Rey might follow in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, and Ponda Boba by losing a limb in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

What Happened

In an interview with DailyMail.com posted on September 15, author and Star Wars fan Tomas Pueyo predicted what would happen in The Last Jedi in publicity for the upcoming book, The Star Wars Rings – The Hidden Structure Behind the Story. Based Ring Theory — the idea that narrative structures can be consistent across movies, scenes, characters, and trilogies — Pueyo posits that Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) will lose a limb at some point in the film, as it would parallel the trajectories of Luke and Anakin Skywalker.

Limb cutting happens all the time in all the Star Wars movies, but in second movie of each trilogy, limbs are cut from ring characters. For example, at the end of episode 2, Anakin loses his hand to Count Dooku, and at the end of episode 4, Luke loses his forearm to Darth Vader. It’s a pattern now, so it’s possible Rey will lose a limb by the end of The Last Jedi.

What It Means

Rey supposedly losing a hand in the next Star Wars film would add more fuel to the rumor that she’s a Skywalker, which Pueyo suggests is totally possible. The author explains that her father could either be Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke, or Han Solo, meaning Rey and Kylo Ren could be twins, like Luke and Leia, which would be a surprise that aligns with Luke learning that Darth Vader was his father in the second film of the original trilogy, Empire Strikes Back.

Pueyo doesn’t stop there, however. Luke could be tempted by the Dark side in The Last Jedi, as he’s shown in red, the traditional color of the Dark Side on one of the film’s posters. Rey will come to an inflection point in The Last Jedi, because that’s what happens to Anakin after his mom dies in episode 2 and Luke has a vision of his own face in the Darth Vader helmet in episode 5. And more.

Teaser poster for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.
Suspicious, or just plain cool?

What’s Next

This is all wild speculation at this point, with some of Pueyo’s predictions not being as compelling (or unexpected) as others, but it’s at the very least interesting to think that the plot of The Last Jedi might be so easy to foresee. If The Last Jedi does deviate from Pueyo’s predictions, though, it would be a clear sign that we’re truly in uncharted territory with this new trilogy, a departure from the familiar narrative elements of The Force Awakens.


The Star Wars Rings – The Hidden Structure Behind the Story will be released on Tuesday, September 19. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open on December 15.