It’s now been over nine months since Star War: The Force Awakens was released in cinemas, and we were introduced to a bevy of new characters, including Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, John Boyega’s Finn, Oscar Issac’s Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata, and Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
Of course, this is just the beginning of their adventures, as each character is set to feature in Star Wars: Episode 8 and Star Wars: Episode 9, and fans are already speculating over what they’ll be up to in these adventures. Some fans have even been perusing Star Wars: The Force Awakens over and over again in their pursuit for extra clues. This has now led one writer over at Uproxx to come up with a rather ingenious theory as to why Rey was so proficient with the skills of being a Jedi.
Rey’s rather exemplary Jedi skills in The Force Awakens have been a bone of contention for many Star Wars fans over the last few months. This is mainly because, while Luke Skywalker had only just begun “to trust himself and the Force, and he'[d] only swung a lightsaber against a training droid” by the end of A New Hope, in The Force Awakens, Rey is already rather sensational with her skills as a Jedi.
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Not only is it shown that she can control the mind of a Stormtrooper and even convince him to free her, but she goes toe-to-toe with Kylo Ren and even comes close to beating him during their fight sequence.
Meanwhile, even by the end of Empire Strikes Back, after Luke Skywalker has traveled all the way to the Dagobah system to train alongside the great Jedi teacher Yoda, he still gets beaten by Darth Vader during their fight, which even leads to him losing his hand.
But the reason why it’s now being speculated that Rey could turn out to be the villain in Star Wars is actually all down to a single line from Yoda. During the series, the diminutive creature insisted that even though the Light Side of the Force is actually stronger, the likes of Anakin Skywalker and Ben Solo were attracted to the Dark Side because it is “quicker, easier, more seductive.”
It’s also noted that while Rey hasn’t had any training as a Jedi her ability comes from copying Kylo Ren, who is very much in sync with the Dark Side, what with killing his father and everything. Plus, as the Uproxx piece notes, “she gives into her rage and anger throughout the film, having never been told that these are Dark Side traits.”
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Of course, at the moment, this is all purely speculation. But it also helps to explain quite a lot, too, and if it does turn out to be true, then it could prove to be just as revelatory as the revelation in The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader was actually the father of Luke Skywalker. However, that will only be the case if it’s handled in a dramatic and startling fashion.
We’ll gather further clues when Star Wars: Episode 8 is finally released on December 15, 2017, while the final installment of this trilogy will arrive on Star Wars: Episode 9 on May 24, 2019. There’s also every chance that some revelations regarding Rey will be unveiled in Rogue One, which is a prequel to A New Hope and will be with us before the end of the year, as it’s finally released on December 16, 2016.
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