The conclusion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us all with one question: Who are Rey’s parents?
While many people believed the final shot was a clue to Rey being a Skywalker, there were just as many theories that she was a Kenobi, or someone totally unrelated to previous characters from the series.
But a new theory has awakened: that Rey is in fact Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter.
YouTuber Vincent Vendetta uploaded a video compiling the evidence to support this theory, and honestly it’s pretty compelling.
There’s the matter of their fighting styles. Both Rey and Palpatine are the only two characters in the Star Wars universe who use this forward-thrust move.
This mirroring is equally powerful when you realise the first move we see each of them perform is this forward thrust.
Rey’s first lightsaber battle has several other visual references to Palpatine’s fighting style, almost too many to be coincidental.
This cyclical referencing also works in the sense that the earlier films have followed a pattern of Skywalker vs Palpatine tension. In The Force Awakens, if Rey’s parentage does stem from Palpatine, her battle against Kylo Ren continues the Skywalker/Palpatine tension, flipping the dark and light sides. For now.