The TLJ Case for Rey Skywalker

A Shadow Council tour de Force

The case for Rey Skywalker can be summed up in a few lines from TLJ:

Luke: You went straight to the dark. […] It offered something you needed. And you didn’t even try to stop yourself.

Luke: […] My nephew with that mighty Skywalker blood. And in my hubris, I thought I could train him, I could pass on my strengths. […]
Rey: […] Kylo failed you. I won’t.

Luke thinks Ben fell because of his heritage and Luke failed to help him overcome it as he did. Now Luke is terrified it will doom Rey as well (first quote). The fact Luke never actually trained Rey in The Last Jedi is a very important plot point. By attempting what Luke did for Vader and then refusing Kylo’s offer to join him, Rey showed Luke the Skywalker bloodline wasn’t predisposed to the dark, but the light. He didn’t need to pass on his strengths to her, she already had them.

Read the full case:


  1. Thematic Analysis
  2. Basis for the Interpretation
  3. Creative Commentary
  4. Movie Analysis Round Table
  5. Another Interpretation
  6. Narrative Analysis
  7. Symbolic Analysis

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What makes someone a somebody?

How would you tell the difference?
Could a somebody sit in a cantina without being recognized? (Luke in LoLS #1)
How about searching for salvage on Jakku? (Luke in LoLS #2)
Or perhaps fly a junker A-Wing and not even have their name recognized? (LoLS #6)
Perhaps the real lesson is the distinction between nobody and somebody is meaningless and we’re all Luke Skywalker.

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