THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the big hit that everyone expected it to be. It was praised by critics and fans alike. This is truly reflected by its box office numbers, as it is now the highest grossing domestic film of all time, currently sitting around $900 million in the U.S. alone. The film itself answered many questions that fans had been wondering for upwards of thirty years. However, it also presented some new questions for us to speculate over the next two years. The biggest one is concerning the heritage of the film’s lead character, Rey.
Immediately after seeing the film, many people assume that she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker. Many people still hold to this belief, and with good reason. Anakin’s lightsaber calling to Rey, the embrace between her and Leia at the end, and the film eluding to her a past with Luke; all of these are valid reasons for this train of thought. I am in the minority on this topic as I do not believe she is a member of the Skywalker family. I believe Rey to be the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It sounds absurd at first, but once you look at the facts it’s a very interesting and fitting piece to the puzzle. I mean, she has to get that British accent from somewhere, right?
Let’s get right into it by addressing the elephant in the room. The lightsaber calling to Rey. Even Maz Kanata says “That lightsaber was Luke's, and his father's before him and now it calls to you!” It seems pretty cut and dry. However, I would like to point out that that same lightsaber was in possession of Obi-Wan Kenobi for thirty years on Tatooine, longer than both Luke and Anakin had it individually. So, the lightsaber must have a created a strong connection to Obi-Wan during those thirty years. This would explain it calling to his granddaughter.
Now, how exactly would Obi-Wan have a granddaughter? He never had kids right? Well, we don’t exactly know that for sure. We learned in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series (which is canon) that Obi-Wan is not against having romantic relationships, even though the Jedi forbid it. Then take into account that he was on Tatooine for THIRTY YEARS! He had to have gotten pretty lonely out there. We know from the Star Wars comics that "Old Ben" made periodic trips to Mos Eisley in down time. He could very easily have met someone and fallen in love. Having a child that would consequentially become either Rey’s mother or father.
While it wasn’t exactly confirmed in The Force Awakens that Rey was trained at Luke’s Jedi Academy, it can be assumed. The fact that Kylo Ren was concerned about what girl was with BB-8, Rey showing very impressive skills with a lightsaber, and Luke’s look of recognition at the end of the film all support this claim. We know because of the Star Wars comics that Luke came into possession of Obi-Wan’s journal that he kept in his years on Tatooine. If Obi-Wan recorded the fact that he had a child, maybe Luke sought out this child and discovered Obi-Wan’s granddaughter instead?
Also, the skills that Rey showcases are very similar to that of Obi-Wan’s. Particularly, her Jedi Mind-Trick. Everybody knows how much Obi-Wan loved to use the Jedi Mind-Trick, he actually became renowned for his fantastic abilities with it. It would only make sense that his children and grandchildren would inherit that ability, explaining why Rey was so easily able to trick Daniel Craig’s Stormtrooper into removing her restraints. (Yes, that was, in fact, James Bond himself under that mask. They even went as far to name the trooper JB-007)
The final reason that I believe Rey to be the granddaughter is the parallelism that it would create. Rey, granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi, fighting Ben Solo, grandson of Anakin Skywalker, would be a very interesting allusion to the climactic end of Revenge of the Sith. (Say what you will about the prequels, but that final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan was awesome!) This series, in a way, has always been about the dynamic between the Kenobi and Skywalker families. In the prequels Anakin and Obi-Wan were brothers-in-arms, as well as best friends. In the original trilogy, Obi-Wan became a like father that Luke never had, teaching him the ways of the force and showing him the potential he never realized he had. It would only make sense to continue that trend and have Rey Kenobi be the yin to Ben Solo’s yang.
So what do you think about this theory? Who do you think Rey is? A Kenobi? A Skywalker? Or is she someone completely new? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this article, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back then for new movie reviews and other miscellaneous movie thoughts.
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