We had two years to speculate and theorize the different possibilities. And then when The Last Jedi finally was released we were going to get our answer. And…. they were nobodies. Junkers, that sold her off.
Well, Rian Johnson didn’t come to this decision easily. He had a “Book” of every possibility, even stupid insane ones.
“I honestly listed everything I could think of. Even awful possibilities where I said, ‘This is not what we’re going to do.’ I mean the less silly one was, ‘Is she a clone?’ Anything that’s a theory on Reddit now I guarantee was listed on that document.”
And he even went to Reddit for some ideas, and they were a doozy.
“The silliest one was, ‘Is she a robot?’ Okay, we’ve seen a biomechanical realistic flesh hand on Luke, could the technology have advanced significantly in the 30 years, and then I just started laughing. Look forward to the ‘Rey was almost a robot’ headlines.”
“The question boils down to ‘What is the hardest thing she could hear?’” Johnson added. “It’s really similar to the ‘I am your father’ scene, but with the inverse answer.”
“I am your father” takes what could have been a very simple bad guy and suddenly turns him into something much more complicated. To do that with Rey, to give the audience and Rey that feeling of “Oh no,” it had to be the opposite of that.
Well, personally I think her being a robot or droid would be amazing. It would blow every Star Wars fans heads away! We need a little bit of Star Wars anarchy to shake things up. Change is good.