‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Will Not Be the First Time Fans Have Seen Dark Rey

The new trailer for J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has fans speculating about what will happen to Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the final chapter of the franchise. The clip featured a glimpse of Dark Rey, hinting that she may be going over the dark side in the upcoming film. While this might be the most sinister look of Rey yet, this is not the first time Star Wars fans have seen Rey go dark.

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‘Star Wars’ Rey Daisy Ridley | Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Inside Rey’s dark vision in ‘The Force Awakens’

The first time the franchise hinted at a Dark Rey was back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie includes a scene where Rey has a vision of herself standing with the Knights of Ren, who are controlled by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). According to Independent, the Knights of Ren surfaced after the destruction of the Empire and are loyal to the dark side. The scene sparked speculation about Rey joining forces with Ren and becoming part of his elite force.

Fast forward to the recent trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and fans are theorizing that Dark Rey is a member of Ren’s forces. If that is true, then how does Rey go to the dark side after everything that has unfolded in the past two movies?

Not surprising, there are multiple theories about how Rey turns dark. There are some fans who believe that Rey has a clone, though that would be a lot to flush out in one film. There is another theory about how Rey will combine the light and dark side of the Force. This would allow her to establish a balance in the Force, something that Luke did back in the day.

Whatever happens, it is clear that Abrams is using the dark side as part of Rey’s story in the final Star Wars chapter. Exactly where this goes is anyone’s guess, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of Rey – and Ren – before the end.

Does Rey have a clone?

Abrams and his team have kept a tight lid on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. With many of the plot elements hidden, we can only guess about what’s ahead for our favorite characters. Based on the trailer, Dark Rey is clearly making an appearance, and the idea that Rey is a clone has been gaining momentum in recent weeks.

The Star Wars clone theory is tied to the fact that Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is returning. As fans may recall, Palpatine has explored using clones to remain alive. If Abrams chooses to bring this storyline back, it is possible that Rey is one of Palpatine’s clones and is ultimately controlled by him.

The only way this scenario would work is if Palpatine’s spirit is still around. There are some fans who believe that Palpatine is haunting Darth Vader’s helmet, which is in Ren’s possession. There is also a chance that he is possessing the destroyed Death Star. Either way, we know for sure that Palpatine will play an important part in the film, even if the clone theory is proved wrong.

Will Rey go dark?

One of the biggest questions ahead of the final Star Wars movie’s premiere is whether or not Rey will join the dark side. There have been plenty of Jedi masters who have rejected the light – most notably Anakin Skywalker – which opens the door for Rey to do the same.

Rey is also very powerful with the Force, and Luke expressed concern about how quickly she accepted Anch-To’s dark side. We cannot say for sure if Rey will go to the dark side, but she certainly has it in her to choose her own path.

It should also be noted that Rey has consistently picked the light side of the Force over the dark. In fact, she has had several opportunities to join the dark side but always rejects it. That does not mean she will continue to do the same, but it is hard to believe that the franchise would end with its main character turning evil.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release in theaters on December 20, 2019.