If you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you probably had more than a few questions afterwards. We've been asking ourselves who Supreme Leader Snoke is, why the galaxy has another Dark Side dictator, and most importantly, who are Rey's parents?
Fortunately, we are over halfway through waiting to glean (at the very least) more pieces to these puzzles when #TheLastJedi hits theaters this December. If you can't wait until then, you're in luck! During Daisy Ridley's interview with Time Out for her part in the documentary The Eagle And the Huntress, she had something to say about the clues to Rey's parentage seen in The Force Awakens:
"I thought a lot was answered in 'The Force Awakens.' Then, after the screening, I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it's not answered at all!"
So, Daisy Ridley is certain that we don't have to wait until The Last Jedi, because all the evidence we'd need can be found in #TheForceAwakens. Assuming that she's not Han and Leia's child (based on their interactions so far), let's take a look at the most popular fan theory: The likelihood of Rey being a Skywalker.
Is Rey A Skywalker?
One of the main reasons fans believe Rey is a Skywalker is because of the obvious parallels between Rey, Luke, and Anakin. There are many pieces of evidence in The Force Awakens that connects these three(?) Skywalkers and their respective trilogies:
- Basic similarities in plot
In The Phantom Menace, Anakin teams up with Artoo to destroy the Trade Federation Battle Droid Control Ship, drawing parallels to Luke's journey in A New Hope. In the same way, both Luke and Rey come into possession of a droid very early in both of their trilogies, containing information that is vital to the survival of the Rebellion/Resistance.
- Each Skywalker has a (doomed) mentor
That's right — each Skywalker has a mentor that dies in the first film of each trilogy:
- Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace
- Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope
- Han Solo in The Force Awakens
In the same way that Luke had Obi-Wan — or Old Ben — to introduce him to ways of the Force and be a mentor to him, Anakin had Qui-Gon Jinn introduce him to the ways of the Force, and Rey had Han to tell her what he knew of the Force.
- Anakin's lightsaber called out to Rey
As seen in the greatly derided prequels, Anakin had a knack for losing his lightsaber. Anakin's lightsaber was then passed down into Luke's possession, which he also lost (along with his hand). In The Force Awakens, the same lightsaber just so happens to call out to Rey. With this in mind, along with Daisy Ridley's comments, you'd have to be crazy to think she isn't a Skywalker.
- Each Skywalker has a secondary mentor
As well as mentors, each Skywalker also received training from a Jedi Master in their second installment.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack of the Clones
- Yoda in Empire Strikes Back
- Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi
After the death of Qui-Gon, Anakin needed a new teacher. Thankfully, Obi-Wan was granted the rank of Master very quickly. Luke also needed a master after Obi-Wan's death, so he was sent to learn from Yoda. Rey couldn't be taught much by Han Solo about the Force — and she certainly couldn't learn anything from him after his death — so she had to find Luke Skywalker, who we assume will train her in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Anakin, Luke and Rey are all natural-born pilots due to immense force sensitivity
All three characters grew up learning to pilot small vehicles, but at some point during each character's first on-screen flight, they prove to be skilled with vehicles that are much larger and more complicated. This could be attributed to their strength in the Force as well as a family trait.
Facial Similarities: They Look So Much Alike
These characters look so much alike. From the small nose, the thin mouth, the blue eyes — Daisy Ridley was chosen for a reason. She really does look like a female Luke. I will grant that Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker looks less like his son and assumed granddaughter, but when adding Natalie Portman's Padmé Amidala into the mix, it all adds up.
Although it may be trivial, each character also wears very similar tan clothing to match their desert surroundings. However, there may be more conclusive evidence when it comes to Rey's interactions with the older Star Wars generation so far.
Rey's Interactions With The Older Cast
- Han, Leia and Chewie
Rey interacted several times with the older cast members. In fact, I'm still reeling in shock that Han let her pilot the Falcon at all! Chewie seemed to naturally trust Rey (which may be attributed to the fact that she understood Shyriiwook) and at the end of the film, Leia hugs Rey like she was family after the death of Han Solo, despite having met her only once before. Many wondered why Rey got a hug instead of Chewie — after all, they were long-time friends.
At this point, it's hard to overlook these facts, knowing that Star Wars is about the Skywalkers (although not every Star Wars movie needs to be about Skywalkers), without concluding that Rey is somehow related to Anakin, Luke and Leia.
- Kylo Ren (Ben Solo)
In The Force Awakens, a stormtrooper mentions that a girl helped Fin escape Kylo Ren. He clearly has some idea as to who the girl might be, and demands answers immediately. His recognition of this girl's importance leads me to believe that it's his long lost cousin. I say cousin because it would be very odd for them to be siblings, given that Han and Leia say absolutely nothing about that when they see her.
Maz Kanata also seemed to recognize Rey, or at least see something that was familiar to her. Again, I wonder if she saw Luke's face in Rey.
- Luke Skywalker
Lastly, the look on Luke's face when he sees Rey speaks volumes. Did the look reflect his sorrow for the loss of his friend? Did it reflect the sadness and joy of seeing his daughter after years of separation? Had he been watching her through the Force in the same way that Yoda watched him, and knew of the incredible journey she'd been through to get to him? Given all of these moments from The Force Awakens and Daisy Ridley's recent comments, I'm personally convinced:
Rey Is A Skywalker!
All the evidence points to it, and all the evidence seems to support it. She may not be the child of Han and Leia, which is why they didn't seem to recognize her, but I'm fully supportive of the idea that Skywalker blood is in her veins.
What do you think? Given Daisy's latest comments, can Rey now be confirmed as a Skywalker? Let us know with a comment below!