Maz didnt tell her that her family wasn't coming back. She said who she was waiting for wasnt but someone still could. That leaves the door wide open. We don't even know who it was she was calling to. Her mom, her dad, an aunt or uncle, both her parents. TFA tells us nothing.
TFA was a total waste of time, I agree. We learned zero things in terms of the plot, story, characters, background, etc.
Honestly, they shouldn’t have even made TFA. We should have just started fresh from TLJ instead - what a major waste of time.
That conversation with Maz was pretty pointless, too. I totally agree. It’s not as if the “Oracle” character within the framework of fairy tales is a commonly used trope to provide vital information to inform the hero’s arc and understanding.
On a serious note - and not to be TOO much of a smart ass, I actually think the movie answers our question rather directly…
Earlier in the movie - when Rey first meets BB-8 - what does she say again?
“I know all about waiting. For my family. They’ll be back. One day.”
Riiiiiight… And what does Maz say again?
“You already know the truth…Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back.”
I dunno, that seems like a pretty solid answer to me… ? Rey directly tells us right at the beginning of the film who she is waiting for: her family. Maz tells us directly that “whomever she is waiting for” (which Rey answered before is her family) are not coming back…
Also, here’s a series of tweets from Pablo that I think are quite helpful.
Anyway, if you’re implying that Rey could be a Skywalker/Solo, I just don’t think it makes sense - story wise - for the people she is “waiting for” to be right within her grasp (like literally upstairs) - and to have been there the whole time, having said nothing to her.
A whole Force-sensitive family, saying nothing about her relation to them - all the while likely sensing her loneliness - is extremely silly and quite the stretch. Kylo Ren literally went digging around in her mind… and came out the other side just saying to Snoke, “She’s strong with the Force!” He didn’t go, “Oh shit man, I just found my cousin!”
Also, for Rey’s character development at this point, that solution is a bit anti-climactic and uninteresting. How would it help her character development if she has found the solution to her problem halfway through her story?
Her desire is to seek belonging. That can’t be resolved until the end of the story - that’s just how storytelling works. The central conflict for the hero is… central. To the WHOLE story.
And, as Maz says to Rey,
“The belonging you seek is not behind you - it is ahead.”
I think this - going back to the whole “family” thing - means that Rey will not find belonging in her heritage, her past. But rather, she will find her belonging through the friends she has made/will make, and through connecting with the Force.
Interestingly, immediately after Rey hears these words about “belonging,” the VERY next character she runs into is… Kylo Ren - another character who desperately seeks belonging.
I wonder if that’s a coincidence or…..?