Warning: This article contains spoilers for the most recent Star Wars film. If you have not yet seen it, know that several big twists from The Rise of Skywalker will be spoiled below.
The latest Star Wars trilogy introduced one of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy, Rey (or Rey Palpatine). As the new farmgirl from a planet in the middle of nowhere, Rey fulfilled her destiny as a Jedi and continued their legacy. Through powerful, her journey to becoming a Jedi featured some ups and downs.
Like any beginner, she made plenty of mistakes along the way to becoming a hero of the Resistance, the new Luke Skywalker who will lead the oppressed against the tyrannical First Order. With that, here are 5 Worst Things Rey Did (& 5 Most Heroic) in Star Wars.
10 Worst: Gave in to Temptation
When Luke reluctantly agrees to train Rey as a Jedi, he realizes the raw, untamed power within her instantly. Her inability to resist the temptation of the dark side labeled her as a possible Sith, one that could be seduced by the dark side of the force.
Palpatine may have said one must consider all sides to understand the Jedi and sith, Rey was simply following her feelings. However, Luke was right to warn her of the dangers that accompany curiosity with Rey learning the hard way.
9 Heroic: Fought Alongside Kylo
Rey is one of the most sympathetic characters in the new trilogy, offering Kylo a wait out numerous times despite his hesitancy and reluctantly to join. In The Last Jedi, she makes a stand alongside him against Snoke and his guards.
Her selfless actions prove she’s capable of seeing the good in people, just like Luke could with Darth Vader. Even though Kylo declines, Rey continues to at her attempts to bring him back to the light.
8 Worst: Fought with Luke
Luke made some controversial decisions, like cutting himself off from the force, but Rey’s decision to fight him was foolish. Luke is one of (if not the most) powerful Jedi in the galaxy, wise, experienced and trained in the ways of the force.
Rey simply wanted answers she wasn’t getting and chose to confront Luke with her lightsaber rather than words. Admirable, but truly mistaken, Rey.
7 Heroic: Brought Han and Chewie Back
Though their meeting was an accident, Rey (and Finn) successfully brought Han and Chewie back in the game. Her admiration of Han as a father figure and respect for the Falcon may not have been heroic, but a single step towards something bigger.
Rey is genuine in everything that she says and does, and her need for Han and Chewie in the fight against the First Order is warranted.
6 Worst: Destroyed the Locals Home
Rey has a tendency to ignore her surroundings, mindful only of what’s in front of her. During her training with Luke, she manages to tear down some huts and slash away stones pillars that have been erected for hundreds of years. The locals were irrelevant to the story, but that doesn’t mean she can’t respect them.
As silly as this is, it’s imperative to Rey’s training as she focuses on her power and passion rather than the life and force around her.
5 Heroic: Saved BB-8
BB-8 took over the role of R2-D2 as the loveable droid companion in the latest trilogy. When Rey is tempted by a month’s worth of food in exchange for the droid, her compassionate side takes over instead of her own needs. The two were inseparable from the start with Rey refusing to let anyone take the droid away from her.
Had Rey sold the droid in exchange for food, it’s unlikely the Resistance would have gotten to Skywalker. Furthermore, the First Order would have gotten their first, taking him out of the equation as the biggest threat.
4 Worst: Bridged Minds with Kylo
Rey can be impulsive, and her mind-bridge with Kylo is a great example of her lack of caution. Not only is this further temptation to the dark side, but dangerous when considering both Rey and Luke’s safety.
With the two together Kylo can discover the location of Luke, exposing him and ending his seclusion from the galaxy. The information Kylo gave to Rey was important but the danger looming proved worse.
3 Heroic: Saved Ben Solo
Kylo’s redemption arc was completed in the final entry of the Skywalker saga, becoming one with the force like his grandfather. Not only did she stop Palpatine, but she was able to bring back Ben Solo from the corrupted Kylo Ren.
Though the romance between the two never came to fruition (with the exception of a small kiss before Ben’s untimely departure), Rey’s actions were nothing short of heroic in the final fight on Exegol.
2 Worst: Destroyed Luke’s Lightsaber
Though some saw this as a shift away from the Skywalker saga, the act itself was shameless. Kylo and Rey both fought over the possession of Luke’s Lightsaber, breaking it in the process like two children over a toy.
The restoration of the light side of the force may not rely on the survival of a lightsaber, but it was a symbol of hope.
1 Heroic: Buried the Skywalker Saga
Despite the mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, the ending of Rise of Skywalker was beautiful. A perfect goodbye to a nostalgic series, 40 years in the making. With Rey’s training complete and Palpatine destroyed, Rey returns what’s left of the Skywalker Saga to where it all started, Tatooine.
The visit from Luke and Leia as force ghosts was a tearjerker as the Skywalker era finally came to an end, and Rey’s journey just beginning. Honorable, respectful, you name it, this was the goodbye every Star Wars fan wanted, and Rey made sure their legacy would rest well.
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