Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It seems that everyone on planet Earth has seen the movie now, and it is the biggest blockbuster of all time. The movie has re-awakened this franchise and given it new life, pleasing audiences and fans. One of the biggest takeaways from the film, probably the biggest, is the character of Rey. She is a strong and competent young woman, a great lead character that can make female audiences feel more included in the series. But one thing still remains unclear, and that is her mysterious backstory.
When we find her on Jakku, she is alone, without her parents, much like Luke in A New Hope. Rey wants to stay there, hoping that her family will one day come back for her. But as it turns out, the universe had other plans for her and she gets pulled away into an incredible adventure. Her mysterious past is hinted at throughout the film, in very subtle ways, that so many bloggers have been expounding upon all over the internet. The question that is on everyone’s mind is, who are Rey’s parents?
Several theories were immediately created and discussed the second this film opened in theaters. With all of the characters that are in The Force Awakens, as well as the plethora of characters throughout the previous 6 films, there are many, many possibilities as to who Rey’s parents are. Is she a Skywalker? Is her journey going to be aligning herself with the light side of the Force, or will the darkside be pulling at her? Perhaps, because her lineage isn’t pure? Let the theories begin.
10. Rey is Luke’s Daughter
This is the most popular theory running right now, and understandably so. For so many people, it’s obvious that she could be no one else’s child other than Luke’s. Because Luke is a Jedi, this would explain how Rey is as strong as she is. This would also mean that Luke was happy to train her under his wing, at his academy. Leaving her on a desert planet, just like he was left on a desert planet.
But this would mean Luke broke the rules and had a spouse – when the Jedi are supposed to be celibate. Does it make sense for Luke to break that rule, only to then abandon his daughter – a daughter that he should not have had to begin with? It also continues this really bad cycle of Skywalkers being ditched on planets, not knowing their fathers…better parenting skills are needed. If this is true, it would be nice if Rey’s mother was still alive, and for them to be a fully formed family – perhaps her mother could be a Jedi as well. A family of Jedi sounds pretty awesome.
9. Rey is The Granddaughter of Obi-Wan
If not Luke, then Rey could be, not the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but certainly his granddaughter. Obi-Wan happened to be an amazing Jedi himself, so this would certainly explain Rey’s quick ascension with the Force. However, much like the first theory, this would go against the rule of Jedi being celibate. And in the original film, A New Hope, there was no reason for the audience to believe that he had any children, surely he would have mentioned it. As Revenge of the Sith explains, Obi-Wan was on Tatooine to watch over Luke and make sure he was okay, so would he really have time to start a family?
That might be a tad bit distracting, although funny enough, it would explain Rey’s British accent. Also, since Kylo is the grandson of Vader – whose master was Obi-Wan when he was Anakin – Rey being the granddaughter of Obi-Wan would be nice symmetry.
8. Rey’s Parents Are Unknowns
This theory would require the least amount of effort and explanation. Rey’s mother and father could have simply been two random people, who sensed their daughter was Force sensitive and brought her to Luke to train her. They’re no one special, not related to anyone from the previous films and don’t have any sort of Force powers. Either they were killed when Luke’s academy was destroyed, or they just ditched her on Jakku to keep any adversary from corrupting her. This could work, but it still does leave out one glaring hole.
This would not explain why Rey is as powerful as she is. Unless the Force just chose her and “awakened” within her, making her the new Chosen One…
7. Rey is The Reincarnation of Anakin
In the prequel films, it is apparently implied that Anakin does not have a father and was conceived by his mother and the Force. This would technically make Anakin’s mother a virgin, which would be an obvious nod to some real popular, ancient text. When Rey touches the light saber for the first time, those flashbacks and images she sees are part of the past life of Anakin. This would bring everything full circle, making this 9-film series all about the redemption of Anakin Skywalker. Although, there are some holes to be found with this theory.
6. Rey is A Clone of Anakin
One theory suggests that Rey is a clone of Anakin Skywalker, created by Supreme Leader Snoke. Rey is birthed by a woman specifically chosen by Snoke, but she turns on him and tries to run away with her child. She enlists the help of Luke to help hide them, Rey is left on Jakku and Snoke believes Rey and her mother are both dead. Snoke decides to turn Ben Solo to the dark side, as revenge. Later on, Kylo realizes how powerful the girl is, being the clone of Anakin and all, and wishes to bring her to the dark side. Very elaborate, it would have to come with a lot of explaining. But a fun theory to think about.
5. Rey is Han/Leia’s Daughter
This seems to be one of the weakest theories, as there seems to be very little evidence to support it. But some fans out there do believe that, despite Han and Leia not saying anything, she is their daughter, and the niece of Luke. Frankly, it just doesn’t make any sense and doesn’t work. Han fails to mention one single word about his daughter with Leia, as they’re discussing their now-evil son?
Han is staring her in the face as they are on the Millennium Falcon and just decides to let her keep thinking she’s an orphan. That would seem to be a real dick move on Han’s part and it just seems farfetched, almost cruel. Leia hugs her at the end and tells her absolutely nothing? It’s possible that Leia’s son could have killed her daughter, or took her and turned her…neither parent is concerned about that? Why must people keep so many secrets in this series?
4. Rey’s Parents Are Evil
This theory would cover Palpatine, Plagueis and Snoke – any one of these three being Rey’s father. This particular theory would make some sense, specifically because of the big reveal in The Empire Strikes Back. It wasn’t just that Luke found out who is father was – he realized his father was the most evil person in the galaxy. It’s possible that because Kylo’s parents are good, Rey’s parents could be the exact opposite. It could be Snoke, although it sure would require a lot of explaining.
Rey being the descendent of Palpatine is also a possibility, and would be just as heartbreaking for her to realize. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, when Kylo and Rey are dueling in the snow and she is standing above him, Snoke is somehow able to get into her mind and whisper, “kill him.” And she almost does, but senses herself on the edge of the dark side and steps away from it. She could very well have some evil in her.
8. Rey is A Skywalker And A Kenobi
There’s a super-intriguing theory floating around that Luke is Rey’s father and Rey’s mother is the secret daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. This would make Rey both a Skywalker and a Kenobi, and that would be more than enough of an explanation for her abilities. This would mean both Luke and Obi-Wan broke the rules and had children. And as far as lineage goes, being a full-blooded Jedi on both sides of your family is pretty epic. Also, this would make Kylo/Ben her cousin. What if you realized that your younger cousin was a more powerful Jedi than you? Would that be enough to turn you to the dark side…?
2. Rey is The Daughter of Mara Jade
One incredibly interesting twist would be to not focus on who Rey’s father is, and instead put emphasis on who her mother is. Mara Jade is a character who exists outside of the films, created within the Expanded Universe. Mara Jade was introduced in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in 1991, and she ends up being married to Luke. This theory doesn’t necessarily require Luke to be Rey’s father. But, much like the half-Skywalker / half-Kenobi theory, this would make her a full-blooded Jedi on both sides.
Mara is introduced as a smuggler who eventually becomes a Jedi Master. Maybe in a world that’s demanding more strong female characters, this might be a great direction to go in with Rey. Though the Expanded Universe isn’t official canon, it’s not highly unlikely that the filmmakers would take bits and pieces from the various EU novels and stories and incorporate them into the film.
1. Rey is A Child Born From The Force
It’s suggested that Anakin was born from the Force, that his mother’s pregnancy was virginal, mirroring Jesus and Mary. One possible theory suggests that Rey, much like Anakin, is born from the Force. Absolutely everything she does in the movie would make sense, if this were the case. The Force awakens within her, giving her these incredible Force abilities. Such a powerful being would absolutely have to be kept away from any kind of possible threat or danger, like Kylo Ren or Supreme Leader Snoke.
Rey would have the potential to be just as powerful as Darth Vader.