Are Rey’s parents in Star Wars: The Last Jedi important moving forward?
Who are Rey’s parents? One of many lingering questions left after the conclusion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who is she?
Is she a Kenobi? A Skywalker? Both? Or, are Rey’s parent’s someone we haven’t met yet?
I believe the revealing of her origins is done in the canon story from Battlefront II, which I will kindly not reveal those details here, in case you want to go into The Last Jedi 100 percent spoiler-free.
I know many of you are dying to know who she is, but I don’t think it will matter. That’s right, Rey’s parents will be of little importance moving forward in the story arc of the new trilogy.
Blasphemy, I’m sure you’re thinking. But, hear me out. Rey’s parents have to be strong in the force, right? Wrong.
Anakin Skywalker’s parents were really of no importance, the “chosen one”, and the being with the highest midi-chlorian count in the galaxy’s known history.
His midi-chlorians were off the charts, higher than even Master Yoda’s. Yet, he was born of the Force, without a father, and his mother was not Force-sensitive.
Even his son, Luke, his parents were not of much of thought until the end of The Empire Strikes Back. George Lucas created a monster, with family connections then meaning everything to fans ever since.
Well, no more. Rey’s parents likely will be barely mentioned in the movie; then the story will move on. Without them. Maz Kanata tells Rey:
"The belonging you seek is not behind you – it is ahead. Whomever you are waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back but, there’s someone who still could…"
Rey then utters the name “Luke.” It’s pretty clear to me that Rey’s parents are now long gone and one with the Force.
The only connection that Rey’s parents could have to Luke is that he knew them at some point, but, I believe that is as far as Lucasfilm will go in that regard.
Now, it would be cool to bring back the Kenobi and Skywalker rivalry, making Rey a Kenobi.
In The Force Awakens, we even see a similar shot of Rey and Kylo, with shades from Kenobi and Skywalker, from Revenge of the Sith.
Having Rey’s parents connecting to Kenobi would be lazy and just wouldn’t fit Kenobi’s character.
Kenobi did love once, but Satine passed on and I believe his desire to have a romantic relationship died with her.
More importantly, Kenobi’s duty was to protect Luke. Nothing else mattered to him. He would not risk Luke’s safety by getting involved with other interests.
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Speaking of Luke. He had a similar devotion to the Force, as well when he became a Jedi Master.
His only love interests were, at first, his sister, then Nakari in the novel Heir to the Jedi.
After Nakari’s death, and the Skywalker reveal of Leia, the Force was making it clear that Luke’s love needed to be the Force.
Once the Empire was defeated, Luke became married to his work. To the Force and rebuilding the Jedi order.
Luke no doubt had the “ain’t nobody got time” for a relationship outlook. So, Rey’s parents will have no bloodline connection to Luke.
Rey’s parents will be a non-factor for the films, with origins dropping in novels or other content — which I believe has already happened.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres December 15, worldwide, where Rey’s parents will likely be an afterthought and of minimal importance.