ByMicah James Nebeker, writer at
Micah James Nebeker


Now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an excellent movie! Yes, it was extremely similar to Episode IV: A New Hope, but this was just to recapture the feel of the original trilogy and to open the door to a brand new Star Wars story, so a great film nonetheless. And like all great films, Force Awakens left us thinking.

All sorts of crazy questions, theories, and ideas were racing through thousands of fans' heads, but probably the biggest question being asked is this: Where does Rey come from?

And this question has brought about countless theories as to her origins and more importantly, who her parents are.

I've got my own theory. Now, it's not gonna be super crazy or far out there, but pretty believable. First though, let's look at some of the other theories. The most popular theories being...

1. Rey is Luke Skywalker's Daughter.

Still depressed he couldn't go to Tashi station.
Still depressed he couldn't go to Tashi station.

This theory could make sense. I even defended this theory until I formed a new one of my own.

Rey is so naturally gifted in the Force that it would make absolute sense for her to be a Skywalker. A family who are all very closely connected to the Force.

Also that would explain why Rey was being called so dramatically to Luke's very own lightsaber, accompanied by visions and everything!

2. Rey is Han Solo and Princess Leia's Daughter.

Should've shot first...
Should've shot first...

This would be interesting and would explain Han's attachment we see he gets for Rey pretty early on.

This would also make Kylo Ren her brother, which would go along well with the extended Star Wars universe where Han and Leia have twins. Luke trains them both, but then the son turns to the dark side just as Kylo did, while the daughter continued down the path of the light.

Or even...

3. Rey is a Descendant of Obi Wan Kenobi.

"These are the first steps."
"These are the first steps."

This theory would also explain Rey's connection with the Force, being closely related to one of the most powerful Jedi of his time.

Obi Wan also is quite skilled in the Jedi mind trick, which is one of the first displays of the Force that Rey uses with great success.

But I doubt this theory. Obi Wan was such a devout Jedi, I believe he would've stuck to their code, which included not getting emotionally attached to anyone especially in a romantic way. Thus being said, I don't think there are any direct descendants from Obi Wan Kenobi.

Who is Rey?
Who is Rey?

There's also the theory that her parents are no one of any great significance, that she's no one special, that she's just a girl who's very closely aligned with the Force.

I kind of liked this idea because if she really was related to any of these other characters and they had some big reveal in either episode VIII or IX, that would just be a replay of the whole Vader is Luke's father thing. It's already been done before!! So I liked the idea of them not doing that and just making her her own character!

But there's one line. One small little line in the Force Awakens that makes me believe that there is no way she can just be an ordinary girl no matter how bad I or anyone else wants it to be so.

"Who's the girl?"
"Who's the girl?"

In Maz Kanata's little tavern, Finn decides to run away and leave the others. Rey goes off to try and convince him otherwise. As soon as she leaves Maz and Han alone, Maz leans forward ever so slightly and asks Han, "So, who's the girl?" in an almost knowing kind of voice. And then the scene cuts to Rey and Finn!!! It just leaves us hanging!!!

This simple line was put in this movie for a reason. To point out that there IS something very significant about Rey's origin...and that Han knows it!!

So, did I write this whole article just to say that one of these other theories are true and that they're just gonna play out a copycat main-character-is-related-to-other main-character-but-main-character-didn't-know-it situation? No!

This is where we get to me theory. She is her own character, yes. She's not related to any of the other major players in the franchise, but she's still closely tied to them. How? Simple, she was one of Luke's other Jedi in training.

Rey was one of Luke's pupils when he was trying to train a new generation of Jedi. (maybe even one of his more gifted students) Kylo Ren was also one of those apprentices. When Kylo Ren turned into some kind of Dark Side junkie and started killing all the other padawans, Luke grabbed Rey, and to keep her safe, he hid her on Jakku, just as Obi Wan had done with Luke back when he was very young to protect him from Darth Vader.

Now, there's no evidence of memory erasing anywhere in Star Wars, but I believe Luke wiped Rey's memory when he left her there. And Force Awakens was big on exploring new mind related Force abilities. Kylo Ren being able to read minds and then visions attached to a lightsaber, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that Luke could have the ability to take her memory away.

And then this theory would also explain how she was getting so fluent in her Force abilities so quickly. She wasn't learning them for the first time. She had at least some training in the past just locked away.

She admits to Han that she thought Luke, and presumably the Force as well, was a myth. But upon learning all this was real, and seeing it in Kylo Ren first hand, gave her overwhelming faith. That intense faith in this newfound reality that the Force is real amplified the powers she already had locked away, and just started spilling out of her.

Four guys...on a scooter...AND EXPLOSIONS!!!
Four guys...on a scooter...AND EXPLOSIONS!!!

I personally like this theory a lot because we'll still get a major reveal as to who she is, emotions will be run high, and it will make for an interesting story without having to make her a relative of another character. Because yeah, it was phenomenal and a monumental moment for all of cinema when it was revealed that Darth Vader was Luke's father and it was pretty cool when we learned that Han Solo was Kylo Ren's father, but it's already been done...twice now, so I think Star Wars should shake things up a bit.

But what do you guys think? Do you agree with my theory? Disagree? Do you have a new theory of your own? Or is there anything you think I missed? Let me know down in the comments.

Thanks so much for reading and may the Force be with y'all!


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