Star Wars: The Force Awakens is continuing to break box office records and close to beating Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all time. As I was watching, there were many theories and hints about the character Rey. Who are Rey’s real parents? How is she so great at using The Force so quickly? Why is she more powerful than Kylo Ren? Is she Luke’s daughter? Will Finn ever find out if Rey has a cute boyfriend? Here are some theories that will change how you view Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
- Rey is Luke Skywalker’s Daughter.
Honestly, it would probably be a bigger shocker if Rey wasn’t Luke’s daughter. The movie hints at it. Luke’s light saber appears to be calling to Rey. She has an incredible, supposedly untrained, ability to use The Force. When Kylo Ren gets inside her head he seems to see the island that Rey eventually finds Luke on.
- Rey is a Kenobi.
There are obvious parallels between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Rey. Both are skilled at using Jedi mind tricks. The scene where Rey hides on Starkiller Base is similar to when Obi-Wan was hiding to turn off the tractor beam on the Death Star. Their clothes even look similar.
- Rey is a survivor of the “incident” at Luke’s Jedi Academy.
The belief by fans that Rey’s vision after touching Luke Skywalker’s old light saber may have been repressed memories coming back. She could have been trained by Luke and was present at the tragic incident at Jedi training that caused him to go into seclusion. The clothes she wears are similar to the Jedi trainees in the prequels.
- Kylo Ren saved Rey as a Child.
In Rey’s vision, it appears that the person Kylo Ren stabs through the back was actually attacking her, which would mean that Kylo Ren may have saved her life. If Rey was getting attacked and Kylo let her live, it would better explain why he freaks out after hearing a girl may have helped BB-8 and Finn escape from Jakku and why he is interested in her throughout the movie. It would make sense why he offered to train her during their light saber duel.
- Rey’s real name could be Padme.
After the reveal that Kylo Ren is actually Ben, it has been speculated that Rey may not be who she says she is either, especially since changing her name would be the best way to keep her hidden on Jakku. Ben and Rey represent different aspects of Anakin/Darth Vader, the light side and the dark side. Kylo represents Anakin’s anger, fear, and jealousy and he is named Ben after Vader’s ultimate enemy. Rey represents love, compassion, and forgiveness which is similar to the character of Padme who was Anakin’s true love. Could Rey actually be named after Padme, the onetime Queen of Naboo? Evidence suggests that Rey” means “King” in Spanish, aka royalty. The name hint is similar to how variations of “Vader’” meaning ‘Father” in different languages. It foreshadowed the big reveal in The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader is Luke’s dad.
Whoa! There are so many theories about Star Wars: The Force Awakens to consider but it’s always going to be a mystery. There are two upcoming sequels to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so pick your favorite theory (or comment with your own) as we wait to find out what’s actually happening.
Featured image via Screengrab of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.