Star Wars, which began in 1977 with A Last Hope, has seen several installments in the franchise, with three trilogies standing at the center of the story.
While the initial trilogy always stays classic and defines the best of Star Wars, the following trilogy was a spectacular addition, but the final trilogy was nothing short of a disaster.
However, it did have a few positive points, including the hint of the First and Final Orders, which were later implemented in shows. But there was another important reveal related to Rey Skywalker’s lineage.
So, who was Rey Skywalker’s grandfather in Star Wars? Sheev Palpatine, who was responsible for the fall of the Jedi Order but was later defeated by Luke Skywalker, is revealed to be Rey’s grandfather in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Is Palpatine Rey Skywalker’s Grandfather?
Sheev Palpatine, who was also the Sith Lord during the times of the Jedi Order, somehow sneaked into the Galactic Republic without being noticed.
He turned Anakin Skywalker against the Jedi Order, eventually leading to the fall of the Empire and the rise of tyranny. However, the first trilogy shows that Palpatine’s reign has ended.
In the recent Skywalker trilogy, though, Palpatine was shown to be alive, at least in the form of a Sith Clone, which was a significant failure, thanks to Rey.
Even though Rey fought against Palpatine and Kylo Ren in the trilogy, she is, in fact, revealed to be the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine, and her lineage is of Sith, who embraces the dark side of the Force.
How Is Palpatine Rey’s Grandfather?
The first two films of the last trilogy kept Rey’s lineage hidden, making it clear that their parents had no importance in Star Wars lore, and she was just an average scavenger abandoned by her parents.
In fact, Kylo Ren confirms that her parents are a nobody who sold her as a slave for scrap money, but she was never convinced. In The Rise of Skywalker, the story gradually delves into the re-emergence of Palpatine as well as Rey’s backstory.
It was already hinted during Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Rey is more inclined to embrace the dark side of the Force, and it was later confirmed that she is of Sith lineage by none other than the Force Ghost of Luke.
Apparently, Rey’s father is an unfilial son of Sheev Palpatine who wanted to save his daughter from his father so that she would live a peaceful life. Thus, their family has been running away from Palpatine.
However, it became too late at some point, and they had to abandon her so that she would stay far from the clutches of the Sith Lord, even if she were haunted by loneliness.
On the other hand, Palpatine never really saw his son as a family, believing that he was not worthy of carrying the Sith legacy, but once he learned of Rey’s existence, he sensed that the Force had been extremely strong within her.
Although Rey was abandoned on the planet of Jakku, she eventually found her destiny, which is to embrace the light side of the Force and inherit the legacy of Luke Skywalker rather than Sheev Palpatine.
So, have you watched the final trilogy of Star Wars? What is your opinion on the films? Should Rey have been better off without a lineage?