One of the hottest topics regarding the Star Wars sequel trilogy relates to protagonist Rey’s parentage. Is she a Kenobi, conceived in secret and hidden from the Emperor? Is she a Skywalker, who was hidden away as Kylo Ren slaughtered the Jedi? Maybe she’s just a nobody.
What will we find out in Episode IX?
The sequel trilogy introduced a new protagonist in Rey, a lonely young woman who has no parents or family on the desert planet of Jakku. In some ways, it’s a story that mirrors Luke Skywalker’s.
We all know Luke’s parents were significant. His father, Anakin, was a fallen Jedi who became a ruthless Sith lord.
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The Force Awakens predictably left the question open, because it was only the first of three movies to come. The Last Jedi shockingly slammed the door on all the theories when Kylo Ren told Rey her parents were nobodies.
But was he telling the truth?
It would be too easy to take Ren at his word, but he is still a fallen Jedi who aspires to be as ruthless and powerful as Darth Vader. He was converted and trained by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke.
Could it be possible he was lying?
So we’re left with a few theories. It is possible Ren told the truth and her lineage is not significant at all. She’s not a Skywalker or a Kenobi, or even a Solo. She was given up for pocket change and abandoned on Jakku. Then again, maybe she is a Skywalker or a Kenobi, or even a Solo.
But what if both theories are wrong? What if she has no parents?
Anakin Skywalker’s parentage was subject to it’s own debate with The Phantom Menace. We were introduced to him as a young child with his mother Shmi.
There was no father.
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From there, Qui-Gon Jinn tested Anakin’s blood and found him to have the highest known concentration of midichlorians. Midichlorians are a microscopic lifeform that reside in the cells of all living things. The Force would communicate with an individual through them.
It was theorized Anakin was born of the Force.
In the Legends novel Darth Plagueis, Plageuis had experimented with creating life. The midichlorians sensed the intent of the Sith and responded by creating Anakin Skywalker.
Though being a Legends novel and thus not being canon, there is still basis for the theory.
Chancellor Palpatine told Anakin in Revenge of the Sith about the tragedy of Darth Plageuis the wise. According to the story, Plageuis had the power to create life by influencing midichlorians. It was with this knowledge of the Force he could also prevent people from dying.
There is thus at least basis for midichlorians creating life.
J.J. Abrams is also known to be using Episode IX to not only wrap up the Sequel Trilogy, but all nine movies in the Skywalker saga. Although Plagueis has never been seen and barely mentioned, he does have a major part in the Skywalker lineage. It’s quite possible it all does start with him.
Will the ability to create life through the Force be addressed once more?
It’s possible Rey has no real parents. We may find out that Kylo Ren was lying in The Last Jedi in order to break Rey down and take advantage of her vulnerability. Given her obvious Force sensitivity and quick skills with a lightsaber, it’s not an extreme stretch to believe she has a high midichlorian count.
While some Star Wars fans may roll their eyes at the return of the midichlorians, it is still canon and established as the basis of all life. If J.J. Abrams is looking for a curveball to throw moviegoers, here’s the big twist.