Family has always been a major theme in the galaxy far, far away. Skywalker family drama from the 1980s like Luke Skywalker’s father revelation and Luke and Leia’s twin reveal shocked audiences around the the world. In the new trilogy, the drama continues with Han Solo and Leia’s son Ben Solo falling to the dark side and Rey’s mysterious backstory. It was first revealed in The Force Awakens that Rey was “no one”, just a girl abandoned by her parents on Jakku when she was a child waiting for their return. Fans were hoping for answers in The Last Jedi, but some were disappointed when Kylo Ren reveals that Rey is a “nobody” – just a girl whose parents were junk traders who traded her off for drinking money and not a Skywalker or a Kenobi.
During a recent interview on Facebook Live (via Comic Book), Ridley shared her thoughts on character weakness and Rey’s parentage reveal. Interestingly, Ridley doesn’t think Rey’s desire and longing for answers was a weakness, but instead something that will help her character move forward in the final film. Here’s what she said:
“I do not think that is a weakness. Great question, but I don’t think that is a weakness. I think longing for something, there’s usually a reason you’re longing for it. Even though she’s very hopeful about moving forward, there’s clearly some stuff that she needs to put to bed and that is all going to help her, moving forward. So I don’t think that’s a weakness. I think it’s a wonderful…again, sort of adds to the brilliant hopefulness that, what may have happened wasn’t so bad. Like, that she wasn’t just left there by these awful people. And, also, it leads her on this amazing journey. That’s part of the whole thing. She wouldn’t have gone. I think she wouldn’t have stayed if she didn’t really want that. She wouldn’t have had the moment with Luke and all of the other amazing stuff that happened.”
It’s an interesting perspective considering that in The Force Awakens, Rey was struggling to leave Jakku with Finn because she was hopeful that her family was going to return for her. Her statements also bring up the question of whether the mystery of Rey’s parentage is dead. Many believe that Kylo Ren was lying to Rey to pull her towards his side, so only time will tell if Rey’s bloodline will again play a significant part in the final film.
Ridley’s thoughts on character weakness are also surprising, because she essentially believes that Rey doesn’t have any. Rey has been labeled as a Mary Sue by many, a typically female character who everyone loves and does no wrong. In stating that, “I don’t really believe in weaknesses in people”, Ridley flips the Mary Sue argument on its head by stating, “you can’t decide what’s good and what’s bad in a person because everything makes the whole and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Whether one agrees with Ridley’s view or not, it’s certainly a unique take on the issue.
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