Or, you know, if you don’t care about spoilers.
They are minor spoilers, but regardless, you’ve been warned.
So, I’ve been thinking about the map. You know, the one that leads to Skywalker, that was at the heart of the whole film. In addition to blowing up the Death Star 3.0 thingy, of course.
I was thinking last night, and trying to backtrack a bit to before Luke disappeared. I never really questioned that R2 might have a copy of the same map that the Empire/First Order had, because even if it hadn’t occurred to me that R2 may have downloaded it when he’d plugged into the Death Star decades earlier, I’m used to the Expanded Universe, wherein the Alliance learned a lot from the records that had been kept on Corusant after it had been liberated from the Empire’s grasp once the 2nd Death Star was destroyed. So to me, many of the old Empire records (haha I liked that movie!) would have been fair game.
And the map on both sides was incomplete, which I guess would make sense if Luke himself had to go searching for the first Jedi temple. That may never have been common knowledge.
So, presumably, at some point, Luke found what he was looking for, and added it to the map. He created the missing segment and either gave it to Max von Sydow, or left it somewhere it could be found. Hopefully by an ally.
Maybe it was created from whatever transportation he used to get there. Whatever. I’m not even sure how the first part of his journey was available on both R2’s copy and the First Order’s, but maybe the FO was just able to narrow it down based on the missing piece, and needed that last bit to pinpoint Luke’s location. It all makes for a sweet team effort between R2 and BB-8 (WHOM I FREAKING LOVE), so I’ll allow it.
To me, the more important piece of information is WHERE that missing piece was left and located.
From what we can tell so far, it was on Jakku.
The same place Rey was left years ago.
That can’t possibly be a coincidence. Not even in a galaxy far, far away.
Maybe Max von Sydow was its guardian. Maybe he was even there to keep an eye on young Rey, much the way Obi-Wan kept an eye on Luke – from a distance – while he was growing up on Tatooine. Maybe not. But regardless of the connection, or if there even is one, my brain keeps going over everything we learn in the film, and trying to figure out who Rey could be.
It’s kind of an obsession, to be honest. I haven’t been this excited about a new character in that universe since my introduction to Mara Jade. The fact that Daisy Ridley looks so much like Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley makes me think she’s at least related to Luke and Leia in some way, but it is of course possible that she’s not. Maybe she’s a Kenobi. Maybe she’s from another family entirely that was or was not strong in the Force. Though abandoning a kid on a desert planet by herself for no reason seems kind of cold, so I’m thinking someone knew she was important. Or that she would be.
Plus, there’s all the little things that tie her to our known heroes. The hug with Leia even though they’d never met, while Chewie and Leia didn’t even acknowledge one another at that point. Han and Leia were both unconcerned when Kylo Ren took Rey with him, and I don’t feel that was a lack of compassion on their part. I think it was more that they knew she’d be okay with Ren, at least for awhile.
(By the way, why would his name be Ben? That didn’t really make sense to me, but whatever. I’ll allow that, too, for sentimentality’s sake. Haha)
The visions when she touched the lightsaber were all from the outside, and mostly of events and people she had never witnessed in person. Even the flashback to being left behind on Jakku was from someone else’s point of view. It could have just been how it was edited, but she was looking down at herself, not up at the ship leaving, as if she was re-living it from her point of view. As well, the lightsaber was not present at any of those events, either, so there must be some connection between it and Rey through the Force itself. Not just ANY lightsaber, but that one in particular.
She’d had visions of Luke’s location before she’d seen it, and as they approach the island, Chewie glances at her, as if to gauge her reaction to seeing it in person.
And she is a very quick study in the ways of the Force, especially considering she thought it was all legend. I don’t know the timing of everything yet, but if she was left on Jakku around the time Kylo Ren turned dark, she was not an infant, and Luke had a whole legion of people he’d been training, so the Jedi wouldn’t have exactly been hiding at that point. They would have been known throughout the galaxy, at least of their existence. So that she picks everything Force-related up so quickly makes me think maybe she’s a tad more connected to the Force than even Luke had been when he was young and untrained.
Or born in it, like Anakin, but that seemed a bit much.
Anyway, it occurred to me that the missing piece of the map was located on the same planet as Rey, and that both needed to find their way to the Republic, and eventually lead her in particular to Luke. There’s a lot going on emotionally for both characters by the time they see one another, and I personally can’t wait to see what happens in the immediate moments following where TFA leaves off, let alone anything else that happens in Episode 8!
How many more months to go now?