Rian Johnson on Rey’s Parentage

Be warned, major spoiler for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below:

The latest Star Wars film has been riddled with different opinions and may the most divisive film in the series. Some of that division comes from many of the story points that director and writer Rian Johnson added to the film. One such story point is that of Rey’s parentage. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter Johnson explained how he came to his decision regarding Rey’s parentage. Check out his comments below:

“It was hinted at in [EpisodeVII when Maz [Lupita Nyong’o] says the answers lay ahead, not behind, but it was something that was obviously still on Rey’s mind and the audience’s mind. It felt like a powerful thing that she was still holding onto this notion of the past defining her. And I guess I was entirely looking at it from a perspective of…what would be the thing that would be the most difficult for her to hear? The easiest thing for her to hear would be, ‘Yes, you are so and so’s daughter.’ Or ‘Yes, here’s where you fit into this. Here’s the answer,'” Johnson pointed out. “The tougher thing to hear is, ‘You’re going to have to stand on your own two feet, you’re going to have to figure out what you’re worth in this world yourself. Your place in this story is not going to be handed to you. You are going to have to find it.’ That to me was the most interesting and toughest thing for Rey.”

While some may find his explanation wanting, I find it to be a sound reason to take the story the direction he did. If you’ve read my review or listened to our latest podcast, you already know how I felt about the film and yet, this description makes me feel even more strongly positive about Rey’s parentage. Verdict is out on how true this is considering that Abrams and co could completely change this in episode IX and make it a misdirect. Even still, I like the direction Johnson took with this particular story point and hope it stands true through the end of the trilogy.

The Star Wars universe is only just beginning to expand and there will be much more to discuss soon with the release of Solo, Episode IX and new trilogy Johnson is writing and directing.

What do you Crunchers think of Rian Johnson’s explanation of Rey’s parentage? Does it cement you in your opinion for or against, slightly sway you or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below!

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