One of the most popular Star Wars fan theories I have ever seen about the leading character, Rey, is that she is actually the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker. I used to really, REALLY hate this theory. A lot. However, about a few months ago or so, I encountered a fanmade trailer on YouTube about the theory and somehow, this managed to interest me a little bit about the idea of reincarnation in the Star Wars universe. You can watch the trailer below. I really recommend you check it out, even if you don't believe the "Reyincarnation" theory:
So while I did become interested in the idea of reincarnation, I still was not convinced that Rey was Anakin reborn. However, it sparked an idea. Now of course the title gives it away, but what if I told you that Finn was actually the reincarnation of Anakin instead of Rey?
Now please, before you start bashing, hear me out on this. I really don't want this to turn into a big thing because to be completely honest, I don't fall for any reincarnation theory myself. This was just an idea I had in my head and I wanna share it with you.
Alright, now we're gonna go over why this theory works, why it doesn't work and what the storyline could be if it was true.
Why It Works
- Finn is very possibly Force-sensitive. I know there are a few out there in the Star Wars universe who are not Force-sensitive and manage to use a lightsaber anyway, but this kid (who's had no training whatsoever) can fight.
- Finn has been working for Kylo Ren and the First Order since he was a baby. If he really was Anakin reborn, then this could be sort of a "purgatorial punishment." After years of ruling the Empire, he finally sees what it's like to work for them and actually be a Stormtrooper.
- I think it's safe to assume that Finn crash-landing on Jakku and finding his way to Rey was the work of the Force rather than a setup for the plot. If he really was Anakin reborn, then this means the Force is bringing Anakin to his (possible) granddaughter, who was left on Jakku for her protection.
- Later on, Finn and Rey meet with Han, Chewie, Leia and then straight back to Kylo (a.k.a. Ben Solo). If he's really Anakin reborn, then this is the Force reuniting Anakin with his family (besides Luke): His grandchildren, his son-in-law, and most importantly, his daughter. According to Bloodlines, Leia hates her biological father and despises him for everything he's done as Darth Vader. If this theory is true, then this is technically Leia's chance to forgive Anakin for his crimes and mistakes.
- According to the "Reyincarnation" theory, the purpose of Anakin being reborn at all is to fix his mistakes and bring balance to the Force as the Chosen One prophecy foretold. This can still work for Finn.
- Back onto Reason #1 — Finn can use a lightsaber pretty damn well, but what makes this even more interesting is that it's the Skywalker lightsaber. The very same saber that belonged to Anakin and Luke is now calling out to Rey. I understand that this probably doesn't mean anything, but is it possible that the saber has made its way back to its first owner?
And now, this is very interesting. Remember the scene in The Force Awakens where Kylo threw Rey against a tree and knocked her out? And then Finn ran over and then Kylo yelled at Finn: "TRAITOR!"
Well, if you go back and watch Shmi Skywalker (Anakin's mother)'s death scene in Attack of the Clones, you'll notice that that scene really resembles this scene.
After Kylo threw Rey against the tree, Finn ran over and held Rey in a very similar fashion as Anakin did with his mother. After Kylo yelled, "Traitor" and Shmi died, Finn and Anakin both got angry, picked up their lightsabers (or really, the same saber), and went full attack mode.
Why It Doesn't Work
- The biggest problem to this theory for me personally is that it ruins any chances of a Finn/Rey romance. Rey dating her reborn grandfather? Maybe it could work for fanfiction, but in a real Star Wars movie? I'm not so sure.
- Despite what I said earlier about the idea of reincarnation possibly working in Star Wars, I don't think they're going to actually do it, especially because of the negative reception for the "Reyincarnation" theory when it was first created.
- I'm going to bring this up again in my future "Star Wars Episodes VIII/IX: My Vision" article, but I'm more convinced that Finn is actually the grandson of Master Windu (who survived his encounter with Anakin and Palpatine in Episode III) and the woman who rescued him and nursed him back to health. The "Finn Windu" and "Windu Lives" theories are sort of mixed with the Star Wars fan community. Some hate them and some like them (including Samuel L. Jackson, John Boyega and even George Lucas). Also, and this is just my attempt at an "icing on the cake" thing, but how cool would it be if turned out that Windu had a daughter who married Lando Calrissian and gave birth to Finn?
What the storyline could be:
"Years after 'Return of the Jedi,' Anakin Skywalker is reborn in the form of Finn. This is the Force's way of granting him a second chance to not only save his grandson Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) from Snoke, but also fix his wrongdoings, fulfill the prophecy and bring balance to the Force and finally reunite with his family. Unfortunately, while Finn was a baby, the First Order (supposedly) killed his family, kidnapped him and made him a Stormtrooper. This may have possibly been the work of the Force as well, making Anakin('s soul) understand what it felt like for the original Stormtroopers and Empire employees to work for him when he was Darth Vader.
Finally, Finn has his chance to escape when Resistance pilot Poe Dameron is arrested. The TIE-fighter flown by Poe and Finn is blasted by the First Order and causes the two men to split apart. Finn crash-lands on Jakku, where the Force brings him to his granddaughter, Rey Skywalker, who was left on the desert planet for her own safety. Once the First Order attacks, Rey and Finn escape on the Millennium Falcon with a droid named BB-8. Eventually, the Falcon is found by Han Solo (Anakin's son-in-law) and Chewbacca. The five go together to Takodana to meet with Maz Kanata, an old friend of Han and Chewie. Finn, scared of facing the First Order, attempts to leave, but returns when they strike yet again.
With Rey missing, Maz gives Finn the Skywalker lightsaber that belonged to Anakin, Luke and is now calling to Rey. Finn uses the saber to fight the Stormtroopers, one of which calls him a traitor. Finn goes with Han and Chewie to the Resistance base where he reunites with Poe and meets with General Leia Organa, Anakin's daughter. Finn, Han and Chewie make it to Starkiller Base, rescue Rey and almost escape until Han confronts his son only to have himself killed. Kylo Ren catches up with Rey and Finn and attacks his younger cousin. An enraged Finn takes the saber and battles his grandson but gets injured in the process. Rey and Kylo finish the fight themselves before being split apart by the destruction of Starkiller.
Rey says goodbye to her grandfather (unaware of who he really is) before leaving to find her father Luke (again, Rey is unaware of who her family is).
Alright, I guess that wraps it up.
As I said before, this theory is simply a thought that I had in mind, especially with all this "Reyincarnation" talk, and I wanted to get this out. Thank you all very much for reading and I will be back with another article soon.