The revelation that Rey was really Palpatine’s granddaughter was one of the vital controversial facets of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, however it’s price declaring this concept doesn’t come from director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Chris Terrio. Consider it or not, this wasn’t the primary time in Star Wars historical past that the Emperor had been confirmed to be a grandfather. In reality, his unique grandkid shares many similarities with Rey herself.
One of many many semi-canonical tales from the 1990s was the youngsters’s e-book sequence unofficially known as “Jedi Prince,” written by Paul and Hollace Davids, illustrated by Karl Kessel and with covers by Drew Struzan. The books adopted Ken, an orphan who grew up within the wake of Return of the Jedi, loving the tales of the Insurgent Alliance. A pure prodigy within the methods of the Drive, Ken joined the Rise up to battle the vestiges of the Empire, together with Palpatine’s son, Triclops.
It was then revealed that Ken was the son of “Jedi princess” Kendalina and Triclops, making him Palpatine’s grandson. This horrified the hero, as he had assumed he was descended from Obi-Wan Kenobi. None aside from Luke Skywalker was readily available to carry his spirits, although, by telling him that his actions and good coronary heart have been extra necessary than his household historical past. In any case, Triclops was additionally not such a foul man, having turned in opposition to his father.
The similarities between Rey and Ken are nearly too quite a few to rely – in abstract, each are single-named protagonists with unusually sturdy Drive-sensitivity who’re trying to find the reality about their lineage, solely to find their darkish household tree. It’s unclear if “Jedi Prince” was an affect on Abrams and Terrio, however it definitely appears seemingly. In any case, Ben Solo was already impressed by Jacen Solo, so the Legends materials is clearly a significant supply of inspiration for the sequels. What was it George Lucas stated about Star Wars rhyming once more?