We thought we'd heard every possible theory about Rey following the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, there's a new one out there which puts a twist on the character that we didn't see coming. Most people have focused on the idea of where Rey came from, who her parents are and why she was left on Jakku. However, what if the more important question is, where is she going? What's more, what if the answer to that question is, the dark side?
What makes this new theory so interesting is the way that it actually explains away some of the issues that fans had with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One of the questions that fans had was, how was Rey able to use the Force so easily, especially since she had no training? Luke Skywalker spends most of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back standing on his head and trying to do some of the stuff that Rey seems to do quite easily. Perhaps the answer is that Luke was trying to use the light side of The Force, while Rey was using the dark side. Yoda tells Luke that the dark side isn't stronger, but it is quicker and easier. So, does that explain why Rey's able to do so much so quickly?
This theory, which is postulated by Uproxx, goes on to mention that the only person that Rey has seen use the Force is Kylo Ren, so if she's copying anything, it's the use of the dark side. It also points out that Rey gives into anger throughout the film, mostly because she would have no reason to know that these were dark side traits. The theory even wonders if the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have given us a little hint in the way that Rey's staff parallels Kylo Ren's lightsaber. Perhaps she could be trading one for the other at some point.
It actually reminds us of one of the crazier fan theories we had previously come across. One idea was that Rey was, in fact, a reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker himself, the new chosen one, as it were. This theory does point out the similarities between the way each of them was brought up. What's more, if Rey were the new Anakin, it would also explain her ability to use the Force, as well as her penchant for falling into the same dark side traps that Anakin did a long time ago.
What do you think? Does this theory hold any water? Will Rey turn out to be the ultimate villain of the new Star Wars trilogy? If so, who will be our new hero?
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