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Luke: "You went straight to the dark."
Rey: "That place was trying to show me something."
Luke: "It offered something you needed. And you didn't even try to stop yourself."
Rey and Luke Skywalker[src]

The mirror cave is a mysterious cave located on the Temple island of Ahch-To that has a strong connection to the dark side of the Force and is the place Rey explores to find answers about her parents in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Background

The mirror cave is a dark side vergence, a natural convergence of energy. It is a place full of mirrors that creates endless reflections. It is in the underground of Temple island and a blowhole covered by black vines situated on its ceiling is the entrance that is currently known.

Appearances

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

At the time she is visiting the Temple island, Rey meditates during her first lesson about the Force with the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. She called by the dark side of the island that tempts and tries to show something to her. Luke becomes disturbed by this, he reprimands Rey for going into the dark without hesitating, reminding what happened to his nephew, Ben Solo, who has a similar raw strength in the Force.

Sometime later, Rey and Kylo Ren argue through their Force-bond about her being unable to let go of her past and her parents. Instigated by this, Rey decides to explore the dark place that called her during her meditation, hoping to find answers. She enters a hole on the ground and falls underwater inside a lake in the mirror cave. She sees innumerous versions of herself reflected on the mirrors of the cave. She touches a mirror and asks the cave to show her parents. Rey sees two shadow figures in the mirror walking towards her, as they approach, they merge and become only one figure and then the shadow figure turns into her own reflection.

Rey leaves the cave completely disappointed for not finding the answers she expected, feeling more alone than ever. Right after, she seeks comfort in Kylo Ren and tells him everything that happened in the cave, thinking that he is the person that would be able to understand her feelings after this event.

Trivia

  • The Star Wars official site explains that Rey's journey to the mirror cave resembles Luke Skywalker's test on Dagobah in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Anakin Skywalker's trip to the well of the dark side on Mortis in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • All these locations are related to the dark side of the Force and call the characters to confront their fears. In the case of Anakin and Rey, they are both also willing to go straight to the dark.
    • In the three journeys, the characters are shown visions about their futures, related to their identities and destinies. Eventually, all these visions become true: Anakin sees that he will become Darth Vader; Luke cuts Vader's head off, but then sees his own face because of his relationship with him; Rey sees her own reflection because her parents will never return.
  • Concept art of the mirror cave shows the reflection of Rey's face joined with Kylo Ren's, representing their Force connection. This imagery is very similar to the ones later used to represent the Force dyad connection, two that are one in the Force.
    • During the mirror cave scene, just before the shadow figure becomes Rey's reflection, it also has the silhouette resembling the one of Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. This probably indicates that the cave is trying to show Rey her connection with him, as it is also related to both their futures because the dyad intertwines their destinies.

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