I saw Star Wars – The Force Awakens for the second time today and there were certain things that struck me that hadn’t before. Mind you, I haven’t read the novelization yet so these are just my personal theories.
I personally don’t believe that Rey and Kylo Ren are related and if they are, they certainly aren’t siblings. There is no way that Han or Leia would have let her believe that her parents had abandoned her. And if they had left her on Jakku, then their reunion would have been very different from what we saw. I don’t think they would have been able to keep it from her especially, considering the way things went with Ben Solo.
The other reason I don’t think she is Han and Leia’s daughter is because she clearly doesn’t recognise them. She was young but old enough to have memories of her parents.
I also don’t think she is Luke’s daughter and you only have to look at Luke’s reaction to ascertain that. Luke had been left on Tatooine, never knowing about his mother and father and I don’t think he would have done the same to his daughter. And especially just dump her there, in no one’s care, left to look out for herself.
I think her real parents left her there to keep her from falling into Ren’s hands and left Lor San Tekka (Max Von Sydow’s character) as someone who could keep an eye on her but always from a distance. It is just too much of a coincidence that the planet that Rey is on was also the hiding place of someone who was a friend of Leia’s and a Resistance sympathiser. Add to that, he personally knew Ren and Ren knew him.
Ren and Rey:
Ren seems to recognise Rey. I think they trained together under Luke or that she had been present when Ren was training with Luke (she might have been too young judging by her own flashback) I think her parents decided to hide her when Ren turned to the Dark Side and went back to help Luke only to die at Ren’s hands or Snoke’s. I don’t think she is connected to the Skywalker line. That would just be too much of a coincidence. I think that Ren recognises who she is because she was strong with the Force, even as a young child. What better place to hide her at than a desert wasteland.
Another reason is because his reactions to her are far too extreme which is saying something because Ren is pretty volatile anyway. But his reactions to Rey and consistently unpredictable. He kidnaps her but treats her what appears to be with care, being almost gentle (by his own standards anyway). At no point in the film, does he ever try to kill her. In fact, he tries to take her out of the fight by knocking her out. I think, in his own twisted way, he was trying to protect her.
I also think that Ren will ultimately be redeemed. He’s the Vader in this trilogy and Snoke is Palpatine. He will either help Rey defeat Snoke or do it himself. I also think that Rey will be instrumental in his redemption. She got a reaction out of him that even his own father failed to elicit. Clearly Luke is not the man for the job and Leia won’t have any better luck reaching him than Han did.
I think that Rey is going to make her own Lightsaber. Her’s will be the kind that Darth Maul used, two sided but blue in colour. It would fit her fighting style and she certainly has the technical skills. She needs training to use the Force and also perfect her fighting technique but that will come under Luke’s guidance. The fact that she carried a staff from the very beginning is a very clear indication that her Lightsaber will two-sided.
Did anyone notice an alien who looked remarkably like E.T. when Rey and Finn enter Maz Kanata’s stronghold? It’s just fleeting glimpse but I think I definitely saw E.T.
P.S. (I completely forgot about this yesterday)
When Rey and Chewie finally reach the planet that Luke has been holed up in, it seemed like Rey had been there before. Remember the time Ren is interrogating her and he mentions the ocean and the island she sees in her mind? When she reaches the planet, she has a very peculiar expression on her face, almost as if she’s seen it before… I wonder what this means exactly. Does it mean that it’s a memory or was it something she saw because the Force is strong within her and it simply showed her where Luke could be since he’s the only Jedi currently in existence?