Did 'Star Wars Battlefront 2' Confirm Rey's Parents?

Did 'Star Wars Battlefront 2' Confirm Rey's Parents?

The new game's story mode reveals a few too many clues to be coincidence.
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With every theory on Rey's parentage in the new Star Wars trilogy comes a different use of a quote by Daisy Ridley from Time Out in 2016:

I thought a lot was answered in The Force Awakens. Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that 'Oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all.

This has been taken to mean everything from "Luke is obviously Rey's father, just look at the parallels" to "Han's fatherly treatment of Rey is clearly more than just niceties," to "Maz Katana said Rey's parents are never coming back and we should take that as fact."

That last idea is commonly swept aside by Rey Skywalker subscribers (myself included, admittedly), but the recently released Star Wars Battlefront 2 adds a bit more fodder to the theory than can be ignored. Now, the idea that Disney would reveal something so heavily debated through a video game a month before The Last Jedi is released sounds absurd at first, but upon putting together all the facts, it was enough to make this fan reconsider.

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars Battlefront 2 ahead.

The new game's story mode follows two newcomers to the Star Wars canon, Iden Versio, and Del Meeko through the end of The Return of the Jedi to the beginning of The Force Awakens. The pair begins the game as members of the Imperial special forces trying to retain control of the galaxy after the second destruction of the Death Star, but quickly turn their backs on the Empire and join the Rebellion when Iden is ordered to destroy her home planet.

The following missions carried out for the Rebellion, including some establishing a close relationship with Leia and Luke, climax in a battle over Jakku as the war is finally ended and Iden and Del are finally free to live a normal life.

That is, until the game jumps forward thirty years and Del is tortured by Kylo Ren as Kylo searches for the map to Luke, just before The Force Awakens. Turns out Lor San Tekka, the guy who gave Poe the map, was actually given the map by Del. Kylo orders Del to death and Del is berated by his former friend from the Imperial forces for leaving the Empire for "fatherhood," a jab that is never addressed or explained further.

So, two Rebel pilots close to Luke and Leia fell in love on Jakku, had a child, and presumably continued that close relationship with at least Luke afterward, since Del is found with Luke's map. The cleanest jump to make here, if this is not just a random side story for the game, is that Del and Iden are Rey's parents.

Obviously, Rey being a Skywalker is still a top contender for most for the Best Parentage Theory, but if Rey isn't related to the Skywalkers at all, this would be the way to explore that story. There isn't enough space in the films to give more than a few brief references to Rey's parents if they don't already exist in the Star Wars canon, so created an entire game to tell that story would work well. Luke or Leia could easily reference their relationships with Del and Iden while speaking to Rey about her past, and the movie could move on.

At this point, Rey not being a Skywalker would be the biggest plot twist of all and might even open the door for a different Skywalker hero in the form of Finn or Rose, two characters whose parentage is just as much a mystery at this point.

Of course, there are some holes in the theory. This doesn't explain why Rey was left alone on Jakku as a child and, although Del does find the Force while on his mission with Luke, it doesn't explain why Rey is so strong with it. It doesn't explain why Kylo Ren seems to know Rey and murmurs, "It is you," when Rey beats him to Luke's lightsaber in The Force Awakens novelization, either.

In that case, this entire game could be a red herring, meant to encourage new theories before The Last Jedi comes out. But, until then, we've just got one more theory to indulge.

Cover Image Credit: starwars.com

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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