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The Theory: Rey was conceived by the Force at the will of Anakin Skywalker
Before using The Force Awakens to support this theory, I will instead use the first 6 films as reference points. The reasoning for this is to show how this theory connects to the entirety of the saga, rather than just Episode 7.
"Is it possible to learn this power?" - Anakin Skywalker (Episode 3)
The quote above is from a scene in Episode 3, involving Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin. This scene in particular is the story of Darth Plagueis, as it is told to Anakin by Palpatine. The summary of the story is that Plagueis, a Sith Lord and former Master to Chacellor Palpatine, was so powerful with the dark side of the Force that he could prevent, create, and control life. Anakin, trying desperately to find a way to prevent the imminent death of Padme during childbirth, pays great attention to this story, causing him to eventually ask the question that is quoted above. In fact, it could be argued that Anakin's completed conversion to the dark side was done in order to gain the power of controlling life.
However, Anakin is known all along to be The Chosen One of the force, and in the long run, it is indeed Anakin that destroys The Emperor and brings balance to The Force.
"You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right." - Anakin Skywalker (Episode 6)
With Anakin fulfilling his destiny of being The Chosen One and bringing balance to The Force, the importance of Luke and Leia becomes uncertain. However, it is assumed that both Luke and Leia are purely good, and that this, along with their relation to Anakin is what causes Vader to return to the light side. However, with Vader dead, the Force in balance, and the Skywalker offspring still alive, the Force enters a period of stability and "falls asleep", awaiting the next time that "A Chosen One" is needed.
The Force Awakens
Luke Skywalker has vanished. Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, leads the First Order on a desperate mission to find Skywalker before Leia Organa and The Resistance find him first. The galaxy is heading down a dark path, and without Skywalker, a new hero is needed. And this new hero is Rey.
Now, let's be honest here. It is completely obvious that Rey is somebody of importance. That goes without saying.... even though I just said it. However, what is interesting is Rey's past. We know that she has lived on Jakku for a very lengthy time, and she is under the impression that she is waiting for her family to return for her. However, I believe that Rey has no family at all, and is a Skywalker not by blood, but by the will of the Force.
I believe that Anakin Skywalker gained the ability of controlling life with the force, following his turn back to the light side and his death. After all, it is only logical that the demise and resolution of one era's Chosen One would make the rise of another Chosen One a necessity. And honestly, the Force cannot remain in balance forever. I believe that the birth of Kylo Ren caused the dark side of the Force to gain power. This caused Anakin Skywalker to influence the Force to give birth to Rey. With Luke still alive and without a child, Anakin instructs Luke to train, raise, and protect Rey, causing Rey to become Luke's first apprentice. Rey would go on to become one of Luke's best students in the New Jedi Order. Ben Solo, Luke's nephew and son of Han and Leia, becomes increasingly jealous of how much time his Uncle Luke spends with Rey, as well as being angry that he is not Luke's favorite student. Ben becomes acquainted with Snoke, who begins to twist Ben's mind to the dark side. Shortly after, Ben becomes Kylo Ren, forms the Knights of Ren, and attacks Luke and his Jedi Temple. Surprised by his Nephew's turn to the dark side, Luke realizes that Ren is too powerful and twisted to defeat and that the dark side has awoken once again. Protecting the future of the Force, Luke escapes the attack with Rey, and in an attempt to hide and protect Rey, Luke has her mind wiped and places her on Jakku under the protection of his faithful companion Lor San Tekka. San Tekka does not raise Rey, however. San Tekka's main job is to protect the exiled location of Luke and protect Rey from the First Order. This explains how San Tekka acquires the map fragment that eventually leads The Resistance to Luke Skywalker at the ancient Jedi Temple on Ahch-To.
Eventually, Ren discovers the location of Tekka and the map, but is unaware of Rey's presence because of the mind wipe. (I'm assuming that the mind wipe also suppresses any training in the force that Rey has had)
This theory attempts to answer 3 questions:
How can all 6 original Star Wars films be involved in the eventual plot of the Sequel Trilogy? The involvement of Anakin Skywalker as well as the prophesies and balance of the force allow the prequels to have weight in the sequel trilogy.
How can Rey possibly know about Luke and have a connection to Luke without being Luke's immediate offspring? It is apparent at the end of The Force Awakens that Luke and Rey share a connection. If my theory is true, it allows for Rey and Luke to share the same destiny, but NOT be directly related. This is arguably more appealing than Rey simply being Luke's daughter because let's be honest, everybody cannot be everybody's child.
Why is Kylo Ren so hellbent on finding Luke Skywalker?
"Careful, Ren, that your personal interests do not interfere with orders from Supreme Leader Snoke." - General Hux (Episode 7)
Because of what Kylo Ren does to Han Solo near the end of Episode 7, it's easy to forget that Kylo Ren spent the majority of the movie searching for Luke or attempting to find the map fragment. Ren only focuses on his father Han Solo when Ren senses his presence nearby. This means that, for some reason, Kylo Ren desperately wants to find Skywalker. My theory explains this by giving the explanation of Kylo Ren's jealousy during Luke's praising of Rey.
What do you think?
With Episode 8 just under two years away, any concrete answers to the continuing Star Wars story will have to wait. However, it's always interesting to theorize and think about what "could be". And even though we'll all be dancing our ways to the theaters in December to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there is no doubt that Episode 8 has the potential to do new, powerful, and unique things with the Star Wars legacy.
Do you have any comments about my theory? Questions? Additions? Complaints? Let me know in the comments below! And please try to be nice. I'm mean to myself enough to cover everyone else. I'm just a simple guy trying to think about Star Wars.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters on December 16, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode 8 recently began production and will be in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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