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A New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Theory Explains Evil Rey's Double-Bladed Lightsaber

It's looking like our hero might be tempted by the Dark Side.
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One deep dive into some of the Star Wars sub-Reddits and you could find about eight movies worth of pretty good plot for the upcoming Rise of Skywalker. Dozens of theories are posted every day that range from ridiculous (Rey is a clone made from Luke's severed hand) to pretty interesting (Kylo will turn good). But then there are others that are something of a composite of every theory out there to make for some pretty compelling fan fiction. This latest one falls into the latter category, and comes from what a Reddit user claims is a reliable source with information about the intimate details about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Now, this theory is long, but there's one section in particular that seems pretty damn believable. Essentially, this theory describes a situation in which Kylo Ren learns that Anakin's virgin birth was the result of Palpatine's experiments with the Force. As it turns out, Palpatine can possess beings that were powerful with the Force, which is his key to immortality. Rey arrives to challenge Kylo Ren and he is beaten when Palpatine intervenes. Rey is captured by Palpatine, and Kylo returns to the Resistance with this information to help them beat the Emperor for good. Later in the film, Kylo returns to fight Palpatine. As the theory reads:

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She has a Darth moniker and was turned to the Darkside after being tortured. Sidious informs him that the Skywalker lineage was a mistake because it was corrupted with weak lightside midi-chlorians and that Rey was his latest experiment. Rey was created by Sidious as a new Force-being, as Anakin failed and that explained her powers, as she was a new "Anakin." In Sidious's opinion the Skywalker family was a mistake which needed to be eradicated. Now, wielding a double bladed lightsaber, fight Kylo. Kylo will toss the red crossguard for Anakin's lightsaber and fights Rey in the Star Destroyer.

What's interesting about this is that footage released wide today for the first time, confirms the double-bladed lightsaber portion of the theory. The images from the latest D23 Rise of Skywalker trailer show a dark side of Rey that appears to be what this user is describing. It's a pretty cool theory—one that flips the idea of good and evil, while also delivering on the Actually Kylo Ren Is Good theory.

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If you want to know how this all plays out, the theory explains the ending too, which I'll let you do at your own risk just in case it ends up being true. You never know.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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