Warning Major Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Read at own risk!! Contains theories and some spoilers from the movie.
The last thing we see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Rey stretching her arm out to return Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber to him, having no clue what to do past that. Everyone watching in the movie theaters all had one question on their minds: Is she meeting her father for the first time? Rey’s parentage is never mentioned during the film, as she herself has no idea whom she is waiting for on her home planet of Jakku. The Force is obviously strong with her and she is able to wield Luke’s lightsaber to defeat Kylo Ren in a duel with zero Jedi training.
So she could absolutely be Luke’s daughter. The other big theory is that she could be the sister or twin sister of Kylo Ren. Given Rey’s rough beginnings on a desert planet and her story trajectory that’s very similar to Luke’s in Star Wars: A New Hope and her obvious connection to the Force, not to mention the ease at which she takes Han’s place next to Chewie on the Millennium Falcon at the end of the movie, we could easily see either of these theories happening.
But director/co-writer J.J. Abrams who was one of the masterminds behind LOST, may not let us off that easily. According to Reddit user nyteryder79 and me, Rey is neither a Solo-Organa nor a Skywalker. She is a Kenobi!
Now I know what you're thinking, there are lots of arguments against it. The Jedi code, she was given Luke’s lightsaber, Daisy Ridley looks nothing like Ewan McGregor or Sir Alec Guinness trust me I know but stay with me. There is so much evidence to support this theory, and here are the biggies.
The Jedi Order is over, meaning its vows are kind of null and void.
Obi-Wan was extremely loyal to the Jedi Order and this includes its vows of celibacy. But the Jedi Order is kind of dissolved at the end of Revenge of the Sith, meaning Obi-Wan didn’t really have anything to vow to anymore. It’s a huge possibility that he could’ve found love and fathered one or more children he either never knew about or chose not to disclose to our original heroes, who could then have gone on to have Rey.
Obi-Wan has a past with that lightsaber, too.
Rey feels called to by Luke’s lightsaber and can wield it skillfully, especially considering her lack of training now Finn is able to do this fairly well too. But let’s not forget that he has training from the First Order. When he first used the light saber he fought against a Stormtrooper with a lightning baton "Traitor!" showing that they have some sort of hand to hand/fencing training. But Obi-Wan Kenobi was also in possession of that lightsaber, which was originally Anakin Skywalker’s, for at least 18 years before he delivered it to Luke. The Skywalker lightsaber was also based heavily on Obi-Wan's design, so the connection is definitely significant here.
Obi-Wan speaks to her during her lightsaber-fueled vision.
James Arnold Taylor, who has voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in multiple Star Wars animated projects, confirmed on Twitter three days ago that Ewan McGregor (aka Obi-Wan in episodes I-III) was the voice who called out to Rey in the hallucination she experiences after touching Luke’s lightsaber for the first time.
Why would he be the one speaking to her in a vision if Rey has never met him nor had no connection to him whatsoever? This is really subtle and simultaneously really huge.
Her mannerisms, personality, upbringing, and fighting style all parallel Obi-Wan’s.
Rey’s patience and intelligence, are fairly broad speculation but it can’t be ignored that, like Obi-Wan, Rey has survived on a desert planet in a fairly solitary environment with no known family. She also fights just like Obi-Wan; she battles defensively and moves her lightsaber just like Obi-Wan did with it extended out straight in front of her and moving it in a circular pattern. Rey’s behaviors aboard the Starkiller Base; scaling walls, sneaking around, also parallel those of Obi-Wan aboard the base’s predecessor the Death Star.
The fact that Daisy Ridley was allowed to keep her British accent while portraying Rey might seem like a slight detail at first. But it begs the question: Would John Boyega who is British, have been asked to use an American accent for Finn if there wasn’t a significant reason? After all, the Star Wars universe is far, far away from places where accent differences matter. This detail is definitely considered as important since Obi-Wan Kenobi is pretty much the only character in main canon with a British accent that comes to mind. Unless you count C-3PO.
Of course there’s also the possibility that Rey could be Obi-Wan’s granddaughter and Luke’s daughter, if Obi-Wan fathered a daughter whom Luke had Rey with. This genetic lottery win could explain why Rey is able to channel the powers of the Force so easily compared to others we’ve seen in the past, alongside her potential ingrained Padawan training she was dropped off on Jakku as a young child, and may not remember beginning to be trained and the survival instincts she had time to build on Jakku.
I would love to see any of these theories playing out in Star Wars Episode VIII. And I could be totally wrong which is ok, and all part of the fun. We will just have to wait and see in a year and a half.
What do you think? Is Rey the daughter of Luke or Obi-Wan? Or is she the sister of Kylo Ren?
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