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What did Rey’s mirror scene in ‘The Last Jedi’ mean?

‘The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson explains what the mirror scene really meant

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” ‘The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson explained what the mirror scene really meant.
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson reportedly explained what the mirror scene — where Rey can see multiple versions of herself — really means.

What’s going on?

Writer Sariah Wilson recently interviewed Rian Johnson about the “Star Wars” franchise. She asked about the dark cave mirror scene from “The Last Jedi.”

  • The scene, he said, is similar to Luke Skywalker going into the cave in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
  • She wrote that “it is left open to your interpretation. He didn’t want to be definitive about it so that it wouldn’t take away from what you got out of it.”
  • Johnson reportedly said Rey has to find answers from within herself, which is why she constantly sees her reflection, according to Wilson.
  • “He saw the mirror/cave as an internal experience,” Wilson wrote.

As ComicBook.com explained, “our hero has to look (inside) herself for answers about how she fits into the story. It’s not going to come from Luke, or Kylo Ren, or even her parents. Basically, it can be viewed as a moment of self-determination.”

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Johnson also told Wilson that his planned “Star Wars” trilogy is still in the works, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “I’m just going to post this now because I can see that I’m going to get a lot of requests — Yes, Rian’s SW trilogy is still on. No dates or timelines because he has other projects going on, but it is happening. THAT IS ALL I KNOW ABOUT IT,” Wilson said on Twitter.

Wilson also said she interviewed Ridley about the “Star Wars” franchise. Ridley revealed that Ben Solo was always meant to die in “The Rise of Skywalker,” despite rumors that Ben Solo was meant to survive, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.