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.
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?
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.
7 Rey is The Reincarnation of Anakin
6 Rey is A Clone of Anakin
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?
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.
3 Rey is A Skywalker And A Kenobi
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.
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.
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