The iconic lightsaber initially owned by Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) has now found its third and latest possessor in Rey (Daisy Ridley). LucasFilm has just confirmed that starting Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi and moving forward, it will be the main weapon of choice for the former scavenger.
As seen in the events of 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, the blue-bladed saber was being kept by Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o) in the basement of her castle in Takodana until it "called out" to Rey. While she first declined to have it, the reluctant heroine eventually took and used it during her duel with Kylo Ren in Starkiller Base. And by the end of the film, she was seen handing Luke (Mark Hamill) back his father's lightsaber when she found him in Ach-To. From there, it seems that Luke would rather keep his own-built green lightsaber and willingly let Rey use Anakin's.
The news bit came from the most recent episode of the Star Wars Show, which included an excerpt of an interview with Lucasfilm story group's Pablo Hidalgo as part of Vanity Fair's new issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of the famed space saga. Hidalgo said:
"Either way, the blade is no longer considered Anakin’s lightsaber by the Lucasfilm marketing department. It has now been officially dubbed ‘Rey’s’."
To say that the decision to officially refer to the lightsaber as Rey's instead of Anakin's (or maybe even Luke's) intriguing is an understatement. Over the course of four decades, the Star Wars franchise hardly ever does anything without a clever reasoning behind it. Before the resurgence of the saber in The Force Awakens, the last time it was seen on screen was during Darth Vader and Luke's climactic duel in Bespin, where the former made the revelation of him being the latter's father in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. It is a wonder just what the change of ownership means to the current running trilogy and the repercussions that it will have in the far future of the series. After all, Disney said that it endeavors to continue telling stories from the "galaxy far, far away" for many years to come.
The aforementioned lightsaber is deemed an artifact with much history with the Skywalker family. It is almost like an heirloom to the clan, which is why it was not a surprise that Kylo was so eager to claim it from Rey. It is interesting how he will react upon knowing that she continues to possess what could be his familial right. Rey, on the other hand, looks to embrace her new weapon, which leaves fans questioning her mysterious staff. Before she got her hands on the blue bladed saber, she used the infamous staff to protect herself - almost carrying it wherever she goes.
The Last Jedi and the yet-to-be-titled Episode IX already have a lot of narrative questions that need answering. And this recent change of lightsaber ownership adds a lot more to the existing mysteries of the current saga that fans cannot wait to get to the bottom of.
Source: Star Wars Show
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