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Editorial – Rey: Heiress of the Jedi

Rey's AwakeningEver since Daisy Ridley was first announced to star in Star Wars: Episode VII, rumors surrounding the familial lineage of her character in the Star Wars universe have been popping out of every corner of the internet, especially since The Force Awakens failed to satisfy curious fans with any answers on the subject. While fan theories concerning Rey’s parents have ranged from the plausible to the down right ridiculous, I have found that often times, the simplest explanation is the best. In light of that, I want to submit to our readers yet another theory surrounding Rey’s parents. Read on for more.




For a while, especially after having watched The Force Awakens, I held to the theory that Rey is the estranged daughter of the famed Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. Considering the amount of prowess she exhibits in the film, and her natural piloting and mechanical skills, the notion of her being a descendant of Anakin Skywalker does seem to make a lot of sense. However, as of late, I’m beginning to doubt my initial leaning towards Luke as her father.


For one, Luke was most likely a very busy man following the death of the Emperor as he set out to restore the Jedi to their place as guardians of peace in the galaxy. In Claudia Gray’s novel Bloodline we discovered that just six years before The Force Awakens, Ben Solo (a.k.a. Kylo Ren) is at Luke’s side as the pair continue to search for ancient Jedi lore together.




At this point in the timeline, Rey is a thirteen year-old girl living by her lonesome on Jakku. So, what could have happened to Luke eight years prior to his running around the galaxy with Ben Solo that he would’ve had to abandon his own five year-old daughter in a desert wasteland with the questionable caretaker Unkar Plutt?


Disregarding the ridiculous theory that Rey is Anakin reincarnated or that she is Poe Dameron’s sister (which is impossible considering that his mother died approximately five years before Rey was born), or the more contrived theory about her somehow being the descendant of the hermit Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, I am beginning to settle on a more simple theory.


Although I loved Rey’s portrayal in the film, one of the big eye-roll inducing aspects of The Force Awakens for many viewers was how powerful that Rey seemed to be concerning the Force. For instance, here was this girl who had no training whatsoever, and she takes down the offspring of Darth Vader, who was former student of Luke Skywalker and the “Master of the Knights of Ren”, in a lightsaber battle. And let’s not forget her ability to read his mind and her quick mastery of the difficult skill of Force persuasion on the hapless stormtrooper.


Rey Mind Trick


I’ll concede that the situation with Rey does seem unlikely at first. Many fans have even reasoned that the only sensible explanation for such raw power could be that Skywalker blood flows in her veins. I’ll also agree that this would be a pretty valid explanation, but something about it just doesn’t feel right to me anymore. In fact, the more I think about it, the less I see a need for Skywalker blood to have any connection with Rey’s lineage whatsoever.


Follow this for a moment… Of all the Jedi in the history of the Star Wars universe, even the most powerful among them, how many of them were born to Jedi parents? The quick answer – none.  Although Force sensitivity could obviously come into play with both parents of a would-be-Jedi, it was forbidden that Jedi should marry or have any form of personal attachment to others. Although these “Jedi babies” existed in the EU, neither the films nor the television series ever really show the result of two Jedi having a child together.


Anakin and Padme


Even Anakin, arguably the most powerful Jedi in history, who was conceived miraculously by the will of the Force, was born to a mother that showed no signs of exceptional sensitivity to the Force. When he later fell in love and disobeyed the rules of the Jedi in taking a wife, the woman he married was no Jedi. While an argument could be made about Padme’s own connection to the Force, the fact remains that she wasn’t a Jedi. Therefore, even Luke and Leia do not fit the description of a “Jedi baby” on both sides of the family tree.




The Skywalker line is further diluted in Ben Solo, as his own father – although formidable in his own right – was a normal man with no affinity for the Force. So where am I going with all this? Well, the question I want to pose is this – what if Rey is so powerful because her parents were both Jedi? We know that Luke set out to train more Jedi following the death of the Emperor, so would it be that much of a stretch to speculate that two of his students (maybe even his most gifted students) fell in love and started a family?


Even if both of her parents were just average Jedi, I would think this would still give her an edge over someone who was born to just one Force-sensitive parent. We also know now that Ben Solo’s fall to the dark side and his betrayal of the Jedi has nothing to do with Rey’s abandonment on Jakku as the events were separated by almost a decade. However, it is possible that Rey’s parents left her on the desert planet temporarily for some reason yet unknown and were met with tragedy before they could return.


Skywalker Generations


Luke and Ben could have known about Rey, but were oblivious to her location following the death of her parents or perhaps assumed she perished alongside them. Regardless of the specifics, I think it is very likely that there is some prior connection between Luke, Rey, and Kylo Ren – but I don’t think it’s necessarily a familial one. I also think that it stands to reason that someone with such natural Force talent as Rey has Jedi blood – but it doesn’t necessarily have to be Skywalker blood. So for now, that is my opinion on Rey’s lineage, which I’m sure will change slightly or be negated altogether as more on her backstory is brought to light.


What do you think?  Do you like this theory?  Do you have other ideas about Rey’s parents?  Share your thoughts in the comments below, or join us in The Cantina forums.


Jordan Pate is Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net, of which he is also a member of the book and comic review team. He loves all things Star Wars, but when he’s not spending time in the galaxy far far away, he might be found in our own galaxy hanging out in Gotham City or at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, NY.


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