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Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens has been in cinemas across the world for almost a month now and, after breaking numerous box office records, it is no wonder so many people are talking about the latest installment from the Galaxy Far Far Away.

One character that has clearly piqued the interest of most fans of the series is that of Rey, the young scavenger from Jakku that is likely to become Luke Skywalker's latest Jedi Padawan.

When we meet Rey she is fighting for survival on the harsh sand planet of Jakku, scavenging parts from fallen Star Destroyers and trading them for meal portions to keep her going each day.

But when she discovers BB-8, her life is thrown into a world she had seemingly only ever dreamed about before.

Meeting Finn, who is being pursued by the First Order after defecting and breaking Resistance pilot Poe Dameron out, and then finding herself piloting the Millennium Falcon right into the hands of Han Solo.

As the movie progresses, she begins to discover her affinity in the Force.

She is able to resist the mind probes of Kylo Ren, who was shown earlier demonstrating this ability of the aforementioned Poe Dameron, as well as forcing an unidentified Stormtrooper, commonly referred to as JB-007, to release her from her bindings and cell on Starkiller Base.

Her growing connection with the Force culminates in a lightsaber duel with the injured Kylo Ren, who had previously suffered a bowcaster bolt to the side as well as being scorched on his right-side shoulder by Finn in their brief duel.

Rey finds herself able to call upon the Force to defeat Ren, destroying his lightsaber and slicing his face before she is able to flee.

So with Rey's keen ability to use the Force and defeat someone who has had extensive Jedi and Dark Side training, many theories have sprung up about who Rey might be.

The theories focus primarily on her parentage and here are some of the best ones to date!

Rey is Luke Skywalker's Daughter

Many people are jumping on the bandwagon of this theory, as it appears to be the most obvious one out there.

Many fans believe that after the Battle of Endor, Luke fell in love and had a child that would become Rey.

The reason she ends up of Jakku in the first place comes from Luke feeling a sense of fear for the wellbeing of his family.

Luke leaves Han, Leia and, based on this theory, Rey alone to keep them safe as he knew that Kylo Ren would be hunting him down and could use his family against him.

This also plays into Rey being on Jakku, an extremely remote and largely un-populated planet that would be one of the last places the First Order might think to look when searching for Luke and his young daughter.

Luke also feels responsible for the destruction of his New Jedi Order at the hands of his own nephew, which could explain why Luke didn't simply run away with Rey in the first place.

After seeing his fledgling Order destroyed at the hands of someone he loves, Luke fears the same happening with his own daughter and wanted to see her grow up in a place that Luke couldn't fail her.

One part in the film seems to suggest this greatly.

Maz Kanata finds Rey after she has touched Anakin/Luke's lightsaber and experienced the vision of the past.

Maz almost says it directly:

"This was Luke's lightsaber, and his father's before him, now... it calls to you"

So maybe the first of the three new films is trying to help us come to this conclusion, or maybe it was added in there to throw us off the real explanation?

Rey is Han and Leia's Daughter

Fans of the original Expanded Universe are big supporters of this theory because of how enjoyable and important the Legacy of the Force series of books was for them, myself included.

In the newly named "Legends" EU, Han and Leia had three children: Anakin Solo and his older sister and brother: Jaina and Jacen Solo (twins).

In the Legacy of the Force series, Jacen turns to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Caedus, arguably one of the best Sith characters in all of the original Star Wars canon.

Many people believe that Rey and Kylo Ren are now mirror images of the twins, particularly with the latter falling to the Dark Side like Jacen did.

It could be argued that Han and Leia believe their daughter to be dead, after their son destroyed the Jedi Order, which would tie in with this next theory.

Rey was one of Luke's Apprentices

This particular theory leaves people with a number of questions as it doesn't talk about who Rey's parents are.

This theory simply suggests that Rey was one of the youngest apprentices studying under Luke in the new Jedi temple.

When Rey picks up Anakin/Luke's lightsaber, she is seemingly taken back to the events of Kylo Ren and his Knights of Ren destroying the temple.

However, what is interesting is that it seems as if Kylo Ren himself saved and spared Rey's life during the attack.

At one moment, one of the Knights of Ren looks like he is about to attack Rey just before Ren himself stabs him in the back, saving her life.

Fans have begun to theorise that in this moment, Ren's light side prevailed and he decided to take her away and leave her on Jakku to be forgotten and presumed dead.

This reason many support this theory is because of how Ren reacts when he is told that BB-8 and Finn received help from a girl when they escaped the planet.

Ren immediately turns around, pulls the First Order Officer towards him with the Force and simply asks: What girl?

Perhaps he is wondering if the girl he had saved all those years ago may have helped them.

The one problem with this theory, though, is the fact that when Ren has captured Rey and she is able to block him from her thoughts, he doesn't seem to show any knowledge of who she really is.

Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi's Granddaughter

I feel that this is the weakest of the theories mentioned here, as it would require too much explanation of how good old Obi-Wan had a family and how he never mentioned them in the original trilogy.

That, coupled with the fact that Obi-Wan lived alone on Tatooine would suggest that he kept true to his Jedi teachings of not falling in love.

Fans have speculated on this one particularly because during the flashback sequence, we hear the voices of both old and young Obi-Wan call out to her.

"Rey... these are your first steps"

Maybe Obi-Wan is simply watching over Rey, much like he did for Luke in the original trilogy.

To make this theory work, Ewan McGregor would need to reprise his role as Obi-Wan, as a Force Ghost, so he could reveal her true identity and explain why he never spoke of any family prior.

So what do you think? Who is Rey? Is she really Luke's daughter? Or is she just an apprentice that survived?


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