Kylo Ren and Rey’s Force connection truly took shape in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The characters battled each other, pushed the boundaries of their Force bond, all while Rey worked to stave off Kylo and Snoke’s manipulation. The big shocker, however, came when Kylo revealed he knew something about Rey’s parents that she didn’t. Extrapolating from recent leaks, a new fan theory suggests one particular line of dialogue from The Last Jedi offers a major clue about Rey’s lineage, and may hint at how The Rise of Skywalker will explore her her Dark side inclinations .
Warning! Possible spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
When the penultimate Episode IX trailer debuted at D23, all fans could talk about was the appearance of the mysterious “Dark Rey” and her red lightsaber. Not long after that, a leak from Making Star Wars editor Jason Ward hinted that good old Sheev Palpatine himself was Rey’s grandfather. If that’s true, The Rise of Skywalker may have found a clever way around the idea that Rey’s parents were nothing but “filthy junk traders”, but it still didn’t explain her potential turn to the Dark side.
Over on Reddit, user thebrywalker theorized that Kylo may have known all along that Rey would turn to the Dark side because he knew exactly who her grandfather was. Here’s what Kylo says to Rey in The Last Jedi that hints at this possibility:
“I saw something too. I know that when the time comes, you’ll be the one to turn. You’ll stand with me, Rey. I saw who your parents are.”
Honestly, how Kylo knows any of these things is unclear, but perhaps he’s somehow seen the future and that’s why he’s so adamant to have Rey join him. Was Supreme Leader Snoke truly responsible for linking Rey and Kylo’s minds, as he claimed just before meeting his brutal end in The Last Jedi? Or has Palpatine been pulling the strings all along? If the MSW leaks prove true, and Palps wants to bring Rey and Kylo together to use their Force energy to regenerate himself, it’s possible he’s been reaching out to Kylo somehow, granting Leia’s son insights he could use to drive Rey to the point of no return.
Of course, Kylo may have made the comment about Rey’s parents to strike a nerve, or because Snoke planted a false idea in his mind. Perhaps if he pushed her far enough, he could convince her to join him on the Dark side, eliminate the last vestiges of Jedi power, and stick it to Uncle Luke one last time. Still, this brief exchange from The Last Jedi seems to hint Kylo knew exactly what would happen in The Rise of Skywalker and may have been trying to prepare Rey for her transformation all along.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20.