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My Original Insane Theory: Rey is a Descendent of Snoke

Back in December of 2015, days after The Force Awakens hit theaters, I wrote an insane theory asking “What if Rey was the daughter of Supreme Leader Snoke?” Now, this theory doesn’t really make any sense because it turns out that Snoke is not human, nor is he alive. But at the time, I liked the theory because for a variety of reasons:

  • It featured the kid of symmetry that we have seen in Star Wars before, the Yin and Yang. Our villain (Kylo Ren) is the Skywalker-blooded son of one of our heroes (Han Solo and General Leia), so why not have our new hero (Rey) be the offspring of one of our new villains?
  • Kylo is the bad guy trying to resist the pull of the light side, and Rey is the good guy trying to resist the pull of the dark side.

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The canonized Force Awakens novel and screenplay revealed that Rey is having a struggle with the dark side in the infamous snow battle sequence on Starkiller base. While these moments aren’t played too strongly in the film itself, if you know about the intention behind the scene, you can definitely see the anger and dark side in Daisy Ridley’s performance. The audiobook version even has Rey hearing a voice in her head that sounds something like the Emperor or Snoke, trying to pull her to the dark side. And Last Jedi shows us Rey’s pull to the dark hole on Ach-to, and her being pulled to join Kylo.

In my original Snoke theory, I theorized that maybe Johnson would mirror The Empire Strikes Back in the way that Abrams echoed A New Hope in Force Awakens, that maybe Episode 8 could end with a twist on the legendary “I am your father” moment, but with Snoke and Rey. Of course, that never happened.

To be perfectly honest, I’m right more than I’m wrong, but like many internet theories, I was dead wrong with this Snoke stuff. And this whole new article of speculation could be as equally incorrect. I want to acknowledge that before we move forward. It’s just fun to indulge in speculation and we have a lot of time to kill before The Rise of Skywalker arrives.

And with that set-up, I present to you my latest crazy theory…

My New Insane Theory: Rey is a Palpatine

Maybe my old insane theory was only incorrect in the person specifically named. What if Rey was actually somehow related to Palpatine? This isn’t the first time we’re suggested this possibility, but when we talked about it previously, it was under the assumption that she could somehow be Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter. The logistics of that seem too impossible and implausible to explain, but the in-canon comic books might offer us a better possible theory.

In the comics, it is “suggested” that Palpatine might have manipulated the Force to impregnate Vader’s mother Shmi Skywalker, technically making him Vader’s father. To be honest, it’s just one panel of a comic book and it’s very ambiguous and left up to interpretation. But it’s not the first mention of this possibility. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine tells Anakin that a Sith Lord “could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life.” In an earlier draft of that script, Palpatine told Anakin that he “used the power of the Force to will the midichlorians to start the cell divisions” that conceived him.

So if Palpatine could have used the force to create Anakin (and thus the entire Skywalker bloodline), maybe he used it to somehow create Rey? The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teases that Palpatine will return in this movie, and the filmmakers have confirmed that much. What if he is returning not just to be a greater evil, but also the reason for everything in this entire nine episode arc.

Let’s go over some more circumstantial evidence.

Many Star Wars fans have noted that Rey’s lightsaber fighting style is similar to that of Palpatine and very different than that of other notable Jedi like Luke and Obi-Wan.

The name Rey is a girl’s name of Spanish origin meaning “king,” which many people initially theorized meant could be an indication that she was the daughter of a princess, like Leia Organa. But it would be very fitting for the creation of an Emperor. Remember, names in Star Wars have always had some symbolism. Luke Skywalker is a combination of biblical and obvious. Han Solo is is a loner. Darth Vader means “dark father.” Even Kylo Ren’s name is a bit of a spoiler, as it’s the beginning of Skywalker and end of Solo, his two parents. So yeah, it might be easy to write off the symbolism of the name here, but it’s something ingrained in the history of this franchise. Of course, maybe Abrams was just being completely literal and Rey is a ray of hope or the force awakening in this galaxy.

At Star Wars Celebration, someone asked Daisy Ridley if we’ll see her use any new force powers in The Rise of Skywalker, and she deflected, saying that Abrams would have to answer for her – which to me signals she does, because if she didn’t she could have easily said no. So will we end up seeing Rey shoot lightning from her hands in Episode 9?

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But Would That Make Rey a Skywalker?

But here’s the interesting thing: if Rey were a Palpatine, then she’d still be the daughter of no one special. I know a lot of people don’t want her to be someone of lineage, but keep in mind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final film of the Skywalker saga. Luke Skywalker is dead, Leia is played by an actress who is no longer with us and is probably used only in tiny bits in this film, and Kylo Ren seems to be the last remaining Skywalker-blooded person alive in this galaxy.

Abrams has been talking about how this movie will not only end the arc of this new trilogy but end the arc of the nine films as a whole. How do you end that Skywalker story without redeeming Kylo? Again, this isn’t an argument to make Rey a Skywalker, but purely thinking about this film on a storytelling level, looking at the whole nine film arc as a whole. How do you complete that Skywalker journey in The Rise of Skywalker?  I’m not sure I know the answer to that question but I think the title The Rise of Skywalker is telling. I think regardless of what we learn about Rey’s heritage in Episode 9, she will end up adopting the Skywalker name.

If Rey Wasn’t Created By Palpatine, What Does This Mean for the Story?

On a pure storytelling level, it probably means that the Emperor is there so that Kylo can redeem himself in the end, just like Darth Vader did in the original trilogy. To me, that sounds too, well, same-y. But maybe it could be different, because instead it would be Rey teaming up with Kylo to take Palpatine down? Or maybe they could play more with the Yin and Yang theme that has been underlaid across this sequel trilogy – maybe Palpatine is able to actually turn Rey to the dark side, something Vader was never able to do. Kylo’s redemption could come from a total 180-degree change in the dynamics, which could be more interesting.

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