Rey's Yellow Lightsaber in The Rise of Skywalker Could Tell Us What's Next For Star Wars
Ever since Rey took her first whack at Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she was working with a hand-me-down—the sky-blue lightsaber previously owned by Anakin and Luke Skywalker. But when we saw early trailers for The Rise of Skywalker, it seemed like she’d finally get her own lightsaber, albeit from the Dark Side Store—a collapsible, travel-friendly version of Darth Maul’s double-bladed weapon.
Turns out that was just a vision. But, now that The Rise of Skywalker is finally in our lives, we know that Rey crafts her own lightsaber, so she doesn’t have to use the one Anakin Skywalker—cringe—murdered a bunch of kids with. At the end of the film, Rey returns to Luke’s home on Tatooine, where she buries Luke and Leia’s lightsabers, then reveals her own—decked out with a golden-yellow blade, a hilt that looks like it might’ve been crafted from her staff, and a cigarette-lighter-looking switch that turns it on.
Considering we didn’t see Rey craft the weapon, or say anything about it, we don’t officially know why she chose a yellow saber, aside from it looking cool, of course. A very basic answer could simply be that red and green can be combined to make yellow. But since lightsaber colors have always signified virtues and allegiances in the Star Wars universe (how else would you know that the bad guys are bad?), digging back through Star Wars history could give us a clue as to what Rey is planning for her future adventures.
Where have we seen yellow lightsabers before?
The only appearances of yellow-bladed lightsabers you’ll find in Star Wars canon are in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels—the two animated Star Wars shows that take place between Episodes II and III, and Episodes III and IV, respectively. Yellow sabers are used by the Jedi Temple Guard—which is basically a group of distinguished, force-sensitive bodyguards who protect the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic (kind of like the queen’s guard but Star Wars!).
Jedi Temple Guard members are chosen anonymously from the Jedi Knights, and use a double-bladed lightsaber pike. They’re known for being morally impenetrable—the kind of Jedis who would wear masks and devote their entire lives to protecting a sacred place like the Coruscant Temple. The Jedi Temple member we get to know is The Grand Inquisitor, who later falls from the light side so he can do some villain stuff with Darth Vader. But that was just a bad apple situation.
What does the yellow lightsaber mean for Rey?
First of all, she’s going to have some free time now that she incinerated Grandpa Palps and his Sith friends. So what’s a Jedi to do? Well, in the ending of The Last Jedi, we saw a group of kids learning about the Skywalker legend—with the implication that a new generation of Jedi could be on its way. Plus The Rise of Skywalker seems to hint that Finn is force-sensitive. Which is all to say: Rey probably won’t be *The Last Jedi* for long.
It would make sense for Rey—like the virtuous, disciplined Temple Guard before her—to devote the rest of her life to protecting what’s left of the Jedi and its history, and maybe even help pave the way for a new group of lightsaber-wielding heroes. Regardless, even though the Skywalker Saga has ended, you can bet this won’t be the last we’ll hear from Rey.
Oh, another super-secret theory—the Jedi Temple Guard lightsaber is for sale at the Star Wars: Galaxy Edge theme park at Disney World, and it looks pretty sweet. Maybe it’s just an excuse to sell more lightsabers!
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.