Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Young Rey Is Left With Unkar Plutt
Most interesting, the screenplay confirms that is is in fact Simon Pegg‘s character Unkar Plutt who is seen next to young Rey when she is abandoned on Jakku. Many people, including us, thought that looked like his arm, but this makes it official.
The script says, “A little girl. Rey as a child. She is sobbing, hysterical. Unkar Plutt’s meaty hand holds her thin arm. She is on Jakku, watching a starship fly into the sky, abandoning her.” Rey yells, “No, come back!” and Unkar Plutt responds, “Quiet, girl!” as the “ship flies towards the desert sun, which is strangely eclipsed, as if being eaten by darkness.”
This is very interesting, because why was Rey left with Unkar Plutt on Jakku? Earlier in the film her relationship with the alien junk dealer seems to be strictly business. Is it possible that Unkar Plutt got the Millennium Falcon from Han Solo in exchange for watching Rey as a child?
But if that’s the case, why doesn’t Han Solo seem like he knows who she is when he first encounters her? It’s possible that he had a homing beacon on the ship for if it ever took off from Jakku, and only realizes that Rey is his daughter when she mentions her name as they are preparing to enter Maz Kanata’s castle. This is when Han offers her a job on the Falcon.
Then again, Rey says earlier in the film that Unkar Plutt stole the Falcon from “the Irving Boys, who stole it from Ducain.” Apparently in the Journey to the Force Awakens book Smuggler’s Run, Han Solo tells a bunch of bounty hunters to tell Ducain and the Irving boys that he and Chewbacca are not afraid of them, which suggests Ducain and the Irving boys really did steal the Falcon. Meaning the famous ship was not payment from Solo to take care of young Rey.
Kylo Ren Is Horrified By His Actions
The script gives us some internal insight into Kylo Ren after he just killed his father Han Solo. The screenplay notes that “Kylo Ren is somehow WEAKENED by this wicked act,” noting that he is “horrified” and his “SHOCK is broken only when” Chewbacca cries out in agony.
In the official novelization it is revealed that Snoke tells Kylo that Darth Vader’s one weakness was his love for his son Luke Skywalker, and if it were not for that one flaw, the Dark Side would have won.
It’s interesting that killing his father was supposed to make Kylo Ren stronger, but in the end it just made him feel weaker.
Rey Feels the Pull of the Dark Side
During the lightsaber duel at the end of the story, the screenplay gives us some insight into what’s going on inside Rey’s head during the end of this big battle. As Rey slashes Kylo again and again with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, the script says that as Ren goes down, suddenly he is “a fearful man, a large burn scar slashed across his face.”
As he reaches for his saber, the screenplay adds: “And she could kill him — right now, with ONE VICIOUS STRIKE! But she stops. Realizing she stands on a greater edge than even the cliff — the edge of the dark side. The earth SHAKES. The earth splits. A gully forms.” Its interesting that Rey also feels the internal pull of the dark side in this moment.
In the official novelization, Rey actually hears a voice insider her head say “Kill him.” The voice is described as “amorphous, unidentifiable, raw” and “powered by “pure vengeful emotion.” But the audio book seems to reveal it’s the voice of Supreme Leader Snoke.