'The Last Jedi' Theories: Will Iden Versio Be Rey’s Mom?
It would be huge for cross-media franchise development, but a pretty insignificant reveal in the grand scheme of things.
Face it: We’re all desperate to find out Rey’s real parentage in The Last Jedi. But what if Star Wars: Battlefront II already hinted at the truth?
Spoilers follow for Star Wars: Battlefront II.
What if Rey’s parents are actually the main characters in Battlefront II, Iden Versio and Del Meeko? It would mean that her parents were heroes that helped destroy the remnants of the Empire after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. It would make her mother one of the most badass fighters and pilots the galaxy has ever seen, and her father a brilliant engineer. It all fits nicely with what we know of Rey’s natural skills.
We’ve discussed this theory at great length previously and would totally love for it to come true because it would be the perfect mid-point between not a big deal and totally a huge deal.
Best of all? Battlefront II’s ending provides a lot of evidence to back it up.
Battlefront II’s story campaign features Iden Versio in the year after the Battle of Endor. She and her comrade, Agent Del Meeko, are key members of the Empire’s elite Inferno Squad. After she realizes that the Emperor’s contingency plan basically means committing acts of terrorism around the galaxy, she defects and joins the Rebellion, working alongside the likes of Lando Calrissian, Leia Organa, and Han Solo. Del Meeko even gets a side mission where he teams up with Luke Skywalker.
The main story ends with the Battle of Jakku. That Star Destroyer Rey scavenges through in The Force Awakens? Iden Versio probably had a hand in sending it crashing into the sand. After the battle, Iden Versio and Del Meeko share a kiss, which starts a romantic relationship that had been gently teased at throughout the game.
Battlefront II’s epilogue picks up decades later, just before The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren interrogates a much-older Del Meeko, looking for information about the “map to Skywalker” and Lor San Tekka — which explains how the First Order knew to look for the old man on Jakku. During the interrogation, we learn that not only did Del Meeko and Iden Versio get married, but they had a child. They had a daughter.
Unfortunately, Del Meeko is presumably killed after Kylo Ren gets the info he needs, and we don’t learn anything more.
What did Iden Versio and Del Meeko did for 30 years? Well, Rey was born almost exactly ten years after the Battle of Jakku and abandoned there 11 years after that.
Could Iden and Del have spent a decade traveling the galaxy before they had a child and then abandoned her another decade later? It stands to reason that the Imperial loyalists — the same ones that went on to form the First Order — might have tried hunting Iden and Del down. Rey might have been safer as a Scavenger, especially if people out there knew she might be Force-sensitive.
Because Del knew Lor San Tekka in some capacity, we might be able to assume that Del had a hand in helping Luke Skywalker embark on his self-imposed exile.
Tell all your friends about I+D=R (Iden Versio + Del Meeko = Rey), and tell them you heard it here first — but only if it turns out to be true.
Back in August, The Last Jedi director said that Rey’s parentage wasn’t really a big deal, and if this theory were true, it would qualify. Iden and Del were comrades and probably friends with Luke, Leia, and Han. If they turned out to be Rey’s real parents, that’s still some pretty cool lineage.
This whole theory is a bit of a long shot, mainly because hiding the answer to one of the Star Wars saga’s greatest mysteries right now in a video game seems really unlikely.
But if it were true, Star Wars fans wouldn’t need to actually play Battlefront II for the context. Because Rey’s lineage won’t matter when she’s training with Luke or when comes face-to-face with Snoke in The Last Jedi.
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