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It was the defining moment of The Force Awakens, the tipping point of intrigue, the realization that Rey — an abandoned scavenger from Jakku — was not only Force-sensitive, but also a Jedi-mind-match for one of the most formidable dark warriors the First Order has to offer, Kylo Ren.

After being captured and returned to the Starkiller Base, Kylo Ren attempts to scan Rey's brain and cherry pick the information that will lead him to the whereabouts of BB-8, who has the map revealing the location of the last remaining Jedi, Luke Skywalker. As he holds out a gloved hand and attempts to mind probe Rey, he is met by surprising resistance in a tense standoff, and before the tables turn, Rey reverses the trick and reads Kylo's mind.

The scene demonstrates 's power with the Force, setting her up for her meeting with Luke and her inevitable Jedi training in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But below the surface of telepathic Jedi mind games, does this scene subtly reveal a special relationship between Rey and ? A recent update to the official databank seems to suggest so.

Rey And Kylo Ren Have A 'Mysterious Connection'

Amidst the details on Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) biography lies a brief history, which details the above scene, noting that: "A mysterious connection seemed to link the two."

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Kylo Ren faces Rey and Finn [Credit: Disney]
Kylo Ren faces Rey and Finn [Credit: Disney]

There are many ways that the scene can be interpreted. Fan speculation is one thing, but an official description carries much more significance, especially as most explanations for the pair's "mysterious connection" all trace back to the biggest unsolved mystery in the Star Wars universe — the truth of Rey's parentage.

When it comes to Star Wars, the theme of family runs through the narrative veins of every major plot point. The fact the identity of Rey's parents was deliberately withheld is too much of a coincidence for the truth to have huge repercussions, leading to a frenzy of online fan theories and speculation.

At the top of that list, and the most natural conclusion to jump to, is the prospect that the saga's most formidable Jedi, , is Rey's father. Although the likelihood of this happening has moved back and forth, the latest snippet of information could place the theory firmly back into the "likely" camp.

More Evidence Luke Skywalker Is Rey's Father

Does the 'mysterious link' hint at Luke being Rey's father? [Credit: Disney]
Does the 'mysterious link' hint at Luke being Rey's father? [Credit: Disney]

There is plenty of evidence that the pair share the same DNA. There are even small clues in the interrogation scene shown above. While Kylo Ren reads Rey's mind, he notes that:

"You imagine an ocean. I see it, I see the island…"

But this happens a while before Rey locates Luke at the end of the movie, suggesting that Rey is sensing the presence of Luke because of their familial link. Along with more screen time for Mark Hamill, director Rian Johnson confirmed the pair's close bond will form "a large part" of the movie. Plus, CEO Bob Iger recently called the next Episode a "great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga."

But, back to the link with Kylo Ren — if Rey is Luke's daughter, then that would make her Kylo Ren's cousin. But the relationship could be even closer. There has also been speculation Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, which would make her Kylo Ren's sister. Such a close link would explain why the Force-sensitive duo have a bizarre and intense chemistry, despite never meeting before.

Kylo Ren and Rey will clash in 'The Last Jedi' [Credit: Disney]
Kylo Ren and Rey will clash in 'The Last Jedi' [Credit: Disney]

After the events of The Force Awakens, the pair will be heavily involved in the biggest battle of The Last Jedi. In the same manner as Luke Skywalker, who had to confront his father, Darth Vader, a close relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren would add an extra element of peril to the story.

However the backstory of Rey unfolds in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, her relationship with Kylo Ren will continue to be one of the biggest catalysts in the story, and eventually, all of these small pieces will eventually piece together to reveal a grand, intergalactic jigsaw that'll unravel the mystery.

How would you explain the "mysterious link" between Rey and Kylo Ren?

'The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney]
'The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney]

(Source: Star Wars)


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