The Force Awakens: Is Rey Emperor Palpatine’s Granddaughter?


Another day, another Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Rey’s lineage theory. However, after you’ve heard the evidence for this particular theory explained, you may actually begin to believe…

The multitude of theories regarding the parentage/lineage of Rey — played by Daisy Ridley — from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are varied and vast. Just try and spend even five-minutes on Reddit boards like Star Wars Speculation, or Star Wars Leaks, or even the main Reddit Star Wars page, and you’ll be overloaded with a ridiculous amount of data and information.

To wit, a new Rey theory is beginning to set the internet ablaze: Rey is the granddaughter of Emperor Sheev Palpatine, the Dark Lord of the Sith himself — Darth Sidious. YouTuber Vincent Vendetta has taken all the evidence and broken it down in an extremely well-made, and highly convincing video…check it out:

What stands out to me, is the identical fighting style of both Rey and Palpatine, which is something Vendetta shows in great detail. Noting that these two characters are the only two in the entire Star Wars cinematic universe that use that style, makes this theory nearly completely believable, from the start.

Then there’s the anger aspect of Rey’s story. Yoda may have said it best, but in this instance, you can see Palpatine’s influence.

Vendetta points to Rey’s interaction, early on in The Force Awakens, with Teedo on Jakku, and then to her shooting and killing the First Order Stormtroopers on Takodana. I actually found her reaction to killing the troopers, with the blaster, to be more compelling than her interaction with Teedo.

However, what really brings it home for me, is the way Rey seems to enjoy taunting Kylo Ren with his fear of not living up to Darth Vader. There’s also the pull to the Dark Side that Rey feels, when she duels Kylo Ren.

Photo Art Credit: Vincent Vendetta, YouTube

As many “Rey is Luke’s daughter” fans point out, the Skywalker familial lightsaber called to Rey, while she was in Maz Kanata’s castle, and she does seem to see more of Luke in her Force Vision, than anything else…and these are excellent points to directly contradict the Rey Palpatine theory.

Finally, Vendetta notes a passage from The Force Awakens canon novel which describes the moment when Rey strikes down Kylo Ren,and how a voice speaks to her, telling her to kill him.

Photo Art Credit: Vincent Vendetta, YouTube

There’s much more evidence compiled by Vendetta in the video, and I highly suggest you watch the whole thing, because in my opinion, this is the absolute very best explanation and dissection of a Rey theory, to date.

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We want to hear from you: What do you think of this theory? Is it compelling enough to sway your opinion? Or, is it just another silly attempt to connect invisible dots, to Rey’s lineage in The Force Awakens? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.