After the absolute success of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, lifelong fans of the franchise have had their love of the series completely reinvigorated, while newer audiences finally understand why those lifelong fans have been so passionate for so many years. With Disney behind the wheel, there is no stopping the Star Wars machine from moving forward with gusto and while fans don’t have too long to wait before returning to a galaxy far, far away with the December 16 release of Rogue One, most audiences are now anticipating the continuing story of the Skywalkers in 2017’s Episode VIII. TFA left plenty of questions and mysteries to chew on and if a recent Reddit poster happens to have the goods that he/she claims, well, fans may have plenty more once the final scene of Episode VIII has played out.
The info comes from a Reddit user who claims to have read the script for the upcoming feature and if the information is anywhere near accurate, Episode VIII (allegedly going by the working title of “Echoes of the Darkside”) will have quite a few “WTF?” moments. Of course, all of this could be as fictional as the galaxy in which the stories take place but, just in case, let’s go ahead and throw down that potential spoiler alert right here, shall we?
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT – DON’T BLAME US
Still here? Well, then, proceed at your own caution.
One of the biggest mysteries of TFA is Rey’s true identity. The orphaned scavenger is definitely strong in The Force and uses those abilities do defeat Kylo Ren in that amazing fight scene in the snow. Throughout the film, hints are dropped that Rey may in fact be a descendent of the Skywalker family, possibly even Luke’s daughter. Well, if the Reddit user has it right, that connection may be even more…surreal than some believed:
Rey is the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker. Luke went to the first Jedi temple to better understand how the process works. He learned that the spirit of the chosen one is reincarnated by the Force every time the universe is thrown out of balance, which apparently happens on a semi-regular basis (Anakin was hardly the first time the chosen one reincarnated).
Um, ok. Even stranger, well, at least, AS strange, is the nod to The Empire Strikes Back as the secret is revealed:
Rey is pissed at Luke because she guesses that he was her father and is angry at him for abandoning her. Luke turns to her and says “No, you are my father”.
Sure, this must be tough for young Rey to handle but, hey, at least Hayden Christensen is supposedly set to return as Anakin, in Force Ghost form, to try to explain the situation to Rey:
Rey learns lightsaber skills, Force skills, and has a vision quest thing where she talks with Maz Kanata (unsure if it’s telepathy or just a dream) and Hayden Christenson. The latter tells her that she is him, but different, and there’s a quick scene where we see hundreds of other Force ghosts who are implied to be past chosen ones.
And, as it turns out, this won’t be the only scene in which the audience is reunited with an old
character friend. After debating on whether or not to train Rey, Luke may turn to some familiar faces for advice:
Luke is hesitant to train her because, according to Jedi history, the chosen one always struggles with staying on the light side of the Force because of the chaotic power running through them. He’s afraid that she could become Vader 2.0. If he trains her to fight Kylo, and she turns dark, she would do way more damage to the galaxy than Kylo could ever dream of doing. He ultimately trains her anyway and leaves everything up to the Force. He makes this decision in a scene where he confers with the ghosts of Obi-Wan and Yoda (Ewan MacGregor and Frank Oz come back)
The return of Obi Wan and Yoda is a scene with the potential to be one of the most memorable of the new trilogy and if pulled of correctly, there may be a tear or two in the audience.
One thing that TFA did very well was separate itself from the not-very-beloved Prequels by presenting a solid story, perfect action, and just the right amount of nostalgia, all while building onto the Star Wars mythos. If these tidbits of information are true, it looks like Episode VIII has the potential to be something completely unique and wonderful or to fall right into the same pit in which the prequels fell, and it may swallow itself in the process. There is still plenty of time for anything to happen before the December 15, 2017 release date, but, considering how amazing TFA wound up being, fans should feel confident that their beloved property is still in the right hands.
There is nothing wrong with the path that the new film is going, should the rumors be true, but it will be interesting to see how things really play out. By the way, Rey’s supposed lineage wasn’t the only spoiler Reddit had on display, and you can read them all for yourself right here. Still, Rey’s mystery is the biggest of TFA, so that particular reveal is definitely the biggest potential spoiler being thrown around.
Do you buy this Reddit user’s claim that this is how it will all go down? If not, what are your theories as to where Rey comes from?