Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio has once again put his head into the lion’s mouth that is the internet, by opening up about the thought process behind the reveal of Rey’s parentage in the blockbuster.
WARNING: There are SPOILERS ahead for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.
So if you’re still yet to see the final installment to the Skywalker saga then you really shouldn’t read ahead.
The revelation that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is actually the grand-daughter of Emperor Palpatine was met with a divisive reaction by Star Wars fans. Especially since it was completely at odds with Rian Johnson’s declaration in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that there was nothing special about her past.
In the weeks since The Rise Of Skywalker’s release, Terrio has looked to explain the thinking behind this revelation, doing so again during a recent discussion with GQ Magazine, where he was asked about resolving the mystery of Rey’s heritage “after it was seemingly cleared up” in The Last Jedi.
“Well, we weren't convinced that it had been cleared up,” explained Terrio.
“Because there's still this highly troubling vision that Rey had in Episode VII, which is the shop with her parents leaving the planet.”
“Also, the events of The Last Jedi are literally just after the events of Episode VII—within 48 hours, Rey has had a force-back to her parents and then the very next day is told ‘your parents were no one and they were junk traders. None of that matters.’”
“And we thought in a way that would be too easy because of the idea that Rey had been longing for her parents for so many years. We just felt like there was something more going on.”