Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened to mixed reviews, with some questioning some of the story choices made by director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio. One of the most controversial developments was Rey choosing to take up the Skywalker name in the film’s closing moments. Now, one Star Wars author is sharing her thoughts on Rey’s decision.
Rae Carson, who was tasked with writing the novelization for The Rise of Skywalker, recently chatted with StarWars.com, during which she discussed the film’s final scene. Although she acknowledges that it was controversial for many viewers, she was pleased with the decision. Aside from believing that it made sense for Rey as a character, the plot point was also significant to her for personal reasons:
Rey’s parentage was a much-speculated aspect of Star Wars’ sequel trilogy, and some were disappointed when 2017’s The Last Jedi declared that Rey’s parents were essentially no one.
However, J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio flipped the switch once again by explaining that Rey’s grandfather was none other than Emperor Palpatine and that her parents became nobodies in order to hide from the resurrected Sith lord.
In the end, it appears that Rey, having defeated her grandfather once and for all, is looking to finaly put the Palpatine name to rest. This leads her to take the Skywalker moniker in memory of the late Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa.
One could argue that having Rey take on an established surname contradicts her journey, which involved her forging her own distinct identity. Nevertheless, Rae Carson makes a good point in that having a Palpatine turn away from her legacy and adopt the Skywalker name delivers the ultimate triumph to the Skywalker family.
With the Skywalker Saga now complete, we can assume the family will no longer be prominently featured on the big screen. Fans can, however, still check out all nine films including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is now available on Digital HD and will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on March 31.
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