Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens has come and blown the internet's collective mind. The latest Star Wars installment has left a lot of questions, but none bigger than the identity of Rey. Who is this girl? Why was she left on Jakku? Who are her parents? I think we have just enough information to figure this out. Let's start with the facts.
Here's what we know:
Shortly after meeting BB-8 on Jakku, Rey says that where she's from is confidential and a big secret. More importantly, Rey says that she's waiting for her family. And from the looks of the markings on her wall, she's been there for a very long time. Notice that she doesn't get into specifics, she simply says "her family." A very vague response. This could be parents, siblings, anyone really. It could be an entire family or just one person from her family.
There are a few hints that Han knows who Rey is or at least has a suspicion. We see a face of guilt on Han when Rey talks about having never known there was that much green in the universe upon seen Maz Kanata's home planet. He also asks Rey to stay on with him and Chewie, becoming a member of the crew. Han would not do that so quickly for somebody he had never met. The biggest evidence we get that Han knows Rey's identity is when Maz asks Han "who's the girl?" only for the shot to be immediately cut off. That is not an accident folks, that's on purpose! JJ is highlighting two things. Han knows Rey's true identity and this revelation is important to the audience.
When informed about Finn and BB-8's escape, an officer tells Kylo Ren that they were helped by a "girl." Kylo chokes the officer while asking him "what girl?" This implies that Kylo at least knows of a girl on Jakku.
Now the big one!
When touching Luke's old lightsaber, Rey has a vision that shows us an incredible amount in a very short time. After being tranported to Besum pin, Rey sees Luke reaching to R2-D2 with apparent flames just off-camera. This is obviously the after effects of the destruction of Luke's Jedi Accademy. We then see the Knights of Ren slaughtering the Jedi trainees. Why would we see this? Why would Rey see this? Perhaps she was there? Could this part of the vision be repressed memories?
In this vision, we should also note that there seems to be a strong connection between Rey and Kylo. Before she ever meets Kylo, Rey sees Him in several images. Including a glimpse of a future conflict in the snow. Rey and Kylo have some type of deep bond.
And of course we now know that Rey is incredibly strong with the force. She is able to fight off Kylo's mental attacks, even doing some attacking of her own. She Jedi mind tricks a storm trooper. And then uses the force to fly the lightsaber to her and defeat Kylo Ren.
So using all that information has led me to this theory. Rey must have been a Jedi trainee just before the Knights of Ren attacked. She would have to be from a powerful lineage of force users. I believe she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker. Now, I know a lot people would then ask, why would Luke leave her on Jakku?
I don't think Luke was the "family" that left him on Jakku though. I think it was her cousin Ben (Kylo), who before he led the attack on Luke and his students, decided to save his young cousin from a horrible fate and hid her. Later leaving her on Jakku. We have seen that Kylo has a soft side and I think that in future installments we will see that in the past Ben and Rey had a close relationship. He saved her from himself, the Knights of Ren, and Snoke. I could see a scene where Kylo is leaving a younger Rey and telling her that he'll be back for her and that she should "wait here."
Rey then after all the trauma of being abandoned and the passage of time has forgotten her childhood. I think she's just holding on to the idea of a family rather than specifically knowing who that family really is. This could explain the fact that in the vision she is a third party to her own memory. She's the one giving her younger self away and does not look at the family member who is leaving her.
Perhaps in the next movie we will see a scene where Kylo has a "I am your father" moment and says "I know who you really are!" That could be a great moment, but for now it remains just a theory.
What do you think? Who is Rey? Is she Luke's daughter? Or maybe Snoke's? Or maybe just a random girl from Jakku?
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