Johnson Talks THAT “Last Jedi” Reveal

The just released “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” includes plenty of revelations, twists and surprises, but there’s one element in particular that’s causing hot debate – the revelation about Rey’s lineage.


Though only a very minor subplot point in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” fans quickly fixated on the unknown figures who abandoned Rey as a child on Jakku with speculation rife regarding who it might be. The most common theories were of her being a relative of one of the other characters.

The new film shatters all that speculation as in a key scene Rey learns the painful truth about her parents as Kylo Ren reveals that she’s known the truth all along – they were nobodies, junkers who probably sold her off.

On the one hand it was a great reveal – defying expectations of an ‘Empire’ repeat with the now well-worn trope of her being a sister/daughter to an existing character. It also ties heavily into the film’s central themes of legacy and moving on from the past, and makes it clear again that strong Force users can be anyone and don’t have to come from the Skywalker bloodline.

On the other it is bound to disappoint some who’ve spent ages considering their own theories, or who find it just not a good reveal and are hoping Kylo’s character is simply lying with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” to reveal the real truth. Johnson has now shared his thoughts on the scene with Bustle and touched upon its honesty and changes Abrams might make:

“I don’t think he [Kylo Ren] is lying in that moment – I think he is like telling what he saw and I think that Rey seems like she believes it in that moment. So for me, I wrote it as an honest revelation and as an honest kind of reaction to it, as opposed to a move in a game of chess.

Now as we know in these movies, you know the whole idea of a certain point of view comes into play and as you know I’m not involved in writing the next movie. J.J. [Abrams] and Chris [Terrio] are writing it so, I want to make it clear I’m not sure how it’s going to get resolved. For me the important part was saying it was an emotionally honest revelation, I feel like it, I don’t know, I believed it.”

Will Abrams change it? One person who knows is Disney CEO Bob Iger who revealed this week that Abrams pitched the story of “Star Wars: Episode IX” to him yesterday (December 15th).

“Star Wars: Episode IX” opens in May 2019.