January 28, 2023
The Balance Series Part 6 - The Prophecy and Rey

Katelyn continues to explore the balance of the force and its consequences for the Star Wars universe…

“Bring back the balance Rey, as I did”

Welcome back Force-Users. It’s been a while since we have continued with the Balance Series. But, while we’re all forced to stay home, we might as well have some Star Wars to look at! Today I’m going to be going over the voices, one specifically, Rey hears in The Rise Of Skywalker.  Included in the voices are old favorites and some lesser-known Jedi: Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, Ahsoka, Aayla Secura, Adi Gallia, Mace, Kanan, Luminara, and Qui-Gon. Each one of them had words of wisdom for Rey, but Anakin’s words are what I’d like to focus on.


“Bring back the balance Rey, as I did”

Let’s back up to Master and Apprentice, where we finally got to see some of the Chosen One prophecy.

“A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored.’


Okay…does anyone see anything interesting? Let’s start with the prophecy. 1) the text says “he”.  2) whoever brings balance will not have a father. 3) the term used is “ultimate balance”. Let’s go over these.

  1. So, “he” is the term used. To me, in this specific writing, I get the feeling the author was being gender-specific. “He” can be fluid and simply mean “a person”. That’s not the feeling I’m getting here though.
  2. The Chosen One won’t have a traditional father. This fits Anakin, but not Rey, whose parentage is known.
  3. “Ultimate Balance” sounds final, but it obviously wasn’t. This term leaves me confused.


Here’s the issue I’m finding. The language used for the prophecy sounds final, hence the word “ultimate”. However, Anakin tells Rey to restore the balance as he did. Does this mean that “ultimate” had an expiration date? Was the prophecy incomplete?  The prophecy as a whole fits Anakin better, with a couple parts fitting Rey as well.  Yoda was skeptical of the prophecy, thinking it could have been misinterpreted. With the information we have, I would argue that Anakin was the correct Chosen One. However, things fell out of balance and Rey had to be a backup?


This is one of those instances where I have no solid conclusion. I think there was simply a disconnect. As much as we all want this to make sense, it is a fictional world put together by humans that make mistakes. I think this was one of those times when a movie and a book didn’t quite mesh. It’s a bit maddening, but I think it’s where we are.

Thoughts? Let me know what your take on the prophecy and Rey are @ForceKnowledge.


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Katelyn Mathis is a Senior Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is a passionate Star Wars fan and is the go-to source for Force Knowledge. Follow her on Twitter @ForceKnowledge where she uses the force frequently!


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