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Rey’s lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is hers, but comes with interesting lineage

Who, exactly, does it belong to?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rey holding out lightsaber
Rey holding the blue lightsaber that once belonged to Luke Skywalker.

After Rey picked up Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and delivered it to him on the planet of Ahch-To, fans were abuzz with questions about what this could mean for Rey’s lineage.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, StoryGroup executive editor Pablo Hidalgo said Lucasfilm doesn’t consider the lightsaber Luke’s anymore, nor do they consider it Anakin Sykwalker’s, even though they both used it. Hidalgo said that Rey is a rare exception to the rule because the lightsaber essentially chose her.

“In general, a lightsaber belongs to the person who constructed it,” Hidalgo said. “In The Force Awakens, Maz says that the saber is calling to Rey now. Whether or not it’s literally calling to her to become hers or it’s calling to her because she knows it will be taken back to Luke — we’ll see.”

Lucasfilm does officially consider the blue lightsaber Rey’s, however, even though she didn’t build it herself. This means that Luke’s official lightsaber is the green one introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi. The blue lightsaber he was using before then, which belonged to Anakin and was crafted between the events of Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, was lost during a battle with his father in Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.

While Anakin’s original lightsaber has been found twice now — once when an older Obi-Wan Kenobi handed it to Luke in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope and then again in The Force Awakens — questions about whether Luke’s green lightsaber will reappear in the new trilogy have yet to be answered.

Hidalgo can’t give an answer to that question at this time, but did leave a cryptic message for fans.

“We take to heart the lesson that Obi-Wan tried to impart to Anakin: ‘This weapon is your life.’ We’re not ones to lose track of lightsabers.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi , the second film in the new trilogy, will be released on Dec. 15.

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