ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at
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Eleanor Tremeer

There are many mysteries in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158), and aside from Luke Skywalker, Rey is probably the most enigmatic character in the film. How did she end up on Jakku, and why did her parents abandon her? All these questions, and more, probably won't be answered until Star Wars Episode 8, but until then fans are hard at work trying to deduce the answer to the most pressing question: who is Rey?

Spoiler warning: you know the drill. Read on at your own peril!

Rey... Skywalker?
Rey... Skywalker?

Rey's mother is actually the parent which Lucasfilm seem to want us to focus on, as the official The Force Awakens novelisation gives us a quote from her. But most fans are more interested in Rey's father, and whether he's a certain moisture farmer turned Jedi...

Luke Skywalker: Father Of Rey?

There's a lot of reasons why Rey Skywalker would be totally awesome. After all, she's the new hero of Star Wars, and all the films' protagonists so far have been Skywalkers (Anakin and Luke). Plus, even the early trailers seemed to hinting at Rey being a member of the Skywalker clan...

Luke in the Star Wars trailer.
Luke in the Star Wars trailer.
"The Force is strong in my family. I have it, my father has it, my sister has it. You have that power too..."

Luke's narration definitely implies he's talking to a member of his family, one untrained in the ways of the Force. Thanks to Luke only appearing in a grand total of 5 seconds in Star Wars 7, we didn't actually get to find out who he was talking to. Many fans are using this as proof that Rey is his daughter. Yet, this was just the first of many apparent hints...

There Is Another Skywalker

When it comes to the link between Rey and Luke, there's one line of dialogue which is especially intriguing. During the scene in which Kylo Ren tries to interrogate Rey he reads her mind, seeing what she dreams about.

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

By the end of the film we learn that Luke is indeed hiding on an island. So why did Rey see this? Is it just because she's strong in the Force, and so is Luke? Or could it be that, like Leia, she is sensing the presence of one of her family members...

Leia senses Luke's survival in Return Of The Jedi
Leia senses Luke's survival in Return Of The Jedi

One sharp eared fan has even pointed out that Luke and Rey's themes harmonise beautifully when played together, perhaps providing another clue that the two characters are related. This piece of music was actually featured at the end of the Star Wars 7 credits sequence, though it doesn't appear on the official soundtrack separately.

Oh, and then there's the fact that in The Force Awakens novel, Kylo Ren seems to recognise Rey when he encounters her. It could be that Kylo Ren knew his cousin had been hidden away somewhere, and has been trying to find her in order to tempt her to the Dark Side.

"It is you," he murmured.

Ok, a lot of this is conjecture. There are some more hints, which you can check out in this handy spreadsheet, but a lot of them are thematically based assumptions. We can debate about Rey's father for ages (or at least until [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868) is released), but there's one person no-one's talking about: Rey's mother.

Who Is Rey's Mother?

It's unsurprising that no-one's really coming up with characters who could be Rey's mother. After all, there's pretty much just 4 female characters of note in the Star Wars movies: Padme, Leia, Mon Mothma, and Rey herself. But soon that will change...

Felicity Jones in Rogue One
Felicity Jones in Rogue One

Rogue One is set to be released on December 18th this year, and will feature Felicity Jones in the leading role. Her character, presumably called Lyra Erso, is one of the Rebel fighters who bravely steal the plans for the first Death Star before A New Hope. Nothing else is known about the film, but some fans are suggesting that Rogue One might tie into the Star Wars Saga by introducing Rey's mother in the form of Lyra.

The only thing we know about Rey's mother so far is that she was forced to leave Rey on Jakku. It's heavily implied by the novelisation that Rey was not abandoned but hidden for her safety: Rey remembers her mother's words on the day she was left behind...

"I'll come back, sweetheart. I promise."
Rey's memories (gif by setfiretoyourfavs on Tumblr)
Rey's memories (gif by setfiretoyourfavs on Tumblr)

Other than that, we have no information about Rey's mother, but as Vox points out, there's a clue hidden in Rey's accent. Rey speaks in an RP English accent, which in the Star Wars universe is the accent of the central planets (think Coruscant). Many politicians, Leia and Padme included, often adopt the accent in their role as Senator.

So how is this connected to Rogue One? Well, Felicity Jones is English. And while it's possible she could adopt an American accent, her nationality, as well as her physical resemblance to Daisy Ridley, could have been a deciding factor in the casting process.

Fanart of Felicity Jones in Rogue One
Fanart of Felicity Jones in Rogue One

So there we have it. A few clues that Rey is a Skywalker, and a few that she might be the daughter of Lyra Erso. Of course, there's still many more possibilities for familial connections (personally, I like the idea that Rey is a Kenobi), or she could be a completely new character. Until Episode 8 is released we'll just have to keep speculating!

Do you have any Rey theories? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!

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