The case is not closed on Rey’s lineage.
If there was ever any doubt, we now have confirmation from JJ Abrams himself that the case is not closed on Rey’s parentage and the subject will be revisited in Episode IX.
In an interview with ABC News (via SlashFilm), Abrams was directly asked if we’ll learn who Rey’s parents are in The Rise of Skywalker, and he responded, “I will say that we knew, going into this, that this movie, it had to be a satisfying conclusion. And we were well aware that that’s one of the things that’s been out there. I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode 8 [didn’t happen]. We have honored that. But I will say that there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rey admitted “they were nobody” and Kylo Ren went on to detail how her parents were filthy junk traders dead in a pauper’s grave. Such a charmer, that one. But the twist that Rey’s parents were nobody proved incredibly divisive for Star Wars fans, with some hoping to hear she was a Skywalker, Kenobi, or at least be from a family of some import, given how much emphasis was put on the mystery in The Force Awakens.
However, it’s important to note that Abrams said the events of The Last Jedi still happened and would be honored, so it sounds like he’s not doing an outright retcon. Perhaps we’ll learn more about Rey’s dearly departed parents in order to help the character (and the audience) get some closure. We could hear where they came from, why they abandoned her, and how they died. Kylo Ren made them seem like worthless, uncaring vagabonds, so perhaps Rey will discover some qualities that humanize them a bit.
Or Abrams will tell us her real name is Rey Palpatine and the internet will explode. We’ll have to wait to see on December 20.
Until then, check out this ship we spotted in the new teaser that looks an awful lot like the ship belonging to Rey’s parents.
For more on this subject, check out our analysis of whether The Rise of Skywalker is retconning The Last Jedi.
And watch the video below of us asking Star Wars Celebration attendees who didn’t like The Last Jedi if the new teaser won them back over: