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How REY & KYLO REN Predicted Their Destiny in RISE OF SKYWALKER


Star Wars is obsessed with destiny and with
Episode 9 completing the sequel trilogy, Rey and Kylo Ren’s stories come to a dramatic
close with huge reveals about Rey’s parents, her connection to the Dark Side, and Kylo’s
fate. Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, I’m Jan and in
this video I’ll be explaining Rey and Kylo Ren’s journey in The Rise of Skywalker and
revealing all the hidden clues that foretold their ultimate destiny. There will of course be spoilers, so take
care if you haven’t seen the movie yet. In the very final scene of Episode 9, we see
Rey visit Luke’s old home, the Lars homestead on Tatooine, where she buries both Luke and
Leia’s sabers in honour of their sacrifice for the freedom of the galaxy. She then unveils her own new lightsaber, and
when an old lady asks who she is, Rey replies that she’s “Rey Skywalker”, as the Force Ghosts
of Luke and Leia look upon her. It’s a bold statement that will doubtless
spark debate because Rey isn’t a Skywalker by blood. What Rey’s really doing here though is two-fold. Firstly, on a personal note, she’s showing
her allegiance and adopting the family she identifies with over her biological one. Rey is not a Jedi because of her heritage
but because of how she chooses to act and who she chooses to be. And secondly, she’s taking the legendary family
name and establishing it as an identity or title for the future Jedi. And Rey looking out over Tatooine with the
twin suns in the distance is, of course, a nostalgic call back to a New Hope when Luke
looked out over the sunset and dreamed of adventure, and it signals Rey as the new hope
for future generations. In fact, Rey becoming an honorary or adoptive
Skywalker is something that the new trilogy set up early on in The Force Awakens. At Maz Kanata’s castle, Rey hears voices from
the basement that lead her to Luke’s old lightsaber that he lost during his duel with Darth Vader. “That lightsaber was Luke’s. And his father’s before him. And now, it calls to you.” This is the saber that Rey uses through the
whole of the trilogy and, as Maz mentioned, it also originally belonged to Anakin Skywalker. Later in The Force Awakens when Rey and Kylo
Ren battle for control of the lightsaber, it flies to Rey’s hand, not Kylo’s even though
he is a Skywalker via his mother Leia’s bloodline. And Kylo felt entitled to that Skywalker saber
because of his heritage. “That lightsaber..
it belongs to me.” He eventually gets to wield it in The Rise
of Skywalker when Rey passes it to him through their Force Bond after he arrives on Exogol. At that point, he’s given up the identity
of Kylo Ren, having turned to the light and become Ben again, making him worthy of wielding
the saber. Rey ultimately defeats the Emperor by combining
that legendary lightsaber with Leia’s saber, which symbolises the passing of the baton
from both the Skywalker siblings as well as Rey’s vital connection with them and their
crucial impact on her character and journey in this saga. The way Rey crosses the sabers together in
this scene is a moment that visually recalls how Luke and Darth Vader crossed lightsabers
as they duelled in front of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. And that defensive lightsaber technique which
deflects Palpatine’s lightning back to him reminds me of what Yoda once taught Luke:
“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense.. never for attack.” Rey embracing the Skywalker legacy as a title
that future Jedi can use and honour also gives meaning to the title of Episode 9, “The Rise
of Skywalker”. And is something that Snoke foresaw in The
Force Awakens: “If Skywalker returns…
the new Jedi will rise.” And by the way, there’s also precedence in
the history of our own galaxy of famous family names becoming titles that future leaders
acquire. The title of “Caesar” that numerous Roman
Emperors gave themselves was taken from the most famous man of that name, “Julius Caesar”,
even though they weren’t related to him by blood. The traditional phrase “The king is dead,
long live the king!” is another example of this idea of continuity with change and the
idea that the “Skywalker” name will now live on through future generations of Jedi:
“We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. We’ll always be with you.” And that Jedi legacy is what Rey felt when
the voices of Jedi past called to her, giving her the strength to finally defeat Palpatine. But what about Rey’s actual bloodline? After all, in The Force Awakens, Rey’s ancestry
and background was set up as an important detail to pay attention to:
“Where do you come from? Classified, really? Me too. Big secret.” The Last Jedi intriguingly subverted many
fans’ expectations when we discovered her parents were nobodies. “So you want to know the truth about your
parents? They were filthy junk traders who sold you
off for drinking money.” But similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s ‘certain point
of view’ explanation of his original statement that Darth Vader killed Luke’s father, in
Episode 9, Kylo tells Rey that her parents chose to be nobodies to protect her as her
father was Palpatine’s son, making her a descendant of the Emperor, his granddaughter. Rey’s link to the Dark Side was strongly hinted
at during her training with Luke in Episode 8, when she discovered she had a powerful
connection with the dark force beneath the island. “You went straight to the dark.” “That place was trying to show me something.” “It offered something you needed.” “And you didn’t even try to stop yourself.” Luke was terrified of this given his previous
experience with his nephew: “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,
in Ben Solo. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.” Episode 9 further develops this theme of Dark
Side Rey when she gives in to anger and accidentally lets loose a lightning blast that blows up
a transport ship, thereby revealing her connection to the Emperor. Lightning blasts are, of course, Palpatine’s
signature attack style and Rey even acknowledges that the lightning power came from within
her. We witness Rey’s struggle to contain her anger
and path towards the Dark Side in Episode 9 when she arrives on the wreck of the second
Death Star and enters the old destroyed throne room of the Emperor. After she picks up the Sith wayfinder, she
has a vision and encounter with a dark version of herself who seemingly bests her. The moment has some parallels with Luke’s
Dark Side Cave encounter on Dagobah when he struck down in anger a vision of Darth Vader
only to reveal his own face underneath the helmet. And when Kylo confronts her on the Death Star
and destroys the wayfinder, Rey gives in to anger again and attacks him. In this duel, Rey’s anger fuels her Dark Side
in a similar way to how Luke became enraged when he confronted Vader again in Return of
the Jedi. “Good! Your hate has made you powerful.” And just as Luke chopped off Vader’s hand,
Rey attacks Kylo with his own red lightsaber and stabs him while he’s distracted by a Force
call from Leia. It’s a crucial moment for Rey who is brought
back from the brink of giving in entirely to the Dark Side when she senses Leia’s passing. And it makes me think of how Luke also pulled
himself back from the Dark Side when the Emperor tried to goad him into killing his father
Darth Vader. After Rey’s failure to control her fear and
anger, she goes to the island to withdraw herself from the world as Luke did. Here she’s reunited with Luke’s Force Ghost
who gives her that crucial third lesson she seems to have missed in The Last Jedi. Luke reminds her that retreating from the
world in fear isn’t the answer: “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi. Your destiny”
After all, as Yoda previously told Luke: “Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side of the Force are they.” And Leia told Rey at the beginning of Episode
9 to never be afraid of who she is. Leia already knew Rey was a Palpatine but,
as Luke explains, his sister understood that Rey’s spirit and heart were more important
and that “some things are stronger than blood.” And this is perhaps one of the biggest messages
to take away from the these films: that no one is or should be completely defined
by their past. After all, Poe is a former spice runner, Finn
and Jannah were both Stormtroopers, and Rey was a scavenger. But more important than their previous lives
or the families they were born into or even forced into, is the family they later choose
for themselves or adopt as their own. Just as Maz Kanata told Rey in The Force Awakens:
“The belonging you seek is not behind you… it is ahead.” And Maz followed that up by asking her to
take Luke’s lightsaber, a sign that Rey’s true family and sense of connection would
be with the Skywalkers and the Jedi. By the end of Episode 9, Rey understands this
and rejects Palpatine when he tells her the throne is her birthright and she instead allies
herself with Ben to stand against the Emperor and the Sith. To understand Kylo Ren’s redemptive arc, we
need to go back to the beginning of The Force Awakens where we find him already conflicted
in his feelings of allegiance to the Dark Side. “Forgive me. I feel it again. The call to the light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again. The power of the darkness.” In fact, there’s an intriguing message underlying
what Rey says to Kylo after he captures her in The Force Awakens:
“You’re afraid. That you will never be as strong as Darth
Vader.” The hidden meaning in this line is that although
Vader was a villain, he eventually found the strength to turn back to the Light Side and
stand against the Emperor. Kylo, however, believes he needs to be strong
to embrace the Dark Side, which we see in what he says to his father Han Solo just before
killing him: “I know what I have to do but I don’t know
if I have the strength to do it.” But in Episode 9, Kylo eventually finds true
strength when he talks to his father again after his battle with Rey on the Death Star. Han, who appears as one of his memories, reminds
him that Ben isn’t dead, but Kylo Ren is. And using the same words that he said to his
father on Starkiller Base, Ben now throws his lightsaber into the water, finally rejecting
his Dark Side identity of Kylo Ren. That eventual redemption for him began in
The Last Jedi, where Rey felt that the connection she was beginning to establish through their
Force Bond meant he could still be turned back to the Light Side. “You failed him by thinking his choice was
already made. It wasn’t. There’s still conflict in him. Just now when we touched hands,
I saw his future. Then he’s our last hope.” And Ben does become Rey’s last hope when he
stands with her against the Emperor and then brings her back by Force healing her after
she collapses from the exertion of killing Palpatine. It was also Kylo’s connection with his mother
Leia that kept him from fully turning to the Dark Side. In The Last Jedi, he stopped himself from
firing upon Leia’s ship when he sensed her presence. And that moment is revisited in The Rise of
Skywalker when Leia calls to him and stops him from delivering a fatal blow to Rey during
their duel on the Death Star. Together both Leia and Han bring their son
back, something that Leia told Han they would do in The Force Awakens:
“We can still save him. Me. You.” So basically, what Lor San Tekka told Kylo
at the very beginning of the sequel trilogy turned out to be right. “You cannot deny the truth that is your family. I know where you come from. Before you called yourself Kylo Ren.” Ultimately, his Kylo Ren alter ego has been
a performance, a big act by a person trying to take on the enormous mantle of the infamous
Darth Vader. Unlike Vader though, Kylo didn’t require his
helmet to survive. “Take off that mask, you don’t need it”
It was just another way to conceal who he really was, while he tried every way he could
to be something he ultimately wasn’t: “You’re no Vader, you’re just a child in a
mask.” So although Kylo Ren had worshipped the legend
of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. “Show me grandfather, and I will finish what
you started.” By the end, like Anakin, Ben rejects the Emperor
and the way of the Sith and redeems himself. Now, how do you feel about Rey and Kylo’s
endings in The Rise of Skywalker and their arcs through the sequel trilogy? Comment with your thoughts below and if you
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Glenn Chapman

31 Comments

  1. !SPOILERS!

    I watched this last night and fell asleep half way through, woke up when Ren โ€œdiedโ€ I was actually like what the fuck canโ€™t believe I fell asleep ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

  2. Anybody knows why Kylo and the Knights of Ren bring sand on the floor of the ship BEFORE going to Pasaana?

  3. Hey Movie Lovers, what did you think of The Rise of Skywalker? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. The movie had barely any substance at all. The ending was great tho. Everything was great except for the execution. Compare this culmination of a series to end game.

  5. I thought that Ben didn't need to transfer all his life energy to Rey so that they can live together :((

  6. I appreciate your optimism, and that you at least tried and made some sense of this mess of a movie. Are you going to post a review?

  7. I LOVED this movie. It might not satisfy everyone but getting the answers I needed and all the messages behind it, made me realise even more how lucky I am to have been able to watch these movies.
    Thank you for another amazing video!!!

  8. I honestly felt nothing after walking out of the screening… Say what you will about the last jedi, but that movie made some bold choices and i was intrigued by it. ROS completely retcons the last jedi and doubles down on nostalgia and fan-service, without feeling earned.

  9. Itโ€™s frustrating that they kill kylo Ren
    Teaching people if you turn good you die?
    They deserved a happy ending together
    They could start a new saga of both of them ruling together

  10. Rise of Skywalker was a great ending to all three trilogies (could have been better if JJ Abrams had been able to do all three movies to the sequel trilogy, and didnt have to double time it because of Last Jedi). So I love how this video was carefully put together like an essay that researched through all the movies. I would just add that it really seems like Leia didnt just use the Force to distract and connect with her son, but also surrendered her energy so that Rey could heal him from a mortal wound. Which I think is proven because Ben dies when he heals Rey, AND Leia's body finally disappears when Ben dies and disappears. It adds to how both of his parents reached out to their angry, confused, sad, and probably too depressed son. But it also makes his Romeo and Juliet like death more of a beautiful scene, because essentially Leia helped both Ben and Rey one more time.

  11. I personally loved TROS and didn't have a problem with JJ and Chris's decisions for the characters. Although if somebody didn't like it I still respect your opinion.

  12. id rather have her be a clone, makes sense with the last jedi dark side vision and every other beat through the force awakens and the last jedi about her identity

  13. Quote from TLJ novelization. Luke calls Ben's Kylo person just a shell that hides a broken boy who felt betrayed by everyone and in TROS that persona finally breaks.

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