The Last Jedi continues down its path to be the most explained Star Wars movie ever made, as director and writer Rian Johnson offers some interesting insight into one of the film’s most intriguing moments.
Rey goes into the Dark Side pit, and in it she finds... herself. A lot of herselves, a long line of mirror images, extending all the way into eternity. For a young woman desperate to learn her place in the world, and the truth about her heritage, this revelation from the Force is more than baffling. But according to Johnson, it was a part of her story from near the beginning.
“The origin of that was honesty just very, very, very early before I started even coming up with story,” he told a crowd during a recent Q&A, as reported by ComicBook.com. “It was a visual image I had in my head just when I was thinking about Rey and thinking about what was important to her and her search really for identity and for place.”
Johnson went on to offer his own interpretation of the scene, and how the image connects to Rey’s ultimate growth. “So, it was just an image that came into my head of this infinite line of, you know, possibilities of self in this infinite line of possibilities of identity and the notion then of playing with which one is the quote-unquote real her,” he said. “Which one is going to be her and where does it end, and it does end someplace. It ends at a place that shows her basically her kind of worst fear which is that it’s just her.”
Of course, that’s not the end of the story: there’s Leia, and the Resistance, and her future as a Jedi (or at least a powerful Force user of some variety). But what a terrifying image for someone looking for her parents, and her place in the galaxy. A whole hall of mirrors. No one to see but herself.