We are still seven months away from experiencing the joy of what Disney and Lucasfilm have in store for us with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But unlike its predecessor, the studios have been generous in regard to details about the next chapter in our favorite galaxy far, far away.
As the latest example of the studios' generosity, Vanity Fair has released a slew of information and behind-the-scenes action for #TheLastJedi. And one detail in particular from that extensive piece may have big implications for everyone's cherished galactic heroine Rey.
The Passing Of The Blade
In #TheForceAwakens, we see Rey in Maz Kanata's vault acquiring the lightsaber that originally belonged to Anakin Skywalker and later to his son Luke Skywalker. While initially reluctant to wield it, Rey becomes more comfortable with the weapon throughout the film, even using it to save her life while facing off against #KyloRen.
During his interview with Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm's story group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo revealed that Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber was no longer considered his. Who's the new owner of this legendary weapon, you eagerly ask? Why, our resourceful, badass scavenger. As Hidalgo stated:
“In general, a lightsaber belongs to the person who constructed it. In The Force Awakens, Maz says that the saber is calling to Rey now. Whether or not it’s literally calling to her to become hers or it’s calling to her because she knows it will be taken back to Luke—we’ll see.”
So according to Vanity Fair, the lightsaber is no longer considered Anakin’s by the Lucasfilm marketing department and is now known as Rey’s blade. That's a very curious piece of trivia, so you may understandably be wondering...
Does This Change Mean Anything For Rey And The Franchise?
Due to the lightsaber's origin, fans will without a doubt try to read between the lines of its new ownership. One of the biggest implications is whether that in any way validates the theory of Rey being somehow tied to the Skywalker family, if by way of being a reincarnation of #AnakinSkywalker or through being Luke's long-lost daughter. Frustratingly enough, there's a yes and no answer to that mystery.
On one hand, the lightsaber, while being kept in an underground vault, called for Rey out of thousands of creatures that set foot in that castle on a daily basis. Star Wars is a very specific franchise. #Disney has been extremely careful with what's done with the stories and the characters in the universe, as minimal as those details may ultimately be. See, there's no other way around it: There are connections between #Rey and the Skywalkers that we can't deny or overlook.
Therefore the decision to give Rey full ownership of the elegant weapon, after the way in which she found it, does raise eyebrows. Does it mean the studio is deliberately teasing us with a bigger connection between Rey and Anakin Skywalker? It's entirely possible. The pieces are already there: #DaisyRidley revealed a few months ago that the answer to her origin is hiding somewhere in The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren is aware of who our young heroine is, and just a few weeks ago Disney teased the biggest reveal in Star Wars history for The Last Jedi.
Looking at things from another perspective, however, Rey embraced her Force-sensitive side during the fight for her life against Kylo Ren while wielding the weapon. The lightsaber was the one that led her to Luke. And as we saw in The Last Jedi trailer, she's using it to hone her #Jedi skills. After all that, it's safe to assume Rey has grown attached to the blade.
Therefore Lucasfilm renaming it as "Rey's lightsaber" feels like an obvious progression for her after using it in so many crucial situations. In the end, Rey claiming ownership over it would be in the same vein as Luke calling his father's lightsaber his own after going through so much with it in the original trilogy.
Of course, all of that is just speculation. The only thing we know for certain is that Rey officially has her own lightsaber. Fortunately, we'll get to uncover the head-scratching mystery behind that plot point when The Last Jedi flies into theaters on December 15.
What do you make of Anakin's lightsaber now belonging to Rey? Does it signal anything bigger, or was it just an obvious passing of the torch? Let us know in the comments.