Probably one of the biggest criticisms of The Rise of Skywalker was how they decided to make Rey the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, and a lot of people thought that it was a terrible undoing of what The Last Jedi had presented. What’s interesting though, is that Rey could have been from a completely different bloodline—that of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s.
Taking to Josh Gad on a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ridley had revealed that Rey’s lineage had always been up in the air, with her being a Kenobi being one of the options. Check it out:
“No, at the beginning they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection… There were different versions and at one point she was no one… it kept changing. Even as I was filming, I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be.”
This new information has started a discussion with the fanbase once again, and it goes back to arguments about how poorly the trilogy was planned to how much of The Rise of Skywalker was being changed from its original draft.
If you ask me, the only real slip-up in the Sequel Trilogy was The Rise of Skywalker, and though I agree that The Force Awakens is just a rehash of A New Hope, I kind of appreciate it now because it sets up all the common Star Wars tropes that The Last Jedi was then able to challenge. If you read Colin Trevorrow’s Duel of the Fates script, it actually followed through with the set-up of The Last Jedi, and I prefer that version of the film which felt more creative and earnest, than the panderfest that was TROS.
To give J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio some credit though, Trevorrow was working on DOTF for years. Terrio and Abrams had to write and shoot a movie in a span of a year with Disney breathing down their necks. Maybe someday the Sequel Trilogy can be redeemed by continuing the story of Rey and her friends, but for now, it looks like the story of the Skywalkers is at an end.