylo's revelation and what it means for the Skywalker Saga.
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