(Warning — the following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as potential ones for future installments of the saga. As Yoda once so sagely advised Taylor Swift: "Say I did not say I did not warn you, do not...")
With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens having proven to be as laden with mysteries as a spectral Sherlock Holmes dog-sitting Scooby Doo on an abandoned cruise ship, it's perhaps not overly surprising that we've all spent the last month and a half analyzing every last detail of the movie, in the hope of finally — FINALLY — solving some of its trickier puzzles.
The latest to have a potential solution offered up by the interweb is, well, this:
(Note, those aforementioned SPOILERS start here, and keep right on coming...)
Just How Did Rey End Up On Jakku In The First Place?
Now, on the one hand, that's seemingly pretty obvious — she most likely arrived on the spaceship we saw flying away in the background of her lightsaber-induced flashback/vision.
Just who left her on Jakku, though, remains a huge — and potentially incredibly important — mystery. One which intrepid Redditor DKLancer may just have provided an intriguing solution to. That solution?
Rey May Have Been Left On Jakku By... Kylo Ren?
Yup, that's right. The theory goes a little something (exactly) like this:
It was not Luke or Han. Certainly not Leia. The issues of any of those characters hiding their potential daughter/niece/student on a scavenger world as a borderline slave with the vague promise that they'd come back for her at some point are too great to surmount without ruining the characters.
It needs to be someone else, someone who also showed some level of familiarity with her but would not be opposed to dumping her off in the ass end of nowhere with nothing but an empty promise.
That person is Kylo Ren.
Which... actually makes a whole lot sense, when you think about it. Would we ever really be able to forgive Han or Leia for leaving their kid on as dangerous a planet as Jakku? Luke, perhaps, could be forgiven for thinking that it was the safest place, but even then it would seem a pretty irredeemably cruel thing to do.
Why Would Kylo Ren Have Done That, Though?
After all, he then proceeded to spend a whole lot of The Force Awakens completely failing to mention to Rey that he was the one she had been waiting for on Jakku for all those years (as well as periodically trying to kill her). Well, as DKLancer argues:
I think that Rey was a young student along with Ben Solo at Luke's academy, whether she was Luke's daughter or otherwise related to Ben Solo I don't know. When Ben Solo became Kylo Ren and murdered all the other students, he left one alive, perhaps out of guilt or some tug of conscience from the Light Side that obviously still pulls at him in The Force Awakens. He couldn't go back to Snoke, as that would show Snoke that Ren was too weak to go full Dark Side. So he hid her instead, on a backwards scavenger world along with the stolen Millenium Falcon.
This would explain why Kylo gets so upset when the flunky mentions that a girl stole the Milleninum Falcon from Jakku, why he bothers to take his helmet off when he tries to mind read her and why he acts so strangely nice to her as compared to his treatment of Poe earlier in the movie.
Kylo Ren knows who Rey is because he's the one who put her on Jakku in the first place.
Which, once again, actually makes a whole lot of sense. In fact...
That Theory Would Actually Explain More Than Just Rey's Arrival On Jakku
For one thing, it might offer up both an explanation as to why Luke has been in seclusion, and an alternative to Kylo Ren having been the one to murder Luke's students.
For the first, let's say that Rey is some variation of Luke's daughter, niece, or star pupil. Were he to believe her dead, it seems far more plausible that he would withdraw from the galaxy, thinking his efforts to restore the Jedi order to have failed completely. If he knew that she was alive, it would seem far more likely that he would seek to protect her in some way.
What's more, I'm still personally not convinced that Kylo Ren would have actually murdered Luke's students. If he had, the killing of his own father in The Force Awakens in order to 'complete' his move to the Dark Side would likely not have been necessary. The murder of a bunch of younglings was, after all, enough to make Anakin Skywalker seem irredeemable, so the same would likely apply to his grandson.
Were Ben to have failed to kill his fellow students, however, and instead simply watched on, then it would follow that he would remain conflicted over his true nature. Adding in the rescue of Rey would simply be the unlikely-redemption-presaging cherry on top.
Whatever the truth turns out to be, though — and we're likely going to have to wait close to two years to find out — it's one hell of a theory. Nicely played, DKLancer. Nicely played...
What do you think?