(Warning – the following contains theoretical SPOILERS for future installments of the Star Wars saga, along with actual ones from The Force Awakens itself. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, as far as outlandish fan theories go, the idea that a character with a deeply mysterious past might not be using their real name isn't exactly what anyone might term 'insane'. In fact, it's not even all that 'out there', instead falling more within the category of 'things we kick ourselves for not thinking of first'.
When that character is the lead in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, however, this sort of thing matters. Which, of course, is why it's actually kind of a huge deal that...
Rey Might Not Actually Be Rey's Real Name
The reason for that particular suspicion?
Well, for one thing, anyone emerging from a desert planet with a back story so mysterious it makes David Blaine look forthright is inevitably owed a little bit of suspicion when it comes to their oddly singular name. For another, the current operating theory amongst most fans is that Rey is, in some way at least, a Skywalker.
And as intrepid Redditor Patojavier recently pointed out...
Rey's Name Might Be Hiding More Than Just Her True Identity
Specifically, it might just indicate that she's not only a Skywalker - but the other half of a potentially force-balancing pair... alongside Kylo Ren.
As Patojavier argues:
"If Kylo and Rey represent different aspects of Anakin, while Kylo is named after his best friend, brother and master's nickname, who should Rey be named after? Well she might be Luke's daughter and her spelling of Rey means King is Spanish, as in royalty, so maybe in honor of her [Grandm]other and Anakin's true love, her name might be Padme, Padme Skywalker."
Which... actually makes a whole lot of sense. After all, if Han and Leia named their son Ben after the man who saved them - and was, for much of his young life, Luke and Leia's father's best friend - then it's entirely possible that a second Skywalker child (whether she's Luke or Leia's daughter) would be named after her grandmother.
What's more, there'd be a certain logic to the balancing of the two Skywalker progeny. As Patojavier puts it:
"Kylo, [who] represents Anakin's anger, fear, jealousy, etc. is named Ben (Vader's ultimate enemy) and Rey [who] represents love, compasión, forgiveness, etc. is named Padme (Anakin's true love, even in Vader's state)."
The pair, then, would be intended to be a living, breathing counterpoint to Anakin's fall - being named after the two people who influenced him the most, and tried hardest to save him from the dark side.
Or, y'know, it'll turn out that Rey is actually a clone or something, and all of that thoughtful theorizing on Patojavier (and many others') part will prove to be for nothing.
In the meantime, though, it's still a sweet theory...
What do you think?