What’s the Deal With Rey Anyway?

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Whether you love her or hate her, Rey seems to be the standout star of the new Star Wars – but what’s up with this wunderkind though? Let’s mindlessly speculate about the female hero of The Force Awakens.

(There be spoilers here!)

Now, if you haven’t watched the film, you shouldn’t read any further.

No seriously, stop now. This is a fun movie with little-to-no pre-release plot spoilers, so enjoy that rare thing while you can.

If you are still reading, let’s assume you’ve seen the film at least once.

In the film, Rey seems to be a mysterious self-described scavenger who was dropped off on the dessert planet of Jakku as a small child, grew up believing her family would return for her, is extremely Force sensitive, is “called” by the lightsaber Anakin created and Luke once owned, and has a strong connection to either the villain Kylo Ren or the missing Luke Skywalker (or both). Several characters seem to act as if they know her deal, but no one spills the beans on camera. So who is she?

Lacking any new information, let us go through some possible options

1. Rey is the daughter of Han and Leia

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Let’s start with the obvious. Rey could be Han and Leia’s daughter, and thus, Kylo Ren’s sister. In fact, she could be his twin sister (which is plausible, as the probability of non-identical twins run in the family). This would make a lot of sense, as Kylo Ren senses a strong bond with her, and if she was Vader’s granddaughter, there could be a connection to his saber.

On the other hand, this also means Leia, who was given to adoptive parents, would have willingly given up her daughter to strangers (who apparently didn’t raise her long, as she’s on her own) and never checked on her again.

2. Rey is Luke’s daughter

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The next obvious connection is that she is Luke’s daughter. This seems very likely, and in the now-abandoned Expanded Universe (sorry, “Legends“), Luke did have kids with Mara Jade.

Again, this requires Luke to have willingly abandoned his kid, despite the fact that he had major daddy issues growing up without his biological parents. Unlike Leia, it is conceivable Luke was so traumatized he did abandon her (as we don’t know his whole story yet), and it’s also possible her birth was kept secret from him, just as Leia’s existence was kept secret from Vader.

3. Rey is the kid of Luke or Leia, but they don’t remember her

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Maybe she is related to the Skywalker clan in some traditional sense, but someone used the Force to make them forget. The Force, after all, works in mysterious ways.

On that note, it’s also possible she was trained as a youngling, but doesn’t remember her training because she was so young or because it was hidden from her memory. That might explain why she adapted to the Force so quickly.

4. Rey is the child of another surviving Jedi

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Sure, Rey could just randomly be a girl with Force powers, but it seems clear her origins are important in some way. So let’s say she isn’t traditionally related to the Skywalkers – who else might be her parents?

Well, it’s not Obi-Wan or Yoda (seriously?), as both died over 30 years before The Force Awakens, and she isn’t that old (and things like speed-related time-dilation doesn’t seem to affect this galaxy). Yeah, she could have been frozen in carbonite, but that’s a bit convoluted even for Star Wars.

However, there were other Jedi to escape the purge of the Empire. Prime examples are Kanan and Ezra of the show Rebels. Sure, movie fans might not know them, but with Disney emphasizing the canonicity of this show and its predecessor, The Clone Wars, why not tie them to the movies?

Of course, there is that connection to Skywalker’s lightsaber.

5. Rey is a literal child of the Force

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So, if we’re to accept that Anakin Skywalker had no father and was just coalesced by the Force inside Shmi, maybe it happened again? If the Chosen One was meant to bring balance to the Force and failed, the Midi-Chlorians could have gotten together again and made a new baby to correct their mistake.

From a production standpoint, some fans were upset with Darth Vader being declared an Evil Space Jesus, and many fans were upset with the establishment of Midi-Chlorians, so it seems unlikely producers would want to recall that particular plot point.

6. Rey’s a clone

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On the surface, suggesting Rey is a clone would bring up the same earlier issue of whose clone she is. Leia’s? Possible, but it seems they’d make a bigger issue of it.

However, what if she’s Vader’s clone? To start off, clones are an established thing in the Star Wars galaxy (and a pretty major plot point), so that’s not unheard of. And other franchises have had female clones of males (suggesting that the X chromosome was doubled and the Y left out), so it wouldn’t even be that novel.

Also, Vader was supposed to be the most Force-sensitive ever, so it makes sense that his clone would be innately powerful to.

Sure, mentioning clones might recall the mess of the prequels, but the animated series (actually, both animated series) Clone Wars received critical acclaim, so why not recall that?

7. Something else entirely

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That’s what I got. You have any theories?

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6 comments

  1. I need for Rey to be somehow a clone/reincarnation of Vader somehow. This is the best possible explanation for her connection to the Force.

  2. I heard someone put forward the theory that Rey is related to Obi Wan Kenobi. The idea is that the Lightsaber called to her, because it was in Obi Wan’s possession for such a long time.
    Also, there’s that moment when Obi Wan speaks to her in the movie. There is also the link to Luke, the idea that he must train the successor to the man who trained him.

  3. Rey IS NOT Luke or Leia’s offspring they’re hers ‘cuse Rey is the reincarnation of their mother, Padme check article on Movieplot.com it’s very convincing theory. this would also mean that Kylo Ren/Ben Solo is the reincarnation of their father Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, sounds like the prophecy of the chosen family [the Skywalkers] not of the chosen one [Anakin], which means they will as family bring balance to the force.

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