Theory on Rey's Origin in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

By the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rey has become stronger in the Force without any proper Jedi training, but we still are left in the dark about her her lineage. 

What we know about Rey:

  • She was ditched on Jakku by her supposed "family" when she was a young girl.
  • She has been waiting for at least 10 years for them to return.
  • During her years scavaging on the harsh surface of Jakku she has gained a complete understanding of how things work (expert mechanic).
  • She becomes aware of her force abilities during her visit to Maz Kanata.
  • While being held prisoner at Starkiller base, she learns how to properly execute a Jedi Mind trick.
  • She uses force pull during the lightsaber fight with Kylo Ren and defeats him with Luke's old saber.
  • She locates Luke Skywalker to presumably start her Jedi training

Here is my theory:

Everyone thinks she is Luke's offspring, I however do not!  THIS IS WHY!

We already know where Kylo Ren comes from. He is in fact the estranged son of Han Solo and Leia Organa. He was given the name Ben Solo (possibly named after Obi Wan Kenobi??) at birth.

If Rey does turn out to be Luke's daughter, Episode VIII better be titled, Star Wars: Horrible Parents because it seems no one in this universe knows how to take care of their own kids.

Also, linking Rey to Luke and Kylo Ren to Leia diminishes the size of the Star Wars Universe significantly, limiting it to a soap opera-style "everyone is connected to everyone" type story.

I will say the good cousin vs bad cousin dynamic is a bit interesting, but it would feel like a direct repeat of the father vs son story arc in episodes IV-VI. (Kind of like how there always seems to be a death star.)

Here is what I think is ACTUALLY going on:

If we think back to the prequels (I know, they're horrible) the great Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn discovers a young slave boy named Anakin Skywalker who was strong in the Force. 

His mother says Anakin has no father and was conceived by "the will of the force." 

Because of this and his ridiculously high midi-chlorian count, Qui-Gon quickly believes that Anakin is in fact "The Chosen One," according to ancient Jedi Prophecies, the "one who will bring balance to the Force" and tries to convince the Jedi council to allow him to train the boy.

And through the remainder of the prequel trilogy there are many references to "Ani" being the "Chosen One," even up to his final showdown with his Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

After their epic lightsaber duel on the harsh planet of Mustafar, Obi-Wan tells a defeated Anakin "You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!"

Anakin later becomes Vader and, presumably, does not fullfill that ancient Jedi prophecy. 

Now to The Force Awakens (My Speculation)

  • Rey is in fact NOT related to anyone we have seen in a Star Wars movie to date.
  • She was ditched on Jakku for a reason. Maybe out of fear?
  • Maybe because she, like Anakin, had no father and was conceived "by the Will of the Force."
  • She already seems to be more powerful than any untrained Jedi that we have seen in a Star Wars movie. 
  • She has already taught herself specific Jedi powers without any proper Jedi training.

Dare I say that Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and the entire Jedi council in Episodes I-III were completely wrong, and Rey is in fact "The Chosen One" the Jedi Prophecies speak of, the "One who WILL bring balance to the Force?" 

Well, we shall see. I can't wait for Episode VIII!

Did I miss anything that disproves my theory? I'm open to discussion.

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