With her dark robes, grim scowl, and dual-bladed red lightsaber, fans immediately started speculating if what was shown to us is real, or if it’s all fake.
Several different theories emerged, such as Rey being Emperor Palpatine’s clone, or that Rey has finally given in to her dark side and is fighting for the Siths. While another popular theory postulates that Dark Rey is nothing more than a vision, and now it seems that there’s more substance to this theory than first meets the eye.
Reddit user tcartinella recently posted on Reddit a screenshot from The Rise of Skywalker which shows Rey staring at the old beaten up helmet of Darth Vader. In the comment thread, someone posted a comment suggesting that Rey might touch the helmet, possibly resulting in the appearance of Dark Rey. Is she being called to the helmet in The Rise of Skywalker just like how she was called to Luke’s lightsaber in The Force Awakens?
It is highly possible that Rey has a Force ability called psychometry which allows Force-sensitive people to be able to sense past events when touching another object. The Star Wars novel Force Collector also features someone with this ability.
Psychometry also appears in Jedi: Fallen Order where it was explained that such abilities can make someone more susceptible to falling to the Dark Side. As the ability lets users see, hear, and feel the emotions associated with the object in their grasp, if said emotions are related to the Dark Side, the user might end up being lured to evil.
So with the reveal of the screenshot by tcartinella, it might be possible that Dark Rey is indeed just a vision, by none of than Rey who received the vision only after coming into contact with Vader’s helmet.
Regardless of whether this theory pans out, at least we won’t have to wait too long to find out. One thing we are pretty sure of though, is that Rey and Anakin Skywalker might be more closely linked than we first thought.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will release in theatres across Singapore from December 19, 2019.