Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally revealed the truth about Rey's parents. There is a lot to process about the movie and some fans are still really curious about Rey's lineage. And now, Episode IX writer Chris Terrio gives some details of how this story came to fruition.
This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In a recent interview with GQ, Terrio was asked about his thoughts in resolving the mystery behind Rey's parents with the story being cleared up in The Last Jedi. "Well, we weren't convinced that it had been cleared up," he said. "Because there's still this highly troubling vision that Rey had in Episode VII, which is the shop with her parents leaving the planet."
Terrio also pointed out that The Last Jedi was "literally just after" the events of The Force Awakens. "Within 48 hours, Rey has had a force-back to her parents and then the very next day is told ‘Your parents were no one and they were junk traders. None of that matters,'" he explained. He said they "thought in a way that would be too easy," with the idea of Rey longing for her parents for a long time, he said they felt like "there was something more going on."
"We think of Star Wars as a fairytale," Terrio continued. "Two twins: One is sent off to be a farmer and one is sent off to be a princess. Rey is kind of both." This is because she was a junk trader on Jakku, but she is also "royalty." Terrio says since Rey is a descendant of Emperor Palpatine, "she's essentially a princess of the Dark Side."
Terrio revealed that this idea goes back to "so many stories," giving Moses as an example, who was a commoner and raised as a prince. He says that the concept was "really mythologically strong" to them. Rey inherited such power but chooses to "transform her lineage" and decides that the Jedi are her ancestors. "In fact, you can hear it near the end when you hear all the Jedi voices. One of them says, ‘We are your ancestors now,'" he added.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now showing.