There are many mysteries in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and none the least of these is where the hell Rey came from. She’s special, obviously, but is her specialness really just a big ol’ coincidence? Or, does Rey have some recognizable Star Wars pedigree that even she doesn’t know about? If any of the following turns out to be true, it will likely spoil future Star Wars viewings. You’ve been warned.
Mr. Sunday Movies took to his YouTube page to post his theory that Rey is, instead of being a Skywalker, or Han and Leia’s daughter, actually a Kenobi. As in, related to the great Obi-Wan Kenobi. Take a look at his full thesis below.
Ok, I guess we might as well start with the most noticeable similarity between Rey and her possible relative. I’m ashamed to say that Mr. Sunday Movies did indeed think faster than me on this one, because, until he pointed it out, it didn’t even occur to me that Rey and Obi-Wan were dressed pretty similarly. To be fair to myself, though, the Obi-Wan of the prequels hasn’t really stuck with me, since I keep forgetting that they happened. Oh, well. Rey and Obi-Wan sure do like sandy colors and many-folded tunics, don’t they?
Now, on to a more substantial argument. Obi-Wan loved him some Jedi mind tricks (who wouldn’t, really?), and once Rey realizes that it’s possible to worm her way into someone’s head and make them give her what she wants, she uses it to great effect while being held on Starkiller Base. There’s nothing like using your new found powers to get yourself released from the custody of the First Order and left alone with a cool blaster to help you get out of further jams. Obi-Wan would be proud.
Mr. Sunday Movies goes on to theorize that Rey is the granddaughter of Obi-Wan, much like Kylo Ren is the grandson of Anakin "Darth Vader" Skywalker. His idea is that Rey was born to a child that Obi-Wan had during his exile, who then went on to exile Rey on Jakku for as yet unknown reasons. But that mirrored period of exile for each of them adds to the similarities, and certainly explains how Rey was able to call on a wealth of internal strength in the face of fear.
Most interestingly, if this theory pans out, the story of future Star Wars sequels will have Luke training the granddaughter of the man who trained him. And, it will also mean that he’s trained the major players on each side in the continuing battle to use the Force. As the video points out, Rey being connected to Obi-Wan would also explain why Luke’s lightsaber called to her, since Obi-Wan had it in his possession for longer than Luke or Anakin combined.
Well, you can’t deny that there are some cool things to think about here. If you’re the kind of person to pick apart movies and form theories about them based on little to no information, then the idea that we’ve just met Rey Kenobi is probably setting your world on fire a bit right now.