We’ve all seen the heaps of speculation over the past year about Rey from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and who her mysterious parents might be, and most of them point the light sabre squarely at Luke Skywalker. Now I may not be a hard-core fan who knows everything there is to know about Star Wars, but I did watch all seven movies and the quite insane ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ over the Yule period. And have my doubts, I do.
So let’s clear this up. Is Luke Skywalker Rey’s father?
No, of course he isn’t. Just looking at ‘The Force Awakens’ itself, there are a number of clues that say otherwise.
Firstly, Rey clearly remembers who she’s waiting for and why she was left on Jakku. When she first meets BB8 and asks him where he’s from she says:
Rey: “Classified. Really? Me too. Big secret.”
Perhaps she’s just being facetious, but maybe not. The title sequence states that Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi, so they were obviously still being hunted down by the Empire. Rey clearly has connections to the Jedi, or at least The Force, so it’s likely she was left on Jakku for her own protection.
She also tells him that she’s waiting for her family:
Rey: Don’t give up. He still might show up. Whoever it is you’re waiting for. Classified. I know all about waiting.
BB8: *BEEPTALKS a question*
Rey: For my family. They’ll be back. One day.
Now consider this dialogue which happens a little later on, between Rey and Finn:
Finn: Apparently he’s carrying a map that leads to Luke Skywalker, and everyone’s after it.
Rey: Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth.
So given that she knows who she is waiting for, why would she say this to Finn if Luke was, in fact, her father?
This also rules out anyone else in ‘The Force Awakens’ as a possible family connection because she would surely have recognised them, and puts to bed the theory that it was Kylo Ren who took pity on her and dropped her off on Jakku. If he was the ‘family’ she was waiting for, she didn’t exactly look pleased to see him, did she? Plus she tried to chop him in half with a light sabre a bit later on.
Yes, if we look at Rey’s vision, it seems pretty clear that Ren was saving her from certain death by killing one of his own men, but then we see Rey as a child crying emotionally as the ship abandons her on Jakku, indicating that the people leaving her behind are obviously people she cares about, not a murderous bloke wearing black and an expensive mask. And remember, she said ‘they’ll be back’, meaning that they had actually been there at some point, right?
Secondly, let’s have a look at what Maz says to Rey after she finds Luke’s light sabre:
Maz: Dear child. I see your eyes. You already know the truth. Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back. But… there’s someone who still could.
Why would a family never come back? The only reason Maz would say this is because Rey’s family are dead, and Rey’s tears seem to confirm this. So if her family are dead then Luke Skywalker can’t be a part of it, because he’s still knocking about and could theoretically go to Jakku if he felt so inclined.
Given this, it seems far more likely that Luke and Rey are heading down the Master and Padawan route, rather than the father and daughter one.
So who are Rey’s parents, then?
Given all the hints throughout the movie, I’m almost certain that she’s Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter. True, the Jedi code states that relationships aren’t allowed, but that didn’t stop Anakin Skywalker, did it? And Obi-Wan was living in seclusion on Tattooine for decades, knowing that the Jedi were being hunted down and killed by the Empire. Maybe he just thought ‘fuck it’, fell in love and had kids, figuring that for now the Jedi no longer existed.
Any kids he would have had, though, would clearly have inherited his gifts and been secretly trained by him in the use of The Force, perhaps even becoming Jedi themselves. Maybe this was the reason that they had to leave Rey behind on Jakku for her own protection, because they were being hunted by the Empire, just as Luke and Leia were secretly left with others to keep them safe.
It would also explain why Kylo Ren had spared her in her vision – her grandfather was his grandfather’s mentor, and we all know how obsessive he is about Darth Vader. He keeps his head on a plinth, for crying out loud.
Add to that the fact that the only person in her vision to speak to her directly was Obi-Wan, when Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor jointly say ‘Rey – these are your first steps’.
And finally, there’s her accent – British, like Obi-Wan himself. And the accent must be important because both Liam Neeson (as Qui-Gon Jinn) and John Boyega (as Finn) were told that they had to use American accents, despite being from Ballymena and Peckham respectively.
So there you have it, yet another theory to chuck on the pile of destroyed star bases! Roll on Star Wars Episode VIII…