One of the biggest mysteries coming out of The Force Awakens was the topic around Rey’s parents. Some thought she was a Kenobi, others believed she may be a secret child of Han and Leia, the most common belief was that she was Luke’s daughter, and then some Star Wars theorists were concocting outrageous theories that she was a clone from Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand.
Then The Last Jedi came out and all of those theories were ultimately squashed as she discovered, through Kylo Ren, that her parents were apparent Jakku drunks whose skeletons were slowly being buried beneath the sands of Jakku. And while that seemed like the most unlikely scenario for Rey it was a smart decision on Rian Johnson’s part because it was an answer we definitely weren’t expecting and it erased the idea that you have to be someone special to be a destined Jedi in the story of Star Wars. But here’s the thing.
A lot of people think that Kylo Ren was lying about her parents to manipulate her to join him in his quest for supposed “peace” in the galaxy. Now I think he was telling the truth that her parents were dead (because even Maz Kanata said the same thing to Rey in The Force Awakens) but I don’t think he was telling the complete truth about who her parents were because of one simple reason…her vision in The Force Awakens.
In the vision she obtained during her temporary visit to Takodana we see her as a little girl screaming for her parents to come back. This is where Kylo’s explanation about her parents and who they were messes up. This is the actual conversation between Kylo and Rey about her parents in The Last Jedi.
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 Ren: “They were filthy junk traders who sold you off for drinking money. They’re dead in a pauper’s grave in the Jakku Desert.” (RED ALERT! RED ALERT!)
When he tells her they’re back in Jakku as simple skeletons in the middle of the desert that directly clashes with her vision which shows, supposedly, her parents flying away in a ship. So that means they’re not buried in a pauper’s grave in the Jakku desert and therefore that means he was lying. Maybe he was even lying about them selling her off for drinking money. The only thing I can actually believe from him is that they are dead.
But if her parents aren’t nobodies like he claimed then who were they? The question still hasn’t decisively been answered has it? Unless Kylo Ren was telling the truth and Rian Johnson just wrote up an answer to the whole “Rey Parents” situation without realizing that we see, in her vision, her parents flying away in a ship which would therefore reveal yet another continuation mistake on his part. (Remember the Poe and Rey introduction at the end of The Last Jedi. They had already introduced themselves in the novelization for The Force Awakens.)
Whatever the case this is an interesting point I discovered last night while watching The Force Awakens and so I had to share it with you. I thank you for reading my theory and I hope this topic will be finally resolved in Episode IX. Have a beautiful day and May the force be with you.