The big theory about Star Wars: Episode IX has been officially completely shut down
Well. That's that then.
Cast your mind back to Episode XIII: The Last Jedi.
Yes, we know, for half of you, that brings happiness and joy, and the other half are immediately overwhelmed by tremendous disappointment.
Deal with it, we've got a story to tell.
So you'll remember when Kylo Ren told Rey that she wasn't from the all-important lineage that she had apparently presumed herself to be:
"Sold you off for drinking money. They’re dead in a pauper’s grave in the Jakku desert. You come from nothing. You’re nothing."
Well, that movie's writer and director Rian Johnson (who is currently working on another, Skywalker-less Star Wars Trilogy) soon afterwards spoke about that conversation, telling The Huffington Post the following:
"The hardest thing she could hear would be [...] ‘No, you’re not going to get the answer. This is not going to define you. You’re going to have to find your own place in this world. Kylo is going to use that even as leverage to try and make you feel insecure, and you’re going to have to stand on your own two feet.’
"[But] anything's still open, and I’m not writing the next film. [J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio] are doing it."
That gave fans who were unhappy with Rey's family tree revelation, and the fact that apparently anyone can possess the power of the Force, not just those born into it, some hope that this was a big fib Kylo was telling just to upset Rey.
From there, Jason Ward of the Making Star Wars podcast has formed a theory about Rey's actual parents, telling Digital Spy that "Rey is Han Solo's daughter. But she is not Leia Organa's daughter – and therefore is not a Skywalker.
"Leia and Han were estranged when she began training with Luke. When she did not complete that training she returned to Han, but Ben Solo knew of the affair, although not necessarily about Rey, and began acting out, and this was when he was sent to Luke."
That would certainly tie up a few more loose ends, like Kylo and Rey's connection, and that same apparent emotional connection between Han and Rey in The Force Awakens.
But, Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo took to Twitter to shut that idea down permanently.
That doesn’t fit with the timeline. Han and Leia were together up until about 5 years before TFA when it all went to hell, and Rey is 19.
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) May 29, 2019
So there you have it.
Han isn't Rey's Dad, so whatever revelation The Rise Of Skywalker has in store for us, if there even is one, we haven't guessed it yet.
We'll know for sure when Episode IX is released in Irish cinemas on Thursday 19 December.
Clip via Star Wars