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'Star Wars' Confirms Rey's Choices, And Not Her Lineage, Define Her

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'Star Wars' Confirms Rey's Choices, And Not Her Lineage, Define Her

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker was notorious for some of the creative choices that it presented. Chief among them was the idea of Rey Palpatine. When The Force Awakens came out, people started formulating theories about Rey's parentage. There were different ideas over the course of the sequel trilogy regarding Rey's lineage. Recently, Daisy Ridley revealed that the idea of Rey being a Kenobi was once on the table.

After The Force Awakens came The Last Jedi, which suggested that Rey's parents were nobody. For some, this felt like a brilliant idea, showing that just about anyone can be a hero without being related to anyone of importance. It was empowering. It was comparable to the idea that anyone can be like Batman or anyone can be like Spider-Man.

But of course, The Rise of Skywalker went ahead and showed that Rey's lineage was, indeed, a notable one. Apparently, the darkness that she felt within herself from time to time was explained by the fact that she was a Palpatine. This did not sit well with many fans. However, there are some who do like this idea and feel that it makes sense of previous things that happened in the trilogy. To some, it may be empowering to see a hero who, despite being related to someone terrible, can be their own person. It's just that the Rey Palpatine idea was not set up well enough. It feels shoehorned into the final chapter. Had Rey been revealed to be a Palpatine at the end of The Force Awakens, fans would have gotten used to the idea and not spent two years after The Last Jedi basking in the brilliance of the Rey Nobody idea.

Despite the added bit of information regarding Rey's lineage, The Rise of Skywalker does, however, show that Rey chooses to go toward the light rather than embrace her heritage.

A Twitter user known as @ZenSkywalker shared the following tweet on October 9:

"Jedi master Rey Skywalker helping to restore peace. Rey‘s choices define who she is and not her lineage. Exactly, Star Wars, exactly."

This is in reference to a section from the new book simply titled The Star Wars Book. The section is titled "Finding Her Identity." Here is the passage that is pointed out:

"On Tatooine, Rey buries Luke and Leia's lightsabers and takes on the moniker Skywalker. Her choice, and not her lineage, defines who she is, bringing her peace and purpose."

Despite how Rey got to where she is, it is evident that her choices are what define her, and that is still an empowering message for Star Wars to present. It should also be noted that her status, according to the book, is that she is a Jedi Master seeking to restore peace. It never occurred to me that she might be a Jedi Master at the end of The Rise of Skywalker. But in any case, the choices that she makes are what define who she is.

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