Rey's parents / Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

One of the big questions we had going into Star Wars: The Force Awakens was who, exactly, Rey could be related to… and one of the big questions we had coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still who, exactly, Rey could be related to. Although the character makes reference to a family that left her behind on Jakku, she doesn’t say who her parents are, and the film doesn’t spend much time dwelling on that aspect of her past.

Naturally, in the absence of confirmed info, tons of theories have sprung up. Fans have wondered if Rey could secretly be a Skywalker, a Kenobi, a Solo, a Palpatine, an Erso, or some combination of the above. But Rey herself, Daisy Ridley, apparently thought the answer was hiding in plain sight. The actress said she thought “a lot was answered in The Force Awakens,” and that it wasn’t until later that she realized fans were still in the dark about Rey’s heritage. 

Ridley has promised in the past that Episode VIII would finally, at long last, reveal the truth about Rey’s parents. However, she admitted in a recent interview with Time Out London, she originally assumed the answer had been revealed in The Force Awakens.

I thought a lot was answered in ‘The Force Awakens’. Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!

Now that she knows we don’t know, however, she is determined to keep her lips sealed. At least until Episode VIII comes out next year.

I think curiosity is a wonderful thing. And I do find it quite funny that people keep asking about it. Just yesterday a guy asked to take a picture with me and went, “Is Luke your dad?” And I was like, “Chill out, you’ll see!”

Okay, let’s think this through. The fact that Ridley figured fans would figure out Rey’s parentage in The Force Awakens seems to suggest she’s related to a character we saw, or at least heard about, in that movie. That points to some of the more obvious suspects, like Leia, Luke, or Han. It seems unlikely she’s the child of Leia, given that Leia greets Rey like a stranger in the movie. That suggests she’s probably not Han Solo’s daughter, either, unless we’re to believe he had a kid he didn’t know about with another woman. Luke seems like the best possibility of the three, especially given that the film ends with the two of them together. But when and how would that have happened?

Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer to unlock the mystery, since Episode VIII is out next year. But, Ridley warns, the solution to that particular puzzle could be just the beginning. “I’d love to see the look on people’s faces,” she said. “But with answers come more questions, and there’s definitely going to be enough to keep people going for another two years!”

Star Wars: Episode VIII is in theaters December 15, 2017. In the meantime, you can check out Rogue One on December 16, even though Ridley has insisted Jyn Erso most definitely is not her mother.

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