Earlier this week a new trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, that debuted at Disney D23 Expo, hit the internet. As described from its premiere over the week to a limited audience, the footage ended with a shocking reveal of Dark Rey in a Sith robe and wielding a double red lightsaber similar to Darth Maul. Dismissed by some fans as a vision or dream of what Rey could become if tempted to the Dark Side, Daisy Ridley has now teased that this incarnation of her character really is real. Speaking with Yahoo Movies at D23, the 27-year-old said: “I mean, the evidence is on the screen.”
Ridley added: “Take that evidence as you will. But there’s no smoke without fire.”
But how is this possible, surely Rey doesn’t turn to the Dark Side? That would be a bit of a limp ending to the Skywalker Saga.
Nevertheless, a new and popular fan theory may be on to something.
A theorist argues that Rey has no parents because she’s a clone made from Luke’s missing hand.
Back in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader loped off Luke’s hand, which took the Skywalker blue lightsaber with him.
Come Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Rey comes into possession of the laser sword after it calls out to her.
Well, what if it knows her because she was cloned from Luke’s hand?
Adding to this theory, what if Palpatine was behind this and wants a new body – from Anakin’s bloodline – to live on in?
If this is the case, maybe Dark Rey has Palpatine’s soul inside her?
The Emperor somehow survived his apparent death at the end of Episode V: Return of the Jedi.
And now that it’s canon for Sith Lords to live on through Dark Side helmets, perhaps he latched on to Darth Vader’s just in time? Why else would it be so prominent in the sequel trilogy?
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in UK cinemas on December 19, 2019.
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