The protagonist of the sequel trilogy got an underwhelming farewell in Rise of the Skywalker. Most fans will agree that Rey deserved better in the series. In fact, if we compare her story to that of the other protagonists of the Star Wars movies, then it does feel like her story was only beginning. After all, Anakin became Darth Vader and Luke engaged with the Ewoks in their movies. However, in contrast- Rey really didn’t have that much of an arc or one that was as impactful.
Now anyone who is familiar with the behind-the-scenes drama that went on at the time of the sequel trilogy will know that nothing from the plot to the characterization was accurately mapped out. In fact, Daisy Ridley had later said that the script was constantly changing on the sets of the last movie.
So if you are bummed out about Daisy Ridley’s Rey not getting her due, then you will probably be happy to know that there’s a brand new rumour suggesting that Rey can return again to Star Wars. But it could be in a new manner- through season 3 of The Mandalorian.
Giant Freakin Robot says that Daisy Ridley is currently talking with Lucasfilm to reprise her breakout role as Rey in a future project. No one knows till now what project it is or even if this news is true or not. However, assuming that what GFR says is true, could it be possible that Rey’s appearance again is going to be sooner rather than later? More importantly, could it happen in season 3 of The Mandalorian itself?
We think that it’s possible and here’s how:
There has already been some speculation that we could see some sort of a time jump between season 2 and the upcoming season 3 of The Mandalorian. However, most people think that it will just be a couple of years at most so that Luke can train Grogu properly before the father-son duo reunites again.
Now if Rey has to show up in the Star Wars universe and more specifically, in season 3 of The Mandalorian, then this time gap needs to be 22 years at the most. Many fans will obviously think that this time gap will just be too excessive. However, it’s indeed possible to get this time leap in terms of characters.
After all, we don’t see Din’s face that much so it won’t be much trouble. They can age him up and viewers won’t even really know. As for Grogu- 22 years for his species is just a blip. So he won’t be ageing much at all. As such, fans can rest assured that Grogu will still stay baby. However, there will be a difference- since he will have 2 decades worth of training from Luke Skywalker so his fighting would have improved a lot.
But it won’t really be 2 decades worth of training since the sequel trilogy confirmed that Luke’s Jedi Academy got destroyed by Kylo Ren in the year of 28 ABY. That’s 5 years before the sequel Star Wars trilogy begins. Now, obviously, baby Yoda has to live through the ordeal and more to meet and get trained by Rey. This is indeed not that far fetched. After all, if he was able to survive once purge, then he can survive another one as well.
Another possibility is that Din could just pick up Grogu before Kylo goes haywire. Then they can find Rey who can take over Grogu’s training. But there is only one issue that’s preventing this from happening and that’s the fact that there’s more to The Mandalorian than just Grogu and Din Djarin.
We need to ask some questions before going full speed with this Rey theory. One is that- will it take Bo-Katan two whopping decades to get the much sought after Darksaber back? Question number two is- Will Greef Katha still stay as Nevarro’s magistrate?
So as you can see- a 2 decade time jump will complicate things. But it will also provide an easy solution to the disappearance of Cara Dune after Gina Carano got fired.
Rey’s appearance in season 3 of The Mandalorian is a long shot. But it’s not impossible. After all, with Luke Skywalker’s appearance making the show an integral part of the Star Wars universe, the creators can move one step forward and make the last Skywalker appear so that it all remains connected. Also, it will help carry on the work and purpose of the show- to fill in the gaps between various big Star Wars events. But will it happen? That remains to be seen.