3 Reasons Why Rey Will NOT Turn to the Dark Side in The Rise of Skywalker...
Alright, so The Rise of Skywalker is right around the corner, and Star Wars YouTubers are jumping at the bit to have their predictions known. However, we here at Inside Star Wars have decided to go a slightly different route. While we do have a list of our predictions up on the website (https://bit.ly/2RYcZVD), we've decided to expand upon one talking point in particular, that being Rey's turn to the dark side. Sure, it's a cool idea in concept. But when you think about it in way too much detail, here's looking at me, you'll start to realise it's a concept based entirely in fantasy. I'm Matt from Inside Star Wars, and here are 3 Reasons Why Rey Will NOT Turn to the Dark Side in The Rise of Skywalker...
Number 03. It's Far Too Late
If there was ever a time to turn Rey to the dark side, The Last Jedi would have been perfect. That way, Rey would have ample opportunity in The Rise of Skywalker to fully realise her villainous potential. Turning her this late on, in the final instalment of the Skywalker Saga, just doesn't make any sense. For arguments sake, though, let's say Palpatine manages to lure Rey from her Goody Two Shoes status. Is 2 hours and 35 minutes really enough time to have her turn, justify her decision, have her commit evil deeds and then either be redeemed or destroyed? I mean, if you thought Daenerys Targaryen's snap decision to burn down King's Landing felt rushed, just imagine the fan uproar if this storyline came to fruition.
Number 02. It's Not the Disney Way
I have to admit, turning Rey to the dark side would be such a bold, unexpected decision that if done well, and I mean really well, could win over many of the Star Wars fans who checked out after The Last Jedi. However, it's not the Disney way. If you cast your mind back to The Force Awakens, you'll remember how much Disney pushed Rey as a role model for young girls. I mean, she's practically a Disney Princess now. But it's not exactly the company's mantra to break the hearts of said young girls just to please us more hardcore fans, is it? Just imagine having to explain to your daughter why Rey went and killed a bunch of cute little Ewoks. Or, it could go the other way. What if your daughter agreed with her role model's decision and starts to think being evil ain't so bad! It's a recipe for disaster.
Number 01. Her Turn Would Have Been Spoiled in the Second Trailer
The second trailer for The Rise of Skywalker has its fair share of memorable moments. Yet it's only really talked about for its dramatic and surprising ending, one which sees a dark side version of Rey wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. Bad. Ass. Trailers, of course, take clips directly from the final cut of the movie, meaning Rey is all but guaranteed to join the dark side of the Force, right? Except, this would be a massive spoiler. I mean, why would Disney throw away such a monumental plot twist mere months before the film's debut? Unless it's a red herring, of course. Perhaps “Dark Side Rey” is actually a Force vision induced by the mirror cave on Ahch-To. Or maybe it has something to do with Emperor Palpatine and his recruitment of the powerful Jedi. Either way, the epic conclusion to the second trailer should not be trusted. View it with a mound of salt!
So there are three reasons why Rey will not turn to the dark side in The Rise of Skywalker. Do you agree or disagree? How stupid might I look in a few days' time? Let me know in the comments below!