Star Wars: The Last Jedi novelization reveals a significant bond between Rey and Anakin Skywalker


The novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi reveals an essential connection between Anakin Skywalker and Rey.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes it no secret that Kylo Ren believes himself to be of great importance.; a chosen one of sorts.

After defeating Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren reveals to Rey that she’s nothing, nothing of significance; unlike him. Kylo is the lead of the “story,” and Rey is nobody — if you ask him.

As early as The Force Awakens, his sense of entitlement manifests when he discovers that Rey and Finn have the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker — his grandfather.

What if I told you that Kylo Ren has it all wrong and that Rey is actually the one of importance — even more so than even the Master of the Knights of Ren?

Rey shares an essential connection with the chosen one, Anakin Skywalker himself. For those of you holding out hope of a Rey Skywalker reveal, sorry to burst your bubble — with this bond more important than even the Skywalker bloodline.

Understanding how the Force works is complicated, but The Last Jedi novelization breaks down the two key aspects of the Force.

  1. The Living Force
  2. The Cosmic Force

The Living Force is the “energy of life.” The here and now. Qui-Gon Jinn talks of its importance in The Phantom Menace, encouraging his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to embrace the moment. Obi-Wan’s awareness of the Living Force provides him with the means to defeat Darth Maul — even without the high ground.

The Cosmic Force, on the other hand, is much more complicated. It’s the “will of the universe,” and it’s the aspect of the mystical energy field that maintains the balance of the Force. Both Luke Skywalker and Snoke are aware of such truth:

Luke: “Powerful light, powerful fark.”

Snoke: “Darkness rises, with light to meet it.” 

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The Supreme Leader, may he rest in peace, discusses this even further during the throne room scene in The Last Jedi. While taunting Rey, he expresses that he believes Luke would be the one the Cosmic Force chooses to meet the darkness rising in Kylo Ren — that his equal in the Light would rise in him. Skywalker he assumed, wrongly — with the Cosmic Force manifesting in Rey instead.

That same Cosmic Force created Anakin Skywalker with a Virgin Mary-like immaculate conception, of sorts — to bring balance to the Force. The Cosmic Force emerges in Rey, to bring balance to the Force as it did in Anakin Skywalker — only under different circumstances.

Luke’s understanding of this aspect of the Force is the very reason he goes into exile. He knows if he trains another generation of Jedi, which the Cosmic Force will continue to balance the Force in a recycling fashion.

It’s possible that Rey and Kylo Ren might be both something truly special. Both chosen to maintain the balance. The question is, will both accept this destiny and find a way to work together? Or, will they be set on destroying one another?

We do know that both share a unique bond with the famous Anakin Skywalker and we cannot wait to see it play out even further in Episode IX. 

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That story is left for J.J. Abrams to tell, and we have faith he’ll do so brilliantly — if he embraces his old, creative-self.

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