SALT LAKE CITY — If you haven’t heard, the new trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” dropped on Friday.
And it hints at two major “Star Wars” theories about Rey’s parents (and much, much more).
The character Rey (Daisy Ridley) first appeared in “The Force Awakens,” which was the seventh film in the franchise and the first film in the sequel “Star Wars” trilogy. However, the identity of her parents remained a mystery. It was briefly hinted at in the film that her parents abandoned her and left her on the planet Jakku. This instantly raised questions about who her parents were.
Now, of course, we learned Rey’s parents were, well, nobodies. In “The Last Jedi,” Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) told her that he knew her parents’ true identities.
He said her parents were "filthy junk traders. Sold you off for drinking money. They're dead in a pauper's grave in the Jakku desert. You come from nothing. You're nothing. But not to me."
But could this be a red herring? Could her true parents and lineage be revealed in “The Rise of Skywalker” later this year?
There have always been theories about Rey's parents
The identity of Rey’s parents has been long debated in the “Star Wars” community. Some believed that she was the daughter of Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) since she has similar mannerisms and knowledge to Han.
But others believed her father could be Luke Skywalker or, rather troublingly, Emperor Palpatine.
In the new “Rise of Skywalker” trailer, we hear Luke’s voice, presumably speaking to Rey. And then, right at the end, we hear the cackle of Emperor Palpatine.
And, given the title of the film is “Rise of Skywalker,” this all suggests that two major theories from “The Force Awakens” days might be back in play.
Is Rey actually Luke Skywalker's daughter?
According to SlashFilm, the talk about legacy and emphasis on the rise of the Skywalker name may mean Rey is a Skywalker after all
The title “The Rise of Skywalker” also suggests Rey could be a descendant of the Skywalker clan, according to Forbes, which was also a big theory during the “Force Awakens” days.
“Who else could be the titular Skywalker in the film's title if not the central hero of this trilogy, Rey herself? I can't piece it together any other way,” Eric Kain wrote for Forbes.
He added, “It's possible that, if this is true, JJ Abrams has ‘retconned’ Rian Johnson's plans in The Last Jedi. It's also possible that Johnson and Abrams and the rest of the Star Wars team were faking us out all along.”
Palpatine is coming back. Could Rey be a descendant?
Fans who saw the trailer Friday have already begun speculating about the potential for Rey's parents to be descendants of Palpatine, and that connects to a 2015 theory on the same topic.
The theory posited that Rey was actually a member of the Palpatine family, according to The Huffington Post. For one, her fighting style resembles the one we see of Palpatine in “Revenge of the Sith,” and her name literally means “King,” which would be a connection to an emperor, too.
And, according to The Huffington Post, the idea of her being Palpatine’s daughter or family member fits “Star Wars” tropes.
“At its core, the Star Wars story has always been Palpatine vs. Skywalker. Sure, there are battles and feuds between other characters, there are characters who lose their way and find it again, but it’s always the Skywalkers leading the charge for the Light Side, dealing with both internal and external struggles against the Dark Side, which is led by Palpatine,” according to The Huffington Post.Comment on this story
There are actually a lot more thoughts about this theory that you can read in the Huffington Post article, which definitely makes a compelling case for Rey being a Palpatine.
And since we know that Palpatine will return in “The Rise of Skywalker,” it’s possible that the true identity of her lineage could be with the evil emperor.
Of course, we won’t know the true answer to any of this until “The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters later this year. But the recent trailer seems to make fans believe that maybe — maybe — we haven’t heard the last of the identity of Rey’s parents.