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Friday, April 15, 2016

JJ Abrams Reveals Major Hint About Rey's Parentage

The question "Who are Rey's parents?" isn't expected to be answered until Star Wars: Episode VIII at the earliest (Daisy Ridley recently denied rumors that Rogue One's Jyn Erso is her mother), but we now have a new and potentially game-changing clue from a somewhat unexpected source: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams. 
Although Abrams is no longer directly involved in the Star Wars saga, and he'll certainly be keeping mum about any insider knowledge he has about Episode VIII, he appeared to seriously narrow down the list of Rey's potential parents while at an audience Q&A and the Tribeca Film Festival today. 
"Rey's parents are not in Episode VII. So I can't possibly in this moment tell you who they are. This is all I will say: it is something Rey thinks about, too."
Assuming that Abrams was being honest and not just intentionally misleading the Star Wars fanbase (or desperate to ward off curious fans), this would suggest that neither Leia and Han nor Luke and another woman are Rey's parents. However, one could interpret his statement as meaning that her parents aren't both in The Force Awakens, meaning that Luke could still be her father and a yet-unknown woman could be her mother. 
Either way, this doesn't necessarily invalidate every previous theory about Rey's parentage. Abrams could easily not count Obi-Wan Kenobi's Force ghost-y cameo (during Rey's vision) as being truly "in" the film, in which case if Obi-Wan were her father, the director's statement could still be deemed accurate. 

It should be noted that after the Q&A, EW caught up with Abrams and he clarified his comments: "What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world." Since the film literally ends with Rey discovering Luke, this seems to further confirm that he's not her father. And Obi-Wan's whispered words of "These are you first steps" during her vision signify that he's "in her world" in the sense that Abrams is applying. Let's hope that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson can forgive Abrams for dropping these hints about Rey's parentage, if not unintentionally spoiling it entirely. 
What do you make of Abrams' hints? Who do do you think Rey's parents are? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you. 

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