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"Whomever you're waiting for on Jakku, they're never coming back."
Maz Kanata, to Rey[src]

During the era of the New Republic, the scavenger known as Rey was born in 15 ABY to a family of junk traders. A Force-sensitive human female, Rey was a child when her parents left her on the desert planet Jakku, having bartered her away for drinking money. After their deaths, Rey's parents were buried in an unmarked grave, although Rey suppressed the memory of her abandonment, clinging to the hope of being reunited with her family one day.

After years of waiting in vain for her parents' return, Rey was drawn into the galactic war between the First Order and the Resistance in 34 ABY. Siding with the latter, she attempted to recruit Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, and also hoped to train with him as a result of her new-found strength with the Force. Around the same time, her mysterious connection with the dark side warrior Kylo Ren led Rey to confront the truth of her origins—her parents were no one. Despite this revelation, Rey remained committed to the Resistance's cause. In addition, she continued her studies in the Jedi arts, ensuring that Skywalker's death would not mark the end of the Jedi Order.

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AbandonmentEdit

"Your parents threw you away like garbage."
"They didn't."
"They did, but you can't stop needing them. It's your greatest weakness. Looking for them everywhere, in Han Solo, and now in Skywalker."
―Kylo Ren and Rey[src]
Young Rey with Unkar Plutt

Though sold into servitude as a child, Rey held onto the hope of reuniting with her family someday.

Rey, a human aspirant Jedi and supporter of the Resistance,[2] was born in 15 ABY,[3] approximately one decade after the Battle of Jakku,[5] during the era of the New Republic.[1] Abandoned on the remote planet of Jakku,[4] she was raised in the care of a Crolute junk boss, Unkar Plutt, and learned to support herself as a scavenger.[1] As the years passed, Rey became a capable combatant, mechanic and pilot,[2] but opted to remain on her backwater homeworld due to her childhood dream of being reunited with her family. Unknown to Rey, she was gifted with raw strength in the Force.[1] Yet while her power was comparable to that of Ben Solo[4]—the lineal descendant of the Chosen One Anakin Skywalker and, therefore, a Force prodigy[6]—Rey's lack of training or knowledge about the Force rendered the young scavenger ignorant of the latent abilities within her.[1]

In 34 ABY,[5] Rey encountered the astromech droid BB-8, and subsequently befriended Ben Solo's father, the smuggler Han Solo, while attempting to return the droid to the Resistance. Though her journey took Rey offworld to Takodana, Rey was determined to return to Jakku, believing her family would eventually return. Solo's contact, Maz Kanata, candidly told Rey that no one was coming back for her.[1]

RevelationEdit

"Do you want to know the truth about your parents? Or have you always known? And you've just hidden it away. You know the truth. Say it… Say it."
"They were nobody."
"They were filthy junk traders, who sold you off for drinking money. They're dead in a pauper's grave in the Jakku desert. You have no place in this story. You come from nothing. You're nothing… But not to me."
―Kylo Ren and Rey[src]
Ahch-To Mirror Cave

After entering a dark cave, Rey asked to see her parents, but only saw her own reflection.

Following the Battle of Starkiller Base, Rey tracked Jedi Master Luke Skywalker to the lost world of Ahch-To, birthplace of the Jedi Order. While attempting to gain Skywalker's support in the war against the First Order, Rey discovered that she could commune with Kylo Ren—the former Ben Solo, nephew and one-time apprentice of Luke Skywalker—across the stars as a result of the bond they shared through the Force.[4] The connection between Rey and Ren caused them to gain deeper insights into one another, with Rey sensing the dark apprentice's internal struggle against the pull to the light.[7] However, the bridging of their minds allowed Ren to discover the insecurities Rey harbored about her past and, in particular, her parents, much to the scavenger's dismay. Although Rey regarded Ren as a monster for committing the act of patricide, Ren believed they shared much in common, with both having been abandoned as children.[8]

Upon discovering a cave with a strong connection to the dark side, Rey tried to use its powers to discover the identities of her parents. Her efforts ended in failure,[4] leaving Rey distraught and seeking the company of Kylo Ren, whom she now saw as the only person who understood her feelings of isolation and abandonment. Although Rey felt more lost due to her experience in the cave, the Knight of Ren assured her that she was not alone. As a result, Rey reached out to Ren and discovered that they could touch each other across the light-years.[8]

Luke interrupting Rey and Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren encouraged Rey to confront her worst fears by admitting the truth about her parents.

Convinced there was still good in the former Ben Solo,[9] Rey confronted him in the flesh and together they overthrew Ren's dark master, Supreme Leader Snoke. Seizing the chance to claim Snoke's mantle as ruler of the First Order, Ren invited Rey to rule by his side as leaders of a new galactic order.[4] He then compelled Rey to confront her worst fears by admitting the truth she had long suppressed—her parents were nobody.[8] Ren elaborated, telling Rey that they were mere junk traders who bartered their daughter away for drinking money. Ultimately, they were both dead and buried in a pauper's grave in the Jakku desert.[4] The revelation brought tears Rey's eyes, for she sensed no deception in Ren's intentions.[8] Nevertheless, Rey resisted Ren's entreaty and helped the Resistance survive the Battle of Crait. She further hindered Ren's plans by continuing her studies in the Jedi arts, ensuring the Jedi Order would not end with the death of Luke Skywalker.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Daisy Ridley, the actress who portrays Rey in the sequel trilogy, has expressed surprise that many saw Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and came away speculating about the identity of Rey's parents: "I thought a lot was answered in The Force Awakens. Then after the screening, I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it's not answered at all!"[10] In an interview before the film's release, Director J.J. Abrams commented, "I really feel like the assumption that any character needs to have inherited a certain number of midi-chlorians or needs to be part of a bloodline, it’s not that I don’t believe that as part of the canon, I’m just saying that at 11 years old, that wasn’t where my heart was. And so I respect and adhere to the canon but I also say that the Force has always seemed to me to be more inclusive and stronger than that."[11]

According to Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, it was ultimately decided that Rey did not come from a special bloodline. As a result, her parents were nobodies. In an interview, Johnson stated that it was a dramatic decision of "What is the toughest thing she could hear about her parents? What is the thing for her and for us what will make her have to stand on her own two feet and will make things the hardest for her?"[12]

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