Most people had two questions going into The Last Jedi: “Who is Snoke?” and “Who are Rey’s parents”. The answer the movie provided was “nobody” – for both questions.
Whether that changes in the future or not (this is the franchise told from “a certain point of view”) remains to be seen. But it will definitely change one character’s journey. Rey’s journey had always been fueled by her parents, and now her desire to know has been fulfilled. So what is next for Rey?
Daisy Ridley addressed that on a Facebook Live video, when asked if Rey’s longing for answers could be considered a weakness.
“I do not think that is a weakness. Great question, but I don’t think that is a weakness. I think longing for something, there’s usually a reason you’re longing for it. Even though she’s very hopeful about moving forward, there’s clearly some stuff that she needs to put to bed and that is all going to help her, moving forward. So I don’t think that’s a weakness. I think it’s a wonderful…again, sort of adds to the brilliant hopefulness that, what may have happened wasn’t so bad. Like, that she wasn’t just left there by these awful people. And, also, it leads her on this amazing journey. That’s part of the whole thing. She wouldn’t have gone. I think she wouldn’t have stayed if she didn’t really want that. She wouldn’t have had the moment with Luke and all of the other amazing stuff that happened.”
One of the greatest things about Rey is her faith in humanity, and her desire to want to find a place for herself in the universe. It started as a need to stay on Jakku, in order to be found. Then it evolved into a need to actively search for answers.
People – who never had a problem with Luke essentially having the exact same traits – have called Rey a “Mary Sue.” Ridley brilliantly combats that title:
“You can’t decide what’s good and what’s bad in a person because everything makes the whole and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
I know that sentence won’t change anybody’s minds, but it is a nice approach for her to have about the whole thing.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops digitally tomorrow, where we all can study the mysteries surrounding Rey over and over.