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The director of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ explains how he decided the identity of Rey’s parents

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

With ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ already on the charts, some of the great questions raised by ‘The Awakening of Force‘ have been answered. One of the mysteries that has kept fans very entertained since Christmas 2015 is the identity of Rey’s parents , the young heroine embodied by Daisy Ridley, and finally we know who they are.

We have already talked about the meaning of that revelation, but now we can read what Rian Johnson, scriptwriter and director of Episode VIII has to say . If you have not seen the movie yet, do not keep reading because we enter the field of SPOILERS

Rian Johnson during the filming

In one of the most tense scenes of ‘The Last Jedi’, Ben, aka Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), solves the enigma of King’s parents. Finally, she does not descend from any great Jedi, she is the daughter of two citizens either already buried, who sold her as a slave to get some money. It’s an unexpected twist that temporarily destabilizes Rey, but not so much to follow in the footsteps of the villain, who tries to convince her that together they can dominate the galaxy (exactly what Darth Vader tried with Luke Skywalker).

The answer has surprised everyone, and many fans are reluctant to believe it is true, thinking that Kylo Ren lied to achieve his goal . In a talk with EW, Rian Johnson again confirmed that he had complete freedom to write the script and that what is said in the scene of Rey’s parents is true, although he admits that Episode IX being prepared by JJ Abrams could change it :

“I do not think [Kylo Ren] is lying at that moment: he’s telling him what he saw and I think Rey seems to believe it’s true.” For me, I wrote it as a sincere revelation and as a sincere reaction, instead of a movement in a chess game.

Now, as we know in these films, the whole idea of ​​the point of view comes into play and I am not involved in writing the next movie. JJ [Abrams] and Chris [Terrio] are writing it, so I want to make it clear that I’m not sure how it’s going to end. For me, the important thing is that it was an emotionally honest revelation, so I’m sorry. I do not know, I believed it. ”

Kylo Ren

Johnson also wanted to clarify how he made the decision and why he thought the best idea to solve the issue of King’s parents was to downplay them, not give a relevant identity in the universe of the saga:

“I was thinking: what is the most powerful answer to that question? Powerful in the sense of: what is the hardest thing that King could hear? That is what you are looking for when challenging your characters.

The easiest thing for Rey and the audience would be to hear: ‘Oh, yes, you are the daughter of such and such.’ That would have been a dream come true and I would instantly have a place in this story served on a silver platter … The hardest thing for her is that she will not get an easy answer. Not only that, Kylo is going to use the fact that he does not have that answer to try to weaken it and have to lean on it. ”

It makes sense, and it’s appreciated that Johnson wanted to explain it. There is a lot of talk about the anger of an important part of the fans (right now the film only has a 56% approval in RottenTomatoes ) but I think that over time many of them will see that there is no reason for so much indignation: Johnson has written the movie that he wanted and is consistent with the direction he wanted to take. Another question is what everyone would like to have seen, or what each one thinks was the best way to solve the mystery, but his decision fits with the story he has decided to narrate.

Of course, as he himself recognizes, Abrams can now come and change King’s past. What do you think, do you think that Episode IX should alter what Episode VIII told us?


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