Spoilers from The Last Jedi ahead. If you've successfully made it through Star Wars Episode 9, then you know that we still don't really know who Rey's parents are. The Last Jedi gets so so close to revealing the truth, without actually doing it. And it hurts. It hurts so damn much. And while technically, Kylo Ren tells Rey that her parents are just nobodies from Jakku, I don't trust that boy as far as Snoke can throw him, so this post will be operating on the assumption that Kylo was straight up lying — I know many of you will disagree. I'm fine with that. In fact, I think he was lying, because he knows the truth that is only slightly hinted at in The Last Jedi: Leia is Rey's mom.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's recap a few clues from The Force Awakens that we'll need to have in mind on this journey. First, there's the fact that Kylo Ren appears to know who Rey is from two context clues: There's a "girl" with BB-8, and she's from Jakku. Upon hearing this information from a First Order officer, Kylo Ren is immediately interested. He then makes a beeline for Rey outside of Maz Kanata's castle. Dude knows something.
Next, there's The Hug heard 'round the fandom, wherein Leia appears to diss Chewie, and instead hug Rey, then a total stranger. Their eyes meet, they appear to communicate wordlessly, and then share a hug so long it couldn't be meaningless. In fact, it's the kind of hug you might give your long lost daughter whose just lost a surrogate father figure who you happen to love dearly. Just sayin'.
Cut to The Last Jedi, where clues really start to pile up.
1. Kylo Ren Is Def Lying About Rey's Parents
Why would he need to lie about her parents if one of them wasn't someone he still holds dear? (Let's not forget that he refused to fire directly at Leia on the Resistance ship upon connecting with her via the Force. Ol' Ben still loves his mother.) If Rey won't join him, why in the world would he be willing to share the one thing he still seems to care about with her? She not only threatens his goal of controlling the galaxy with her equally matched command of the Force, she would threaten his claim on his mother's heart. And Captain Temper Tantrum certainly isn't going to allow that.
2. He & Rey Split A Freaking Lightsaber In Half
They are so equally matched, that a titanium handle and a kyber crystal literally split under pressure. Never in the history of the Skywalker saga have two Force-sensitive people been so evenly matched. Perhaps this could have something to do with them sharing the DNA of a certain Force-sensitive general? Hmm?
3. Leia's Force Move
Look, we've always known Leia was Force sensitive. But the woman is half frozen in space, minutes from death, and she uses the Force to pull herself all the way back to her ship. Luke couldn't even lift an X-Wing out of the Dagobah swamp when he was a spry young thing and Leia is straight up changing fate. Doesn't that sound like a woman capable of birthing the two strongest Jedis of all time?
4. The Locator Bracelets
Yes, Leia is a general, so she's smart enough not to lose track of the young woman who bested her evil son and she needs a tracker that can't be traced by the First Order because Rey is going straight to Luke Skywalker. BUT, let's be real. These bracelets also serve another narrative purpose: To directly link Leia and Rey with a strong visual and with such, convey just how much Leia cares about Rey.
5. The Aside About Kylo Ren Taking Padawans With Him When He Destroyed Luke's Jedi Training School
One common fan theory is that Rey was one of the teensy padawans at Luke's training camp and in The Last Jedi, it is mentioned that Kylo took some padawans with him when he fled. Let's all remember the fact that Kylo Ren's ears perked up when he heard about a skilled girl from Jakku and the fact that in Rey's vision in TFA, we see a young Rey, dressed not unlike the padawans we saw in Episodes 1-3, crying out in the sky at a transport flying away. Curious.
6. The Fact That Leia Hasn't Told Her, Even Though Rey So Desperately Wants To Know
Look, I'm convinced Leia knows something. The only reason she wouldn't tell Rey the answer is if she knows is if the truth becoming public would somehow put Rey in danger. And what information would put Rey in the most danger? If it became known that she is related to the most wanted man in the galaxy, Luke Skywalker, and thus one of the most powerful men in the galaxy, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. Target, meet Rey's back.
7. Episode 9 Was Supposed To Be Leia's Movie
Mark Hamill has said this numerous times during various convention panels: Episode 7 was Han's movie, Episode 8 is Luke's movie, and Episode 9 was supposed to be Leia's. Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy also confirmed this back in May of 2017. "Because Harrison was front and centre on VII, and Mark is front and centre on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been," she told Vanity Fair. And while I stan for General Leia all day long, you would think that the most impactful Skywalker would be the one whose "moment" comes last in the saga, no? (Handy reminder that Leia is actually a Skywalker, folks.) What would make Leia the most impactful Skywalker in the trilogy? Having birthed two equally matched Force sensitive children might do it.
Add that to the fact that aside from Kylo Ren's lie, The Last Jedi, which occupies the Empire Strikes Back slot in this trilogy (aka the moment at which Luke's shocking parentage was revealed), does not confirm Rey's parents. Hmm, why might Lucasfilm want to save that reveal for the movie that was also slated to be Carrie Fisher's movie?
Because she's Rey's mom, y'all. Duh.