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We now live in the post-The Force Awakens world. We’ve seen Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, and some of us may have even seen it multiple times. The Force Awakens was a great film that gave us new hope for the future of the Star Wars franchise. But now we wait for Episode VIII and Rogue One. The Journey to Episode VIII begins with me discussing one of the unanswered questions that The Force Awakens asked!
Is Rey related to a core character (Kenobi, Skywalker, Solo)?
When we first saw Rey in the trailers, I instantly wanted her to be a Skywalker – and not just any Skywalker – Luke’s daughter. For a while it was my theory, even though I had heard a lot of people stating she was Han Solo’s daughter instead. Now the movie is out, and we pretty much know that she isn’t a Solo. Ben Solo didn’t recognize her as his sister, he didn’t sense that kind of relation, and neither Han nor Leia really mentioned a daughter at any point in the story. Could she still be a Solo? Theoretically, yes – but it would be silly to reveal it after the events of The Force Awakens.
Is she a Skywalker then? Ehh, I’m not so sure. The end of Episode VII did make me think that Luke and Rey were father and daughter, but when I revisited the film I noticed the conversation that Maz Kanata has with Rey after Rey’s visions. And it goes something like this:
Maz Kanata: “Dear child, I see your eyes – you already know the truth. Whoever you are waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back, but there’s someone who still could”
Maz Kanata: “The belonging you seek is not behind you, it is ahead. I am no Jedi, but I know the Force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes, feel it. The Light. It’s always been there”
The first time I saw the film, I thought that perhaps Maz had meant that Finn was the one who could come back – and that Rey had misinterpreted her words. But having seen it more than once now, the conversation makes me think that Luke wasn’t her parent, just her master, or master to be.
The Kenobi-theory is out there as well. While it wouldn’t upset me, I just don’t think Obi-Wan would have a family, after seeing what a family did to his former Padawan – Anakin Skywalker.
Right here at the end, I’d like to mention one thing that I’ve been wondering about… What if Rey is Poe Dameron’s sister? In Shattered Empire – the canon comic book featuring Poe’s parents – the Damerons are gifted a plant from the tree that grew on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
At that time Poe has already been born, but what if Rey grew up as his sister, was sent to Luke’s Jedi Academy, and then, when Ben Solo rebelled against Luke, was thrown into hiding by Skywalker? It’s not the strongest theory, sure. But we have yet to see Rey meet Poe in a cinematic scene, I believe. I’ve been told they do meet quickly in the novelization, but I have yet to read it. That’s my wacky speculation right now.
What do you think will happen in Episode VIII? Sound off in the comments.
I’m Jeffrey Rex