Michael Ward said:
Question: What is Rey’s ultimate end goal in all of this?
To be part of a family?
That’s a simple way of putting it. I would say trying to discover what she should do with her newfound powers. To feel wanted and have a place is a more inert desire rather than her outward goal.
That too. I think that motivation emerged in this movie, but the family thing really dominates her arc through the first to films.
- When we meet her she’s been scratching tally marks on the wall of her room for years counting the days until her parents come back.
- Being abandoned is one of the things she see when she finds the lightsaber
- In TFA Kyloe says she sees Han has a father after he reads her mind.
- She hopes to find out who her parents are in the cave
- When she is Kylo’s prisoner and he’s taking her to Snoke, they still find it important enough to talk about her parents
- In TLJ Kylo mentions she looks for a father figure first in Han and the in Luke
- After killing Snoke and his guards the subject of her parents comes up again
- Even her relationship with Kylo seems fraternal. When she sees him with his shirt off, there’s not even the slightest hint of sexual interest. She is in fact annoyed by the sight of him shirtless. She has a strong desire to save him from the dark side as if she loves him but shows absolutely no passion or attraction for him. She regards him exactly like you would expect one to regard a brother.
So to me, the one thing that comes up over and over again his her need to belong to a family.