‘Star Wars’ Fans Aren’t Ready for Rey Skywalker’s Story to End

One of the most popular female characters in Star Wars and modern film is the lightsaber-wielding and new hope of the light side of the Force Rey, or as she likes to be known as, Rey Skywalker, who is played by Daisy Ridley.

Rey was first introduced to the Star Wars universe in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh Star Wars film is a continuation of the extremely popular franchise, which includes feature films, television shows, comic books, novels, action figures, and all the branded merchandise possible.

Ridley’s extremely popular portrayal of Rey has catapulted her into the spotlight and become an inspiration for many women who were glad to see a female-led Star Wars trilogy. Many of thesefans have expressed their desire to see both Ridley and Rey return to the beloved franchise, whether it be in a film or other medium. 

What is ‘Star Wars’ about?

Daisy Ridley
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The epic space saga of a galaxy far, far away mainly focuses on the members of the Skywalker family, including the spiritual if not blood-related member Rey.

The first and most iconic Skywalkers introduced to Star Wars are Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in the original trilogy of the films.

The members of the Skywalker family are incredibly force-sensitive, which gives them the ability to perform amazing feats, both for good and evil. The most infamous Skywalker in the long history of Star Wars is Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd/Hayden Christensen) who becomes the fearsome Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). 

While Vader is not a central character in the sequel trilogy of which Rey is the focus, but his presence does loom large, especially for Rey’s dyad and fellow Skywalker, Ben Solo (Adam Driver). 

Who is Rey in ‘Star Wars?’

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First introduced as a scavenger on the desert planet Jakku, Rey is thrust into a greater adventure when she meets a fleeing stormtrooper named Finn (John Boyega) and a droid BB-8, who lead her on a path to learn the ways of the Jedi from both Luke and Leia.

Much like her mentor Luke, who must master the force and discover the truth about his family in the original Star Wars series, Rey’s journey is the centerpiece of her trilogy, but she is not able to complete her journey alone. During her adventures, Rey aligns herself with allies such as Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn, while continuing to learn valuable lessons from the Skywalker twins Luke and Leia.

Rey’s final heroic acts in The Rise of Skywalker are meant to be a conclusion to both her character and her the Skywalker family, but many fans hope to see more of both in upcoming Star Wars projects. 

Why do fans want to see more of Rey in future ‘Star Wars’ stories? 

Rey’s incredible powers and the potential for new and exciting storylines have caused fans to call for more of the character in the future. One of the reasons that fans are clamoring for more Rey is the reveal of her unique golden-yellow lightsaber at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 

As all Star Wars fans know, red lightsabers are the weapons of the evil Sith, and blue or green sabers are the choice of the Jedi, excluding of course Mace Windu’s (Samuel L. Jackson) famous purple lightsaber. This is why Rey’s yellow blade is of interest to fans, especially since no one has yet seen it in action.

Besides films, many famous Star Wars names have continued their legends with various television shows and written works, which could be the fate of characters like Rey and Finn.

Boyega has already publicly stated that he has no interest in returning to the franchise, and Ridley has echoed a similar sentiment. Still, it is possible that both actors could change their minds, or that their characters could return to the franchise in a different format.