"Who Is Rey?" Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Writer On Answering This Question And More

Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio talks Rey and Force.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final movie in the saga that kicked off the with the original Star Wars movie in 1977, and it's set to hit theaters in December. It follows 2017's The Last Jedi, which left fans with a variety of unanswered questions. Now co-writer Chris Terrio has spoken about two of the questions that he says will new movie will address.

In a new interview with Empire, Terrio explained that Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, will be at the center of the first. There had been much speculation about the identity of her parents in the build-up to The Last Jedi, and that film's reveal that they were not special or notable disappointed many fans. While he doesn't give away anything specific, Terrio does hint that there might be more to her backstory than we have learnt so far.

"One of them is a simple [question]: 'Who is Rey?'," he says. "Which is a question that people not only wonder about quite literally, but wonder about in the spiritual sense. How can Rey become the spiritual heir to the Jedi? We kept coming back to 'Who is Rey?', and how can we give the most satisfying answer to that not only factually--because obviously people are interested in whether there's more to be learned of Rey's story--but more importantly who is she as a character? How will she find the courage and will and inner strength and power to carry on what she's inherited?"

According to Terrio, the other issue that The Rise of Skywalker will deal with is the Force itself. "The second one is, 'How strong is the Force?'," he revealed. "It sounds a little simple, but actually when you get down to it, that is a sort of Zen Koan that we would really meditate on--not literally in yoga poses or anything, but like we would discuss, 'What is the Force and how strong is the Force?' Those two things were really important."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by JJ Abrams, who previously helmed 2015's The Force Awakens. It also stars Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Mark Hamill as Luke, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando. Some new images from the movie were released this week, and you can watch the latest trailer here. It hits theaters on December 20.

The Rise of Skywalker isn't the only highly-anticipated Star Wars release due in the next couple of months. In November, the first ever live-action Star Wars show The Mandalorian will hit the streaming platform Disney+. The first episode of the show will be available on November 12, which is the day the service launches. Watch the first Mandalorian trailer here, and check out everything we know about every upcoming Star Wars movie and TV show.

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I got two things from this interview:

1. Rey's backstory was not satisfying enough and they're retconning it.

2. They're going to be much more sensitive to force powers, the nature of the force, and who can do what. My guess is no more nonsensical force power demonstrations from characters with absolutely no training (i.e. Leia and Rey to a certain extent).

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It's the involvement of Palpatine (and the DSII remnants) that makes me scratch my head.

Why would they seek the remnants of the DSII? They don't just stumble upon it by accident and go "oh wow look guys!". That's probably because Rey is 'lured' there or finds out something is going on there without necessarily knowing what it is exactly. Of course, it's related to the Force, and probably unknown to her, Palpatine (or even worse, she might know it well but still goes anyway). I can even already picture a convo between Rey and anyone else in the team questioning her as to why they're "there now, and what are we here for?"; and her just replying something along the lines of "I don't know what we'll find but the Force leads me to this place".

I'm saying this because the only reason as to why Rey would specifically search for the DSII, find it, and go there is because Palpatine manipulated a series of events or -- at the very least -- 'contacted / manipulated' Rey via the Force (while of course hiding his true identity) to lead her there in the hopes to do one of two possible things from what I can imagine:

1) Palpatine's Dark Side "Force Spirit" merely wants to possess a new body; and if successful would cast aside Rey's consciousness. It may be what ultimately happens if "Dark Rey" does not turn out to just be a bad nightmare she's having at some point. But if that's the case and Rey gets possessed by Palpatine then if she turns out to be a Skywalker it means that Kylo will be the one confronting Palpatine in his new body (Rey), probably getting killed in the process but somehow managing to expel Palpatine from Rey, saving Rey and sort of "redeeming" himself to some extent as well. That might be pretty bad but then again let's not forget that this is Disney's Star Wars… so, yeah.

2) Palpatine actually manipulates both Rey and Kylo, knowing that they'll confront each other; and the winner becomes the 'chosen' next body for Palpatine to possess. The thing is there's still the Rule of Two with Palpatine. So whichever one of them he ends up possessing, the other would probably become the Sith Apprentice of the possessed body. I do assume that Rey has more untapped potential than Kylo, but Kylo is already 'enraged' and easily manipulated. It's still unclear since we did see Dark Rey in the trailer but there might also be some kind of a "Darker" Kylo version if they're just visions of a potential future that they're both having nightmares about but separately, and they both ends up searching for the "Source" of those nightmares and visions of a Dark future they're having; and they both end up lured at the same place and have no choice but to fight each others.

The main point being: ultimately, if they bothered including Palpatine in ANY way, shape or form in Episode 9, then I don't think it's only there for some quick flashback scenes or for some conversation with his spirit with little consequences involved (and if they actually do that stuff with little to no consequences, they're idiots). You don't just go around including such a force as Darth Sidious, one of the most powerful Sith to have ever lived, only to end up have having either Rey or Kylo (or both) standing there being lectured in some way by him and then nothing out of their encounter with him happens. There has to be something far more sinister at play.

I'd say that both Rey and Kylo are at risk of being "controlled" by Palpatine in the end, and that Palpatine probably orchestrated most of their encounters in order to determine which one of them should be the next one he'll at least attempt to possess in order to 'return' to the physical plane. Heck, I'd even consider that Snoke might have been manipulated as well. But if Palpatine's role in the movie is negligible and something more linear and predictable happens then it's just going to turn out to be just another Last Jedi and this new trilogy truly would then become one of the most tragic thing to happen in the history of cinematography (it's already very close to being just that, but Episode 9 would "complete" this state and carve it into store for the next couple of generations to be laughed at).

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No matter the answer, it’s going to be disappointing. You’ve already spent two movies dicking around with the audience’s expectations.

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Bit late to be asking those questions at the 3rd part in a trilogy you morons.

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The problem is who cares? Not being cynical or anti last jedi. Who is Rey is a question that should have been answered in the first film, not the last. Now it's too late. The middle film should give you more insight to the characters and setup up a dilemma that isn't resolved or is part of a bigger problem to resolve in your final act. This film is introducing the problem and a new main villain (yes unless you're just starting on the star wars train you know the villain, but still).The characters still are not settled (The characters in TLJ did a 180 of their character arcs from FA, not totally unbelievable if time had passed but it started minutes after the previous film).

I'm not sure how you add this kind of reveal/master plan in one film and not make it feel rushed? I'm sure JJ will make an adequate film that will make 100s of millions because Star Wars, but in the end it will be looked back as trying to clean up the mess of a rushed series with no direction. I don't blame him or even Rian Johnson, but I'm disappointed that you can have so much expanded universe history to pull from and what we got was a bigger death star and girl jedi and a grumpy hermit Luke.

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I think she turned to the dark side.

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