“Skywalker” Scribe Talks More About Rey’s Lineage

Abrams On Unanswered Skywalker Questions

With “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” now in cinemas and the reviews mostly done, talk is now turning towards the spoiler reveals in the film, how they impacted the story and/or quality of the film and what they could mean for the future of the franchise.


Many of the problems people seem to be having with the new film is that it’s rushed, a hodgepodge of ideas both out of left field or deliberately retconning in sometimes jarring ways. Arguably no topic of discussion is going to be more debated than the reveal of Rey’s lineage – that of being the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine.

On the one hand it takes a step towards explaining her ability to master force powers so quickly, on the other it’s not particularly imaginative – and reassures some that yes, everyone in this galaxy left with any force power is related. Speaking with Vanity Fair, director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio discussed why they decided to retcon “The Last Jedi” reveal that Rey was a ‘nobody’:

“One of the themes of the movie is anyone can be anything regardless of where you’re from. I don’t know if it resonates with everyone, but I think a lot of people appreciate the idea of not coming from a place you’re particularly proud of.

Though I completely understand you’re nobody is a devastating thing, to me the more painful, the more shocking thing is the idea that you’re from the worst possible place. The idea that the choices, that there are things more powerful than blood, is more powerful to convey.”

The film also sports the obvious question of when did Palpatine have the time to have a kid, let alone how he was resurrected – the latter’s explanation mostly dismissed via a memorable ‘Revenge of the Sith’ line callback and a bit of speculation from Dominic Monaghan’s character. Terrio says:

The Skywalker-Palpatine family dynasty tragedy, like any great tragedy between two great houses, was deep in the DNA of Star Wars. So we knew that Palpatine had to be a presence in the film in some way. As it turns out there was this gift that George Lucas wrote, it was sitting there, because there was a scene in one of the prequels in which Palpatine says to Anakin Skywalker, ‘The Dark side of the Force awakens many abilities considered to be unnatural’. And it was hanging there as this tease of unnatural abilities that the Sith had. So J.J. and I thought it would be crazy not to pick up that thread.”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is in cinemas now.