NO THIS ISN’T A SPOILER AND I SWEAR TO ALL THAT IS HOLY IF YOU SAY SO IN THE COMMENTS, I WILL SCOUR THE LAND IN WHICH YOU ROAM AND BURN IT TO THE GROUND.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to what J.J. Abrams has to say about his cut scene from Rey’s “Forceback” moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Comicbook reports that in the original scene, Rey was also supposed to see Luke and Vader fighting in Cloud City. Ultimately, this scene was removed as Abrams wanted it to feel “more personal to Rey”:
“Touching the lightsaber triggers what we call the ‘Forceback.’ There were many iterations of this. In one, from the Cloud City Corridor, she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting. We wanted it to be a more personal story, something that she couldn’t comprehend, that was overwhelming to her, frightening to her, that was taking her through all of these elemental experiences, of fire, of rain, snow, wind. But also that she was being confronted with truths about the Force, about the past. The Knights of Ren here, the past for herself. She realizes that the cries she heard were actually her own cries as a young girl being taken away from her family. And then she hears a voice, ‘Rey,’ and that’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
So what do we learn? Not really anything, in my opinion. We already know Rey has some connection to Luke from watching the film, but it’s not like seeing him in a vision really does anything in explaining her origin to us.
I get so tired of the obsession over who Rey is. I think getting us to focus on her origin is intentional and done to distract us for a much bigger twist in Episode VIII. It just seems too on the nose for the big reveal of Episode VIII to be Rey’s origin. I’m hoping for something more out of left field for the climax of the film, but what about you?